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Incoming Freshman

We are so grateful to welcome a new freshmen class.  We are excited to journey with you as you discover your passions, grow in your gifting, and experience all that God has in store for you!

Welcome to the Nest!

Zonya Hamilton, 9th Grade Academic and College Counselor

Welcome fellow Eagles, we’re glad you’re here!  Our nest is now your home. I’m Zonya Hamilton, and my role is to help you navigate your first year at Valor, helping you with course selection, academic guidance and other support that you may need. Feel free to email me or call me at 303.471.3380 with any academic-related questions or concerns. Here is some important information including upcoming freshman events, summer offerings, academic support and general course information that will be helpful to assist as you begin your journey at Valor. Blessings for a wonderful 9th grade school year!

Course Information

9th Grade Academic Transition

Freshman year is a transitional time for many students. Each incoming 9th grade class represents students from more than 70 area middle schools, which means students often come in at varying readiness levels. Our goal is to have all students at grade level by the start of their junior year.

Toward that end, we offer services and classes for incoming 9th-grade students, starting during the spring semester of their 8th grade year, and running through the summer and into the academic year, that help students build foundational academic skills. Read about our course offerings below, and register by clicking on the links provided.

Support Courses for Incoming Freshman

9th Grade Seminar

Our 9th Grade Seminar class supports incoming freshmen as they transition from over middle school to become active members of the Valor community.

The 9th Grade Seminar is a small, single-gender class that meets twice each week and helps students build strong academic skills and study habits while also exploring their giftings and talents, personality and temperament, grit and vision. Best of all, the 9th Grade Seminar is often the place new freshman form close friendships that stay with them throughout high school and beyond.



The 9th-grade faculty are highly qualified, all-star teachers who are fully versed in all 9th grade-level core subjects, including math, English, biology, history and Bible.

In addition to their primary instructional role, these teachers also run our 9th Grade Seminar classes and serve as advocates for 9th graders. They guide 9th-grade students through their first year and serve as a sounding board for any questions and concerns students may come across during their transition to high school.



The 9th-grade faculty in core disciplines meet regularly to stay aware of each other’s curricular goals and student outcomes. Our philosophy is to support and push students so that they feel safe to take challenges and risks academically. 

By the time they start the sophomore year, we desire that students are well prepared in their thinking, reading, writing, research and presentation skills. Ultimately, we believe that they will be more effective in their passions and areas of interest if they have their foundational skills in place.


Advanced Placement

Admitted freshmen are invited to take a math or Spanish placement test in the spring to advance beyond the traditional freshman courses. Please contact Sheila Beckie if you believe your student would qualify for advanced placement.

Students, Get Plugged In!

We encourage students to get involved and explore new opportunities. For information on getting involved in Arts, Athletics, Student Clubs, Student Leadership, STEM, or Discovery experiences, this information may be found on the Valor website. View each respective department or learn about more student experience opportunities here.

Social and Emotional Support

We have licensed counselors on staff to assist with social and emotional support needs-David Milton, Social and Emotional Services Coordinator, or Jessica Keith, Social and Emotional Services Interventionist. Sources of Strength is a life-giving opportunity for students to get involved in peer mentorship groups, with meetings throughout the year. 

School Calendar

The calendar is a great resources to view all the fun events and activities going on at Valor Christian High School. All school events can be found by clicking on the calendar button at the top of the Valor website or the link above. Whether you are looking for a sporting event to attend, a student activity, an arts or academic night, look at our calendar. 

Summer Courses

For academic support and summer school registration questions, please email Will Ostransky, Academic Support Lead.

Welcome Class of 2026! We believe in utilizing the summer to review and prepare for the upcoming year. To that end, we’re excited to offer multiple summer school opportunities to help our incoming freshmen students in their transition to Valor. Read about our course offerings below, and register using the link provided. We can’t wait to get started with your student soon! 

Sign Up for a Class


Summer Strategy for Success

Additional Information and Resources