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Calvary Christian School

Private | PK-8 | 420 students

CCS is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence and Christian values.

 
 

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Posted April 26, 2014

After pulling our son out of a very expensive westside 'progressive' school, I didn't know how he'd cope at a more traditional environment. Well thank goodness we settled on Calvary!! Wonderful school all around. My son is learning so much more than he was at his previous school. Sadly when he entered calvary he was almost an entire grade behind due to the 'project based learning' he was doing. Had I known that teaching style was so bad I'd've saved us the money & trouble! Needless to say the amazing education, morals and manners make us very proud to be a part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2013

This school has quickly become one of the best schools in the Palisades. The new principal has brought with him a new energy. The staff genuinely cares about the students and each other. The parents continue to impress us with their warmth and selfless involvement with their children, the school and the Calvary community as a whole. Lastly, Calvary has recently been sending children on to the best schools. It seems that ex-missions has become a real focus. The school is perfect!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2012

From the day that my daughter first stepped onto the Calvary campus (3 years ago) to today I have been astonished at the caliber of Calvary. At a time when budget cuts are causing music and arts programs to be cut and class sizes to drastically increase Calvary remains committed to a 10 - 1 ratio!!! They have expanded their technology programs, music programs (including choir, orchestra, and band) as well as created a fantastic and expressive art room. In addition to all of this they are committed to excellence in every area from community service to spiritual training to the INCREDIBLE academic environment. I know have a preschooler a child in mommy and me and a first grader and at each stage in the process I am overwhelmed by the excellence with which this school is run. Here's to MANY more fantastic years of learning, creativity, and challenge at Calvary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2012

After looking at all of the choices for preschool and grade school in West LA, we decided on Calvary and have been extremely happy with the decision. We have one in kindergarten and one in preschool, and the entire school experience has been very positive for our boys, us as parents, and our family as a whole. We love the focus on building character, and the results are readily apparent in all of kids we have met who are in the older grades and in middle school. In addition, we have had the opportunity to several alums of Calvary (through personal connections and not referred to us by the school), and across the board they all say the received a great education in a wonderful values based environment. To top it off, the new Head of School is an extremely talented and high energy man who comes from a great school in Palm Desert. His leadership an style is already showing through in the school, and we are excited about his ability to make a great school even better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2012

Calvary Christian School has been a fabulous experience for my child and our family. The Academic Excellence and Christian Values ring true throughout this gorgeous campus. The teachers are wonderful and definitely prepare the students for middle school. My child feels loved, supported and encouraged. I can't recommend this school enough~ The staff and administration are top notch. This has been the best experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2012

Calvary has been an excellent experience for our family. We carefully chose it after considering other top-tier private elementary schools in West LA. It has superior academics, a nurturing environment, an incredible arts program and many wonderful families. The new head of school has knocked our socks off and will surely make it an even better school than it is already.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

This school may now have a chance to be what it once was now that the principal, and the wealthy family that vetted and supported her, have left. Over the last ten years this school was taken over by a virus in the form of it's principal and her supporters who ran the school solely for their own purposes and left many wonderful children in the dust while those in the inner circle got straight A's and matriculated to the finest high schools. Let's hope the new administration can restore a degree of quality and fairness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2012

We have had a great experience at Calvary. The academics are very strong and the atmosphere has been great for our children. The teachers are very engaged with the kids and definitely challenge them and love them. 2 of our children have already graduated Calvary and were very well prepared. We feel fortunate to have found Calvary for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2012

Calvary is an amazing place and I'm puzzled as to how anyone would say otherwise. My child not only graduated with strong values and excellent work ethic, they attended a top notch private school and is now at an IVY LEAGUE college. The best thing about my child's education, honestly, is that they continue to cherish their experience there and even stay connected to teachers who made an indelible impact. Thank you Calvary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

I was a student at this school and know from personal experience that the incompetence and ignorance of the faculty has led to not only awful but embarrassing matriculation, incredibly flawed student moral values and work ethics after graduation, etc for the large sum of money that is thoughtlessly thrown at this school on a yearly basis. Do not send your kids here. Your children and your pockets will be much better off if your children attend public school. Other better options would include schools like St.Matthews and Carlthorp.


Posted April 15, 2012

Calvary is a nice school, however the turnover rate is upsetting. Everybody knows that teachers come and go, but at Calvary it's incredible how often they need to replace faculty. It's hard for the kids to constantly adapt to new teachers, principal, vice principal, preschool director, preschool director assistant...etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

My Calvary experience was great! The academics were challenging and I learned so much. The teachers know their students very well and interact with them on a personal level. The Christian aspects helped me a lot in my faith and encouraged me. I feel like I truly got everything that I could out of my middle school experience. I love Calvary Christian and you will too!


Posted September 14, 2010

I love Calvary. My child is in middle school and the teachers are caring and creative. My child is learning and thriving. I think the Headmaster is fabulous and knows each child by name. I have older children and made the decision to move my youngest to Calvary for all the school offers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2010

We've been at CCS for over 8 years and each year the school, the administrators and the teachers get better and better. My 3 kids could not be more different in their learning styles and CCS has loved, nurtured and challenged them while still helping to foster their independence and sense of self. We love this school and could not imagine a more loving, safe and wonderful place for our children to gain the knowledge and Christian values that will help make them into smart, loving and caring adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2010

this school has horrible principal participation and the principal will judge way before she knows the facts the teachers in the elementary dont take the time to help the students but the middle teachers are excellent and easy to deal with there are way better schools out there that will take the time and effort to help your children dont waste your money here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2010

We have been at Calvary for a number of years. The teachers are fine but the problem is the Dean of the school. She will say or do anything to keep her job. I also feel that the school "throws the grades" to keep the parents happy. So, the ERB scores never correlate to the child's grades. In conclusion, I have found it very difficult to educate my children in Los Angeles. Many people at this school have been asking for a number of years to replace the Dean. I wish the people in charge would listen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Great school. I've been here for a few years and each year the quality increases. From academics to specialist classes, especially the computer class, are well rounded while maintaining a fun and christian environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

We came here because we were looking for two things: christian values and high academics. The academics are o.k., stronger in the middle school than in elementary. The teachers in the lower grades are quite nurturing. The main problems seems to come from the head of school who doesn't model Christian values. She is uncaring of the children and can actually be quite mean to them unless, of course, their parents have given a lot of money to the school in which case they are treated like little kings and queens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2009

Academics were poor. Not at all good at sport, art. No real extra curricular activities. No interaction with teachers and a dismissive principal. This school is awful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

It is amazing to see each child turn into a king and high achieving human being.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 26%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hispanic 0% 52%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Math specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Vincent Downey
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • CAIS
  • WASC
Fax number
  • (310) 230-9268

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Carpool
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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  • Calvary Christian School is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence and the development of Christian values preparing students for leadership and service.
School leaders can update this information here.

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No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Brentwood School
Harvard Westlake
Loyola
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701 Palisades Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Phone: (310) 573-0082

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