Clayton Valley Charter High School

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Clayton Valley Charter High School
1101 Alberta Way
Concord, California, 94521
United States
School type Charter high school
Established CVHS 1958, CVCHS 2012
CEEB Code 050658
NCES School ID 062637003940[1]
Teaching staff 78.34 FTE[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,875[2] (2011-12)
Student to teacher ratio 23.84[1]
Language English
Color(s) Red, White, and Blue             
Mascot Eagles
Accreditation WASC
Executive Director David Linzey
Director of Curriculum and Guidance Dr. Patrick Gaffney
Director of Operations and Special Education Pat Middendorf
Director of Student Services Miguel Romo
Dean of Students Casey Coakley

Coordinates: 37°56′59″N 121°58′04″W / 37.94972°N 121.96778°W / 37.94972; -121.96778[3]

Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS) is a secondary school located in Concord, California. and just under two miles from Clayton. Most of the students live in Clayton and the nearby Concord neighborhoods with some coming from Pittsburg. It is the location of the local radio station 90.5 "The Edge" KVHS, which broadcasts mostly hard rock and heavy metal music. Its newspaper is The Talon, which is part of the High School National Ad Network. The current Executive Director is David Linzey.


Clayton Valley Charter High School was founded in 1958 as Clayton Valley High School, part of the Mount Diablo Unified School District. It served areas of Clayton and Concord as a regular public high school school for 54 years.

In 2010, it was first suggested to convert CVHS into a charter school.[4] A petition was submitted to MDUSD on June 9, 2011,[4] and the proposal was debated for several months in 2011. Part of the controversy was that CVHS students who did not wish to attend CVCHS would be sent to other MDUSD high schools. The MDUSD Board of Trustees initially approved the proposal, then reversed its decision on November 8, 2011.[4] Supporters of the charter movement filed an appeal with the Contra Costa County Board of Education. On January 11, 2012, the county board of education overturned the district's decision and approved the charter.[4][5] As part of the transition, Clayton Valley High School officially closed on June 30, 2012. Clayton Valley Charter High School's first school year was the 2012-2013 year.

As a charter school, CVCHS does not have a traditional principal as do other MDUSD high schools. Instead, it has a Governing Board and is exempt from certain district regulations. It remains funded by MDUSD. CVHS students in 2012 were given the option to apply to transfer to one of the other MDUSD high schools if they did not wish to attend the charter school.[5]


Position Name
Executive Director David Linzey
Director, Curriculum and Guidance Dr. Patrick Gaffney
Director, Operations and Special Education OPEN
Director, Student Services Miguel Romo
Dean of Students Greg Fister
Athletic Director Amber Lineweaver
Guidance Counselor (last names A-L) Jackie Valdez
Guidance Conselor (last names M-Z) Steve Nares


The Leadership Advisor is Social Studies teacher Christine Reimer.

Public Service Academy (PSA)[edit]

The Public Service Academy at Clayton Valley High School provides an opportunity for selected students to bond and learn with an emphasis on community outreach. The students engage in an all academy project each semester. For the first semester, each individual member is required to participate in fifteen hours of their choice of volunteer service and present their projects at a showcase event. This project accumulates nearly 2000 hours of service within the academy. During the second semester, every student is asked to write what they would do if they could change the world/community/school. The students then form small groups to discuss and make some of their ideas concrete. The project culminates in a PSA fair with each group creating a booth focusing on their work and accomplishments over the semester.


The ClaytonArts Academy is a smaller learning community within the school, focused on academics and the arts. Students in the Academy learn through project-based curriculum and may specialize in such fields as drama, fine art, photography, and video production.

The Academy, the band and choir programs, and the drama and art departments are working with the local fundraising group Clayton Theatre Quest to raise money to build a visual and performing arts center on the Clayton Valley High School campus.

The Instrumental and Choral music department have earned awards for choir and band at the Heritage Festival in Seattle, for orchestra at the Fiesta-Val in Williamsburg, and gold awards for choir at the Heritage Festival in San Diego. The Marching Band was the 1998 Western States Marching Band Circuit Champion in class A-90. The marching band has continued to earn regional recognition with wins at the Lincoln Review of Champions, Vintage Reserve Field Show, and the Lodi Grape Bowl Classic. Classes include Women's Ensemble, Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Concert Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and Marching Band.

Engineering Academy[edit]

The Clayton Valley Engineering Academy, started in 2010, is another learning community within the school. The teachers of the engineering classes are Mr. Ouimet and Mr. Meyer. The classes are part of Project Lead the Way which is sponsored by Chevron

Brain Bowl[edit]

Clayton Valley has an annual academic contest, which is called Brain Bowl. Teams of four, composed of students, compete against each other. This year's student team winner was the Battle Popes.


The CVHS Alumni Site. has links to AlumniClass, Classmates and Facebook. It has no data per se. The current owner of deleted all of the pages for specific classes when he took over the domain in 2008.

CVCHS Ugly Eagles Football[edit]

2008 the Varsity Ugly Eagles were 12-1. They made their way to Santa Rosa to play against Cardinal Newman. They played a great game but lost 7-17.

2009 The Varsity Ugly Eagles were 8-4. They fought back with a vengeance to beat Concord High school 48-28 during first round of playoffs. They then went to lose the second round of playoffs to Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa. It was a nail biting game. The game ended with the Uglies losing 11-21.

The Class of 1972 - Started the Ugly Eagles as a means of setting those on the football team apart from the rest of the school.

In 2012 the varsity Ugly Eagles ended the regular season with a 9-1 record, and winning the first North Coast Season Division II Championship in school history. The Uglies were then invited to the first ever DII regional game against the Oakdale Mustangs. The Eagles lost 27-24.


  1. ^ a b c National Center for Education Statistics. "School Detail for Clayton Valley High". United States Department of Education. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  2. ^ California Department of Education. "Enrollment by Grade for 2011-12". DataQuest. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  3. ^ United States Geological Survey (19 January 1981). "GNIS Detail - Clayton Valley Charter High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d Clayton Valley Charter High School. "CVCHS Timeline". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Mt. Diablo Unified School District (2012-02-07). "CVHS Transfer Letter". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 

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