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Valor Christian Academy

Private | K-8 | 148 students

 

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Posted March 15, 2014

FIVE STARS We have been at Valor (previously Coast Christian) for several years. There is not a school like it for miles around. In many years, I have never seen a principal or teaching staff that truly loves and cares for these students as at Valor. The academics are amazing, parent/teacher communication is a breeze. All of the teachers we have had give up their own time and finances and pray for each child. CHARACTER comes first at this school, something lacking in public schools. We sacrifice to send them here and it is worth every penny. The teachers take less pay than they should. The only turnover? Some of our teachers had babies. They came back. This principal goes the extra mile for every concern. Recent WASC evaluation went fantastic. God continues to bless and grow this school to be just the right size. It is truly a family here. Last but NOT least....my children come home and say, "mom, i love school." On a Sunday--they tell me they miss school, too!! Wow. The teachers/principal/superintendent look for feedback and act on it. I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

Our children are having a very positive experience at Valor Christian Academy. The teachers are very caring and genuinely want their students to succeed. The smaller class size is a plus. Coming from public school, our kids truly enjoy chapel time. We are pleased with the quality of education they are receiving and feel very thankful that our kids are part of this school that strives to be Christ centered. We have found the teacher/parent communication to be excellent as well.
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Posted September 4, 2013

Valor was our dream come true after we visited it for the first time. Everything at Valor is done with much thought, care and prayer for the students. Each student is treated and respected as an individual. There is so much love and appreciation that flows through the campus from teacher to teacher, teacher to student, student to student and administration to everyone. It is very reasonably priced with a priceless approach to teaching children to grow up to be wonderful people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

The class sizes are small, learning is great, and my son loves to go. The school is sincerely looking to get better and has a goal of being an elite christian school available to everyone. Our son has excelled beyond our expectations and the curriculum is well-rounded. The teachers are very accessible, loving and sincere, thee kids will be kids, but they are taught to be respectful to everyone. Conflict is handled in a very positive and respectful manner. The school is very affordable for the excellent quality of education received. The only drawbacks are finances, I wish that we had more money to pay the teachers higher salaries they deserve it; almost all of them have advance degrees and could teach anywhere. They are strong in their beliefs and it shows. I am a fairly new christian and this re-enforces by faith. The school is not full of creepy Christian's. You feel comfortable speaking about God and your faith, but those who are not Christians or comfortable with being outward in my convictions (me) are welcomed. One last thing Mr. James is wonderful with student in the after school program. He is an insightful role model, and the kids and myself have learned from him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

Great education taught by great teachers that really care about their students. These teachers teach for one reason, they love the kids and want them to receive the very best Christian Education. Our son is in 3rd/4th Grade class and is fortunate to have both Mr. Fast and Ms. Gutierrez, both are fabulous. For the past three years our son attended Pasadena Christian another great school; Valor is less expensive, doesn't have as nice a campus and the teachers make much less, but that doesn't in any way limit their ability to provide a top notch education. I would recommend Valor to any parent that wants a great education in a loving and nurturing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

The quality of this school has continued to fall, year after year. Aside from a few good teachers, the rest of the school, staffing, leadership, and curriculum is far below standard. In particular, the leadership of the school is very weak. The administrators use the Bible in misguided ways to support whatever they decide. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Enrollment is way down, moral among teachers, students, and parents is low. The communication between administration and parents is awful, despite a newsletter that is put out weekly by a secretary. I feel this school is severely lacking, and I hope their new paint and new name "Valor Academy" does not fool parents into enrolling their children. Think again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2012

My children have been attending CCS for over 5 years, and I must say things have definetely changed over the years. The biggest fault this school seems to have is inconsistencies, and plenty of them. To start, the teaching staff has changed every year with an exception of a few teachers. As I once heard someone say,"The principal is cleaning house." It's very agonizing to wonder to will be your childs next teacher, because odds are it's once again going to be a complete stranger. The school is short staffed so you will often see the care and recreation crew also cleaning the bathrooms, the classrooms, etc. Also, this year there isn't a student honor council or 8th grade class officers which robs the student of exercising their leadership potential. And I'm pretty sure there isn't a cheerleading team this year like this website states. There are many other changes/inconsistencies that have happened over time, too many to list. Aside from these flaws, the office staff and supporting staff are excellent workers, maybe because they have been here for years. Also, I have no gripes about the quality of education my children have received. Diverse student body with no bullying.
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Posted September 8, 2011

Coast is a true blessing from the Lord. We live in a very upscale neighborhood where people pay mightly so they can send their children to the public schools and we do not. This is because the spiritual aspect of their schooling is so important. Coast gets an A+ is this area, as it is truly a Christ-centered education, which is exceedingly rare, if not non-existent, elsewhere in the broader area. On top of that, check out the test scores (very high) and compare it to the tuition (very reasonable) - it is amazing. That is because these teachers are truly dedicated to the task.
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Posted August 18, 2011

Enriching and engaging preschool. Caring teachers who provide loving yet controlled environment for children to grow and learn. Excellent communication between teachers and parents. Age appropriate activities to stimulate creativity and imagination with plenty of play time and learning time. Would highly recommend to any parent looking for quality pre-school infant through pre-K.
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Posted February 8, 2011

Nice school. Bible based education. Great Principal ! My child loves the teachers and fellow students and loves learning. He is being given good foundation here. Teachers are always open and available for communication.
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Posted August 4, 2010

This will be our third year at Coast and they have exceeded our expectation. Our son came from another local Christian school that lacked many of the standards that we feel a Christian school should possess. Thank God for Coast Christian School!!!! With an unbelievable Christ-centered atmosphere and curriculum, not to mention a stellar administration and staff, we have been blown away with how our son and daughter have excelled academically, biblically and socially. One of the perks is that the tuition is extremely reasonable for the quality of education and Christ-like environment. I recommend Coast Christian School to every parent I meet.
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Posted July 12, 2010

My son started attending Coast in 3rd grade and we noticed a change in how much he loved school almost immediately. This last year he had a male fourth grade teacher that he talked about all the time. My son knows Bible stories now and has a love for school and learning that he did not have before. I would recommend Coast to any parent.
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Posted April 21, 2010

The school is good academically but I find it a little bit expensive, specially if you have more than 1 child. I also believe the church should support the school more so the prices could come down a little bit. When my children were there ( I pulled them out to compare it with another private school).
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Posted October 5, 2009

Academically, this school Rocks! However, if your child is one who needs extra nurturing, this is not the place for them. Discipline is not consistent - and being a tattle-tell is rewarded (biblical principle???). Some of the teachers are sarcastic yet discipline the kids for using the same language. The kids talk disrespectfully to each other. Enrollment has dropped nearly 40% over last two years. Few parents are involved in more than just their child's classroom! Teachers are rarely a part of the Parent & Teacher Fellowship. Some great teachers...some past time to go. Great vision...needs to be executed!
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Posted May 24, 2009

As a professional it is extremely important to place your child in a child that has a 'great' match. Coast Christian meets every criteria... God-focused and academically superior. This school by far excels and exceeds the criteria needed for any child to succeed. I am a fully-involved parent who loves what Coast Christian has provided for both of my children in 2nd and 3rd grades.. Few schools can compare..
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Posted May 17, 2009

We are in our second year at Coast Christian School and I could not be happier. The teachers & staff are concerned about building the whole student -- both in academics & Spirit. The principal offers a round table time for parents each month & I have seen many improvements made based on these discussions. My son (1st grade) loves to go to school & is excited about everything he is learning. His teachers have been great with a wonderful balance of structure, discipline & love. Unless God makes a major change in my life, we will be at CCS through 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

Excellent school, excellent Kindergarten Teacher, Excellent Principal. Great Communication.
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Posted June 10, 2008

I have taught at a couple other Christian schools in the area and Coast surpasses them, by far. The staff work together, pray for each other, help one another and the Principal is exceptional. She is the reason I chose to teach here. I also know for a fact that the church, Coast Christian Fellowship, does not make all the decisions for our school. We have weekly staff meetings to discuss planning events, curriculum, and weekly happenings. As for supply lists - have you attended other private schools? The lists are comparable. Teachers, administration, and the church cannot supply all our needs or the needs of this school. Do you know what the average teacher takes out of his/her own budget to buy items for class projects, conferences, and parties? No school is perfect nor will anyone find the perfect school. I love Coast Christian School.
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Posted April 1, 2008

The best part about this school is that it is a Christian school and my children can be in God s word daily. However, there are many areas this school is lagging! It has just lost the field they used to do PE on. PE is now conducted on a blacktop surface. The bathrooms are completely substandard! The cafeteria floors are FILTHY. Yet, they are using the fundraiser to resurface the blacktop (which is still new) and teacher parking lot. I have done thorough research of other local Christian Schools and others provide the same level of academics and safety but are much CLEANER! Many parents I have talked to are pulling their children and going to other schools. The church does not support the school financially, but makes the decisions. Many of the staff kids who attend the church don't even attend the school!!! Says a lot in itself!
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Posted March 12, 2008

Coast Christian School has been a blessing to me and my family. The atmosphere is very family-oriented and the teachers are very caring and know how to maximize class time for teaching. I just found out the school was built in 1958, Wow! The administrative staff and school board really makes the most of what they have! Overall I'm very happy with the curriculum, the teachers, and just recently my family and I started attending Coast Christian Fellowship and we enjoy being part of the church that oversees the school. The Principal, Mrs. Keenan is truely a godly example for her staff and the students!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 34% 26%
Black 19% 6%
Two or more races 17% 3%
Hispanic 9% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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