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 1,999[2] (2014-15)
Student to teacher ratio 23.84[1]
Language English
Color(s) Red, White, and Blue             
Mascot Eagles
Accreditation WASC
Executive Director David Linzey

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 comprehensive charter high school located in Concord, California, and just under two miles from Clayton. Most of the students live in Clayton and the nearby Concord neighborhoods. 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 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 or a school district central office. Instead, it has an executive director and its own Governing Board.


Position Name
Executive Director David Linzey
Director of Administrative Services Neil McChesney
Director of Curriculum, Instructional Technology and Guidance Dylan Perreira
Director of Operations Gregory Hile
Director of Pupil Services and Collaborative Education Dr. Patrick Gaffney
Director of Student Services and Athletics Miguel Romo
Dean of Character Greg Fister
Facilities Manager Alison Bacigalupo
Athletic Directors Eric Bamberger and Thomas Sparks
Guidance Counselor (last names A-F) Jackie Valdez
Guidance Counselor (last names G-N) Vel Snider
Guidance Counselor (last names O-Z) Steve Nares


The Leadership Advisor is English teacher Gregory Rosewell.

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. Farquhar. 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]

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 2008, the Varsity Ugly Eagles were 12-1. They went to Santa Rosa to play Cardinal Newman, but lost 17-7.

In 2009, the Varsity Ugly Eagles were 8-4. They beat local rivals Concord High School 48-28 during the first round of playoffs. They then went on to lose the second round of playoffs to Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa. The Uglies lost 21-11.

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

In 2014, the varsity Ugly Eagles had an overall record of 15-1. The Eagles made it to the CIF State Football D-II Championships, competing against Redlands East Valley. The Ugly Eagles lost 34-33.


  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. ^ Mt. Diablo Unified School District (2012-02-07). "CVHS Transfer Letter" (PDF). Retrieved 14 August 2012.,ca)/football/schedule.htm

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