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The Cambridge School

Private | PK-9 | 200 students

We are best known for academic rigor and spiritual vitality.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $450,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,740.

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Posted October 15, 2014

The best school in San Diego! It's an amazing thing when you see something actual live up to and exceed all the hype: welcome to The Cambridge School! My middle school age son is being challenged for the first time after attending several other Christian schools in the area and is loving it! He is taking Latin, Logic, Mandarin, Geometry, Poetry, Bible, History covering the Graeco-Roman era, Literature, Art, Speech & Debate, Physical Science and Physical Education. He's also participating in school athletics. He describes school as fun and the discussions around our dinner table have been transformed through the delight all three of our children experience each day at Cambridge. I have two middle school age sons and I can't tell you how thankful I am as a dad for the strong male leadership in the school partnering with me in the training of my boys to become virtuous men. The school is consistently Classical in its curriculum & pedagogy and deeply committed to the historical, living Christian faith. I've seen a lot of Christian schools but never one like this that held to a deep, theological faith combined with academic rigor. It's amazing! And, that's why this school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2014

My wife and I moved to San Diego two years ago. We have kids in 6th and in 4th grade at The Cambridge School. I was blown away from day one at how welcoming the other students were to my kids. They actually said, "You're the new girl, the one we have been praying for". I was relieved and thankful for such a loving environment for my children. Now that we are in our third year at Cambridge we can really see the benefits of this classical Christian education. Our children have become deep thinkers, analyzing everything they see and hear through the filter of the true, good, and beautiful. They can identify the story of Christ in every movie they see and book they read. They are excited about learning new things. They are excited to read again. And, they are excited about Mandarin, Latin, Progymnasmata (composition), grammar, science, math, history and how they are all integrated, because all truth is God's truth. We love the teachers, who know our kids well. We love the community. We love the curriculum. We love the mission and vision of the school. My kids are not just learning information, but they are learning how to think, reason, and clearly articulate their ideas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2014

We have been at this school for many years and have multiple children here. While no school is perfect, there is a lot that is going right here in the areas that we care about most--teachers who care about my children academically, personally and spiritually, a solid, thoughtful curriculum and a community we really enjoy and appreciate. My kids love to go school each morning and come back excited about what they've learned both in and out of class. What more could I ask for!?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2014

Above and beyond expectations! I have heard great things about The Cambridge School over the years but it wasn t until we arrived this fall that I was finally able to taste and see how incredible this school really is. I have watched in just 6 short weeks each of my three children come to life as they engage around their studies. My oldest is especially riveted by his passionate educators and has already made it very clear that he must graduate from this fantastic school. I love that there is a strong male presence in the upper faculty for my growing boys to be mentored and instructed by on a daily basis. As The Cambridge School continues to build their upper school, their mission and goal for all graduates is that they would be contagious Christians, virtuous scholars, humble servants and equipped stewards. What a beautiful portrait of what is being cultivated in the minds and souls of our children! I give thanks for all those who have sacrificed so that a school such as this could be available to us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2014

We are not angry parents or trolls. We are parents who wish to express our honest assessment of our years at Cambridge. We agree with previous postings about excessive teacher turnover. It is undeniable and one only need ask how many teachers are new this year, last year, or have left in the past 5 years. We also saw 3+ dozen children leave last year and many more great families leave in previous years due to systemic problems. Again, fact not fiction. Our personal experience was riddled with an administration that lacked compassion/concern for our children/family. The only focus is on the upper school. And the growth has been TOO FAST, leaving the K-5 program with incompetent leadership, all kinds of behavioral/bullying issues that go unaddressed, and a curriculum that is not being executed with the rigor that was promised. Many families, including ourselves gave so much to this school in personal time, financial support, etc. and we feel truly taken. Do not be wowed by the heavy marketing or eloquent speeches. There is an ugliness at this school that is like a virus and further evidenced by the recent, nasty attacks on families leaving less than 5 star reviews.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2014

Our family has been involved with The Cambridge School for almost eight years. It has exceeded our expectations year after year as our student has flourished in mind and spirit in this loving educational community. The faculty is exemplary due to the Head of School's outstanding diligence in seeking out exceptionally qualified teachers who are committed to excellence in teaching classical education in a way that makes school fun and exciting from pre-kindergarten upward. It is no wonder the parents, relatives and friends who visit the school and see what is being taught and how is is presented very frequently respond, "I wish I could go back to school and learn like this!" as they observe students truly loving to learn. Having had a student at the school these many years, we have closely observed that the administration under the leadership of the Head of School has integrity, honesty and sacrificially gives the students' development priority in all respects. It is very much a learning community where students and their families thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2014

It's always a shame when people troll the internet to spew some hatred with silly gossip. Someone is married to a board member? Wow! Turn the other cheek? Those without sin...? Get a life and move on? LOL Hands down, if you let 3 bad eggs make your decision for you about this awesome school, then this school isn't for you. I usually don't leave reviews but I read some of the silly nonsense that a couple of trolls posted about Cambridge. I would like to "ECHO" the previous 5 star reviews and tell you that this school is the best, period. Great teachers, students, faculty, staff and so on... The school has grown so well over it's short 8 years and has not lost their way in any way or form. Come to the school and do a walk through and make your own decision based on what you see and not what you read from trolls. This school is focused on their students and not Friday night football or talking the talk of the Christian person but actually walking the talk. My children have been to other private school that are established here in San Diego before switching to Cambridge and there is no comparison. Cambridge is driven by a strong foundation and will succeed regardless of trolls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2014

I would like to echo the previous poor reviews... And add that the favoritism towards particular families and a conflict of interest, non-independent Board(Chair is married to Head of School) makes this school a disappointment in too many ways to list here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2014

The review that was last reported is obviously from an ANGRY and HOSTILE parent. Sadly... when a family has issues, they feel the need to POST their opinion on social media. This, in turn, hurts the entire staff, faculty, and parent community. I feel VERY badly for this family - I have a feeling that they will not be happy with any school that they attend. The Cambridge School is AMAZING!!!! Everything about the school has met our needs to absolute PERFECTION!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2014

How do I love the Cambridge School? Let me count the ways!There wouldn't be enough space on this entire website to accurately hold all words that could communicate my deep affection for this institution. We are beginning our third year at TCS and each year gets better and better. We came to TCS from the East Coast having been firmly planted in a very well-established classical school. We were nervous that such a young school could be as 'truly classical' as our previous school. We were blown away. The depth in the curriculum is amazing. All subjects are integrated. I am impressed by my 11 and 9 year olds' abilities to analyze and synthesize subject matter. Due to Latin, they have a rich vocabulary. I love that they are taught how to learn- by using grammar, logic and rhetoric for each subject. My 6th grader is being taught how to take Cornell Notes, what her study style is and how she learns. My 4th grader blows me away with his ability to see through shallow arguments and make logical analysis. And besides the academics have a wonderful community! Kids who are age-appropriate, parents who help each other out and teachers who truly love and know their students. We are blessed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2014

Classical education can be wonderful. However, due to poor management, a revolving door of teachers and a curriculum that is not well developed or executed - the program at Cambridge is sub-par. For several years, our teachers were always new (or newer) to the school or were teacher's aides the previous year - not acceptable at this price tag. We found an "us" versus "them" mentality with the administration, not the partnership that was promised. There are serious behavioral issues with many children and the young, inexperienced aides are not equipped to handle problems. Academically, we have found huge holes in our children's education since leaving. Cambridge prides themselves on being ahead of other schools, but what that has translated to is core concepts in math, grammar/writing, reading, science, Latin, etc. that have actually not been taught well or reinforced. Unfortunately, we also saw favoritism of certain families by the administration, an attitude of boastfulness among children AND parents that Cambridge is superior and families that are highly competitive with one another. Cambridge fell far short of their marketing to create life-long learners and virtuous scholars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2014

Best school in the county without exception. We are beginning our sixth year at The Cambridge School with continued enthusiasm. The teachers, curriculum and culture has catalyzed our children's intellectual curiosity and diligence as well as fostered good character. I am convinced they can recall, analyze, and communicate in writing and verbally far better than if they matriculated at any other school in the area. The teachers are talented and devoted. Class levels are small. Bonds of friendship are very strong. School leadership is unquestionably committed. Growing a school in this day in southern California is extraordinarily difficult. To do it and re-cultivate the same pedagogy that shaped the minds and hearts of some of the greatest leaders in western civilization has been humbling to watch and exhilarating to support. I am so grateful for the wonderful way my children are being slowly transformed into virtuous scholars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2014

The Cambridge School is a one of a kind school and I'm glad our kids are students there. I am so happy that they are learning things they can't get anywhere else... logic, rhetoric, and how to apply those methods to every subject they study. This school not only values a rigorous academic standard, but also seeks to develop the student's Christ-centered character, to equip them to be virtuous scholars who love those things that are worth loving and are ready to serve others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2014

At The Cambridge School, our children have the advantage of a rigorous classical education taught through a biblical and Christ-centered worldview. The school's vision is to mold students into virtuous scholars. Even at a young school (the school is working up to preK- 12th grade, and this year it is preK- 9th grade), we have seen our children becoming virtuous scholars and life-long learners. We are thankful to see the teachers and staff partner with us to provide this kind of education and nuture to our children. We love this school for our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2014

Excellent leadership, strong faculty, and academic rigor is why our family joyfully begins our 2nd year at The Cambridge School. After continued frustrations with our local public school and homeschooling, we were so trilled to find a a place in San Diego that not only strives to educate in the classical traditions, but a place where our children have been awakened not just academically but also in body and soul. A great school indeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2014

The Cambridge School is the best private education in San Diego. I have three children who attend The Cambridge School and they all love it. The education that my children are receiving cannot be compared to any other school. The teachers love teaching as much as the students love learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2014

The Cambridge School has been a blessing to our children in countless ways. They come home from school excited about what they are learning and frequently conversation revolves around the amazing artist they are learning about or the time period of history they are studying. My older child is so excited to share with his younger sibling the exciting things she has to look forward to in her grade. My children are definitely challenged here, yet there is a wonderful grace and desire to help them be their best. It is a special environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2014

Our family is so thankful for The Cambridge School community. We are just starting our 5th year with the school and are enjoying every minute. The teachers each year dedicate themselves to educate not only the students but also partner well in education with the parents. It is a great fit for our family because we agree wholeheartedly with the mission and vision of the school. Each year the teachers have really connected with my children's hearts and cared for their academic as well as character development. In our family, character is equally if not more important than academics because we want to enjoy being around our children and for other people to enjoy them as well in community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2014

We have been part of this school for many years. It breaks our heart to see the continuous struggles the school faces. We finally had to leave this year due to high teacher turnover, poor school management, poor quality/rigor of the curriculum & tuition of $15k per student (grossly overpriced for what we are getting). Classical education can be phenomenal, but this school is very young (8 years) & has not yet been able to produce a stable faculty nor a rigorous classical program. Poor leadership & management of the school leads to questionable policies, unresolved issues & excessive gossip. The financial instability leads to heavy handed fundraising efforts & many additional costs to parents that far exceed the tuition. Parents must pay or provide for everything - incl. many field trips, all holiday/school events, educational events, feast days, etc. While there are a few outstanding teachers, many of the great ones are gone. For several years in a row now, 1/3 of the faculty have left. This year over 35 students also left. Bright children are not challenged & must supplement at home (very common at this school). In sum, the school markets itself well, but just does not deliver.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2014

Sadly, we recently moved from San Diego and ended our time with The Cambridge School (TCS) for now. After studying Latin for 3 years at TCS, our 4th-grade twins walked into their first-ever Spanish class at their new school for gifted students and used Latin training to pick it right up. Their new Spanish teacher is thrilled! Also, because of TCS's excellent elementary Mandarin classes, they are already at or near the top of their class at the new school. In addition, they are among the top students in math, reading, and writing in their new school. But most of all, their new teachers are quite taken with the twins' personalities. They describe them as calm, confident, well-spoken students who bring a "light and joy" and a love of learning to their classes. We feel strongly that TCS played a big role in this. And we would add "God Loving" to that description as well! TCS is that rare gem of academic rigor, character focus, and Classical Christian training rolled together with parent involvement. We recommend it and its outstanding teachers and staff without reservation. Embrace this school if you get a chance. There are few like it anywhere and we miss it tremendously.
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Korean
Russian
Spanish
Romanian
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Highest Level of WASC Accreditation (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Mandarin

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
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jean Kim
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Classical, Christian
Fax number
  • (858) 484-3458

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Classical Christian Liberal Arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Student Academic Services
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Debate
  • Foreign language club: Mandarin
  • Forensics club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
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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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Room Parents
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • The Cambridge School seeks to provide a distinctly Christian education in the classical tradition which equips students to know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and beautiful and thus prepares them to live purposefully and intelligently in service of God and neighbor.
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8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
51
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
62

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$7000 - $15000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Need-based
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12855 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92129
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Phone: (858) 484-3488

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