Students enrolled 207
Hours 8:15 - 2:45
School leader Mrs. Jennifer Petry
Transportation options None
Type Religious
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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5172 McFadden Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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(714) 899-1600
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4 stars
Based on 47 ratings

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October 09, 2014
Words cannot explain what an wonderful experience my children are having at. Grace. For the first time in their education I feel that they are getting the attention they deserve. Everything these teachers do from the Hans on learning to the daily e-mails shows how much they care. I am so glad we made the decision to attend school here.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2014
My daughter is just entering her 2nd year at Grace and I couldn't be happier About her being here. My daughter thrives here. I've worked as an aid all through the year last year and was able to really be inside the classroom and acknowledge the learning path the teacher was on with the students. For the children who were above grade level and breezed through their work books; she had them start on their following years workbooks to get them even more ahead of the program. The teachers work one on one with each student as well as the teachers assistant whom is in the class at all times. Most (if not all ) of the students in her Kindergarten class last year were absolutely THRIVING and ready to begin 1st grade.. As of now, we are newly into the first few weeks of 1st grade and her teacher is very good as well.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
I am a former public school teacher, having taught for 12 years, and have been very active in my children's education. I moved my two children to Grace 4 years ago from public school when my oldest was going into 4th, my youngest into 2nd. I was concerned about budget cutbacks and larger class sizes, and wanted my children to have more opportunities, like Spanish and Music instruction, as well as having them get a strong spiritual foundation. I have been very pleased with the quality of their teachers, and the level of academics. One thing Grace really is able to offer children is more life experiences. They typically go on 4-5 field trips a year, plus starting in 4th grade go away to Science camp, which has been a favorite for both of my kids. The small size of the school, makes it seem more like a family, where everyone knows and looks out for each other. The teachers really care and are using the latest technology to get children excited about learning. I sincerely question some of the bad reviews on this site, I really wonder if they were from former Grace parents. Please go see for yourself, and don't let such negativity scare you away!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
I was really surprised by some of the posts on this site. This school was an amazing and a wonderful experience for my two children. We have been here since Kindergarten. My son went straight into the honors program in high school and was well prepared for the classes. When my daughter had math issues the teacher would stay after school to tutor her so that she would be confident in her studies. The administrative staff was positive and helpful and would take the time to listen to my needs and help me through any issues I had. You should visit the school yourself and don't make a decision based on the negative reviews on this site.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
Very unhappy. This is a school for the average child. If your child is bright, it's a miserable place for learning. Curriculum is rigid. Teaching a child who can read the ABC's for months on end is painful. When asked for enrichment, you're handed worksheets. Instead of cherishing each child's unique gifts, they are forced in a box to be average so they don't hurt other kids feelings by being ahead. In a way it explains why bullying is a problem. It comes from the top on down to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
I couldn't disagree more with the May 21 and March 17 posts. Yes, Grace has had to deal with bullying issues, but show me a school, public or private, that doesn't. Bullying is everywhere. My child's attended more elite private school and bullying was prevalent there as well. What sets Grace apart is how swiftly they react. Don't be fooled by the negative posts mentioned earlier. Grace very much cares and supports the individual and whole child. Management at Grace will work hand-in-hand with parents in giving their child/children the support they need. There isn't any other school more suited for my child. The academics are spot on and rival that of the elite private school in HB. Does Grace have all the perks of more elite schools? No, because they don't have the monetary influence either, but the academics are there. If you're looking to keep your child out of the public schools, much smaller class sizes, strong academics, then Grace is the place. It's what we parents like to call Huntingon Beach's best kept secret. As any parent should do, question what you read and research for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
This is the worst management I have ever seen in the lutheran community starting from Pastor Chris all the way to the school management. Think twice before going there. I am glad my kid is moving out.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2012
Excellent school, check it out if you are looking for a place for your children from 2 years old to 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2011
I disagree with the September 15 post, my two children attended Grace from preschool - 8th grade and both entered honors classes at Marina High School. My children were academically challenged by the curriculum and by the faculty and classwork was always available when they were absent. Don't believe everything you read.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
My child used to attend this school but did not improve anything for math and reading. It was too easy for my child. My child changed school to other now very high level and teachers are very happy and if my child misses school, teacher prepares worksheets as a homework. Grace Lutheran teacher never done it. I do not agree that finishing the text book is okay for the child has high level ,maybe good for child that can not catch up. It is not worth to pay that much tuition for that level at Grace Lutheran.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2011
We love Grace, please take a look at our school if you are looking for a school that looks at the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
I don't think I was a parent with unrealistic expectations. At Grace we had a teacher who had minimal expectations and who gave the least amount of effort.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2011
Love Love Love this school. Christ-centered environment teaching fruits of the spirit and other things you won't learn in public school. Varied curriculum - even for Kindergarten! Computer lab, Spanish (for all), art and music -- basically all the things public schools have done away with - Grace offers them here.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2011
Grace school has been very cooperative with my child's learning habits. My seventh grader was more advanced in her math habits so they allowed her to transfer into algebra where due to true excellent teachers, she maintains am a in the class. This school really shows a lot of dedication to their students.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
This is my children's 2nd year at Grace and we couldn't be happier. They attended public school for a few years, but we decided to move them to Grace when the class sizes started getting big. I was a public school teacher for 12 years and I've volunteered in their classrooms, both in public school and at Grace, and the kids at Grace are definitely doing more difficult projects and are following the same state curriculum as OVSD.My kids love the music and art programs and I love all of the wonderful field trips, the fact that they are learning Spanish, and most importantly that they are getting a Christ-centered education. The small class sizes (which continue in Middle School) allow for more personal attention and really help the students to develop a close bond with their teachers. Don't just read reviews, some of which may be negatively biased, but come check the school out for yourself if you are looking for your child to be more than a number.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
My son has attended Grace since preschool and is now in the middle school. I cannot say enough positive things about the school. A new administrator came on board four or five years ago and the school has gotten better and better each year. I encourage everyone to look into sending their children to Grace. You can't go wrong.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
My daugther is in kindergarten at Grace and we are thrilled! She is in a class of under 20 kids compared to my neighbors who go to the public school with 30 kids in a class. The love and nurturing she is getting is priceless!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
I've been reading some of these reviews and I do not understand why this school still has a 4 star rating. The best staff whom are qualified to lead and be and be with the students are shut away in menial jobs while the current administration, in my case, dismissed my concerns and barley spoke to my child in three years. Academically, I really saw a decline after the youngest primary grades. My daughter had a lot of free class time while her teacher corrected the many tests (most of which I was unable to help her prep for because of poor communication with the teacher). There was not even one person in charge of chapel after they dismissed the children's pastor. Morale was low all the way around on campus and I could feel it as could my daughter and husband. bullying was NOT addressed and was a problem. :(

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
Grace is a safe, nurturing, challenging & Christ-centered community of learning. Our children have been enrolled at Grace for over six years & we couldn't be more thankful! We appreciate the commitment of the teaching staff, the transparency & follow through of the administrative leadership & the overall feeling of family that permeates the school. Smaller classrooms, enrichment in arts, music & athletics, wonderful field trips & inspirational chapel services--Grace has got it all! We cannot relate to the experiences or perceptions the more recent reviews on this site. Frankly we were shocked by the mean-spirited nature of the comments. Indeed, Grace has had some turnover in the last two years--but it has been change for the better and in interests of ever improving the quality of the school. Please read "between the lines" on some of these negative posts. They do not speak for the majority of families at Grace!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
Run, don't walk to another school. The education is average -- when you aren't worried about who is watching and teaching your child. My child spent more time one on one with other kids parents than one on one with the teacher. The poor teachers at this school - no support at all from administration, no quality on going education. Music education was ludicrous - my child spent a lot of time laying on carpets listening (and falling asleep) while her music teacher played farmville and her classroom teacher talked to bill collectors during class. All the kids learned to dance to her ringtones. NICE for $500 a month.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2010
Grace has changed over the years. Used to feel like an extension of church, a ministry. Now it's like a business; very transparent that they want your money. Agree with nickel and dime comment. As for education, my kids were mostly prepared to move on to higher grades but nothing out of the ordinary. And one child with mild problems couldn't get the little extra help needed despite the "resource specialist" (whatever that was!) whose position has changed. Middle school is a train wreck; teachers changing every year for the past few years. Primary grades are much better; no real complaints there. Main problem for me was bad behavior of problem students is tolerated too much. Too many non-Christian familes/students. Despite written standards and discipline system, not enforced. Felt more like public school than "Christian" school. If you're looking for strong conservative values or edge to exceed in HS, go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Grace offered my child a great primary education. When she moved into a higher grade that required more rigor, I was scared at her lack of ability to grapple with text in a deep and meaningful way which necessitated the use of academic language. She was not nurtured by her teacher any longer. Rather, she was told that she was old enough to so things on her own now (age 8). I felt like I was not considered as a partner in my child's education. Meanwhile, major topics of study were sent home as projects for me to teach. I felt like I had to homeschool every night. Since I moved my child to public school, she is much happier. She has a larger social circle. Students receive awards each month. There is something to be said for standards and being "in the world, but not of it."

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
Think twice before you send your kids to Grace Lutheran Preschool. They have too many kids and not enough classroom. They may say the teacher/student ratio is 1/8 but they put 24 kids into one classroom. How can the kids learn or play in such a crowded room with limited learning materials? Guess what, they don't learn or play much in the room. Most of the time, the kids are playing in the school yard. If you want to prepare your child for kindergarten, find some other schools. If you just want a place to keep your child while you are at work and don't want to spend more money, this school is ok.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
My daughter has been a student at Grace for 7 years. We had planned to transfer her from their preschool, to public kindergarten. We were so impressed with the staff that we had no choice but to keep her at Grace. (I have spoken to other parents who had the same experience). My child's happiness is the most important thing to me. I am aware that public schools teach to the test. If their scores are higher, so be it. Success in life is not just measured by test scores. The support and caring my child receives at Grace will contribute to her happiness for years to come. We feel that children need to be children. Putting undue pressure on them to increase a schools test scores does not make for a content and well rounded adult.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
I think it is very worth while to take the time and give you, not my opion, but my experience at Grace. My son has been been in the Grace school system since he was 2 years old. He was at site 1. He is now in 5th grade. I would not change our decision for the world. He has found his passion in Music, which he would never have had that opportunity in a public school in OC. He has his own relationship with God, not the one I have. Every school, is going to have it's issue's. We have had ours. The staff have always loved and encouraged him. They have always supported us, the parents. So... in conclusion, I would like to say, if you want a safe, loving, strong academic positive place to send the loves of your life, Grace Luthern School is the place.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Is a strong curriculum important to you? Do you like having your child learn how to problem solve? Are you interested in your child feeling loved? Is it encouraging to you to be a part of a community that is a faith based environment? If so, then check out Grace Lutheran. My daughter has been at Site II since it opened and I am proud and sad that this will be her last year. During that time, she has been exposed to amazing teachers with a caliber of love and knowledge that encapsulates the best parts of the teaching profession. She has been loved but not coddled, she has been corrected but not broken. By the way, so has the whole family.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
My oldest daughter has attened Grace since Pre-K and is now in the fourth grade. My youngest just started kindergarten at Grace. Our family could not be happier with the school. The administrators, teachers, aides, and parents are among the best. Everyone is so supportive and the environment is as good as it gets in providing the children a safe and happy place to learn. Grace philosophy is 'teaching the whole child'. We have seen this in the development of our children. Academically, spiritually, and emotionally; I feel very blessed and fortunate that I am able to provide the opportunity for my children to grow up in such a well rounded environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
I was terribly disappointed with this school (McFadden location). You clearly get what you pay for (Grace is the cheapest preschool I could find). Classrooms are too small too many kids crammed into a small area inside the class and out on the play yard. The kids fought because there simply wasn t enough room or materials for the students. I have observed students who attend Grace and have noticed that they are more aggressive and not well behaved. It is great to incorporate a Christian background with the curriculum, but there are other schools in the area that meet this need. I pulled my child out of the school and he is thriving at the new preschool. I chose Grace because of all the reviews from parents, but I think parents stay there because it is so cheap without realizing what affect it will have on their children.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2008
My kids currently attend grace and I am a public school teacher. There are other reasons besides academics that people choose to go the private school sector that will never be allowed in the public school setting. RELIGION! Pretty important to many. Academics is also something that always varies based on the child's readiness...not always on the teacher. I have witnessed that first hand.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
I have to say that the last review couldn't be more off base. My child graduated from Grace last year and finishing her freshman year with high scores. She tested into Spanish 2, as well as geometry. On top of that she was given instruction in art, band and physical education. The athletic program is outstanding as is the staff. Grace rocks!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2008
When I read all the glowing reviews from parents I felt sad because that is how I felt when my kids were there. I liked it. I kept hearing how great Circle View public was though. Two different parents that I knew transferred their kids to public only to find out that they were six months behind in academics. I did not really fully grasp the implications until I moved my kids into another private school out of the area and, my daughter, who was the star of the class at Grace, was almost an entire year behind her classmates in reading, cursive, and math. Sometimes you are happy with something just because you dont know any better. I encourage parents considering Grace School to talk to parents in the Public system and see what they are doing at a certain grade level compared to Grace.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2007
As a parent of a Kindergartner and a preschooler at Grace I am VERY happy with the school. The teachers are amazingly caring and attentive to all of the children. The staff is great and the school property is well taken care of. The level of parent involvement, including ours is very high and shows the dedication to the school family. It truly feels like a home away from home. We are very happy knowing that our children are spending their day here.

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August 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
Grace is growing into a strong school in the community. The middle school is almost to 100 students, compared to less than 20 a couple of years ago. The middle school teachers are great, the classrooms are fun and full of class pets with much to look at. The learning atmosphere is great. The activities are plentiful and the school has added student government. There are yearly class trips and many field trips throughout the year. Grace now offers summer school as well as summer day camp. My kids are very happy at here at Grace Lutheran School in Huntington Beach. What a great alternative to public school where the teachers actually care about the students learning.

- submitted by a teacher
March 08, 2006
Academics are very high quaility. Programs offered excell over all public schools in area. Music program is excellant. Parental involvement is very high. A perfect school for your child should you want the best!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
Grace is a wonderful school for K-8 grade. Wonderful teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2006
I really do like this school, there are a lot of oppertunities for parent envolement and parents are always welcome in the classroom. The teachers that my son has had were always willing to speak with us about any issues that might arise. I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
This school is wonderful, the administrative staff is great along with the teachers. I loved having my son in this school. Parents are involved with their childrens class and great field trips!

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August 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
The Kindergarten teach had a very strong emphasis on Academics and moved at a very fast pace.Music,Religion,and Language will be offered. Structured P.E.and is taught by a seperate teacher 3 days per week and after school sport.

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May 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
We just started this year and absolutely love the attention and love the staff gives to each child. We made the right choice. There is music, art, spanish and sports programs. They are committed to a solid education that is rounded out with the love of Christ.

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April 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 08, 2005
Great school! My three children are doing very well, love the school and love to learn. They feel safe, encouraged and are eager to get to school every day. The entire staff is caring, Christ centered and appropriate. Come Visit us!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
My daughter goes to Grace Lutheran Preschool and has a wonderful experience. I have read the literature on Grace elementary and find the positive attributes (1) low teacher/student ratio (2) discipline (3) not handicapped by ESL issues like public school systems (4) promote respect and caring for others (5) emphasis on being a good person

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January 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2004
The school is at a very safe, great location. School yard is well equiped and a lot of room for sports activities. Teachers and faculty are easy to get to know, due to the fact that you pick your child up at the classroom, unlike many other schools where you drive up and drop off curbside. This is nice for the elementry grades. The teachers are friendly and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is personable and knows each child by name. Classrooms are small and relaxed. A great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2004
This school has a close knit, family environment. Christian principles are taught and practiced. In 2003 there were about 200 students. The middle school is very small, approximately 15 students, with only one eighth grade graduate. In the 2004-5 year they are addind and expanding curriculum. Extra activities include Music, Spanish, Art for all grades and after school sports including basketball, volleyball, track, golf and softball for grades 4 and up. The school is going through growing pains, incorporating it's preschool operation and looking to join with a private high school to expand the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
I was actually a student at Grace from 6th grade to their first 8th grade class. i learned some key life skills in a good enviroment that i wouldnt exchange for anything. This school is a great afor your children to be. I want my kids to go here!

- submitted by a former student
September 15, 2003
I have two children at Grace. One is currently in second grade and has been there since K. My second is in the new Jr. Kindergarten. My children and I love Grace. The teachers are very caring, loving and are at Grace because they want to share their love for Jesus. The principal, Mrs. Terrill, is always available to students and parents. I have discussed many issues with her--always with results. My oldest had many challenges with reading and the Expressways To Reading program was a Godsend for him. A year ago he struggled with entry level books, now he reads 3rd and 4th grade level books for fun! Parents are very supportive of the school and each other. It's a great school and a great family.

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Grace Lutheran School
5172 McFadden Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA  92649
(714) 899-1600
Last modified Grace Lutheran School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Grace Lutheran School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top