What an amazing school year we have had! St. Paul's has been blessed beyond measure, especially with the completion of our New Event Center. This year we will be having our 8th grade graduation on campus in this amazing facility! To God be the Glory!
St. Paul's Lutheran School did an amazing job of meeting the needs of both of my children. I have a son with ADHD and a daughter with a processing disorder and the teachers did their job with excellence and understanding. Students are given a differentiated curriculum that engaged them and pushed them to strive for excellence. Their ability to problem solve and share the information they were learning makes St. Paul's the place to be. Both my children were prepared to meet the high expectations of OLU. The students at St. Paul's are given opportunities to participate in after school sports, band, musicals, Pom squad, yearbook, cooking beyond a challenging and engaging curriculum with teachers who care and put the education of their students first. I believe St. Paul's to be the best school in Orange.
BEWARE. On the surface, St. Paul's Lutheran School seems pristinely perfect. Just don't believe the hype. When my son excelled in his studies, the teacher became unable to challenge him academically. Eventually, he was relegated to sitting the the back of the room by himself during class. He had to sit separate from all of the other students at pick-up. And he was sent to the principal's office when a plush clock hit another student in the shoulder. This started to have a psychological effect on him, so we decided to remove him from the school. When I notified the school, they promptly emailed us a release form and washed their hands of us. I wrote a two page letter to the principal outlining the issues my child faced and the reasons why their actions were neither helpful nor Christian, and received no response. It's clear that they don't care. I think St. Paul's is s good school, even if the lack of diversity in both staff and student body is a little unsettling. But the nepotism and ties to the church are a major hindrance. If you are not a member, you are an outsider. And if you don't fit into their one-size-fits-all educational approach, there is little support. Period.
My child transferred from the St. Paul's ECDC to the full day kindergarten program this year and he is growing immensely! Through the strong phonics/sight word/writing activities, he is reading and writing by sounding out letter blends and words. What a treat to have him reading to me! The advanced math program is challenging him to add, subtract, tell how much time has passed, and count money. His personable and hard-working teacher disciplines him with love and consistency. I recommend taking the tour to see for yourself!
We have moved out of state and have been lucky to have found this hidden gem. Everyone has been welcoming and in just a couple months I see my kids flourishing. The school has a perfect balance of structure and allowing kids be kids. They are not a one size fits all when it comes to the kids and challenge the kids academically and personally to do their best. We feel very blessed to have found this school.
I have two boys that are attending st.paul's. This is their first year they transferred from another private school. So far it seems like an okay school .i like the small class size. The teachers seem really nice. They learn alot about the bible which is good. The only problem I have is I am a single parent and the price of tuition is going up. They do offer finacial aid but it is so low that I wouldn't be able to keep them there I wish they had a better program so that people like me could still afford to send their children there. my kids love the school but everything there is too expensive so they will not be. Back next year.
The academics at St Paul's are mediocre. Bullying is ignored. Some teachers are cold and uncaring. There is routine dishonesty in student record keeping. The faculty take sides in children's court legal custody matters, advocating for whichever parent wants the child to attend St Paul's. These guys will wreck a family to keep a student.
St. Paul's is a great school. I am proud to be an alumni and to have been sending my child here since PreSchool. The teachers and staff and loving, understanding and caring to all the students. God's love is shown to them on a daily basis.
Our children started out at a very good public school in Orange and we had a good experience. We decided to transfer them to St. Paul's for many reasons - Christ centerred education, small class sizes, and they aren't required to 'teach to the test.' We didn't realize how much our children WERE NOT learning in public school until they attended St. Paul's! Because they don't teach to the test all year, the children are enriched and are able to experience and learn so much more. In public school, my kids did not have to do state or country reports because those things were not part of the standardized testing so they basically did not have social studies for three years! That method proved well because their school is still one of the top scoring schools in Orange Unified. St. Paul's is an amazing, enriching school with very dedicated staff.
My children have been going there for 5 years now. The teachers are more than teachers, they are family. I know that my child is taken care of and loved. We started in a public Orange Unified school and I couldn't get out fast enough. 34 kids, no parent help, no aide and my kids was still learning colors in November. Even when I told the teacher I was leaving she stated she didn't blame me! I know that you get as much out of a school as you put in but my goodness that was horrible. At St. Pauls, they have great enhancement programs and the teachers do work with the child to give them what they need. I have great peace in knowing that my children are taken care of!
I attended this school for years and now attend OLHS. This school really set me up for success. St. Paul's doesn't really have a stereotype, where Salem is known as the wealthy school and St. Johns the sporty school. We do well in sports, have a great music/drama program, and the kids are different than the kids you find in public school. The one problem I had with this school was that they really didn't challenge the academically gifted children, because everyone from the focused learning to the enrichment kids had the same english, science, lit, language, history, etc. An over-emphasis was put on fund raising, and the school was filled up with Korean exchange students who didn't really add anything to the environment. I would definitely go to St. Pauls if I had the opportunity to do so again.
Please consider your local public school in Orange over this private 'Christian' School. The academics at this school are so poor that the risk of your child being behind acedemically are not worth the 'Christian' Education you think you are getting here. I know first hand and can thank GOD we got out before it was too late. Don't waste your money at this school.
St. Paul's is an awesome school! I attended St. Paul's as a child and loved it. Now it's great to see my children getting to experience St. Paul's. The teachers and staff are wonderful.
St. Paul's Lutheran school is a wonderful school, and it was just named a Blue Ribbon School.
St. Paul's is has prepared my children for a succcessful 4 years at a university and has centered there lives around Christ and helping others.
This school has been a blessing and prepared my child for a challenging 4 years in high school and an academic scholarship to college.
St Paul's has been such a fabulous school for both my children. One loves sports and is on several teams and the other is in the band and now is on his way to receiving a full scholarship to a top university. The education they received was chalenging and rich. It has proven this excellence by becoming one of the very few schools to be awarded Blue Ribbon status! My children have also learned the joy of knowing Christ and helping others.
This school claims to offer the 'best option in Orange for a quality Christian education.' Not so. Though the book learning of Christianity is offered, the heart is missing in the behavior of the students and the attitudes of the parents. Many of the teachers are very kind, but there didn't appear to be any accountability for teaching goals. That's kind of scary! Our children attended for several years, and though they are very bright, they were not challenged. The public education opportunities in Orange far exceed what is offered at St. Paul's. Plus, there was an enormous emphasis on fundraising, while tuition jumped exorbitantly each year we were there (with no prior notice). So, we have had experiences with both private and public--GO TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN ORANGE. Your taxes are paying for it anyway and your children will get a better education.
This school is amazing. The size is wonderful, and the classes are perfectly sized. The campus couldn't be any nicer. The kids that go to this school are great, and the discipline program is strict (yet slightly lacking, especially on the very bad kids). The focused learning, enrichment, and math classes are stupendous, but the regular classes are slightly sub-par. The excellent extra-cirricular program makes up for it, though.
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