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EIN: 86-0431878


The mission of Valley Christian Schools is to equip students to be culture changers for Christ by delivering academic excellence, facilitating spiritual growth, and building lifelong community.

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Head of School

Dan Kuiper

Main address

6900 W Galveston St

Chandler, AZ 85226 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary education

Middle school education

Secondary education

Special needs education

STEM education

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Population served info





People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

V.I.N.E. - Valley's Individual Needs Enhancement

We believe that all students can learn and are uniquely created and gifted by God; we also believe that He has a purpose and plan for their future – handicapped and non-handicapped alike. It is the vision of Valley Christian High School to develop and implement a comprehensive, Christian high school special education program that will prepare each student for their next step in life, whether that is higher education, vocational education, internship, apprenticeship or other specialized training.
Special education teachers will manage the student IEPs, setting up team meetings including parents, student, teachers, counselor, and administrator and if appropriate, related service providers. Teachers will make appropriate accommodations to the curriculum as per the IEP to provide the maximum learning experience for each student. It may also mean teachers must learning more about the student’s learning style and provide a whole new way of teaching.

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Where we work


Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2019

AZ Central

#1 Best Christian School in Arizona 2019


Top 50 Best Christian Schools in the U.S. 2022

The Best Schools

Bronze Award 2019

The Telly Awards

Branding 2020

National School Communication Awards

Top Workplaces in Arizona 2022

AZ Central

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Total dollars received in contributions

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Cash received.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success


Context Notes

All forms of tuition assistance.

Number of endowments

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Valley Christian High School is that students know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, live like Him, and prepare academically, physically, socially and spiritually, so they are enabled to make a difference in the world.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2023 Valley Christian Schools 22-23 Financial Statement
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.33 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,218,984 $1,243,201 $2,793,679 $3,263,765 $3,432,567
As % of expenses 15.8% 12.5% 24.9% 24.4% 20.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $748,146 $589,105 $2,008,131 $2,568,745 $2,529,492
As % of expenses 9.1% 5.6% 16.7% 18.3% 14.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $9,030,255 $11,922,354 $13,775,724 $18,188,703 $20,663,604
Total revenue, % change over prior year 35.0% 32.0% 15.5% 32.0% 13.6%
Program services revenue 80.2% 77.0% 71.6% 70.9% 79.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 7.9% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 19.2% 22.3% 17.3% 26.5% 7.4%
Other revenue 0.6% 0.7% 3.2% 2.6% 13.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $7,732,284 $9,917,921 $11,216,441 $13,367,411 $16,990,108
Total expenses, % change over prior year 27.7% 28.3% 13.1% 19.2% 27.1%
Personnel 61.8% 64.1% 63.7% 59.1% 56.9%
Professional fees 1.2% 1.4% 3.0% 2.0% 0.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 1.8% 4.0% 5.7% 7.0%
Interest 3.3% 5.8% 5.1% 4.1% 4.0%
Pass-through 4.9% 4.7% 7.1% 7.7% 8.4%
All other expenses 28.8% 22.2% 17.2% 21.5% 22.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $8,203,122 $10,572,017 $12,001,989 $14,062,431 $17,893,183
One month of savings $644,357 $826,493 $934,703 $1,113,951 $1,415,842
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $506,489 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $9,528,126 $4,127,746 $996,817 $2,863,906 $21,478,873
Total full costs (estimated) $18,375,605 $15,526,256 $14,439,998 $18,040,288 $40,787,898

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 3.7 3.6 3.3 3.9 6.5
Months of cash and investments 3.8 3.8 3.7 4.3 6.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -1.1 -2.8 -0.1 0.7 4.2
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $2,363,756 $2,938,350 $3,124,339 $4,398,751 $9,213,267
Investments $103,389 $192,409 $292,965 $346,910 $510,096
Receivables $1,446,138 $5,170,989 $7,494,232 $11,852,647 $15,104,025
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $21,238,657 $25,366,402 $26,363,221 $29,227,126 $50,330,823
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 31.6% 29.0% 30.9% 30.3% 18.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 87.6% 86.2% 81.3% 74.2% 81.2%
Unrestricted net assets $2,147,111 $2,736,216 $4,744,347 $7,313,092 $9,842,584
Temporarily restricted net assets $56,738 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $94,950 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $151,688 $912,920 $735,550 $2,267,837 $2,543,101
Total net assets $2,298,799 $3,649,136 $5,479,897 $9,580,929 $12,385,685

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Head of School

Dan Kuiper

Dan Kuiper currently serves as the first Head of School in Valley Christian Schools’ history. Dan previously served as Administrator from 2014-2018 and as Principal from 1993-1997. A career educator, Dan began his teaching career at Valley Christian Schools at the High School campus in 1983. Throughout his time at Valley Christian, he has humbly served as a coach, faculty member, vice principal, and administrator.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
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Board chair

Mr. Scott Crouch

Keller Williams Realty International

Mike DenBleyker

Arizona Department of Transportation

Melanie Dykstra

Town of Gilbert

Ken Fechner

Christ's Church of the Valley

Michael Gauthier

Strategic Income Group

Ally LaGatta

Stanford Children's Health

Denise McClain

Hirtle Callaghan & Co.

Richard Suzuki

Suzuki Law Offices

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/31/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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