Clayton Valley Charter High School

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Clayton Valley Charter High School
1101 Alberta Way


United States
Coordinates37°56′59″N 121°58′04″W / 37.94972°N 121.96778°W / 37.94972; -121.96778Coordinates: 37°56′59″N 121°58′04″W / 37.94972°N 121.96778°W / 37.94972; -121.96778
School typeCharter high school
EstablishedCVHS 1958, CVCHS 2012
SuperintendentDavid Linzey[1]
CEEB code050658
NCES School ID062637003940[2]
PrincipalJohn McMorris[1]
Teaching staff78.34 FTE[2]
Enrollment1,999[3] (2014–15)
Student to teacher ratio23.84[2]
Color(s)Red, white, blue, and black                  

Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS) is a comprehensive charter high school located in Concord, California, United States, just under two miles from Clayton. Most of the school's students live in Clayton and the nearby Concord neighborhoods.

As a charter school, CVCHS has both a traditional principal as site leader and an executive director who heads the school district central office as superintendent. It also has a nine-member governing board.[4]

CVCHS houses ClaytonArts Academy. 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, who is currently on administrative leave.[5]


Clayton Valley High School was founded in 1958, as part of the Mount Diablo Unified School District. It served areas of Clayton and Concord as a regular public high school for more than 59 years.[6]

Converting Clayton Valley High School into a charter school was first suggested in 2010.[7] A petition was submitted to MDUSD on June 9, 2011,[7] 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.[7] Supporters of the charter movement filed an appeal with the Contra Costa County Board of Education, which on January 11, 2012, overturned the district's decision and approved the charter.[7][8][9] 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 2012-2013; that year the school showed marked improvement on the Academic Performance Index and the football team won the divisional title for the first time.[10]


Clayton Valley's teams are the Eagles, known as the Ugly Eagles.[11][12]



  1. ^ a b Joyce Tsai (February 8, 2017) [February 7, 2017]. "Clayton Valley Charter seeks new leader". East Bay Times.
  2. ^ a b c National Center for Education Statistics. "School Detail for Clayton Valley High". United States Department of Education. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  3. ^ California Department of Education. "Enrollment by Grade for 2011-12". DataQuest. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  4. ^ governing board
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Past exhibit: Clayton Valley High School: 1958-2008: Fifty Years of the Eagle Legacy". Clayton Historical Society and Museum. Archived from the original on December 18, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d Clayton Valley Charter High School. "CVCHS Timeline". Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  8. ^ Mt. Diablo Unified School District (2012-02-07). "CVHS Transfer Letter" (PDF). Retrieved 14 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Tom Barnidge (August 15, 2016) [January 18, 2012]. "Lessons to be learned from Clayton Valley charter petition". East Bay Times.
  10. ^ Tom Barnidge (July 20, 2016) [September 9, 2013]. "Complete makeover produces results at Clayton Valley Charter High School". East Bay Times.
  11. ^ Mike Lefkow (September 16, 2017). "Clayton Valley Charter's performance even surprises coach". East Bay Times.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Mike Lefkow (May 11, 2017). "Clayton Valley High adding 14 to sports Hall of Fame". East Bay Times.
  13. ^ Matthias Gafni (August 13, 2016) [August 1, 2012]. "Tiny Clayton produces two bronze medalists". San Jose Mercury News.
  14. ^ Curtis Pashelka (January 10, 2018) [January 9, 2018]. "Former Antioch star shines on national stage for Alabama". East Bay Times.
  15. ^ "Clyde Mashore, former major league player and Clayton Valley star, dies". San Jose Mercury News. January 26, 2016.
  16. ^ "30 years of Cream of the Crop: a complete list". San Jose Mercury News. January 28, 2012.

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