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City Tree Christian

Private | K-8 | 120 students


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Posted September 2, 2014

Found City Tree when looking for a preschool. After 2 years we liked it so much we decided to keep my kid here, not a public school as originally planned. In addition to the small class size, the variety of classes, and staff attention other reviewers have covered, I'll mention a few other things: 1) The after-school program is very flexible for busy working parents. I can call just hours ahead if my son has to stay later. 2) None of the kids would have stage fear after the 1st year because they're on the stage all the time (weekly chapel and multiple performances). 3) Long staff tenure but tenure is not the deterring reason when they have to make the tough decision to cut someone. 4) High student return rate. Many military families who moved away return to City Tree after moving back to SD. 5) Being someone not religious, I feel very comfortable here. I appreciate many of the good values they're still not afraid of instilling in the kids. 6) They have a summer camp program. It's the cheapest among all options I looked at AND it's fun. 7) You can have lunch with your kid any day as long as you come at the right time. Fun especially if you work nearby.
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Posted July 16, 2014

City Tree has provided a wonderful experience from preschool to their current years in elementary school. I am so thankful for the small class sizes, attentive teachers, and the amazing community of this school. My kids are thriving academically, socially, and emotionally and I give a ton of credit to their years at City Tree.
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Posted June 26, 2014

We have been going to City Tree for almost six months and are very happy and pleased with the school. Gabe (2 years old) loves all the teachers and has really flourished under their care. They have worked with him on potty training, numbers, letters, and lot of social skills. The school feels very safe and has a great down to earth feel. We loved his home day care center, but moved to City Tree to be closer to him during the day. I m able to have lunch with him once a week and their weekly newsletters keep me connected to what is happening at the school with photos and fun stories. I would recommend City Tree.
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Posted September 20, 2013

City Tree also has a preschool for ages 2-5. My son is in the Pre-K class and I'm amazed at the things he is learning already. He has music, Spanish, computer, Playball, library, chapel, etc. The location is great near downtown right off the 5 and they have daycare hours from 0645 to 1800 which is very convenient for a military family. The Christian atmosphere is excellent to foster well-disciplined and caring children to become productive citizens with a strong academic background to succeed in high school & college. This school is a hidden gem!
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Posted January 29, 2013

My children have been attending this school for 4 years. The personal attention that my children receive is outstanding. This environment has really afforded them the best learning opportunities and helped them thrive. I couldn't be happier with all of the staff at this school and the opportunities for learning arts, languages and to participate in extra curicuular activities is exceptional. I would definitely recommend this school. Mrs. Kennedy is a devoted and caring leader.
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Posted September 22, 2009

I think my favorite thing about City Tree Christian School is that they are teaching the whole child - from academics to fitness to personal character to spiritual growth. The teachers are totally committed to the children and the staff and administration are caring and supportive. This school is a gem.
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Posted September 22, 2009

low teacher student ratio,close to work,offer additional after school classes and homework club in addition to incorporating religion in every day teaching and life
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Posted September 22, 2009

City Tree Christian School at First Presbyterian Church in San Diego has provided my children and family an amazingly loving community with excellent academic and character development. My kids were well equipped for High School success!
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Posted September 21, 2009

City Tree Christian School provides a nurturing environment for children. The Christian based curriculum encourages students to love God and serve Him humbly and honorably all the days of their lives; and that this belief is expressed in how they treat others, themselves, and the world. I believe that early Christian education builds character in the student, enables the student to reason Biblically, and celebrates the individuality of each child and encourages excellence in every area- with the purpose of glorifying God- instead of worldly pursuits.
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Posted September 21, 2009

I love the attention and personal care my niece and nephew receive from their teachers.

Posted September 21, 2009

City Tree has the most caring teachers and parents than any other school I've encountered.
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Posted September 21, 2009

I love the teachers and the administration staff. They all make you feel like extended family. I love that the kids learn about Jesus and pray everyday.
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Posted September 21, 2009

It has high standards, great teachers and is like an extended family!
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Posted September 21, 2009

City Tree Christian School offers classes for preschool through eighth grade. The teachers, principal and staff are wonderful! Not only are the academics strong, but the music program, the arts, and the after-school options (orchestra, gymnastics, scouts, piano, art, and much more) are top-knotch. From the annual multi-cultural fair to the science fair, the mile fun-runs, and presidential fitness testing, children are challenged to achieve their full potential and discover their creative gifts at City Tree.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2009

This school is the best! What a great chance for my kids to learn!
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Posted September 21, 2009

City Tree is everything I could ask for in a school. Great staff, great teachers, great parents and great kids.
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Posted September 21, 2009

City Tree is a loving, caring and supportive environment for students and families. Wonderful administration and teachers. I am so glad I choose this school for my daughter who really enjoys everyday at school.
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Posted September 21, 2009

City Tree is an incredible school. Academics are rigorous and there is a loving family atmosphere. My kids thrive there.
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Posted September 21, 2009

The school feels safe while students are given opportunity to grow at a personal rate.
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Posted September 21, 2009

Because it is one big family! The teachers treat my kids like their own, they are loved, nurtured and educated--what more could you ask for? We love you City Tree Christian School--the teachers, principal and staff are the best!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 26%
Hispanic 29% 52%
Black 13% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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320 Date Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232-3794


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