Academic Options

Valley Prep is not a Home School. We are here to support your high school with your path to graduation, but you will still be enrolled at (and graduate with) your home high school.  This is called concurrent enrollment, meaning that students are enrolled at both the home school and Valley Prep. 

Requests for all concurrent enrollment options, including Valley, must be made through the student’s home school counseling office. There is a process for referrals which counselors will discuss with students and families when deciding which concurrent enrollment option is the best choice to meet the student’s needs.

D51 has several concurrent enrollemnt options in addition to Valley.
Talk to Ms. Burns or your Home School Counselor to learn more.

Career Center

2935 North Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado  81504

The Career Center offers nine Career and Technical Education courses to District 51 high school students.  The students earn elective and academic credits towards graduation while learning the vocational and employability skills needed to be successful in today's workforce.

Career Center programs all use hands-on-work-based model of instruction. The students run an actual restaurant & floral shop, build sheds or repair lawnmowers, fix computers or prune rose bushes for our community!

District 51 bus transportation is provided to Career Center for students.

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Interested in attending Career Center next year?

The Career Center application site is now live. 
Students should go to the Career Center website ( and click on
2022-23 Student Enrollment Request Application.

This link is for new applications only. 

Applications to be completed by March 20 for 1st consideration. 

Career Center should notify Counselors of acceptance by April 1. 

Returning students need to visit with their CC instructors.

Western Colorado Community College (WCCC)
High School Programs

2508 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado  81505

Through a partnership with Mesa County Valley School District 51, qualified high school juniors and seniors enroll in classes at WCCC and earn credit toward high school graduation. Students that meet course competencies are eligible for Technical Scholars college credit.

Bus transportation is provided between District 51 high schools and Western Colorado Community College. Students do not pay for tuition or textbooks.

WCCC's high school programs provide an application based curriculum in a hands-on laboratory environment. Classes emphasize both technical skills and academic knowledge. Expert faculty and support from industry advisory committees assure the delivery of high quality programs.

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Work Experience

Students may earn credit while earning money! Students must complete required forms and have a job (minimum of 20 hours weekly).  Hours must be documented through official business payroll records, i.e. pay stubs which are to be turned in to the Valley School secretary. Students may not work for family members.  Work Experience credit is limited to three elective credits per school year.  Students earn .5 general elective credit for every 60 hours worked. 

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