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El Sobrante Christian School

Private | K-12 | 285 students


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Posted August 19, 2014

My Wife and I have had our daughter enrolled at ESCS ever since she was in Kindergarten. She now will be entering the seventh grade at the Junior High campus. We have had a great experience for all those years at the elementary campus. Small class sizes, fun filled field trips, and well thought out educational school projects , strong emphasis in academics and Christian education made our child's experience there a worth while decision from the get go. It was everything we were looking for and more. Thank You ESCS ! Looking forward to a another great experience for our daughter at the Junior High Campus.......Fall 2014.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 27, 2014

I have a daughter entering the 8th grade and she has been with this school since Kindergarten. This has many way to grow your teens mind in culture, religious value. There is a very vigorous curriculum for the kids and at times very challenging. The staff loves to keep young minds full running motion but keep fun where the kids do not lose interest. There are many things the school does to keep these mind fresh and waiting to strive. like a Principal Honor Roll, Presidential. Education is also in Washington DC, Mount Hermon trips . Many sports are offered, like Basketball, football, Volleyball & etc. This is huge on parent participation. We have our own PTA, Sport Booster Club. Parents love to be with their children at home but love to support them at school also. We have a new Pastor, a new Principal. I have talked to them and see a lot a future investment the school will bring like technology, college advisor, spiritual advisors and much more. I cannot wait to see 2014-2015 will bring to our campus. If you want a great school just come and visit this one and you will be easily convince it will be a great decision for your coming young adult child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2014

El Sobrante Christian School is the best! They have awesome teachers and a great staff. Welcome to our new Pastor and Chairman of the Board Russ Sturm. He has been very involved with the parents over the summer and has great plans for teachers, staff and parents. Congratulations to Mrs. Manguiat Sieman Principal at the elementary campus and to Mr. Derrick Leonard as Principals of the jr/.sr high campus. This is a great Christian School with small class sizes.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 10, 2014

PART 2... !!!READ MY REVIEW!!! (Very reliable) JR/SR High campus, SCHOOL ON HUGE DOWNFALL AND DOESNT SEEM TO BE RECOVERING, CAN NOT WAIT TO LEAVE.. Again Elementary campus is fine and doing great. This School Has some good things about them but they aren't anything compared to the bad Been here from 6th-8th, 10th grade 7. School use to be ok, but continued to collapse.. Hope they close down. 8. There is a lot of students who said they would stay but there had to be a lot of changes 9. There is 1 teacher, Mr Cox, who I highly recognize and commend off his sympathy and grace toward the students. He is a Christian man and it shows daily. Thank You for teaching and helping along the way. Have a whole lot more of negative things to say but my battery is about to die.

Posted March 17, 2014

My son has been attending ESCS since 1st grade and is now in 5th. The teachers at this school are AWESOME. The faculty know every child by name and the children are treated like family. I have never experienced any issues with bullying. The exact opposite occurs at this school. Majority of the students are loving and do not find it amusing to make fun of other students due to differences in appearance, speach, clothing, etc. We teach our son the principles of Christianity and ESCS does a great job at reinforcing them. I would have given ESCS 5 stars, but I wish the student population was larger. There is only one 5th grade class and my son wants to change schools to make more friends. Parent involvement is fantastic and it helps making school activities fun and plentiful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 24, 2013

My child attended ESCS from kindergarten to 5th grade and we would not have changed the experience for anything! I had to change my sons school due to my job and finances however, my son received exactly what I intended when I enrolled him; a solid christian foundation and education that shaped his character. I found the teachers and staff to be very supportive throughout our time there and we had MANY health challenges. I am surprised at the negative reviews as it was certainly not our experience. My son now attends a military college prep public school; the teachers and staff often compliment that " he's a good kid with good manners" I attribute this to ESCS. My son did well on the entrance test except for math and was placed in honors classes. So I don't know folks with the negative reviews.....can't blame it all on the school....I still recommend ESCS elementary to parents who want there kids to be educated in a diverse christian environment that builds character.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 17, 2013

DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO THIS SCHOOL. I went to this school for six years. Started in second grade and left end of seventh grade. The best thing that my mother EVER did was take me out of that school. Most of the teachers are NO Good and i can name a few of the teachers and staff that are Prejudice. They are in it for the money thats all really. Pretty much everyone that comes through this school and leaves right out. Farthest thing from a Christian honestly. But, I can say that i loved Mr.Ojeda who is like the sports director, i love what he has to offer and bring to that school. Also, Mrs.Webb who is the fourth grade teacher, and Mrs.Banuelos, Mrs.Maguiant and her daughter. Those are the best they have there. If you do decide to send your children here take them out before middle school. When i went to public school i struggled ALOT because the fundamentals wasn't there any of the subjects.

Posted November 12, 2013

Awesome school!!! Great staff! Great family school!! My kids love it here!! I highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 11, 2013

I wouldn't put it past a teacher to post wonderful reviews on here. If your children are growing spiritually maybe they have a better teacher or they are just scared to no end. TALK TO YOUR KIDS PARENTS.

Posted October 27, 2012

Both my children have been attending ESCS since kindergarten, and I am extremely happy with the quality of education they are receiving, and am extremely with their growth spiritually.
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Posted June 12, 2012

After nine years at El Sobrante Christian it's sad to say we are leaving on a sour note. The administrative at the Jr. High Campus needs change. For some odd ball reason the principal and vice principal are husband and wife, and there's no just no way to get fair support. They so desperately need new blood in that school, they say there a Christian school, but the actions are of a public school. They don't support the kids, love them or even treat them with respect anymore. The final straw was not giving them there year books until their graduation ceremony because of their ill behavior on a ride that didn't have the proper supervision................They set them up to fail. I'm just really sad to see my child treating this way and I paid 625.00 a month for this..................:)
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Posted February 17, 2012

ESCS has been wonderful for our daughter these last two years, and we re looking forward to sending our son when he is ready for Kindergarten. When it came time for our daughter to start Kindergarten, we needed to know that she was in a safe & loving place with other children who come from families with the same morals, discipline, and respect that we do. Secondly, we wanted to make sure that she was in an academically stimulating environment that is held to the scholastic standards of other schools. We found this at ESCS. All of the staff has been wonderful to work with, and are lead by Mr. Wells. Mr. Wells sets a standard for how things are done at ESCS and what is expected from both student and parent from the very first day. It is refreshing and reminiscent of how things used to be. There is a very active parent group who are welcoming to anyone that wants to be involved. No school is perfect and I always leave room for improvement but I would recommend ESCS to anyone. Children can thrive if parents take an active, hands-on approach to their education. ESCS encourages you to do so.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 6, 2011

My Son Has Attended This School For About A Year. I Am EXTREMELY Disappointed With Whats Going On. They Nickel & Dime You On Everything. This School Has SO MANY Bullies. My Son Has Turned To Self-Harm. Lately He's Been Depressed From The Bullies. He Has Been Called "Gay" Multiple Times. Oh, And The Teachers. They Act Like Nothing Is Going On At All. I CONSTANTLY Complain About The Bullies. I Even Give Them The Exact Name Of The Children That Bully My Son. I Would Most Definetly NOT Reccomend THIS School.
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Posted November 7, 2010

I read all the other reviews before I decided I need to write my own. The negative posts are clearly by those who are not Christian and since this is a Christian school, those should be disregarded. Also some claim its a school of the well off and cliquish. They should try a school that really is like that. My oldest daughter went to a school in Walnut Creek for K - 6 then came to ESCS. The kids were a lot more serious about their education and she had no trouble making friends. Some of the teachers were so so, but that is true anywhere. The biggest thing we noticed is that the teachers really care about the kids. My oldest graduated the HS a couple years ago and my son has been there 4 years now. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2010

My child has attended ESCS since the 1st grade. She absolutely loves it..The class room setting is very hands on because the classroom sizes ranges from 15 to 24. My daughter is now in the 5th grade..I love her teacher Mrs Hoeksema. She is a excellent teacher that loves to teach. She is very stern but very fair. I have found the students to be very respectful and eager to learn. My daughter has not had any social issues or problems with the kids. Iam a single mother and Iam disabled and not working. Iam struggling to sacrifice to pay my daughter's tuition to keep her in this school. Sometimes Sacrifice is needed for the well being of my childs education, especially with the public schools surounding suffering and struggling to stay open. I suggest ESCS to any one who wants their child to get a great eduaction
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Posted February 24, 2010

my son will not be returning to ESCS, i am very disappointed in the way they handle bullies. The teachers look away instead of handling it except Ms. Sanchez. My son is having a real hard time with the bullies and comes home upset almost every night. I do not like ESCS
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 8, 2009

El Sobrante Christina School has been inspirational for our daughter, Sydney. She jumps out of bed every morning because she loves going to school there! She is on the 7th grade volleyball team and their team has won every game - they are 5 and 0! The education she is receiving is a confirmation of our decision to send her there after attending public school up til 6th grade. We feel ESCS does a great job of defining life, volunteerism, charity work, helping others, and learning about religion - all in one.
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Posted September 17, 2009

I like this school. We are Catholic and we have our son attending the middle school. This is his 2nd year. The small classes and Renweb (online information on grades, homework and lesson plans) are great. My son attended the first part of last year at a public school and I had to pull him out. The main difference besides Bible classes is the structure, class size, discipline, morals, respect, and parent involvement. The teachers are decent and it helps a child learn easier when the rules are carried out so that the teachers can do what they do best TEACH without constantly being interrupted by disruptive behavior. My son doesn't like it because it is so small and he is very social but the most important thing is that he is learning. He's not picking up bad habits, bad language and truant friends.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 2, 2009

I had 2 children attend the high school last year, and now have my 8th and sixth grader here. We have been very pleased overall with the school. The faculty is very receptive and responsive to any concerns we have had. Our kids were welcomed right in to the group on the first day, and the level of learning is very high. We are enjoying the one on one our kids have with their teachers, and the intimate setting that the small school setting provides. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 25, 2009

I have had 3 children in this school. My oldest is in college now. I have another that will be graduating June 2010 and my youngest is beginning 2nd grade. This is a fabulous school. I recommend it to everyone. ESCS is not perfect but, no school is. They listen to your concerns and always are there to help. Local public high schools are dangerous. There are fights daily and security needed. I am so glad to have my children at ESCS where it is safe . They expect the kids to be respectful unlike the local public jr and sr high schools. It is true that you pay tuition and sometimes feel nickel and dimed but ALL private schools are like that. ESCS is sensitive to that. They are actually less expensive than most private schools. I am proud to say my kids go to ESCS!
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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 27% 6%
White 24% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 17% 11%
Two or more races 14% 3%
Hispanic 11% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 7% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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5100 Argyle Road
El Sobrante, CA 94803
Phone: (510) 223-2242


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