Rancho Christian School Device Drive 2016

Did you or a family member get a new iPhone or iPad this year for Christmas?

Are you looking for a new home for your old iPhone, iPod or iPad?  Maybe looking for an excuse just to upgrade?

Please consider donating your old devices for use at Rancho Christian School!

We are looking for devices that have been taken off of any carrier plan, and that are in good condition. They will be put into service at Rancho as great tools for teachers to use in their classrooms: Educational Apps, Accelerated Reading, and so much more!

Donating in 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Remove the device from your family’s service plan.
  2. Clear off any personal information from the device (Click here for instructions from Apple for Apple devices.)
  3. Bring the device (and if available, its power cord) to any Rancho Christian Office.
  4. Leave your name and contact information should you need a tax receipt.

That’s it!  Our teachers thank you in advance!

RCHS Football Wins 2016 State Championship!

Rancho Christian School Hires New STEM Program Director

Mr. Werner Vavken

Mr. Werner Vavken

Rancho Christian School is pleased to announce the hiring of their new Director of their growing STEM program, Mr. Werner Vavken.  

Mr. Vavken comes from the award winning private school Valley Christian School (K-12) located in San Jose, California. During his 14 year tenure at Valley Christian, Mr. Vavken grew the STEM program into a national science and engineering powerhouse (arguably the best in the nation), and served as the Director of Students of Valley Christian’s prestigious Applied Math, Science and Engineering Institute (AMSE) until he was promoted to the Vice President of AMSE K-12 for the school in 2014.  Former students of the AMSE Institute have matriculated to highly selective colleges and universities nationwide, including MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Yale and Duke.  Projects from his students have competed at the highest levels and won multiple national accolades, including the establishment of a program placing student experiments on the International Space Station.

Mr. Vavken graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a  BS degree in Electrical Engineering with high honors and did his engineering graduate work at the University of Santa Clara.  He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education (Instructional Technology) from San Jose State University.   

Rancho Christian is a pre-school through 12th grade school with advanced programs at all levels in global languages, STEM, athletics and the arts. With a growing student body of over 1000 students enrolled, it just opened a brand new middle school and high school facility last spring with over 80,000 square feet of learning space including dedicated space for Robotics, Satellite Tracking and Computer Programming.  Rancho Christian offers Robotics and Computer Science courses, the extracurricular program FIRST robotics, a Satellite Tracking program, the only one of it’s kind in Southern California, and like Valley Christian, offers a course in Science experimentation through which students have the opportunity to place experiments on the International Space Station.  Mr. Vavken joins the Rancho faculty in the fall of 2017 and brings with him not only his incredible expertise and passion for STEM, but a deep devotion to helping students grow spiritually as well as intellectually.


2016-2017 RCHS October Student of the Month

RCHS Principal, Craig Swanson, is 3rd from the left in the back row. Jamie Brown is seated, 2nd from left.

RCHS Principal, Craig Swanson, is 3rd from the left in the back row. Jamie Brown is seated, 2nd from left.

2016-2017 RCHS October Student of the Month

Congratulations to Jamie Brown, Rancho Christian's October 2016 HS Student of the Month! The Temecula Chamber of Commerce, city officials, and local sponsors support this event hosted by Sizzler Restaurant. The breakfast is televised via tape delay through the local cable TV channel. Congratulations to Jamie on receiving this prestigious award!

Rancho Christian's Emma Baker hopes to set standard for female kickers

Baker, a 6-foot junior, wants to set the national record for longest field goal by a female kicker. The current record, 48 yards, was set by Riverside King alum Heidi (Garrett) Villa in 2004. Villa met Baker this summer and has become an inspiration and mentor for Rancho Christian’s kicker.

Baker has been the varsity kicker at Temecula Rancho Christian since her freshman season, and she entered Friday’s game against Huntington Beach Brethren Christian with 134 career kicking points, an area record for a female kicker. Baker, a 6-foot junior, hopes to set the national record for the longest field goal by a female kicker. The current mark, 48 yards, is held by Riverside King graduate Heidi (Garrett) Villa, who has become a friend and mentor to Baker in recent months.

Click here to view the full article about Emma Baker, written by ERIC-PAUL JOHNSON of the Press Enterprise. Published, October 1, 2016