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La Sierra Academy

Private | K-12 | 621 students

 

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Posted August 17, 2014

I have been attending La Sierra Academy since Kindergarten and I am currently a senior here. This school has done nothing but amazed me throughout the years I have been here. I have strived above and beyond academically and spiritually. I love the programs this school offers although it lacks some sports such as; football, water polo, and wrestling. However I will still give my school 5 stars for everything else they do offer. I would highly suggest this school for anyone looking for a school that will challenge them and help them succeed. It is a small school so you don't have to worry about being left at the end of the line for help and that's another huge plus to this school as opposed to Loma Linda Academy and other public schools. Overall this school has gone above and beyond my expectations and I think anyone willing to put in the work will also enjoy this school and the future they will receive from it as much as I do.


Posted May 24, 2014

This school is wonderful. Teachers are all very caring. I feel like my children are safe here. Warm and welcoming environment. You won't feel like you are one out of a million coming here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

Our son is now a senior at LSA and has been attending since 2nd grade. We have already received over 7 college admission offers. Teachers are challenging, professional, caring and knowledgable. The entire staff is great and especially the business office. He has made great friendships with quality young adults with good morals. We are pleased with his grades, test scores and school support!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

I love this school because they care about their students academically, physically, spritually and emotionally. They took all safety measures to make sure our kids are secure. The staff, teachers and their assistance are very very hard workers. The kids learn in a truely fun and loving environment. Whether the child is strong and need little help or the child is shy or has any type of problem all thrive and do their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

My two girls have enjoyed their experience at La Sierra Academy. Both started in elementary and had teachers who cared deeply for their academic development. The oldest recently received a large scholarship to a university because of her achievements at LSA. Because of her solid educational experience in the elementary she soared once she entered junior high and high school. The youngest is well on her way to duplicate the high acievement of her sister. My wife and I could not be happier for the educational experience we have had at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

Although a student comment discusses lack of advising regarding public colleges, it is the Adventist Conference that mandates what colleges may be promoted, not LSA. Secondly, I sent my three children there for the Christian atmosphere and a high school where there aren't 1500 other bodies vying for the attention of teachers. Thirdly, although students may not feel 'challenged', there are outside venues they can participate in to boost their academic portfolio--i.e. college classes at La Sierra University. As for the sports, they have soccer, volleyball, softball, baseball, track, cross country and basketball. Many options for many students. La Sierra Academy was the best choice for my choice for my children. (My husband and I are both in public education.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

If I were a parent, I would be comfortable sending my child to this school for Elementary and maybe Junior High. However, for high school, I would not. I am a high school student at this school currently. The reason for this is LSA does not seize or embrace many of the activities and positive changes it could make as a Christian school. For all the positive sounding things the faculty say, they really do nothing. They just try to regulate the school. They do not do a very good job with college advising. Although they meet the requirements for the UC system, they do not really encourage students to strive for bigger secular school but are biased towards the Adventist universities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2010

it was one of the worst high schools in USA. I graduated this school. lsa has no AP, honor. it is worse than public school. im wondering why parents make their kids to attend this school. this school is not even worth to give 1star.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2009

I think that the school could be a little better. The students are nice and it's a very friendly environment. TEhy need more activities... i.e. after school clubs, more sports ect...
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2009

Its a small intimate school and it has a great learning environment
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2009

Excellent school. Both of my children attend LSA. It is the best in Riverside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2007

A caring and loving environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2007

La Sierra Academy is a great school. It is a faith base institution with high academics. The teachers are caring and supportive of their students and focus on each student achieving success. Your child will grow both intellectually and spiritually at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

This school provides are great environment for students. Students come from diverse cultures and learn together in Christian environment. The academics become more challenging as the students go from Elementary, Jr, High on. The focus is on the whole student (health, education, music, stewardship, etc). The size of the Elementary school allows them to provide band instruction, PE teachers, a nurse, computer labs, and amazing field trips. Affiliation with the college is helpful for students needing tutoring and mentoring. Great school overall
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2006

I am a sophmore at la sierra academy and have been attending this school since 5th grade(what a shame). i think this school has made me stupid i mean seriously i was very smart in public school and now i come here shoot. im planning on leaving next semester. i will be so happy i left jeez!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2005

Caring loving teachers. Good Bible based school. Not very strong in academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2005

No frills, low cost, no nonsense education at a great price for your family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2005

My kids have attended La Sierra Academy since they were Kindergartners & it has been a positive experience overall. The focus for the elementary grades is developmentally-based, since every child is different. The Jr. High principal has done wonders with the program & the teachers are young, energetic & enthusiastic. The high school administration has been actively improving the curriculum to meet the needs of students especially to challenge those that desire more of an academic experience & to prepare for college. No school is perfect, but if you're looking for a friendly, Christian environment with a diverse student body, I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2004

My daughter attended La Sierra Academy for two years (4th through 5th grades). We fell in love with the school s environment and the dedication of its staff members. However, I would have to agree with a couple of the earlier reviews: the school s academic standards are poor. We had transferred from the public school system and were very surprised to see that La Sierra s curriculum was lagging behind that of the public school s (about two years behind!) We finally had to give up and return to the public school system. It took about six months for our daughter to catch-up to the curriculum offered in the public school s 6th grade. Quite a surprise when you consider she ranked at the top of both her 4th and 5th grade classes at La Sierra. It s a shame because in all other areas, La Sierra was truly a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2004

I am a sixth grader at La Sierra, and am disappointed. I've been at this school since I was in kindergarten, and take it from me, a student, that this school is not one you want to send your child to. As for academics, I get easily bored with the poor curriculum. I learned to read when I was three in preschool. Here, kids don't even start reading until 2nd grade! The only reason I haven't transferred is because I can't find a good school.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 26%
Hispanic 26% 52%
Black 9% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer 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
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

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  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
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  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Walter Lancaster
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Seventh-day adventist
Associations
  • GCSDAC

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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

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Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • 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
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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4900 Golden Avenue
Riverside, CA 92505
Phone: (951) 351-1445

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