Spring Vale Christian School

Campus Life

Campus Life

Underlying and motivating everything that goes on at Spring Vale is the conviction that no one is truly educated unless he has God as his Father and Jesus Christ as his Savior. Bible classes, chapels, evening worship in the dorms, joint worship and weekly worship services provide opportunities for students to understand their need for salvation and to learn the keys to spiritual growth and personal happiness. Below you will find the many ways we ground the Spring Vale program with a pursuit of God.

Devotions

Each day, students and staff begin with ten minutes of personal devotion time in their classrooms. They all choose what devotions they will go through, whether it is reading through the Bible, a general devotion, one on a particular topic or journaling and prayer. This helps us begin with a better focus for the day.

Chapel

After the first block of the day, students and staff have chapel time. On Monday, we have a song service where we just praise God and consider who he is through song. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at chapel, speakers share biblical views on various themes. Wednesday is time to discuss the topic. Friday is some closing discussion and prayer time.
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Dorm Worship

Each weekday evening in the dorm, the deans and the students have a time of praise and discussing spiritual matters. On Wednesdays we have joint worship where the boys and girls dorms have this worship time together, usually with a speaker.

Vespers

On Saturday nights there are always fun activities, but before we leave, we have a vespers service, often on the topics of the previous week of chapel services.
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Local Church

Dorm Students also attend weekly services at the campus church (day students are welcome as well). The church has a dedicated membership, many of them alumni of Spring Vale themselves. There are many joint events and fellowship times with the church besides the weekly services. The church also provides other opportunities for students to use their gifts whether those are preaching, worship team, children’s ministry, or other forms of ministry.

Events

Spring Vale has many annual events which include or focus entirely on spiritual matters. Some of these are services during Harvest Hike, Homecoming, Alumni and Graduation Weekends, but also Revival services four times per year, conferences, and boy’s and girl’s retreats in the fall.
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Service Projects

Spring Vale students volunteer for a variety of service projects throughout the school year. Activities change from year to year depending on opportunities and range from preparing Christian care packages, volunteering at food banks and soup kitchens, caring for the home-bound, Adopt-a-Highway and working at area Christian missions for the homeless.
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Mentoring/Counseling

In formal and informal ways, the staff provides mentoring and counseling to the students throughout the year. The diversity of gifts and personalities in our staff give opportunity for any student to find someone they are able to connect with and learn from at Spring Vale. Our Principal, Mark Caswell is also a registered counselor holding a Masters in Counseling. He serves the students in a formal capacity for their counseling needs.

Curriculum

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Course Offerings

Below you can find all the courses we offer at Spring Vale. Our curriculum is based on Christian textbooks whenever possible and integrates Biblical and Christian issues into topics across all disciplines. Our curriculum also meets state standards and accreditation.

Bible Instruction

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Doctrines
  • Understanding the Times

Mathematics

  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Advanced Math

Science

  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Electives

  • Music
  • Spanish
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Journalism
  • Computers
  • Life Skills
  • Drama

English

  • English I, II, III, IV
  • Honors

History

  • World History
  • United States History
  • Government
  • Economics

Advanced Coursework

You can also read an example of how we offer advanced courses at spring Vale on the Torch

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Athletic Teams:

Our sports teams play other schools in our region in 10-14 games each year. In addition, the girl's volleyball team hosts the Flames Classic Tournament each year against three other teams and the boy's basketball team hosts their Flames Classic Tournament against three other teams. Our sports programs respect the Sabbath in scheduling and exist to develop Christian character and ethics of teamwork and diligence.
  • Fall Sports: Girl's Volleyball and Boy's Soccer
    
  • Winter Sports: Girl's and Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball
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Student Senate

Spring Vale students have an active student government body called the Senate. All grade levels elect class officers and participate. The Senate hosts banquets, leads fundraisers for activities, coordinates with school staff on various issues, and many other aspects of student life. 

Sound & Action

For many of our students, participating in Sound, Spring Vale’s student instrumental and singing group, or Action, the student drama group, is the highlight of their high school years. The performing groups go on tour to different regions of the country each year, oftentimes making professional recordings. They also perform frequently at special events.
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Other Activities...

Other activities and groups include:
  • formal banquets
  • hikes
  • talent shows
  • class fund raisers
  • senior class trip to Washington D.C.
  • drama
  • fireside fun
  • field trips
  • hayrides
  • concerts
  • bowling
  • miniature golf
  • ice skating
  • canoeing
  • roller skating, and more...

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Located in rural, central Michigan, Spring Vale’s 147-acre campus is comprised of woodlands, fields, wetlands and a stream that offer a serene, pastoral setting for students to explore the outdoors, learn about the natural environment, enjoy recreation, work, socialize, meditate and reflect. While on campus, they are removed from the distractions of urban life, staying focused on their studies, spiritual development, and building lifelong friendships with those who share their Christian values. The more developed part of SVC’s campus includes a church building, girl's dorm, boy's dorm, cafeteria/student recreation center, main school building and gymnasium, plus 15 staff housing units.
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School Building

The school building has Spring Vale's administrative offices, classrooms including academic resource room, science lab, and computer lab, a gym with hardwood flooring.
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Church

The church building is where we have chapel services every morning, Friday night services and Sabbath services each week.
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Cafeteria and Rec Center

The Cafeteria is between the two dorms. It features a full commercial kitchen and large seating area. Our staff cooks prepare fresh meals daily for students and staff. Students assist in food prep and clean-up. On the lower level of the cafeteria is the rec center. The rec center features a living room space with couches, booths with tables for board games or homework, a serving counter, some weight machines, a ping pong table, and other table games.
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Dorms

We have a boy's dorm and a girl's dorm on campus. Each one has a living room space, dean offices and living quarters, bathrooms and showers, laundry facilities, as well as all the student bedrooms. Rooms are shared with one other student and roommates are changed each quarter. There are nightly homework and devotion times in the dorm and joint dorm worship service with all the students every Wednesday.
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