I have been a parent here for 15 years. I have always experienced professional, credentialed personnel in the classroom and in the administration. The smaller class sizes allow the strengths and weaknesses of the children to be nurtured in a Christian environment. The teachers care about the bringing the Word of God to your child and your home. They continually review curriculum and refine their classrooms to make the teaching material come to life. They do this through some of the most amazing field trips available, parent involvement, special projects, and dedication. When the children leave SRVCA they are prepared academically to be a top performer in any of the local High Schools and are spiritually prepared for the more difficult years ahead.
SRVCA is a great school. It provides a very good Christian education at a very reasonable price compared to other private schools, in particular when you consider class size. There are less than 20 kids per class for elementary and junior high tops out at 24. Three of my kids started out in public school and transferred in and have had no issues making friends. We have only had really good experiences with teachers in our first 2 years. Obviously no school is perfect but that has been our experience. We have encountered people who love teaching, love our kids and love Christ.
This school has major issues in regards to students, teachers, administration, and parents. Yes, everyone has their up and down days, but to single out families because your family doesn't conform to man made expectations or ideologies is ridiculous. Hopefully no one will ever go through our experiences while there. Jesus called out the Pharisees in his day. You will be ostracized if you confront anyone, and be permanently rejected. We are saved by Grace, not works.. And that is Biblical!
Save your money, parents. Although the school has a handful of good teachers and great family support, it is the blind leading the blind at SRVCA. The principal and vice principal have neither the training nor the qualifications to run a quality school, but a school board run by parents with special interests don't know enough to hold them accountable. Many teachers have expired credentials if any at all. It is the great kids from super involved parents (who want a Christian education) who do well in high school. SRVCA would love to take the credit.
Now that the good news is out that principal will be leaving next year, the school has a chance-as long as they hire a replacement who possesses the skills, training and education that is required of any school principal in CA. The sad things is the school doesn't pay well so it does not attract good candidates. Most of the dedicated teachers are moms at the school, there for personal reasons.
I was a student at SRVCA, I couldnt make friends since they were all together for so long and i was new.... The teachers wanted good grades out of me when they wouldnt help you at all to help you get there....when they saw i needed help i only had 2 good teachers there out of the 7.... PLEASE NOTE: THE TEACHERS DONT DO THERE 50% WHILE UR DOIND 80% OF IT AND THEY ARNT DOING TO 20% SO YOU START FAILING:/ I find the public school teachers helping me out more when they have more kids to teach... and its easier to make friends
SRVCA students consistently outperform the Public School students when you look at the High School results. The San Ramon High School Commencement Booklets showed that the SRVCA graduates had twice the percentage of "High" and "Highest" Honors than the general population over a 5 year period.
If you are looking for a school with excellent teachers, phenomenal principal and a great education for your child then SRVCA is the right choice. I love the way they inspire our children to do the right thing and have such a loving environment. My son's scores went from grade level to several levels above. The christian teaching at this school is just amazing! They've really inspired my son to continue to do good for others Miss Brady and Miss Lee have been a gift for our family!
This is an average school. We found the Math, Science, English and History to be equal or lacking in comparison to local public schools. The quality of teaching has decreased with turnover. Some kids in some grades can be quite insecure and cliquish along with the parents. On the other hand, they are supportive as a community and parents are extremely involved in the school (i.e. required volunteering). The faculty is concerned with the overall life skills of the students and love them like family. We found public schools to be less uptight, more relaxing and enjoyable for the kids.
This school is amazing! The principle and teachers are incredibly gifted at teaching to the highest standard of academics and focusing on the heart of the child. The biggest proof is in the kids that come out of this school. They excell in academics well beyond the public school standard in this area, but where they really shine is in leadership and character...something that will lead them to even greater sucess in life. This school doesn't just develop book-smart kids, (however they have the highest academic standards), but it prepares them to impact the world for God.