About Vargas Academy

Do you want to learn how to Flip, Tumble, Jump, Fall Safely, Stunt, Balance, and have a GREAT time? Come try a class at Vargas Academy. Looking forward to having you become a fan of our NEW 5,000 Sq Ft facility. Come and see what the buzz is all about! Your first class is always FREE!

The Value of Physical Education

In years past Gymnastics was the basis of all Physical Education curriculum. As schools move away from this activity, we become ever more important for the accumulation of balance, strength and flexibility that will allow athletes of any sport a greater opportunity to succeed. Our competitive programs have had great successes. But our biggest success is the children we reach every week and make a physically challenging sport fun and inviting. Many times we do not see the final outcome of our efforts, but with a solid program based in making fitness fun, we know many of tomorrows champions are present in our facility every week.

Hours of Operation

Monday

9:00-12:30

3:00-8:30

Tuesday

10:00-12:00

3:00-8:00

Wednesday

9:00-12:30

2:00-9:00

Thursday

9:00-12:30

3:00-8:00

Friday

9:00-12:00

3:00-7:00

Saturday

9:00-12:30

Sunday

Closed

What we offer at Vargas Academy!

Trampoline & Tumbling

Trampolining is a competitive Olympic sport in which gymnasts performs 10 acrobatics skills in sequence while bouncing on a trampoline. These can include simple jumps in the pike, tuck or straddle position to more complex combinations of forward or backward somersaults and twists. Double Mini-Trampoline is smaller than a regulation competition trampoline. It has a sloped end and a flat bed. The gymnasts run up and jump onto the sloping end and then jump onto the flat part before dismounting onto a mat. Skills are performed during the jumps or as they dismount. A double mini-trampoline consists of two types of pass. In the one, which is known as a Mounter pass, the athlete performs one skill in the jump from the sloping end to the flat bed and a second skill as they dismount from the flat bed to the landing mat. In the second, which is known as a Spotter pass, the athlete does a straight jump from the sloping end to the flat bed to gain height, performing one skill while landing back on the flat bed and then a second skill as they dismount. These skills are similar to those performed on a regular trampoline except that there is movement laterally along the trampoline.

PARKOUR

Parkour is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. This is done using only the human body and the surroundings for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe. Parkour can include running, climbing, swinging, leaping, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and other, similar movements depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation. Parkour is an activity that can be practiced alone or with others, and is usually - but not exclusively - carried out in urban spaces. Parkour involves seeing one's environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for navigating it by movement around, across, through over and under its features.

All Star Cheer

Competitive cheerleading is when cheer squads compete against each other at a competition. At a typical cheerleading competition, teams perform a 2 and a half minute routine with music that includes stunts, jumps, tumbling. Teams are judged by a panel of cheerleading experts on difficulty and execution. The winner in each division gets a trophy and bragging rights. All types of cheerleading teams have the option to compete, but not all school-based cheerleading squads are competitive. School teams perform routines with a cheer with signs, poms, and megaphones that showcase their sideline skills along with an entertainment section to music. On the other hand, all star cheerleading squads, who are not affiliated with a school, exist solely to compete. All star routines do not include a cheer since they don’t technically cheer for anyone, and their routines are all entertainment/music. Teams compete based on age and difficulty level (1-6, 6 being the most difficult). Either way, competing as a cheerleader is really challenging, athletic, and so much fun. If you want to become a competitive cheerleader call Vargas Academy.

Testimonials

  • We celebrated my grand-daughter's 6th birthday today with a Vargas Gymnastics Party and it was a terrific success. The staff had everything ready for a two hour celebration of pure delight with gymnastic centers, table set for cake and a warm inviting enviroment for parents to enjoy watching the kids having a flipping great time. Our birthday girl said she wants her 7th Birthday party at Vargas next year. Yippee!! Thank you staff for making Lili's day such a blast. She loves coming to gymnastics and we are grateful to have such a good gymnastics club here in Scotts Valley!

  • My 7 year old, Olivia, had her Birthday party at Vargas Academy and it was a HUGE success! Every child had a fantastic time. It was money well spent!!

  • Vargas is the best! We had our 4-yr old at other places and nothing compares to this academy. Even the little kids learn to be accountable, to focus and to excel. They're given personal attention and encouragement every step of the way. The classes are fun and there is a lot of laughter, but there is also enough discipline to result in each child progressing at a fairly rapid pace. It's a joy to watch the kids grow in confidence and strength. The gym is big, open and has lots of excellent equipment in great condition. Vern, the owner, is a marvelous mix of professionalism, expertise and humor. We couldn't be happier and plan to be part of the Vargas "family" for many years to come.

  • Vargas is a fantastic place to enroll your child in a gymnastics class. The teachers are phenomenal, we are partial to Vern, the owner. The gym always appears clean, and is very large to allow for lots of different kids of tumbling and trampoline activities to go on concurrently. It is a little pricier than some of the smaller gyms, but what you get for your $ makes it totally worth it. My son has gained confidence, strength, flexibility, and skills in his time there (he has been a student since the gym opened in 2010)

  • Vargas gymnastics is fabulous. Vern clearly has years of experience and a wealth of knowledge. His staff if professional and also very experienced. He makes each class fun. The facility is brand new which is nice as well as his equipment. All 3 of my boys take instruction there and we all look forward to going each time. I highly recommend it!

  • We love Vargas gymnastics! Vern has the right combination of enthusiasm and structure. Our daughter loves going to gymnastics every week! Vern's assistant, Stephanie is also very helpful! The studio is impeccably clean too! We are so happy to have Vargas in Scotts Valley!

  • Vargas Gymnastics is the best!! My 3 1/2 year old looks forward to going every Friday. Coach Vern has such a kind & patient attitude when working with a group of six pre-schoolers. We always know that she will be safe while having a great time. Thanks Coach!!

  • In order to understand our complete satisfaction with Vargas you need a little of our history. We moved from Maryland and before we found a place to live, we researched gyms. Our daughter's former team is a top 10 National team, needless to say we were being VERY picky. Vern's gym is one of three... we scouted, one of two we did trial workouts and the ONE we chose. In our opinion Vargas Academy of Gymnastic Arts & Dance is the finest T&T gym in the entire Bay area. Vern trains the kids hard, expects a lot and it shows in the results. The coaching Vargas provides is well worth the 45 minute commute we make 3 times a week, that's how good his program is!!

  • I’m very happy with Vargas Academy, as the classes my son is taking are really increasing his self-esteem and self confidence in his everyday life! The teachers are PHENOMENAL with a good mix of encouragement, patience and discipline. I wish Vargas Academy had been around when I was a teenager!

  • Vernie, You are amazing with the children and my girl can not wait to use your new facility as well. You are always cheerful and I hear you when I’m teaching in my class how positive you are to the kids. I love that so much. WOW what an exciting opportunity for you to have your own gym. I’m real happy for you Vernie. June Bug

  • Not only has Vern been my best friend for over 15 years, he’s been my inspiration, my motivation, my toughest critic, and my strongest support. his work ethic leaves me gasping for breath. his infinitely positive energy is blinding. he is passionate about gymnastics and compassionate about his students, their parents, and his staff. vern loves what he does, and that love is contagious. he is both consistent and encouraging in his coaching. anyone who works with children should be required to observe vern’s instruction as well as his interactions with his students. he brings out the best in his students. no other gym is even capable of providing what vargas academy of gymnastic arts already provides.

  • My son wakes up everyday and asks if it is Vaulting Vern day. Vern, you are a great thing for Scotts Valley.

  • I am a teacher aid at Circle of Friends preschool in SV and Vaulting Vern is awesome! The kids can’t wait till tuesdays when he comes to do cheer and tumbling. He is great with kids and you can see how much he enjoys his job every time he is around them. I look forward to seeing all the great things his new gymnasium has to offer and I wish him tons success. Go Vern!

  • I am the Owner of Tumbling Tutor in Live Oak. Vaulting Vern will be one of the hardest working employees to lose. With his energy and enthusiasm, Scotts Valley is very lucky for gaining this type of talent. Congratulations Scotts Valley! Congratulations Vern!!!

  • I’m the owner of Circle of Friends preschool in SV. Vern Vargas (Vaulting Vern as we call him) teaches both a cheer and a tumbling class here at my facility. He is incredible with the children. His energy, enthusiasm and expertise is second to none. The kids and the staff here love him. We are so excited for his new facility and can’t wait to visit for a field trip. Go Vern!!

  • We are very excited Vern Vargas is opening his own facility in Scotts Valley! He brings professionalism, expertise and fun to the sport of gymnastics and kids LOVE him! Can’t wait to sign the kids up for trampoline classes and can’t wait to have a place to hold birthday parties!!!

  • This is exciting news. No longer having to drive to Depot Park for gymnastic lessons, my nephew is so excited. When will the telephone & website be working to get additional information? We look forward to having the gymnastics back in Scotts Valley. Kudos!

  • I’m very pleased that there will be a local Gymnastics Academy in Scotts Valley. It’s going to be a great to not have to drive to Santa Cruz for gymnastics. I also hear wonderful compliments about the Owner of VAGA. I was told his energy is infectious and that he would be a great role model for my son. I look forward to experiencing his passion for the sport as well as his brand new facility!

  • Wow, it’s always exciting to hear about a new gymnastics facility … especially a brand new program! Our kids have thrived in gymnastics and it has really helped their other athletic endeavors. Best wishes for success in Scotts Valley, Vargas Academy!

  • Welcome gymnastics academy! What a great use for one of available large spaces on GH Rd. I hope it thrives, succeeding so well that the owner has a waiting list for enrollment in the coming months.

  • Vern Vargas is a very gifted, compassionate and professional instructor. My children are excited that he will be coaching them again at his very own facility in Scotts Valley! Consider his new academy for your child to experience gymnastics in a whole new way!

  • Wow can’t wait until the gym opens. Vern Vargas is an awsome coach!

  • My three year old gran-daughter, Liliana, loves going to gymnastics at Vargas Academy and I enjoy taking her each week. My daughter checked out other facilities prior to enrolling Liliana at Vargas Academy. Vargas Academy was by far the best equipped facility offering a multitude of age appropriate activities. The gym is spacious, clean and well organized and has an abundance of equipment in excellent condition for both gross and fine motor development and through using a thematic and seasonal approach to appeal to the younger children, the students stay engaged and flourish in this environment. I particularly like the care given to each child and the accountability for skills accomplished by using a success chart kept at home where the children can keep track of their progress. After teaching for 35 years and designing and coordinating the Physical Education Merry Movement Lab for Hollister Schools, I have a deep appreciation for the effort Vern Vargas gives in making Vargas Academy an extraordinary facility for our community. I see Liliana continuing for many years at Vargas Academy and taking advantage of classes offered for older children too. The skills and self-confidence she has gained since beginning at Vargas speaks volumes for the owner and instructor Vern Vargas and his great staff. Thank you for all you do for the community and for helping our children to become strong and healthy athletes.

  • I am a teacher aid at Circle of Friends preschool in SV and Vaulting Vern is awesome! The kids can’t wait till tuesdays when he comes to do cheer and tumbling. He is great with kids and you can see how much he enjoys his job every time he is around them. I look forward to seeing all the great things his new gymnasium has to offer and I wish him tons success. Go Vern!

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  • We celebrated my grand-daughter's 6th birthday today with a Vargas Gymnastics Party and it was a terrific success. The staff had everything ready for a two hour celebration of pure delight with gymnastic centers, table set for cake and a warm inviting enviroment for parents to enjoy watching the kids having a flipping great time. Our birthday girl said she wants her 7th Birthday party at Vargas next year. Yippee!! Thank you staff for making Lili's day such a blast. She loves coming to gymnastics and we are grateful to have such a good gymnastics club here in Scotts Valley!

  • My 7 year old, Olivia, had her Birthday party at Vargas Academy and it was a HUGE success! Every child had a fantastic time. It was money well spent!!

  • Vargas is the best! We had our 4-yr old at other places and nothing compares to this academy. Even the little kids learn to be accountable, to focus and to excel. They're given personal attention and encouragement every step of the way. The classes are fun and there is a lot of laughter, but there is also enough discipline to result in each child progressing at a fairly rapid pace. It's a joy to watch the kids grow in confidence and strength. The gym is big, open and has lots of excellent equipment in great condition. Vern, the owner, is a marvelous mix of professionalism, expertise and humor. We couldn't be happier and plan to be part of the Vargas "family" for many years to come.

  • Vargas is a fantastic place to enroll your child in a gymnastics class. The teachers are phenomenal, we are partial to Vern, the owner. The gym always appears clean, and is very large to allow for lots of different kids of tumbling and trampoline activities to go on concurrently. It is a little pricier than some of the smaller gyms, but what you get for your $ makes it totally worth it. My son has gained confidence, strength, flexibility, and skills in his time there (he has been a student since the gym opened in 2010)

  • Vargas gymnastics is fabulous. Vern clearly has years of experience and a wealth of knowledge. His staff if professional and also very experienced. He makes each class fun. The facility is brand new which is nice as well as his equipment. All 3 of my boys take instruction there and we all look forward to going each time. I highly recommend it!

  • Vargas Gymnastics is the best!! My 3 1/2 year old looks forward to going every Friday. Coach Vern has such a kind & patient attitude when working with a group of six pre-schoolers. We always know that she will be safe while having a great time. Thanks Coach!!

  • We love Vargas gymnastics! Vern has the right combination of enthusiasm and structure. Our daughter loves going to gymnastics every week! Vern's assistant, Stephanie is also very helpful! The studio is impeccably clean too! We are so happy to have Vargas in Scotts Valley!

  • In order to understand our complete satisfaction with Vargas you need a little of our history. We moved from Maryland and before we found a place to live, we researched gyms. Our daughter's former team is a top 10 National team, needless to say we were being VERY picky. Vern's gym is one of three... we scouted, one of two we did trial workouts and the ONE we chose. In our opinion Vargas Academy of Gymnastic Arts & Dance is the finest T&T gym in the entire Bay area. Vern trains the kids hard, expects a lot and it shows in the results. The coaching Vargas provides is well worth the 45 minute commute we make 3 times a week, that's how good his program is!!

  • I’m very happy with Vargas Academy, as the classes my son is taking are really increasing his self-esteem and self confidence in his everyday life! The teachers are PHENOMENAL with a good mix of encouragement, patience and discipline. I wish Vargas Academy had been around when I was a teenager!

  • Vernie, You are amazing with the children and my girl can not wait to use your new facility as well. You are always cheerful and I hear you when I’m teaching in my class how positive you are to the kids. I love that so much. WOW what an exciting opportunity for you to have your own gym. I’m real happy for you Vernie. June Bug

  • Not only has Vern been my best friend for over 15 years, he’s been my inspiration, my motivation, my toughest critic, and my strongest support. his work ethic leaves me gasping for breath. his infinitely positive energy is blinding. he is passionate about gymnastics and compassionate about his students, their parents, and his staff. vern loves what he does, and that love is contagious. he is both consistent and encouraging in his coaching. anyone who works with children should be required to observe vern’s instruction as well as his interactions with his students. he brings out the best in his students. no other gym is even capable of providing what vargas academy of gymnastic arts already provides.

  • My son wakes up everyday and asks if it is Vaulting Vern day. Vern, you are a great thing for Scotts Valley.

  • I am a teacher aid at Circle of Friends preschool in SV and Vaulting Vern is awesome! The kids can’t wait till tuesdays when he comes to do cheer and tumbling. He is great with kids and you can see how much he enjoys his job every time he is around them. I look forward to seeing all the great things his new gymnasium has to offer and I wish him tons success. Go Vern!

  • I am the Owner of Tumbling Tutor in Live Oak. Vaulting Vern will be one of the hardest working employees to lose. With his energy and enthusiasm, Scotts Valley is very lucky for gaining this type of talent. Congratulations Scotts Valley! Congratulations Vern!!!

  • I’m the owner of Circle of Friends preschool in SV. Vern Vargas (Vaulting Vern as we call him) teaches both a cheer and a tumbling class here at my facility. He is incredible with the children. His energy, enthusiasm and expertise is second to none. The kids and the staff here love him. We are so excited for his new facility and can’t wait to visit for a field trip. Go Vern!!

  • We are very excited Vern Vargas is opening his own facility in Scotts Valley! He brings professionalism, expertise and fun to the sport of gymnastics and kids LOVE him! Can’t wait to sign the kids up for trampoline classes and can’t wait to have a place to hold birthday parties!!!

  • This is exciting news. No longer having to drive to Depot Park for gymnastic lessons, my nephew is so excited. When will the telephone & website be working to get additional information? We look forward to having the gymnastics back in Scotts Valley. Kudos!

  • I’m very pleased that there will be a local Gymnastics Academy in Scotts Valley. It’s going to be a great to not have to drive to Santa Cruz for gymnastics. I also hear wonderful compliments about the Owner of VAGA. I was told his energy is infectious and that he would be a great role model for my son. I look forward to experiencing his passion for the sport as well as his brand new facility!

  • Wow, it’s always exciting to hear about a new gymnastics facility … especially a brand new program! Our kids have thrived in gymnastics and it has really helped their other athletic endeavors. Best wishes for success in Scotts Valley, Vargas Academy!

  • Welcome gymnastics academy! What a great use for one of available large spaces on GH Rd. I hope it thrives, succeeding so well that the owner has a waiting list for enrollment in the coming months.

  • Vern Vargas is a very gifted, compassionate and professional instructor. My children are excited that he will be coaching them again at his very own facility in Scotts Valley! Consider his new academy for your child to experience gymnastics in a whole new way!

  • Wow can’t wait until the gym opens. Vern Vargas is an awsome coach!

  • My three year old gran-daughter, Liliana, loves going to gymnastics at Vargas Academy and I enjoy taking her each week. My daughter checked out other facilities prior to enrolling Liliana at Vargas Academy. Vargas Academy was by far the best equipped facility offering a multitude of age appropriate activities. The gym is spacious, clean and well organized and has an abundance of equipment in excellent condition for both gross and fine motor development and through using a thematic and seasonal approach to appeal to the younger children, the students stay engaged and flourish in this environment. I particularly like the care given to each child and the accountability for skills accomplished by using a success chart kept at home where the children can keep track of their progress. After teaching for 35 years and designing and coordinating the Physical Education Merry Movement Lab for Hollister Schools, I have a deep appreciation for the effort Vern Vargas gives in making Vargas Academy an extraordinary facility for our community. I see Liliana continuing for many years at Vargas Academy and taking advantage of classes offered for older children too. The skills and self-confidence she has gained since beginning at Vargas speaks volumes for the owner and instructor Vern Vargas and his great staff. Thank you for all you do for the community and for helping our children to become strong and healthy athletes.

  • I am a teacher aid at Circle of Friends preschool in SV and Vaulting Vern is awesome! The kids can’t wait till tuesdays when he comes to do cheer and tumbling. He is great with kids and you can see how much he enjoys his job every time he is around them. I look forward to seeing all the great things his new gymnasium has to offer and I wish him tons success. Go Vern!

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Poster Reward System

Skills Check-Off Program

Our Poster Reward System has been developed to provide our students (ages 3 and up) with incentives and rewards for learning new skills. It also provides parents with a tool to monitor the progress of their child.

Students receive a FREE poster (Age/Skill appropriate) for each level of our curriculum. Each poster corresponds to curriculum cards used by our instructors. Our method of testing called “Skills Check-off Week” is done approximately every six weeks.

For every skill that a student shows he/she has “passed” when tested, the skill is “Checked-off” on his/her corresponding skills card. The following week each student receives a small envelope with “Star” stickers and an indication of what skills were passed the previous week. The “Star Stickers” are then placed on the poster, based on the skill-number indicated.

After students complete their appropriate level/poster, they are awarded a Certificate of Achievement, have their picture taken with their coach, and are given a new poster for the next progressive level. (There is a place on the poster for the picture.)

It is our intention that our Poster Reward Program encourages parents to get involved in their Childs Gymnastic and Parkour education, and to share the excitement of progress each child will experience while learning and growing. We have become ever more important for the accumulation of Focus, Balance, Strength, Agility, and Flexibility that will allow athletes of any sport a greater opportunity to succeed.

We now have an online testing system, myskillchart.com, which instantly informs you of what skills your child has passed during skills check-off week!

Our Mission

Individual Goals

Vargas Academy is the perfect place to compliment your child’s education and growth. We take great pride in providing a safe, challenging environment that will allow each child to progress to their individual goals.

Fun of Physical Fitness

Many students will never see the competitive end of our programs, but we believe the knowledge they gain, and the fun they had in the gym will positively impact their perception of physical fitness for years to come.

Small Class Size

Personal Attention

Student to Coach Ratio;
Parent/Tot Classes: 12 to 1.
Preschool Classes 6 to 1.
Kindergym Classes: 6 to 1.
Beginning Classes: 8 to 1.
Intermediate Classes: 10 to 1.
Advanced Classes: 10 to 1.
Tumbling Classes: 15 to 1.
Teen/Adult Classes: 18 to 1.

Money Back

100% Money Back Guarantee on Annual Registration Fee

We feel we offer the very finest children’s program in the Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley area. However, we also know that we cannot always offer exactly what every child needs at all stages of their development and that is why we offer the following guarantee:

IF AFTER YOUR CHILDS FIRST FOUR LESSONS; YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED, FOR ANY REASON, WE WILL CHEERFULLY REFUND 100% OF YOUR ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE… NO QUESTIONS ASKED.