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Upland Christian Academy

Private | K-12 | 412 students

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $222,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,310.

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Posted June 9, 2014

With older children who graduated from the local public schools & my own attendance at a private school growing up, we decided to transfer our youngest child to UCA for Jr High. This child has done well academically but rarely enjoyed school. Since day one at UCA, he has LOVED his new school. He was welcomed & treated kindly by all. UCA not only excels academically, but provides a nurturing & supportive learning environment. We are truly impressed by the positive, disciplined, & caring learning environment provided by UCA. Our only regret is not enrolling him sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2013

In the 3rdyear we began to experience bullying from another child in the classroom the bullying escalated and we reported the issues to the teacher She informed me other parents had the same issue and was being reported to the principal and administration. I monitored the situation and expected the issue would be handled appropriately but was sadly mistaken .The situation escalated to inappropriate actions that I immediately called for a meeting with the principal to have him take me through the steps the school follows in issues like this.he told me the school does not have a policy on bullying and inappropriate behavior. He refused to discuss actions that the school would take to keep my child safe. I found the parent teacher handbook and found a firm guideline on these issues. I then set a meeting with the superintendent in which he as well did not know the guidelines and told me those were to be used by their judgement He chalked this up to horseplay and my child misunderstood.I was told the school would rather minister and reform the child.The safety of my child and others children were not in the best interest,nothing has happened to the child and I am pulling my child out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2012

My daughter was home schooled since Kindergarten. We enrolled her at UCA for her Junior year and have been overwhelmingly pleased by this decision. She is getting a great education, but more importantly, she is growing in the Lord by leaps and bounds. She is being challenged to think about why she believes what she believes and defend her faith. I attended several Christian schools growing up, which I had good experiences at, but UCA surpasses them all, particularly on a spiritual level. Not all "Christians" school are created equal, that's for sure. The teachers there have a connection with the kids, which cultivates a love of learning. I feel they are more than teaching my daguther, but mentoring her, encouraging her, and making her experience at UCA a great one. The students there are like a family. You make friends there whether you want to or not. My daughter has been involved in so many different activities from varsity volleyball, softball, choir tour, the musical and more. This year, she is vice president, overseeing the dance team and more. The experience has been so positive we have decided to enroll her sister this year, beginning her 9th grade year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

3 kids at UCA over 8 years starting in Kindergarten.Competitive school academically,spiritually strong,inviting environment.Fantastic teachers have been there a long time,awesome K-8 principal&rightly motivated superintendent,small class size,pristine campus.LOVE HAVING ALL 3 ON 1 CAMPUS!Easy but more importantly,my kids delight in catching glimpses of eachother most days&each of their friends get to know their siblings so eases transitions as they move up grades.Makes for a WONDERFUL FAMILY ATMOSPHERE!Also,siblings share school pride&some school experiences.Oldest daughter finishing JH.JUNIOR HIGH IS A GEM AT THIS SCHOOL!She is heading into 8th with no major drama yet!Smaller environment helps but teachers are wonderful Christian role models &their who kids look up to hence the reason we pay for a school that shares our values.Teachers get to know your child so well as evidenced at conferences &awards ceremonies where teachers share kids' special attributes observed.Parents friendly&can be involved as much as they want to be.Blessed to have the opportunity for our kids to attend UCA&look forward to High School as many graduating got scholarships!FYI-My 3 kids give UCA 5 stars too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

My son has been at UCA since preschool. The teachers are amazing. I thought I would send him to public for High School but could not do it. The High School teachers are even more amazing! The male teachers have been such positive role models for my son. They have helped him get through the tough teen years and helped him become the respectful young man that he is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2011

My daughter is a junior at UCA (there for 11 years). I've also put 1 child through 13 years of Alta Loma schools. People always ask is, "Is it worth the money?" YES!! I would eat Ramen to keep my child at UCA. My child, a junior taking 8 advanced classes is a smart kid but still works hard to get good grades. I know she is well-prepared for college and being challenged. It is not just academics that makes me love this school. As a parent I appreciate the environment and the support. The staff cares that my child becomes a positive, well-rounded, confident, person of character in society. The teachers are dynamic and creative, and the staff builds the kids up academically and spiritually. My daughter, despite not being a club level athlete, has had the fun of participating in sports because the programs are open to athletes of all skill levels. The public schools can't get rid of bad teachers. My oldest had more bad than good in Alta Loma. At UCA the teachers are oustanding. My daughter loves her high school teachers, even with challenging classes. My granddaughter is in Kindergarten there now, and I couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2010

I think this school is great! This is our first year I have a kinder and a 5th grader. My oldest made friends right away and is adjusting to a new school quite well. I don't know what the others were saying about kids and adults being "clicked Up)I'm new to this school and have found no trouble getting involved or making new friends. Networking is the only way you will get to know anyone:) The only reason I did not put 5 stars is because there is always room for improvement!Oh and the new campus is beautiful and they are planning to add more classrooms for the 2011-2012 school year.Hope this helps in your search for a school. God Bless
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

I have been associated with them for ten years - wonderful!
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Posted May 18, 2008

I am a student at Upland Christian High School and I have been there since preschool. All of my teachers throughout my years there have all been wonderful to me and have helped me to further my relationship with God and to open up more to those around me. All of my teachers have been devoted to me and my fellow students in helping us succeed in our academic careers and in making the right choices in life according to a Christian view. The teachers in high school have had an amazing impact on me through their personal lives and their work lives. As for the high school principal, she is doing a wonderful job at knowing the teachers and students. I am proud to say that in going to Upland Christian School that I have really opened myself up to God and what His will is for me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2008

The academics are pretty good, but I'm not sure that it's worth the money overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2007

UCS rates below average in many areas. First, it is not a Christ center school as it claims to be. The teachers and parents form their own little circles. They display favortism toward certain group of parents and children. Second, many teachers are not devoted. They leave right after the children are dismissed. If you want to discuss your children's progress after school, They are usually not there. Third, besides phonics, most of the academic areas are poor. My son can barely write a decent paragraph in third grade. And the text books are out dated. Fourth, the principal is not involved with the children's learning. It seems like he/she is more concerned with fund raising. Overall, I am very disappointed with UCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2007

I have been going to this school for two years and I am very happy with this school. I love that they get wonderful PE and I love that they pray everyday.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2006

Child has attended for two years, teachers we have encountered seems very eager to teach and students loving to learn. Most teachers seem to enjoy parent involvement. Would like to see more activites planned for students and parents to become better acquainted with the school needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2006

Would like to see Principal more involved in the daily activities of the students and teachers. Being such a small school and family oriented facility, the personal involvement of the head of the faculty is and should always display personal and academic interest in both students and teachers. Since we have attended UCS, myself and family have never personally nor formally met the principal. Though we are satisfied with the current academic program, we are still not sure if our child will continue up to high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2005

My kids have been enrolled at UCS for the last 7 years, they offer a great christian based education. A financial stretch for our family but worth the investment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2005

I can honestly say that while my daughter attended this school for the last two years that the academic programs and extra curricular activities far exceeded what we were prepared for.
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Posted July 10, 2005

This is a great school if you have a model student with no academic issues. There are several extra activities to join and students that fit in are very happy here. If there are any learning issues I do not reccommend this school as they will not accomadate for any child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

The quality of academic programs vary by teacher. Both my kids have attended since K - now in 3rd & 5th. I would say 3 teachers have made a difference in my kids' progress.
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Posted March 22, 2005

There is a lot of favortism and poor discipline. The Jr. High and High school teachers leave a lot to be desired. The administration is more interested in fundraising. If they put that much effort into recruiting good quality teachers, the school might be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

I love that my child can stay in the same school, his whold academic career.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 26%
Hispanic 30% 52%
Black 14% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Tim Hoy
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  • Coed
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  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Church of the nazarene
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  • ACSI

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  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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10900 Civic Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
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Phone: (909) 758-8747

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