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Zion Lutheran

Private | K-8 | 83 students

Our school is known for our strong academics and positve learning environment.


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $312,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,165.

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Posted September 29, 2014

Please be very diligent in your research before enrolling in this school. It is NOT the school it used to be, The board of education decided to combine classes last year which led to a huge exodus this year because it didn't work. Unfortunately they have teachers with no experience teaching combined classes and this year they have combined even more grade levels in their afternoon program. When I took my kids out of Zion and put them in another Christian school in Temecula I could not believe how behind they were and how much the other school offered in comparison to Zion. Small class sizes are nice, but Zion's are too small and lead to social issues. Zion says they offer art, music, and other electives, but the classes were very rare and my kids did not enjoy them at all. I advise you to really research your choices, cheapest is not always the best. Not only did Zion lose many students this year, but they also lost several key staff members that made the school great.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 10, 2014

I drive past 20 schools and approximately 30 miles for my son to attend this Zion Lutheran School. Academically, he is a stronger student. As a growing young man, he is more confident and responsible. I am grateful to Zion for their nurturing environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 13, 2012

I have two children that attended Zion from preschool through 8th grade. The teachers are terrific and very supportive. I always felt welcome on campus and enjoyed helping out in my child's classroom. The sports program is terrific especially for a small school. My oldest child is now in college earning a degree in civil engineering. Zion did a great job of preparing my kids for high school and college.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 2, 2011

After moving to California in the summer of 2011, I enrolled my children at Zion. The large class sizes at the public schools were not acceptable to me. I wanted to find a school that would help my children thrive. I have a preschooler and a first grader. I could not be happier with our decision to send our children to Zion. My kids love going to school there! I love the small class sizes and personal attention they receive. It is truly like a family. The teachers, staff and parents are dedicated to providing an outstanding education to the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 28, 2011

This school focuses on reaching the whole child--heart, soul, body and mind. The faculty is dedicated and caring. The school climate is warm and nurturing. The campus is beautiful. We are so glad we enrolled our children at Zion this year! They love it and so do we!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 25, 2011

What a great school. We have been at Zion as a family for over 10 years and have seen many changes through the years. All for the better. I credit Zion with giving our children a very strong foundation to build upon. The moral values that are taught along side the strong academics have been instrumental in shaping our childrens attitude in life. Our oldest child has since graduated and is on to a public high school with great success. I can't help but attribute the good study habits acquired to the personal attention received throughout all the grades, but particularly through middle school when a little push was needed. The middle school science teacher and program is superb. Our second child continues on at Zion and we have seen a great deal of both personal and academic growth fostered here. The new principal has really cultivated a strong sense of community amongst the staff and families. I have never seen a group of more dedicated teachers, who REALLY care about your children. The small class sizes have really allowed for personal attention when needed. I can't say enough about Zion. It is a great place to be. I will be sorry when our youngest child graduates.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 25, 2010

After moving to Fallbrook in 2001, my husband & I enrolled our children at Zion. Our children have flourished over the years under the care of Zion teachers and staff. We are in awe of their dedication to each and every child. Our son is now attending a public high school and earning a 4.0 GPA and our daughter continues to excel in middle school. We are so grateful for the strong foundation they have built while at Zion.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 21, 2010

I sent my son to this school and felt very disappointed, the teachers were very racial, i pay up all fees needed and donations that they were asking but bec. were mexicans and all the kids and teachers were white, we felt like we were not treated right. Teachers doesn't pay attention to our needs, my kids feels the same, right now i am happier that i transferred my son to a different school who treated my son equally. If you are asian or hispanic think again before enrolling your kids on these school, there are much better schools than this place
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 4, 2009

I have had both of my sons at Zion since Preschool after moving to the area from Los Angeles. It has a safe and positive environment with teachers that care a great deal about their students. I have a California teaching credential and want to ensure any parent that Zion not only covers the standards, but reaches above and beyond. I keep an eye on the standards and have never seen any dumbing down at Zion. There was an issue a couple of years ago with the writing curriculum not being up to par, but the administration remedied this asap. Don't forget parents, it is your responsibility to ensure that your child is getting the proper support educationally and that means working with your children at home, not just expecting teachers to do it all. This is in response to the first reviewer...simply incorrect information!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 20, 2008

Following up on August 23, 2007 Post. Since school has changed Principles and Have new teachers things have got much better. Don't get me wrong the school staff are very loving and provide the best education they can. The school is just not setup for children with learning disabilities. I also feel the curriculum is a little behind the public school system.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 26, 2008

I have three children that have been at Zion. Two of witch are still there. My oldest is now in High School with all honors classes, 4.0, Top of the class. My two younger children are thriving as well at Zion. After being at Zion our standards have been very demanding of the High School. Every school is a good school. It is what you and child put in and what you take out. Zion is definitley the best stepping stone to a great education and Christian morals. There was one review that was not so good but if you read it closely the courts picked Zion as well. Great job teachers an staff keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2008

My child attended pre-K and is currently in 1st grade. We came back because of safety concerns in K at Bonsall Public School. We are very happy and see a huge difference in the moral of the teachers and staff which makes for a very positive learning experience. We are pleased with the academics, spirituality and moral teachings. The Principal is wonderful and very hands on. The children are highly supervised which increases safety and minimizes bullying.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 1, 2007

Our two children have been at Zion for the past 6 years. This is by far the best school in Fallbrook. The staff exhibits the highest standards of christian values and educational excellence and their love of the Lord is obvious on a daily basis. Our kids have just thrived at this school year in and year out. Each teacher has taken the time to know and love them as individuals, and have become like family members to us.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 23, 2007

My child has also been at Zion since preschool. I didn't want my child to go to the public schools in the area because of them not being very good. The school was great for a few years until I learned that she had a learning disability. A educational plan was setup and the school said they could meet her needs. It has been a constant fight to make this happen with very little success. I know what your thinking, just put her in a different school. I can't I am court order to leave her there because her mom lives in fallbrook and I live in temecula. My son goes to school in temecula and I couldn't be happier. He also has a learning disability and I couldn't be happier with the school district. Their LD is not sever. Word to the Wise pick a different school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 11, 2007

My son has been at Zion since preschool, and I have been very happy with his education. The teachers foster a Christian atmosphere teaching the students about making good choices. There is a dynamite math and science teacher in the middle school. My son enjoyed the youth group trips, student council, and the basketball team. The administration really works hard to make Zion a fine school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2003

The best private school in our community! A great focus on the individual student. Class size is low (ours is 15)(2 of the same grade level). Great focus on good christian values (but not over board).
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 26%
Hispanic 6% 52%
Black 4% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Band
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Donna Woods
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Lutheran church - missouri synod
  • ELEA


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • Band
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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  • Our small class sizes allow for individualized attention and allows our teachers to develop a full understanding of each child and what interests and motivates them. Rather than teaching to a specific test, we encourage and guide our students to develop good communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and collaborative skills enabling them to lead their generation into the future. We encourage you to come visit our campus and really get to the "heart" of our school.
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1405 East Fallbrook Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028
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Phone: (760) 723-3500


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