Parent to 3 kids at AVCS.. Have to a agree with the last posting, although there are some great people, half of the parents are snotty and many work at the school as supervisors. There are many cliques with the parents and kids. Not the loving Christian environment we should all expect. Principal(s) tell you what you want to hear but are not affective. Sadly, there are teachers and principals that gossip and don't show the love of Christ. We feel stuck. Education is good some years, some years the teachers are not great and you need to do the summer program...more money. If you are looking for a Christian school first, you may want to consider another place. It's religious but not Christian.
Stay away from this school unless you are superficial, bland, fake and the sort who likes drama. This is the worst school ever. Our teacher gossiped about other families, and the other families were cliquey and non-supportive. The moms are mean. The kids have learning disabilities so if you are trying to avoid immersion in that sense, this is not the school for you. IMO, this is not the school for anyone. Furtherance, the office staff is cold -- check out the name of the head - cold = you name it. Terrible place for anyone.
Aliso Viejo Christian School has been the best place for my children to attend. The school's atmosphere is extremely warm and friendly! The academics have challenged my children and have prepared them well for both middle school and hight school. AVCS is more than just a school; it is a community that offers so many activities for both students and parents to enjoy. Not only do your children grow academically, but also spiritually. It is essential to train our children in the ways of the Lord so that they will not depart from it, and AVCS provides a place where children can freely grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. I am so proud to say that my children attend/ have attended AVCS! Way to go Conquerors!!!
We are so blessed to be at this school and part of the AVCS community! It has been the most incredible year for my kids - these teachers have inspired, encouraged, and supported them on so much more than just an academic level. The math program is fantastic and challenging, and all of the "extras" like having a real PE coach, music teacher, drama teacher, computer teacher, and all the hands on science have been wonderful additions that we were missing in public school. We have been at two different public schools and have had the same issues with both - burnt out teachers and staff, too many kids in the classrooms, and a lot of the fun being cut out. School is about more than math and language arts, and you see that here at AVCS. Everyone is always smiling - from the office staff to the principal and teachers - you never feel like they are too rushed to talk to you. From day 1 we have felt welcomed into this community and my kids have made the most amazing friends. This is truly what school is all about.
AVCS is a great school. We are very happy overall. The school is solid in academics and teach good values and morals. Parents are very involved, but have no pressure to.
My children have thrived especially with advanced math & having full day kindergarten is great for kids who are already reading from preschool. It is a small school but has many sports & a great after school program. We love our school!
My two children have been going to the school for two years now. I moved my children from public school ( which was the best academic decision). In comparison to the local public schools and more prestigious private schools, AVCS offers: smaller class sizes, higher test scores, lower tuition and smarter budgeting. There are paid individuals who monitor the children during recess and lunch. The school participates in a great lunch program that makes ordering healthy food easy. Every grade has the opportunity to go on multiple field trips, including trips that are multiple days and out-of-state. The staff is tremendously friendly and warm. The principal and vice-principal take their time to speak and listen to everyone. The school provides individual assistance for children who may be behind and individual assistance for children who are ahead. The school genuinely is concerned for every need of every child. I have a strong background in psychology and find this school practices some of the most advanced learning techniques that are supported in recent journal studies. Additionally, the calm loving environment, facilitates advanced learning, security and emotional balance.
The pros for this school is the child to teacher ratio. From K to 4th grade, the teachers are good. They need to get rid of the current Bible middle school teacerh who is teaching her beliefs that are not christian based and all the kids dislike her. The principal and vice principal are not doing a good job of listening to the children instead they listen to the parents who work at the school for discounted tutition and who are prejudice. They act first and give out punsihment then get the facts later. And then they NEVER lett let the child or parent know that thye have been cleared of the wrong doing. They instill gossip and shunning by the children in middle school -- therefore there is bullying to the max at this school. My child has been here since K and she cannot wait to leave this year. Please be smart and RUN from this school. Save your money, the public schools in this have much more to offer!!!
Pros - Christ-centered Education, small environment, loving teachers, nice families. Cons - No foreign language classes until middle school while other public and private schools are adding Mandarin Chinese and French into their curriculum, picking up time is a flashback to high school again (small talk is required) since you have to get out of your car to pick up, school supervisors are made up of moms who have children currently attending this school and gets a tuition discount and gets paid for supervising, as well. Like the PP, some teachers appeared to be blatantly struggling with some subject matters. Overall, I would save the money and go to public.
We were thrilled with the caliber of teachers and the small caring environment for our child through 5th grade. However, once our son started middle school, it became very apparent to us that the school was lacking academically, and several teachers even appeared to be blatantly struggling with their subject matter. We switched our son to our local public school and were shocked to find that for $7000 less per year our son was actually getting a far superior education from teachers with ADVANCED DEGREES in their subjects. AVCS offers a great Christian education for the younger grades but an inferior education once subject matter becomes more complex. Also, the kids on the campus are somewhat unruly and discipline is not enforced. My son actually commented that poor behavior was not tolerated at his new public school as it would have been commonplace at AVCS. I was disappointed, as we always though that private school was synonymous with higher standards. Not true in this case.
This school is TRULY a Christ centered school. I have witness the amazing grace of God here especially in the last two weeks. The school, the parents, the staff, the pastors, and students have shown an amazing outpouring of love for those in need. This is what a Christian School is all about. My children have been going here for the past eight years and I'm so honored to be part of this Christian community.
Excellence in all aspects of education and spiritual growth. Our child was prepared for H.S. and is excelling socially, in academics and contiinues to grow in his relationship with Christ! There was no feeling real or percieved about being 'in' or 'out' with the school or other parents- we felt welcome to participate as much [or little] as we wanted or were able. Parking lot and traffic? well, they move a whole bunch of folks in and out quite well... being 5 minutes early at drop off and pick up alleviates stress...nobody is on time anymore, so take advantage of the late starts of others!
My child has been at this school for several years and it is by far the best school around. The staff works hard to create a Christ-centered environment while maintaining a level of academic excellence. I would disagree with the previous poster as every teacher at the school is a California Credentialed teacher. This school has been such a blessing to my whole family and incredibly nurturing for our child.
This school is great academically, however, if the child does not fit a certain "mold", the teachers/parents will figure a way to make life at school miserable for the child. This group of parents are hard to deal with if you are an "outsider". I would look carefully and ask many questions as the other parent suggested.
My son has been at AVCS for 4 years. He was previously in a different private school that was three times the price. He has been challenged academically and done exceptionally well. He has been accepted in one of the best private High Schools in California. Kudos to the teachers and staff that helped prepare him for his High School years.
We have been at AVCS for 3 years and love it. I disagree with the parent that indicates you have to be involved in everything or you're an "outsider". I've been more involved some years than others, never as much as I probably should be, but I've never felt I was an outsider. I think a lot of schools have parking issues, and actually, from talking to parents at public schools, our parking lot runs pretty smoothly for the most part! The staff is loving, caring, they know your child- they all know WHO your child is and by name. The staff is supportive of you as a parent and the students. We're so thankful that we found AVCS.
If you are very religious, this is the school for you. If not, look somewhere else. My child has been here for a few years and loves it. However, you have to be very involved with everything or you will seem like an outsider. Almost all the staff and teachers have own children at the school and the supervisors are all made up of parents. The Science Fair at the school was a total joke since the "judges" were all made up of students from grade 1 and up. By the way, pick up time is also very hectic. Most parents have to actually park the car and walk to the classroom to pick up their child. There are no drive through pick up here. It is brutal because parking can be difficult and very far walk.
AVCS certainly lives up to its mission statement as the students do grow in the faith and knowldege of Jesus Christ. The teaching staff is composed of loving and caring Christians. However, please consider the following: 1) there is no governing body - administrators make decisions (including financial) with little or no oversight. 2) A majority of the staff are parents of enrolled students. If you are considering the middle school, be sure to ask many detailed questions regarding grading policies and homework makeup policies. The math department's grading policy is inconsistent with area middle schools (both public and private). If these items are not of concern for your family, then AVCS would be a good choice for your student.
When someone's review starts out 'This lovingness that everyone is talking about is a lie,' it's clear their review is about themselves and not about the school. I'm sorry someone didn't have a good experience there, but perhaps the same qualities that led to such a slanted comment also contributed to their experience. No place is perfect, but AVCS is an excellent combination of academics, experience, and moral teaching. This place turns out great kids, in all senses.
This is a great school. My child is getting an awesome education. Just look at the SAT scores. They are very high. My daughter is about 1 to 2 grade levels higher than her grade. I work in the science field and I feel the school is very strong in science and math. This is important in this global economy. As a busy father, I have no time to for small chit chat. My daughter has a lot of friends from good families, the school has great academics, and they are learning about God. That's all I care about.
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