Sietsema Family

Please tell us your student's names and grades.

Ryder, 9th grade, Austin, 6th grade, Eli, 2nd grade

What do you love about VCS?

We love the community at VCS. The interconnectedness of the teachers, staff, other parents and students is so special at VCS. There is a markedly different feel at all of the schools on the VCS campus, one of love and care. We know that our boys are looked after and cared about beyond the classroom. It makes such a difference when something happens or your child seems sad at school and a teacher or staff member takes the time to find out how they can help, as well as pray for them. This extra layer of care has been wonderful to see over the years (we started at VCS in 2010). The staff that choose to work at VCS definitely choose it as a calling, that is evident in the way they interact with students and parents. We also love that our kids can have character building experiences that can shape them later in the Christ-centered environment. 

Why did you choose VCS for your children?

Originally, we chose to send our oldest son to VCS because of the small class sizes and Christ-centered environment. We sent him to the VCS preschool when he was 3. When we visited the elementary school, we met Mrs. Mary Edgar. We are so happy that we stayed at VCS, because all 3 of our sons ended up having Mrs. Edgar for Kindergarten. These early experiences have given our sons a great foundation. 

We always know that we can come to our teachers to address issues and that the administration cares about our concerns.

In what ways have you seen your children grow in their faith as a result of their experiences at VCS? How, if any, has this impacted your family?

In our family, we have seen our children’s faith grow incrementally. Sometimes it comes out as something thoughtful as they analyze something they heard in class. Sometimes, we haven’t seen the fruit of growing in their faith until we see one of our sons stand up for a friend who is being bullied. We know that our boys are solid in their faith because of their experiences at VCS. We have seen that our oldest son has gained confidence in his faith and morality through his experiences at VCS. We are also able to have deep conversations with him as he questions so much of what is happening in our world, through his Christian worldview. Our other sons are not as vocal about their faith, but we know that the foundation is there and we will see it come through as they become men.

What is the one word your family would use to describe the Vacaville Christian School experience?

Loving

What would you tell other parents who are considering enrolling their children at VCS?

The VCS community will encourage your kids academically, socially and in their Christian faith. They will welcome you with open arms and genuinely care about you and your student(s). Your children will thrive at VCS.

Sietsema family photo

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