No rating

GreatSchools Rating

Zion Lutheran Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 132 students


Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:


Living in Anaheim

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $295,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,510.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
Based on 3 ratings
Based on 1 rating
Based on 1 rating
Based on 1 rating

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

18 reviews of this school

Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted August 17, 2014

I am proud to send my daughter to Zion. The teachers, Principal, and even the office staff are loving and caring. My daughter loves going to school and is doing really well there. It isn't as expensive as most private schools. It's required for each family to complete volunteer hours, and I dreaded it at first. It actually turned out to be fun. I got to know the staff, students and parents through volunteering and it allowed me to spend more time with my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2014

This is a great school. They really care about the students. The teachers and principal are great. They have a great sports and music program. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2014

My son has been going to Zion for the last 8 years. He really loves the teachers and principal at this school. I love that fact that the teachers and principal care about my son. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 5, 2013

I enrolled my child into kindergarten about 2 months before school started this year. About a month before school began, my family had to relocate and I notified Zion that my child would not be attending. The school refused to refund me the $450 registration fee. Zion incurred no expense or lost no money when I withdrew my child from the roster. I made several requests to the school principal who, in turn, approached the school board. My request was denied. That was unnecessary, absolutely inappropriate, and flat out greedy behavior on the school's part. I would never recommend a school with such heartless, cold leaders in charge.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 30, 2012

If you are not a member of this Church or do not donate large amounts of money then you and you're child WILL be treated unfair. I highly recommed staying away and i fully support a lot of these comments stating this school cares more about money then the kids schooling...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 9, 2011

The teachers knowledge is fair. The academic program is not very aggressive. The type of teaching tends to be very rote in nature. There is not an emphasis on the students extrapolating information and learning the reasons behind what they are learning. The amount of knowledge the students are expected to retain is minimal. The academics tend to be behind that of other better private schools. Teachers can be very partial to certain parents/family members. We have actually had bad experiences with some teachers being rude and disrespectful towards us as parents. There should be an emphasis on practicing the message they claim they are trying to send as a "Christian" school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 16, 2010

I have to say that I made a huge mistake by switching her to this school. They pretend that my 2 years old kid eat cold food because they are too lazy to warm up the kids' food. My questions to you, Do you eat cold food??? Then, the principal never talk to me about their closing dates and never gave me a calendar until I had paid. Obviously, It was too late to say NO. DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE I MADE! FIND ANOTHER SCHOOL WHERE MONEY IS NOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE CHILDREN!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2010

it is a loving, safe environment for our children to learn. The teachers and school staff are educators and there for the welfare of the kids.

Posted March 30, 2008

My child has been at Zion since pre-school. The teachers here are very qualified and care about the Students. Great Facilities. Great place for your child to grow and learn. It has a great music program, art program, computers for k-8th, and athletic program.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 8, 2008

Great School. Teachers are very qualified and care about their students. Principal does a great job and is very caring person. Great place for kids to grow.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 12, 2008

I was very disapointed about this school the teachers quality was unsatisfactory.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 7, 2007

My youngest child has been at Zion for 6 years. We love this school! The Principal is excellent and committed to children/school. The field trips are appropriate to the grade. Parent participation could be better. The majority of the teachers are excellent and the few others who are not are willing to work with you to become a better fit to your family. My child receives a quality education, good moral direction and spends 7 hours in an environment which reflects the high level of care and concern from everyone on staff from maintenance workers to the Principal!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2007

I was highly disappointed with this school. The decision, leadership, and lack of honesty from the principal overshadowed the wonderful teaching skills from the kindergarden classroom. The main focus of this school seems to be that of how much money they can bring in rather than the overall welfare of the children. Even with their extra curricular activities- additional, high amounts of cash are expected, or the child is overlooked. The school is focused on the bottom line over the moral and educational standards they should be instilling as a Christian school. The curriculum/education that is being given in the public schools that our children are now attending are at the same level as Zion, while the morals are superior without the dent in our checkbooks.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 27, 2006

My child has gone to Zion since she was in kindergarten and has always loved going to school. The Principal there is very caring person who always listens to you. As a family we love going to Zion.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 19, 2006

Lack of Music and Arts Program. Lots of field trips and non-academic events.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 28, 2006

Both of my children have been with Zion since preschool and we love it. The teachers are educated, caring, and more than willing to go out of their way to help student's with any academic and/or social, emotional concerns, and increase student's success. The principal,Mrs.Kangas, is awesome. She is connected with the children and parents. This school has programs and extra cirricular activities, a lunch program, before and after school care, and etc. The school also relies on parent involvment to contribute to the children's success and learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2005

Great facilities, large land, strong sports program, great principal and overall good teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted August 26, 2003

I am no longer sending my child to this school. I felt the school was not being honest enough about safety and education isues.
—Submitted by a parent

Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 44% 52%
White 44% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 5% 11%
Black 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Julie Kangas
  • Coed
  • Lutheran church - missouri synod


Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious


School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
  • {{date}}
Export calendar
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...


To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

1244 East Cypress Street
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: (714) 535-3600


Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »


Add this school to compare

Nearby schools