Antelope Valley School District




Matthew Berryman - Principal

Matthew Berryman


Academy Prep Junior High School & Virtual Academy 

I am looking forward to another incredible school year! My goal is to inspire and encourage students and staff to be the best they can be in and out of the classroom, and to partner with parents in supporting their children to accomplish their life goals.   I began working for the Antelope Valley Union High School District as a teacher in September of 1999. My experience in the classroom was so rewarding, I began to have a desire to impact teachers, staff and systems in order to support our students and community. After working in administration at multiple school sites across the valley I was given the privilege of working as the Principal of Academies of the Antelope Valley in July of 2018.   I grew up in Covina, California and received my B.S. from Azusa Pacific University. After moving to the Antelope Valley with my wife in 1999 to start a family, I received my teaching credential and Masters in Educational Administration from California State University of Bakersfield. As a father of 3 (2 in high school 1 in middle school), I believe in the future of our students and care passionately about the education we provide.   I am always amazed by our students, colleagues and families and I feel grateful to work with such incredible people to help every child at AAV ignite their personal genius! 


Mr. Kleespies

John Kleespies

Vice Principal

Academy Prep Junior High School

Knight Prep Academy 

I am very happy to join the AAV family!  I began my career in the AVUHSD as an English teacher for ten years before transitioning into administration for the past 16 years.  I look forward to hanging out with all the kids and learning about their hopes for the future so that I can help guide them towards achieving their dreams.