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K-8
Private
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 316
 

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17531 Rinaldi Street
Los Angeles, CA 91344

(818) 368-7071
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January 06, 2015
Although better than most public schools, Heritage Christian School is garbage academic wise. Academics is all that matters in school yet HCS does not take academics seriously. Instead, they put their efforts into sports and religion. There is a reason this school has not sent a student to the Ivy League in over 5 years. Oaks Christian, which only costs 5k more in tuition, sent 15 students to the Ivy League last year. Take note Heritage, why not look at Oaks and see what they are doing right? They are now bringing middle school over to the high school campus to make more money. The high school campus is already over crowded but they only care about money. The faculty is mediocre, yes there are some great teachers ( Mr. Crawford, Mrs. Leon, Mrs. Hild) but the majority belong in public school.This school has potential but it is tarnished by bad decisions by the administration.Kids curse in front of teachers and nothing is done.This is the joke of all private schools as many people say. Unless your only focus is religion and sports, look for another school. There is a reason our average SAT score is 1575, but no one seems to give a damn.

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2014
I absolutely LOVE Heritage Christian School! My son came to Heritage at the second semester of his 2nd grade year. We had found out that he had an auditory processing deficit and needed some accommodations. Heritage has been wonderful to work with! The teachers believe in my son and have enabled him to thrive! His grades, work habits and behavior are all excellent and I believe that it's a result of the teachers and administration taking the time to get to know my child and encouraging him to be successful in everything he does. I am forever grateful and thankful for Heritage Christian School.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
This School is very well designed for adults, not children!! Children are being controlled by fear.They are not allowed to run in the playground, and in class they have this peculiar system of marking for all students to see.(My child has perfect behavior but everyday she came home with a red mark).When I confronted the teacher abut it she said that my child gets red marks not because she misbehaves(even though the letter clearly states that the markings are used only for behavioral issues),but because she is not following orders quickly enough.Some examples :She took out wrong book,she began writing on the 2nd line instead of the first, and so on absolute nonsense.Well, I tried talking to a teacher about this problem, big mistake.They are so closed minded; they only think one way, and they expect your child to be this obedient robot by rubbing in this respect for authority (teachers) without questioning reason and logic.I do agree that our children needs to be taught respect others,but teachers and staff should set the example and respect kids,parents and their co-workers, which I did not see happening at this school.Likely enough I found CONCORDIA SCHOOL IN GRANADA HILLS,

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January 14, 2013
The teachers at the school are truly wonderful. However, it would appear that the school is not a good fit for all students. I enrolled my child here from public school to repeat the 5th grade (although he had graduated 5th grade in public school) to provide him a better opportunity with Christian values. While he never had any problems with other students in pucblic school, students here continually complained about my child to teachers. My child picked things up here from apparently long time students at the school that he had never learned in public school. When he repeated what he learned, complaints were made. Even when he was the person against whom a wrong was committed, when a student mentioned that "in the past" my child had made an inappropriate comment, it was my child who was suspended. I truly felt he was treated by other students as an "outsider", eventually forcing me to withdraw him from the school. My child is not perfect and, unfortunately, models other kids behavior. However, it was other behavior I had envisioned him modeling. Sadly, I have seen more grace extended in the world than I did at this Christian school.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2012
I am surprised by the reviews. I had a much different experience. I was a student here. My experience at this school lowered my self-confidence. Now that I am in college, my confidence is starting to come back. Do not go to this school.

- submitted by a community member

December 28, 2011
I love everything about this school. My children are academically challenged and motivated to learn! They love being at school. The teachers care and support the students. They maintain excellent communication with the parents. I look forward to all the changes coming up in the next years. Most importantly my children are learning to love the Lord.

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November 11, 2011
High School is great. The course offerings are balanced from AP Calculus to Drama. There are so many opportunities for students to pursue interests whether sports, music, academics...The staff are warm and caring.

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October 30, 2011
As a mother of two elementary aged girls, I have been amazed with the development I have seen in them, both academically and spiritually. Thos school does an amazing job of caring for each individual student. There are many opportunities for parents and students to get involved. It has become our second family and we couldn't be happier with the decision to send our daughters to Hillcrest!

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2011
This school is amazing! They respect the Lord and love each other! The teachers are so sweet and they love their students! I totally reccomend this school for you!

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March 23, 2011
My child has attended this school and we adore it here! After sending her here we Immediately saw an improvement in her grades! She came home happy every night telling us how good school was today. She always has a smile on her face when she comes home! We love it there! I truly recommend this school.

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December 11, 2010
I have 2 boys currently attending this school. They came from a small private school, and since my oldest so is entering 9th grade, going to a bigger school would only help him become a better student and person. The requirements were easy to accomplish. The communication between school and parents is excellent. The staff are very professional, caring and non-judgemental. The environment is "family-like." It is very hard for me to read the negative posts about this school because it is just the opposite. This school provides academic excellence, opportunity for international studies, and most importantly, the ability to open your children's hearts to know God our Savior is probably the best gift a parent could ever give their children. This school is GREAT!!!!

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2010
I was very distressed to read the post on 11/10/09. I, too, am a young single parent who has been actively involved at HCS for the last four years. I have never encountered any of the experiences that were reported - quite the contrary. To have such open hostility toward fellow Christians is NOT a Christ-like value. Not only is it damaging to carry such bitterness in one's heart, it is also just as damaging to Christians in general. Imagine what non-Christians must think when they read posts like this. I am truly sorry for your experience however I don't believe the problem lies with the school.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2010
I am currently a student at Hillcrest Christian School. I love my school very much. I am very happy here. I know what it's like at some of the other schools out there because i've been there. I say Hillcrest is by far the BEST of them all! To the few negative comments: there is no heaven on earth, and no school is perfect. Do YOU tell your kids 'be perfect' every morning? Hillcrest is an overall great school. There are many opportunities to learn and grow in faith. If you are thinking of coming to Hillcrest, i'm sure you'll be happy here.Hillcrest is a great school.

- submitted by a student
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March 05, 2010
My daughter is in 12th grade, is very grounded in her faith, had strong morals, wants to study theology in college, and is a value to society. Had a few problems with the strict policies at first, but have grown to appreciate the strong Christian values and the excellent teachers. Have tried several schools with my 4 kids and am back here for good.

- submitted by a parent
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March 01, 2010
Our family lives and works in the Santa Clarita Valley, which is about 14 miles north of Granada Hills. We came to Hillcrest desperate for help. Our son who has learning disabilities was falling further and further behind every year in the public schools and supposedly the schools in the Santa Clarita Valley are the best in the state! That was not our experience. Hillcrest and the Discovery Program has proven to be the answer to our prayers. I have found the teachers to be caring and loving people, who truly want both of our children to succeed. I am in constant contact with the teachers, and I'm sure our son keeps them on their toes. We have a son in high school and a daughter in middle school. They have a great sports program as well.

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February 13, 2010
We love the school. Both my daughters attend Hillcrest and have been there for the past 2 years, 1st and 3rd. They love the Lord and they are thriving in academics and character.

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November 10, 2009
I had a bad feeling from the beginning. I went to the parent orientation night expecting to hear what my son would be having to look forward to in the new school year. Unfortunately, they talked about money and fund raising for about an hour and a half. There have been times when I was on campus and have been talked to in rude ways because I am a young single mother. Apparently they do not take me seriously and choose to judge me. I do not, feel for the most part, that they really set good Christian examples. They are cold, the atmosphere is non inviting, the school looks like a prison, and the worst part is that I could not feel the 'Christian' connection. The feeling one gets when one encounters a God fearing individual. All it is to them is business and nothing more. They are money hungry!

- submitted by a parent
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May 05, 2009
Hillcrest Christian is a great school. I have been at Hillcrest for two years. The first week I felt nervous going inside for the first time, but the teacher, Mrs. Paris made it easy for me to get into the crowd. She gave us a small project to meet everyone. By lunch time all new students including me were having a good time. For my second I had a ruff start, not because of Hillcrest, so they placed me in their Discovery program, their they take me out of class for an hour and keep me up to date with my progress, while doing studies on the student (me) that have been proven to help. Now I feel like my memory is better, I can put puzzles together a little faster then before, and my writing is better then before.

- submitted by a student

April 26, 2009
My daughter attended this school for the 6th and 7th grade. She is a special needs student with a minimum disability. She was part of the discovery program. I found that the school was rigid and inflexable in many ways. If your child follows the herd and does not challenge his or her teachers this will be a good place for them. If he or she needs extra nuturing or care this school may not be a good fit for you.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2009
I sent both my children to Hillcrest in the 5th(daughter) and 6th (son) grades. They came from a small parent involved LAUSD public school that we were happy with. The choices we had for middle schools in our area were not acceptable. We had family that attened Hillcrest so we decided to give them a try. My kids made quality friends right away. The teachers were good at communication and keeping contol of their students. The sports offered for middle school is an added bonus since there are few sports programs in public schools. There are opportunities for parents to get involved, but it's like anything else...YOU have to step up and GET involved. The dean is on top of behavioral problems so not to much gets past him! Public school can't offer the smaller environment and individual attention that Hillcrest can. We are very happy here.

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December 25, 2008
This school community is too cloistered, too small, too rigid, too judgmental, too dogmatic, too cliquish, too unforgiving, too unresponsive, too heartless and too belittling. For many years I thought this was a perfect small school until my children got older and began to ask difficult questions in their religion classes. They went from being student of the month to being shunned by the superintendent all the way down to the secretaries in the office. This caused tremendous trauma to them. One son even lost his faith until we intervened. Thankfully we left Hillcrest and their new school is much more accepting of all the branches of Christianity. It is amazing how much damage Hillcrest did to their self esteem. I would not recommend this school to any prospective parent.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2008
I've been at hillcrest since kindergarten and now im curently in 9th grade. For all of you who have posted the negative reviews about the school i have no idea what you people are talking about. I can't imagine myself going to any other school. In the many years that i have attended Hillcrest i began to see that all of the staff, teachers, and administration really care about all the students. The main reason why i think many students dislike the school and want to leave is because our school has many rules and it's a pretty small school. For those of you who think that you can't get into a good college if you go to Hillcrest you are WRONG. Most of our alumni have gone to some of the best colleges out there. As for the rules The principle sticks to them which indeed he should.

- submitted by a student

July 16, 2008
This school greatly disappointed me. Their academics do not even come close to matching the college prep education majority of the other high schools have to offer. My daughter was in a public school before, and I transferred her hoping she would have a better education and enviroment. Unfortunately, it was the exact opposite. She did not at all enjoy Hillcrest and requested I put her back in public school. When I did this, she was far behind in her class because of the poor academic education provided at HIllcrest.

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2008
My biggest disappointment with Hillcrest is the way the dean disciplines the students. The dean will suspect a student has broken a draconian conduct rule. He calls him or her into his office and accuses them of a wrongdoing and literally interogates the student. This happened to my son. My son had been student of the month many times. But, that did not affect the way he was treated. He was not treated fairly. The dean told us it was a good life lesson. But, all it did was demoralize him. The dean no longer speaks to my son. He only glares at him. It has changed the wonderful things we felt about the school. He asked to go to another school and doesn't care if it's a public school.

- submitted by a parent
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March 13, 2008
My son is currently attending this school and there are plenty of sports, music and other extra curricular activies. I am very familiar with public schools and I have to say that this school's curriculum is more advanced than the public schools (LAUSD in particular). I am very happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2008
Hillcrest has an extremely small enrollment for their middle and senior high school compared to most private schools. Try as they might the academic offerings are limited especially if your student is bound for a university. The dream of developing another campus to move the upper grades has been ongoing for over nine years. There is no firm answer for a target opening or even a proposed site other than to 'pray for a resolution.' Unfortunately my children will not be re-enrolling this upcoming year as our patience has worn out with the emerging realization that the school's religious leaning are conservative Southern Baptist, not non-denominational Christian. Students are leaving because they are not able to engage in a meaningful, open dialog about their faith. If their interpretation of Scripture differs from the teacher's they are harshly judged. The school is not a school of grace but of compliance.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 27, 2008
My daughter went to this school and I was greatly disapointed. They lacked involment with their students. There were no activities offered....I pulled my daughter out of this school in the 6th grade and put her in public school....she was doing well academically at Hillcrest Christian but was very far behind in public school. I wouldnt recommend anyone to put their kids in this school. Give your kids more....(programs, sports, better education.....

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August 29, 2006
My grand daughter, for whom I am guardian, has been attending Hillcrest since Kindergarten. She is now starting 5th grade. Hillcrest has been an excellent experience for her academically, socially, and spiritually. The school sees itself as supplementing parental responsibility to raise and educate a child, not as a substitute parent. Hillcrest makes a good effort to keep parents involved with school activities and involved in their child's education. It is rather fundamentalistic theologically and philosophically, but so far I haven't seen the rigid dogma mentioned in other comments. I have seen teachers spend extra time and effort and reach out to children who are having difficulty. There is a limit, however, and the child at some point is expected to respond. For elementary, there is a good music program, and there is art, music, computer skills, etc., to go with the three R's. Summer camp was also excellent.

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August 10, 2006
My children were enrolled at Hillcrest's elementary through high school program. The elementary program is strong academically and spiritually. Middle & high school were bitter disappointments. The math and science programs lack substance. Those programs are not at a rigorous college prep level we come to expect from a private school. Patient and repeated efforts to give constructive parental feedback to benefit the academic environment are routinely dismissed. Rather than be free to voice their opinions, students keep their religious beliefs to themselves or risk being ostracized. Their mission does not include providing long time students with counseling should they lose their way. They are simply cast out, expelled with virtually no recourse from the school board. All around disappointment.

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2006
Students cover an impressive amount of information in every grade. My two kids have been there over 5 years and are always prepared to succeed each in each new level of education.

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February 15, 2006
I have heard good things. My experiencew has been solely with the summer program which is the best we have come across.

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January 21, 2006
Hillcrest is a school for evangelical Christians who take what the Bible says literally. Their science textbooks are published by Bob Jones University Press. The science textbooks promote creationism and dispute scientific evolutionary theories. The introduction to the 6th grade science's textbook explains how God is the ultimate creator. Scientific milestones are presented as theories not facts. This small school has a limited faculty with a high turnover in the middle and high school levels. Many teachers teach more than one subject. There is not a lot of hands on exploration or creative teaching methodology. Most teachers teach straight from the textbooks and publishers teaching guides. I would not recommend this school as your first choice. It's Bible first,academics second.

- submitted by a parent

December 06, 2005
The school is small and has had a 'vision' of a high school for almost 6 years. They do not have many sports or electives. Teh school is very sensored and does not listen to it's students. The teachers are good and very spiritual however if you are giving an opinion that does not match thiers then watch out!

- submitted by a student

December 01, 2005
This school has been a disappointment this year. There are so many restrictions and little effort from teachers/staff in instilling confidence or self worth... way too much negative reinforcement without adequate positive reinforcement. (Of course this varies depending on the teacher). If your child is gifted and highly self motivated, he/she may do well in this school, but don't expect any extra attention if your child needs a little extra encouragement.

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Heritage Christian School
17531 Rinaldi Street, Los Angeles, CA  91344
(818) 368-7071
Last modified Heritage Christian School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Heritage Christian School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top