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Grace Classical Academy

Private | K-8 | 71 students

Our school is best known for a rigorous classical, Christian education.

 
 

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Posted April 30, 2014

We transferred our two children to Grace Classical Academy in K and 1st grade from another private school and we have no regrets. The teachers are outstanding! The class sizes are small which affords more individual student attention. Teachers partner with parents and students to facilitate the child's success and foster a love of learning in the students. Grace Classical has a strong foundation in history, Bible, grammar, Latin, literature, composition, math (Math in Focus: Singapore Math) and art. It s a place where our children are given the foundations of learning and taught how to think, not what to think . Check out the school and ask to meet some of the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

What a school! Children actually get undivided attention from the teacher due to smaller classroom size. Upon graduation, our students have read so many important books, have written so many compositions, have had so many years of Latin...and most importantly have memorized and learned the Bible in depth, that they are ready to face the challenges of higher education. The Classical trivium approach to learning is so crucial to the development of the mind; I wish my older girls could have had the opportunity to attend this awesome school. Teachers here are not just teaching, their hearts and souls are woven into imparting not only knowledge but character. The Head of School, Gina Bonecutter is an integral part of why this school is successful. Once you are part of the family, you won't want to leave!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Grace Classical Academy is such a jewel of a school. My son has attended for kindergarten and first grade and he loves it! Everyday he is eager to go to school to learn. I am excited to see what he will be studying next!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Great student/teacher ratio; smaller student populations allows everyone to know each other. Excellent academics but more importantly, developing students of great character.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

We love Grace Classical Academy. My son has attended from kindergarten and it has exceeded our expectations. We are so impressed with the caring teachers and their ability to instill a love of learning in a Christ centered environment. My son is way ahead of his peers that attend other schools and he I has had many opportunities that other schools don't offer in elementary or middle school. Many field trips are arranged through out the year (Getty museum, printing press museum, Huntington library, science ehhibit on weather,, etc...)He has done several plays including Shakespeare, placed in a regional spelling bee and is excelling in all his subjects. The teachers and administration truly care about each child and strive hard to help that child to grow in all areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

I am an eighth grader graduating this year from GCA. I have loved my time here and I think we have the best teachers around. You will be very happy sending your student to Grace Classical Academy


Posted April 28, 2014

We started his past year at grace classical academy and have been so happy with our experience. Our daughter loves her teacher and her fellow students. The principal Mrs Bonecutter is a wonderful example of a leader with vision and determination yet she is also very caring. I am so impressed with the quality of everyone involved at this school and am grateful to have found a place where my daughter can not only gain knowledge of the things in this world but also the creator that made them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Great school with great teachers who care about the students. My son has been attending the school since 1st grade. He is now in 4th grade and loves the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

Grace Classical Academy has provided an excellent learning environment for my daughter. She has been there from 6th - 8th grades after attending another private school and 2 years in public school. Grace has given her the academic challenge she needs in an environment of a caring staff with Christian values. The administration, the faculty and the families who attend Grace are all committed to providing a solid Christian education. My daughter has been challenged in reading classic literature, participating in Socratic style discussions and learning Latin. The principal has given excellent leadership to a growing school while also taking the time to get to know each student individually. The faculty have been excellent both in their subject matter and the personal interest they take in each student. We couldn't be more pleased with the school and will be sad to leave when she graduates!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2013

This is my son's second year at Grace Classical Academy and I can't believe how much he has blossomed in his time there. Everything in the curriculum is designed to nurture the mind and spirit, and I can't imagine a more holistic approach. GCA truly stands against the tide of utilitarian education, and turns children into thinkers--not just people who can perform processes. The facilities are sparse and you won't find any fancy technology or expensive playgrounds. However, none of that matters much when our kids are getting plenty of what is most important-attention from quality teachers and a contagious love of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

Grace classical academy in Laguna Niguel is a great school. My children went there since the first day they open. The teachers are excellent the principal excellent. The classrooms are small, it feels like the children have private tutors. Their curriculum is very good and I love their math curriculum . I'm extremely happy with the school and I highly And I highly recommend it .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

My son has had the unique experience of attending a very reputable non Christian private school in Orange County known for its academic standards, as well as a top rated Irvine elementary school before coming to Grace Classical Academy. We did not know that a Christian school could offer such a rigorous and dynamic academic program! Mrs. Gina Bonecutter and her staff work tirelessly to provide a solid and competitive curicullum, which has attracted some of the brightest students in the area. The students truly love to learn and we believe that each child is cherished and nurtured both spiritually and academically. Please do not let the small school size fool you...the education offered at GCA is the best we have seen and experienced. We are proud to have both our children attend GCA and we tell anybody who will listen about the blessings we ' ve seen here.. Please don t hesitate to come and tour the school if you are looking for a dynamic and fast paced Christ centered environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

Grace Classical Academy is a great school where children learn how to develope the skills to learn and to teach themselves throughout their life. Our children learn history orderly, as it occurred and learn math conceptually; penmanship begins with beautiful cursive when their young minds and hands easily respond to their new skill. Reading and comprehension skills are developed with classical literary works that teach about good and evil, hard work and family help. All subjects whether art, music, math, history, Latin, grammar, spelling, science, composition, and logic are taught from a Biblical World View, so our kids understand and learn what the Bible teaches respectively rather than separately. I am pleased my daughter is learning these skills and others at Grace Classicl Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

Grace Classical Academy does an excellent job of blending Christ centered education and high academic standards. I believe that the strength of the school lies in its dedicated staff and rigorous curriculum. All of the teachers attend biblically sound churches and, as a result of their own faith, they focus on Christ throughout the day, teaching students to "take every thought captive to Christ." Also, Grace's academic focus attracts families in which learning is highly valued. Consequently, students come to school ready and excited to learn new things. At the younger grades, students are taught history, geography, Latin and grammar through songs and chants. All children love to sing and are terrific at memorizing new tunes. Grace utilizes this strength by teaching students academics through song. But, ultimately, the strength of the school lies in its biblical focus. Worldly knowledge matters little if the child's heart is not focused on God. The teachers, administrators and the school board realize this important aspect of education and their goal is to raise up a generation of children who love God first and are able to speak intelligently about Him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2013

Our children have been attending Grace Classical Academy for the past 4 years. The school offers a rigorous, academic, and Christ-centered education. I love how my children are challenged to learn, and love to learn. Starting in second grade, the children learn history chronologically which helped my daughter understand her world and, more importantly, how God planned everything perfectly for His purposes. The curriculum is rigorous, including its math program (Math in Focus - Singapore math) and the study of Latin. The children learn formal grammar, starting in first grade, and by third grade are able to write 3-paragraph expository and persuasive essays! The more we learn about classical education, the more we are convinced that the grammar, logic, and rhetoric schools of learning are what will prepare our children to be able to know, understand, and defend their worldview in the future. The school is small and does lack for space and facility, but makes up for it with highly equipped and dedicated teachers, mission, and classical foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2013

When we toured the school four years ago we were completely amazed with what we saw. These kids were learning in fun and creative ways, using songs and chants, memory and more. The content they were learning at such early ages were astounding; cursive from kindergarten, scripture memory, theological instruction, English grammar and literature taught in an amazing way, a priority on math fluency, history taught chronologically and integrated with Bible history. Latin instruction begins early and deepens as they get older. This instruction is important because of the deep roots Latin has in English, the romance languages and critical thinking skills that come from learning it. Last year my Jr. High son's curriculum concentrated on informal logic, learning and practicing debate, reading incredible books and being taught how to think about the Bible in powerful ways. At twelve years old he is being taught a structured Christian worldview for how he interacts with important conversations. I would highly recommend this Christian school to anyone looking to create thoughtful and intelligent children as well as the future leaders of their homes, churches and communities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

GCA has made some amazing changes in the last few years. We have very high academic standards but believe an excellent education should be accessible to all of God's children. We are committed to providing an environment that will produce careful, critical thinkers that will be equipped to go out and transform our world for the kingdom of God. We believe in challenging each and everyone of our students to meet their God-given potential. It is an amazing environment in which all of our students flourish. My own children attend and my older children graduated from GCA. It is a jewel within Orange County. They love to learn and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. I whole-heartedly recommend this school. It offers a Christian education with high academic standards.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 24, 2013

Grace Classical Academy has been such a blessing for our child and our whole family. We are amazed of all that our child is learning both academically and spiritually. The whole community is wonderful! We highly recommend this school to anyone who cares for their children in South Orange County
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

Having read the post below (which apparently wasn't submitted by a parent as the other reviews were), I couldn't disagree more. Our family was absolutely thrilled with GCA this year, and it seems others agree. After speaking with the Head of School she shared that enrollments are up over 20% for next year while over 90% of existing students are re-enrolled for next year. Seeing my children thrive I can see why. Academically, spiritually, and relationally this was a fantastic year for them, and the leadership and faculty were a huge reason why. They were always incredibly enthusiastic, positive, and well-prepared. Both the academic and spiritual environment were everything we were hoping it would be. It's a shame when forums like this are used to spread untruth rather than help families gather honest feedback about something as important as their children's education. (Exodus 20:16).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

There is new leadership at this school. Things seem to have changed and the quality of the program and staff has gone down hill. Unfortunately, people are leaving and I don't blame them. So many expectations that are promised and just never kept. Such a shame......


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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Latin Exam Award Winners (2010)
  • National Latin Exam Award Winners (2011)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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  • Math specialist(s)

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
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  • Korean
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School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 2:50 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Gina Bonecutter
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  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACCS
  • ACSI
  • NAIS

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
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Foreign languages taught
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  • Korean
  • Romanian
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  • Intermural sports program
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  • intermural sports program

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  • Painting
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  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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  • *K-3rd Production: "The Nightingale" Saturday, April 9, 2011 @ 6:30 p.m. FREE Admission *4th-8th Grade Shakespeare Production: "Merchant of Venice" Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 6:30 p.m. FREE Admission *Parent Information Meetings May 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm (Free on-site Child Care with RSVP (949) 481-9250) *Parent Visitation Days / Campus Tour May 11, 2011 @ 8:30 a.m.
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Valley View Preschool
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24600 La Plata
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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Phone: (949) 481-9250

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