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Crean Lutheran High School

Private | 9-12 | 690 students

Proclaiming Jesus Christ Through Excellence In Education!
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $556,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,210.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
Based on 13 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted Monday, August 25, 2014

We are so happy to be entering another year at Crean! My older son is entering his junior year, and my younger is just beginning as a freshman. We have been so happy over the last two years here. The students are friendly, and have a strong shared desire to achieve, and work toward college. There is are very few issues with drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, and when there is an issue, they do not shy away from dealing with it. We love the security of random drug testing. Our boys are athletes, and have had amazing experiences with the coaching staffs of their sports. These men are coaches and mentors, good at what they do on and off of the field, and many in the classroom as well. The teachers genuinely care about the students, are strong and well prepared. Our son has begun the testing process for college entrance and is scoring extremely well, which is an accurate match to what his grades are at Crean. The school is growing , but seems to be keeping up with the growth with new classrooms, teachers, etc. Our favorite part is the ribbon of faith that runs through every subject, not just the bible classes. Prayer is consistent, and real. This school has been the perfect fit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2014

Crean is a special place. The faculty and teachers are enthusiastic and supportive of each student. It has a nurturing environment and is small enough so that no one gets lost in the crowd. Irvine is filled with top notch schools, yet we wanted a less stressful environment for our son, where he could discover his interests without staying up until after midnight simply completing homework. As a family we believe in raising well rounded individuals with strong character, not kids who are only concerned about their GPA, test scores and how they compare to everyone around them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2014

My daughter really loves this school. The students are nice, the teachers are caring and the curriculum is nicely varied. It has an excellent music program and it's nice that all the students are encouraged to join the sports teams. They don't have to be the best of the best to join so regular kids get to enjoy the camraderie and joy of playing high school athletics. Of course the best athletes get the most play time and the teams do really well for the school size. This school would get a 5 out of 5 except I was disappointed with the Old Testament class. A Lutheran school should have a good Bible program, one that points to Jesus. Instead the class seemed to focus on those awkward salacious facts. Other than that a great staff and educational program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

Really pleased with this high school. Clean, attractive campus. Strong administrative leadership. A teaching staff that is energetic and committed to both the students and the mission of the school. I checked about the cap on international....they get inundated with international requests and have an informal cap that adjusts from year to year--otherwise, could easily become an all-international school. Orchestra, choir, and jazz ensemble are really impressive! This school has got talent. Pretty mellow bunch of students overall. Not a high drama campus, hallelujah!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

this school is getting better and better. I think this school need to be deserved better. anyways, hope this school is getting better next year too!


Posted March 29, 2014

There is an inaccuracy in the review submitted by a parent on 01/05/14. The review claims that "the international program at Crean caps their international student admissions at ten percent of its total student population." However, according to the school website, there are "120 students from 15 different countries." The school had 685 students as of 9/21/2013. Therefore, its international students make up about 17% of the total student population. To the extent of my knowledge, the school never has had a cap of 10% on the number of international students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2014

For clarification, the international program at Crean caps their international student admissions at ten percent of its total student population. The demographics of Irvine has a high percentage of Asian families who have spent decades in the community. As for teachers in every subject discussing Christ, how refreshing to find a Christian school that does not stray from its mission to "proclaim the gospel". Class size: 18 to 25 students. Language barriers among the students do exist and tend to separate, but not out of snobbery or unkindness; the youth are falling into groups with which they can most easily identify. Academics have been rigorous so far this year, this according to a bright student who knows rigor from laxity. If you are honestly seeking a campus which recognizes the gem of the gospel, Crean does this. The academics are solid. Crean, a new campus, will always be out-dazzled by other more established private schools, but the heart of this school has great integrity. Optional blended classes promote a college campus approach to learning; students can study while minds are fresh and alert . I wish you well in your search for your child's future school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2013

one more thing about Crean per my previous review. They have very little drug problem in comparison with some other high schools. They randomly test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

Religion School,each student must study for bible until they graduate from high school. The teacher are always busy, the international counselor is very nice. Many Asian in this school, especial Chinese and Korean.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2013

CLHS is an excellent private Christian high school. I have had one child graduate from CLHS and another there now and they both have had great experiences. For any critic who challenges rigor see the list of universities that students are being accepted. Last, the environment is caring and safe. School leadership is strong and faculty work hard to teach and connect to students. You don't find that just anywhere. The arts are budding as the school continues to grow and athletics are being well established in the Academy League. Last, the school is all about it's mission and truly tries to live it's Christian mission centered around Christ. My son is in 8th grade and I plan to send him there without hesitation and he is very excited to become a Crean Lutheran Saint. This school could be the best kept secret in the OC and although tuition is moderate it's not the highest in the county and I'm sure it's costly to do business in Irvine. My daughters went on a "shadow day" to get a sneak peak and enjoyed getting an insiders glimpse. I would suggest you should do the same if you're interested in CLHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

Do your kids a favor and send them to the neighboring public schools. Not only will your child have a better experience, he or she will learn much more than Crean could ever teach. This school suffers from massive grade inflation and hands out A's left and right for just completing homework. At the end of the year, I ended up with a 4.8 without even doing much work or even being taught much. This presents a problem when AP testing rolls around, because my classmates and I were all struggling just to finish the exam and it was wonder that I had gotten a 5 on the test. Most others didn't even pass it! I haven't received any detentions or even been tardy once to class, so do I seem like a "troublemaker" to you? Also, most domestic students don't even bother talking to the international kids. I was an international student and most Caucasian students didn't bother talking to me unless they wanted help with homework. Sports are a joke, and the one sport I actually liked was shut down. The social situation at Crean is wretched; friends made on the first day stick around for the rest of the year and others just shrug you off if you're not in their clique. Bottom line: don't go to Crean.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2013

I transfered to Crean Lutheran after my freshman year at another private Christian high school. First, I want to say that every school has its "troublemaker" kids, and the few that our school does have decided to come to this page and give it bad reviews, so if I were you I would ignore them. Having been at another school, transferring to Crean was one of the best decisions I have made. The teacher are great and really care about each student succeeding. Being in three different sports, I got to experience the great coaches and the awesome athletic programs. The international students are wonderful, and I love hearing about other parts of the world from them. Those who say they don't talk much are those who never go up to try to talk to them! If you make any sort of effort to be their friend they will respond. Some of my best friends are international students. The school is run very well, and it is way more organized than the school I transferred from. I was so surprised at how well everything is done. I have not only grown in my faith since attending Crean, but gained many new friends and learned so much from the great staff. For a great high school experience, Crean is perfect!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2013

Crean Lutheran High School is likely one of THE best schools around. The atmosphere is incredibly Christ-centered. The teachers are not only experts in their subjects, they love the Lord and love their students. The students are encouraging, supportive, and friendly. Motivated students are given the resources to get into any university from Crean, including schools such as Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and Brown University, to name a few. The sports are awesome, with fun teams and coaches, and they achieve success often on the CIF and State level. Nearly everyone at Crean loves Crean, and the students that do not are the ones that are coming on this website and complaining. In response to their complaints, yes, there is sometimes a language barrier at first between the international and American students. BUT I have found that if one merely cares to start a conversation, this barrier is incredibly easy to break. Some of my best friends at Crean are international students. I would not be commenting on this website if I did not love this school, this family, so greatly. Do your son or daughter a favor and send them to Crean.It was the best decision I ever made.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2013

This is school is mediocre at best to put it lightly. They focus too much on Christ more than academics even for a private christian school. I only had one good teacher there where I actually taught me anything. The expulsion rate is high and also the transfer rate is even higher and these weren't really bad kids or trouble makers the ones who transferred at least in fact they lost more students then they gained last year. The school has mandatory chapel every school day except on Wednesdays. The students have little to no personality and are very stuck up and over entitled. This school has a very oppressive environment. the school now has mandatory random drug tests for all students. The teachers talk more about Jesus and personal stories more than they teach. This school was so bad that I and many other students had to transfer to other schools. The public schools in Irvine are much more equipped with better staff and knowledgeable teachers with years of experience. Do your child, money, and your self a favor and don't sent you child here. He or She will be much better off in another school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2013

The parents love this school because they are re not aware of the many flaws this school has. First, the International students make up half the school and they are totally separated from the American kids. The teachers get mad at the American kids because we don't make an effort to be their friends but it is because they don't speak English well!!! The school just sends them here because they are easy money. Also, the school brags bout having about 750 kids but since half of them are International and separated, its really only 350 kids. Anyway, the teachers yell at the kids instead of a calmer approach which is distracting. The WiFi is always down and since the school is practically entirely online, it makes it very difficult. We have mostly young teachers who have NO idea what they are teaching. Honestly, I leaned more in middle school than here. The school has the worst dances and other recreation because they have no money. The campus is way too crowded and the school keeps getting more and more students. Parents, DO NOT send your kid here. They deserve a better education and experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2013

Academics are average which surprised us, maybe due to being such a new school. Teachers care about the students and live out their faith on a daily basis. Students on the other hand are questionable and do not seem any different from their public school peers. Watch out for a theft problem, tell your kids to keep their iphones close and as crazy as it sounds, plaid skirts are being stolen from the locker room on a regular basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

Our sons loves Crean Lutheran High School. He is in many advanced classes and the quality of the teachers are amazing. Not only do they excel in what they teach, the teachers (and staff) are caring and totally committed to the students. Many put in many hours going above and beyond. They truly care about your student and give them lots of one on one time. Not only is it an excellent academic environment, the school is strong in developing students character and guiding them to be the best they can be. We like that they have chapel almost every day and the school nutures the students spiritual side as well. As parents (and our son too) feel totally blessed to be part of an amazing school. We feel that they are equipping him so strongly not only for college but for life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

Awesome teachers, staff and leadership. Strong academics and warm, kind environment. Can not say enough good things. Our kids have simply blossomed at Crean. Crean has set the foundation for them to have a wonderful future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

Many parents rave about this school, but the students are not are on the same page. Teachers are merely authority figures, but granted, there are a couple who excel at their job. Academics are a joke as homework constitutes a majority of the course grade. What kind of school is this?
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2013

This is a great school. The teachers really care about the students. They students utilize 'Moodle' to keep track of assignments and upload their work. It is a very organized and thoughtful method of tracking no only their workload but also their progress and grades. The teachers are very responsive when I send an e-mail or call them. I am blessed to have the ability to send my child to this high school. I would consider it a four star school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 26%
Black 1% 6%
Hispanic 1% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 25% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 74% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Korean
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Exemplary School Award by National Lutheran School Accredita (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Outstanding Activities Programming Award (2012)
  • Outstanding Activities Programming Award (2013)
  • Outstanding Activities Programming Award (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Medical
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American Sign Language
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 2:35 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Jeffrey Beavers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Lutheran
Fax number
  • (949) 387-1200

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Medical & Engineering Cohort Program
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Medical
  • Religious
  • Technology
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American Sign Language
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Carpool by zipcode
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Forensics club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Crean Lutheran is a full-service, high quality Christian High School located near the easily accessed 1-5 & 405 freeway intersection (no Christian high school is presently in the city of Irvine or within 10 miles of this intersection), serving a 1.5 million population area. CLHS has a brand new 30 acre campus at Sand Canyon Ave. and Portola Parkway in the City of Irvine, CA.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$13000 - $14000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 25%
4 year college - 74%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 1%
Workforce - 0%
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12500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618
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Phone: (949) 387-1199

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