LGCS has gone down the drain in the last few years. Teachers are overworked. Teacher's aides were fired. At least 3 principals in the last 3-4 years. They have switched syllabus without asking parent's permission. English grammar is poor here.No music,no second language. Money is being conserved and students are bearing the brunt. Why go to a private school if your child is not getting anything out of it. Church missions are being handed down to the school and kids come home with donation slips. No way am I donating to charities that I do not know of. In this day and age, I cannot believe they are trying to do this. They run a world fair to get donations for their sports equipment ! I am surprised why student tuition does not cover for that. If they can pass missions off to school students. Raise money from the church for sports equipment. There is no christian attitude here,a lot of bullying in this school which administration tries to sweep under the rug. If your child has a concept that they are not grasping,no help is offered. Have u noticed,for every bad review,someone posts a 5 star review(real suspicious. Not a school that develops character .
LGCS is a wonderful school. The teachers are dedicated and loving and there is a nice community of families here. This school is high in academics and offers wonderful extras like technology, art, and music. My daughter attended here from Jr. K-8 grade and was well prepared for high school. This school not only prepared her academically, but helped build Christian character as well. My son is in middle school and really enjoys the sports program they offer. If you are looking for smaller class sizes, caring teachers, and a Christian environment, LGCS is the place for you!
If there was an option of not rating this school a "star" but rather a No-Star rating, this would be the prime example. Simply put, horrible administration, plain and simple. First and foremost the manipulation of how your money is spent here is ridiculous, it cost x-amount of dollars to attend here, fine... but ALL the other charges you have to pay, i.e. at the end of the year if YOU as the parent aren't able to assist/volunteer x-amountof hours to the school you are fined $250?!?! Ridiculous and absurd, shouldn't the staff take care of that? All the additional fees and etc that go along are absolutely ludicrous. A list of 30 +items that you MUST be purchase before the school year begins is another red flag to those who are considering coming here. Question: shouldn't the school provide pencils, paper, erasers, heck even binders for their students? You make enough money from all your "donations", where is that money going? Forcing children to believe there is no such thing as evolution or true science is another hard pill to swallow. Brain washing at it's best! This place is a joke.
Los Gatos Christian School is one of the best kept secrets in the San Jose area! Academics taught from a Biblical world view, technology integrated with the learning and teaching, and a competive athletic program are just a couple of reasons to consider Los Gatos Christian for your family. My middle school student is thriving in all of her classes, is enjoying the different teaching styles for all of her courses, and is participating in the after school athletics. Thank you for all that you do!
My daughter attended LGCS from Jr K through the beginning of 6th grade. We were very happy with the school during the first few years however there was a change in administration 3 years ago and since then the school has really declined. The staff is very good at preaching to the children about what it means to be a true Christian however some of the staff are very hypocritical and do not uphold those characteristics or hold the students accountable to those values. There is a lot of bullying in the middle school. I had approached the administration on numerous occasions regarding my concerns however I was encouraged to speak to the other parents directly instead of the administration getting involved.The bullying continued and actually increased to the point that my daughter was being threatened. I never received a response until I mentioned Seth s Law. At that point they became very defensive. Subsequently, I have pulled her out of the school. They clearly find themselves exempt from following Core Curriculum/ State Standards (as they are far behind academically), as well as, providing a safe and positive social environment for the students.
Dangerous environment for children. School does not prevent, address or discourage bullying. In some instances, school personnel were the bullies. Children who are different albeit due to religion, learning style, outward appearance or family composition are exposed to treatment detrimental to a child's healthy growth. School personnel is not regulated by state agencies.
I was a student at LGCS. I started there in first grade and left in fifth grade. Thoes were the best five years of my life. I had to change schools because i was going into middle school and I live wright next to it but I wish I could have stated! All of the teachers were so nice, caring, helpful, and most of all true Christians! I still remember all of my teachers that I had and I even remember some story's they told us. Also my parents bothed worked so I had to stay after school at ESS everyday! I loved it soooooo much I would aloways finished my home work and then get to play and hang out on fort glory with my friends! LGCS changed my life! I am now in high school but everyday I still wish I could go back and go to LGCS again! All the friends I made there I will have friendships with forever we still hang out even to this day! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING LGCS!!!
A wonderful Christ-centered school that's very well-rounded with nurturing staff & teachers. We are thrilled to have our children be a part of this school.
We moved into the area, and had been in contact with LGCS prior to us arriving. Both of our children are gifted, but have some difficulties: one has ADD, the other Aspergers Syndrome. LGCS was made aware of this ahead of time, and reassured us that they were in a position to accommodate our children's needs. We arrived and set up the admissions testing, and our son (who has ADD and struggles with his handwriting) finished all of the test except for a single handwriting portion. He asked for help, and offered to complete it orally, but was denied. The school, without further discussions, refused him entry. If your children have any special needs, be warned that they will most likely not be accommodated, despite the school's assurances.
My child started off at Holy Spirit School but switched to LGCS in 3rd grade. We are so happy and blessed we did! The teachers are WONDERFUL! They actually practice what they preach! One of the biggest changes this year is that we got a new principal who has great plans for our school such as achieving Blue Ribbon status like he did for his previous Christian school and integrating technology in the classrooms. We got 35 new iMacs for the computer lab and 90 iPads that are used in different classes. 5 years later, my child is not only being challenged academically but all the teachers and staff invest time, compassion and genuine care in all the children's social and spiritual development! Since this is a Christian school, children are taught through this perspective. All viewpoints are discussed, however. The campus is serene and huge so kids can run and play! The classrooms were completely remodeled and the hallways got a fresh, vibrant look. We are so excited about the future and are so glad to be part of this beautiful, caring, and challenging school!
Happy New Year! What's your why? Are you looking for something "BETTER" for your child? Perhaps A Positive change? Maybe your family has the desire for "MORE"? (Besides the Class size and Homework that is) Well, may I personally welcome you to come Tour LGCS on ANY Tuesday to discover what our family, along with many others, have found. An amazing "Child-Centric" school, with beyond excellent Teachers, who genuinely care about and love your Child through "Love and Logic", guided by spiritual faith, coupled with teachable moments, encouraging children to make better choices, while understanding those decisions made. The details are many, so as not to innudate you here, come visit LGCS and find your own..."WHY!"
Update: They have just changed the math curriculum back to the old one (i.e. one grade level ahead of the CA standard). However, they're still reviewing the math curriculum so we don't know what will happen next year.
I'm a current LGCS parent who is actually encouraged by the changes happening at the school, as I see the changes moving the school onto a stronger academic foundation, not a weaker one. I was a gifted child who both skipped a grade, and participated in supplemental gifted programs on top of that. I succeeded early on, but flamed out in high school, because my knowledge in individual subjects was strong, but my abilities to integrate my knowledge, to reason, and to articulate what I knew, were weak. Now with several kids testing at "gifted" levels (and I try to hold subjective test scores at arms length), my kids are getting the well-rounded education I needed, but didn't get. They are being academically challenged, not just in core subjects, but through the amazing art program and new innovative computer classes. They are being socially enriched, by learning with peers across a spectrum of abilities and backgrounds. And they are being spiritually nurtured as they are taught a Biblical worldview by teachers who truly love God and want their students to love Him too. If you care about worldview and learning environment, as much as academics, you can't do better than LGCS
There has been a lot of changes this year since there is a new principal. The academic standard has been lowered (maybe about the same as the average public schools or maybe even worse than the good public schools now). The math curriculum used to one grade level ahead of the standard, but now it's at the same standard of the public schools. Why can't a Christian school be also strong in academic? We used to love this school but not any more.
My oldest daughter started going here in 5th grade, and she is now entering 8th, her final year. This also happens to be my alma mater, which should explain why I chose this for her middle school years. I had a wonderful experience here myself, lets just say, several years ago. There have been changes and upgrades, but the basis of this school's moral, spiritual, and academic focus hasn't changed. The teachers really care about their students. There is a family feel and a welcome, warm environment, even for the new kids and those who aren't of the Christian faith. Teachers and staff are very approachable, and I've relied on the relationships I've had these past few years. We have especially loved the sports program for girls which is extremely competitive and teambuilding. You would be hard pressed to find a better athletic program at a comparable school. My daughter has been encouraged to work hard and go beyond the norm, and she continues to grow and learn here. I'm excited to see how she will bring what she's learned to her new high school next year.
We decided to pull our child out of LGCS for many reasons. We were VERY unhappy with the math program, which just pushes kids along even if they don't understand the concepts. We found many of the kids were mean spirited and unwelcoming, certainly not Christian focused. The administration was unresponsive and seemed to not care. As a new family, there was NO community and no way to meet other families. At the end of the year, we realized we were paying for a school that none of us felt connected to.
Finding a new school was our greatest concern when we moved to CA a few years ago. Not a day has gone by, since our kids started at LGCS, that we are not grateful for finding this gem so close to home. We love the strong academics, wise teachers and administration, excellent electives and computer courses, many after-school sports opportunities, and most importantly nurturing our children in the truth according to the Bible as God's infallible truth. They are not just teaching our kids various subjects, they truly are our partners in raising well rounded, intelligent, kind, responsible individuals who are strong in character.
I am a teacher and a parent at LGCS. For the 8 years we have been here, we have endured a great learning and caring experience. Teachers are encouraging, children are respectful, and it a wonderful education that everyone receives. The campus is beautiful. I am excited about some new improvements in the looks of the classrooms and starting this new school year with a new principal, who truly cares about our children's education.
We have had our children at LGCS since my oldest started kindergarten 9 years ago. Our experience at the school has been amazing and we feel so blessed to be part of such a wonderful, nurturing, school environment. The teachers and staff care for the students deeply and really work with parents to help their children be successful. We could not have asked for a better school for our children and only wish that it continued through high school!
We have been attending LGCS for many years now, & have decided to pull our children out. I m sadly disappointed w/their academics.Math is their only priority, reading/lang. skills are poorly taught (you need to teach at home), computer courses are minimal , there is no science lab & proper teaching of science (rely on parents to help), the pretests are the same as the tests which teach very little, special needs program needs to be updated, most families are Christian and wonderful, the teachers (most) are very kind & loving (mainly why we stayed longer), the art teacher is wonderful, the music teacher is wonderful & does great with the kids.It's a Nurturing environment, which is great for children who need more attention.Oh, nepotism runs through the school s blood line which causes many problems.Over all, I don t give this school a 5, it s more of a 3.We loved the school, but now it s time to make better plans.The previous principal of many years did very little to improve this school s academics, help parents & children (especially when bullied, which happens a lot here).The score below is for her service at the school.Best wishes for the new principal.
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