Maricopa Village Christian School

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A place for Native American children of the Gila River Indian Community to learn and grow in a safe, focused, wholesome environment.

Maricopa Village Christian School (MVCS) is a 501(c)(3) educational institution accredited by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists' Commission on Accreditation of the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities (NADCAAA). MVCS operates under the Arizona Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists school system ( MVCS offers:
  • Kindergarten through 6th grade instruction
  • Biblical instruction
  • Dedicated, caring staff
  • Transportation and meals
  • Healthy, safe learning environment
  • Agriculture instruction
  • Native Culture instruction
  • 100% Subsidized tuition
  • High academic and behavior standards
  • Active learning (physical, mental, spiritual)
MVCS is located on a 10-acre school/church campus just southwest of Phoenix, Arizona, in the GIla River Indian Community (GRIC). This area is home to the Maricopa native people. Despite its picturesque setting, nestled in the shadows of the Estrella Mountain Range, this impoverished community is ravaged by society's most menacing ills.

MVCS is a haven where young, vulnerable, impressionable children can experience education the way it should be: free from guns, violence, drugs, profanity, bullying, stereotyping, and prejudice. Moreover, MVCS serves as an incubator for students' dream and a connection with God, who is able to make those dreams come true.

MVCS Board of Directors

Pastor Chris Morris
Board Chair

Principal Larisa Quijano

Elder Al Chatman, Jr.

Superintendent Gus Martin

Margie Bouldoc
Margaret Cook
Daffodil Baez

"The aim of true education is to restore human beings into the image of God as revealed by the life of Jesus Christ. Only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit can this be accomplished. An education of this kind imparts far more than academic knowledge. It fosters a balanced development of the whole person – spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social-emotional—a process that spans a lifetime. Working together, homes, schools, and churches cooperate with divine agencies to prepare learners to be good citizens in this world and for eternity." -official Adventist Education statement of purpose

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