Growing up as a kid in South Orange County the words private school meant bubble . Even worse a bubble behind the orange curtain : A protected/sheltered group of kids who didn t know about the real world. But I was so wrong. At CVCS my kindergartner and 1st grader are involved in things I would have never dreamed that they would be a part of. My daughter at seven years old spent a day packing meals for those in need. My son in kindergarten was sorting through my closet looking for shoes he could donate to those without shoes. Seeing my six year old so passionate about something so selfless; a crisis the world can t seem to solve I thought My Lord how REAL is that. I have kids now with a bigger heart to serve a heart to love and a foundation to move forward and lead in the world with positivity and light. ... they are not stuck as being 1 in 36. CVCS is the way school should be. Bringing my kids to school and not worrying about their day, how they are going to be treated, or who is going to comfort them if they fall emotionally or physically is such a relief. They are challenged and they are supported. They are pushed to be leaders and they are built up to help others.
My son has attended the CVCS Homeschool Co-op since kindergarten, and will be entering grade 2 in the fall. We would love for him to attend the Co-op until he finishes junior high, and then transition into the superb, blue-ribbon award-winning, full-time program. The Co-op program provides a perfect combination of a first-class academic experience in a Christ-centered environment. Students attend a weekly all-school chapel, in addition to a special family chapel once a month, in which children from each class are recognized for demonstrating specific biblical character traits in their daily lives. The curricula is Christ-centered and prayer is an integral part of Co-op life. The Co-op has been blessed with the most patient, kind and caring teachers who go above and beyond to show God's love. Parental involvement is high, from both mothers and fathers, who provide additional strong christian role models. Children and families serve together through a variety of ministry outreaches organized during the year. If you are searching for Christ-centered, academic excellence, in a genuinely warm and caring environment, you will find all that, and so much more in this school.
I am a parent of a student in the CVCS homeschool program and totally disagree with a low rating and the bullying problem mentioned in the review below. In our experience the homeschool co-op program has been nothing but a huge, loving family. The teachers watch carefully over the playground. If any unkindness or negativity occurs the teachers and aides are quick to resolve and promote kindness on the playground through prayer. Our co-op is also outstanding. The director prays over each student and makes a huge effort to know each family. The teachers really care about the students and families. One teacher even invited us over to her house to fully explain some of the curriculum I didn't understand. You are truly receiving one-on-one attention in the co-op. Also the co-op parents are all very close as well. You can find us all chatting after-school and enjoy doing outside school activities together. We even have a monthly mom's night out. You should definitely check out our co-op program!
Capistrano Valley Christian Schools is like a big family. My 3 children are in the high school and have been blessed by great opportunities; wonderful teachers, who are godly mentors; challenging academics; and a caring atmosphere. Teachers go above & beyond to show God's love & assist the students. My children have had life changing opportunities to be student leaders, perform in musical theater and the MACY's awards, perform in the choir, and participate in athletics. CVCS is preparing my kids for college and coming along side me to raise them to be strong Christian leaders in our community. CVCS is one of the best kept secrets in our community I encourage you to check it out and let the word out.
This school is excellent. My children are in the High School. I like that it has Christian world view, with VERY high academics, low teacher-student ratio, lots of family involvement and an opportunity to play multiple sports if your child wants to. They do some great theater productions. The baseball program is first rate, the football program is too, as well as an excellent basketball coach and team. My sons are known by all of their teachers and the administration so they don't get away with much mischief. They have the encouragement to be in student leadership and missions trips and are preparing for college in every core subject with AP classes. As a parent, I know there is no perfect school- and there are a lot to choose from in this area. But this school has been operating for 40 years and I think they are doing a great job.
We pulled our daughter out of public school 6th grade mid-year and enrolled her at Capistrano Valley Christian School, and have never looked back! The small classes and genuine love the teachers have for teaching, along with the truth of Christianity being taught has made our experience wonderful. My daughter is now a freshman in High School, played volleyball in the fall, and will be performing in the school musical in the spring! We absolutely love this school!
My kids have attended this school from K-12. Every step of the way has been a blessing to our family. The small school environement provides a safe confortable place for them to learn and have fun. Also they have had numerous opportunites to experience sports, arts, trips, etc. that they never would have had in a large or public school. The academics are rigorous but the small class sizes and personal interaction with the faculty ensures success. The personal attention also benefits athletes. My son who does not graduate until 2016 already has more than one D1 full athletic scholarships offers.
I think others should know that Yes, there is a bullying problem. My children attended the homeschool they offer & the full-time kids all play together at lunch. This is mostly when the problem occurs & the insults directed by the fulltimers, NOT just 'kid-stuff' but sophisticated, well thought out MEAN name calling pinpointing things children cannot change about themselves. They could improve if the F/T ADMINISTRATION & STAFF would have a ZERO tolerance policy on bullying. It would be helpful if the kids had to sign a contract after being advised they will be dealt with severely. It would also be helpful for the kids to know Jesus had a special heart for those who were outcasts. Very sad as the one thing I liked was the homeschool teachers. They are very good at what they do.
High academic standards within a Christ centered environment, what more could you ask for in a private Christian school. We have two children here in the elementary school and have had 2 wonderful years with loving and nurturing teachers. We have not had any instances of bullying ( cannot speak for JH or the high school which I know is putting a zero tolerance attitude to bullying in place) nor has my daughter encountered any mean girls - so far we have been very happy here and will hopefully remain here through high school.
My child was lucky enough to attend CVCS for Kindergarden last year, and is returning for first grade. I was stunned with the amount of work that they do...even in Kindergarden! However, by the end of the year my child was reading. There were lots of fun programs designed to get them interested in reading and math. Another wonderful plus about this school is that they have teachers aides in the classroom. It really gave more individualized attention to kids in the class! It seemed all the kids(especially mine)were attached to their aide, Mrs. Blaydon. She was there for the extra help and hugs, and as a parent I loved that. I like the principal, I disagree with the review that said she was unapproachable. While I only had occasional encounters with her, she was always pleasant, calling me by name and offering kind greetings. If anything, her sticky sweet demeanor may come off as disingenuous at times. I am pleased with this school and hope that we can continue at CVCS all the way through high school!
This school has a huge systemic problem with bullying. My children have all experienced bullying for several years. The staff are poorly trained in behavior management and the administrators play favorites towards the families that contribute $$$$. Bad behavior is tolerated and families of these children are not dealt with appropriately. It appears that the adults are completely in denial or just don't care! Very ineffective in managing the students. I know several families that have left due to the bullying issue. So disappointing for a Christian school.
Amazing God focused school with great academics! Caring teachers and staff that listen and care for your child's heart and spiritual growth!
I totally disagree with the previous review regarding "no mean kids or bullying". I know several children, including my own who are bullied on a daily basis. There is a culture of acceptance and denial of bad behavior. Examples are: spitting on kids, physical assaults, throwing food, constant name calling, throwing rocks at kid, intimidation,,... Many of the teachers minimize the behavior or are too interested in being "buddies" with the kids. The administrators have been unwilling to take appropriate action. "Boys will be boys" attitude. They are too concerned with confronting parents and/or getting rid of the "bad seeds" I believe for fear of losing money. Very antiquated Head of Schools who needs a course in behavior management. So disappointing for a Christian school. The academics are stellar, and many of the teachers are terrific! The extra programs are great as well. However, because of the administrations ineffectiveness to create a safe environment, it's not a place to put your child.
This school has been a wonderful learning environment for my children. The school admisitration team are' in touch', reactionary and forward thinking. They listen, they respond and they get things done. At the same time they create this very warm and loving environment for families at the school. My children have grown spiritually and academically. They are respectful and loving to their peers and work hard at their subjects without needing to be pushed. My family love this school and we hope to remain there through Junior High and High school.
I agree with the parent on homework. There is ALOT given at upper elementary, more even than in junior high and my kids have had to drop out of alot of after school activities. You also need to be able to have the time to help them with it and when you have 3 all with 2-3 hours a night it is exhausting.Kids work hard at CVCS and so do the parents, expect homework and project work during the holidays and weekends. We have looked at other options because of the extra homework load but the kids at this school just pull us back every year. They are kind compassionate and just good friends to our kids. There are no mean kids, gangs or bullying. I like the principal and all the administration and apart from 1 (young/inexperienced) teacher my kids have all had wonderful years at CVCS. So I guess you have to weigh up what is important to you.
Of all the schools in the area we felt that this school was the most family orientated with high educational standards and good value for money, however we feel cheated by some of the hidden costs and the standard of some of the school facilities. Firstly students in JH (7th & 8th grade) have to pay for ALL their textbooks, this is somewhere in the region of $500 extra per year on top of all stationary supplies. Coming from another private middle school in the area, where all school supplies (including textbooks) were included in the tuition fees, this was an extra that we hadn't anticipated. There is also a charge if your child is late for class because his locker wont open ($50) even thought the lockers are over 20 years old and in a terrible state. Maybe thats the plan to get more money from the parents!!! Some of the classrooms are very small, you can tell they have been reassigned from storage areas and some dont have AC or heating. They are also not very soundproof and my son struggles during testing with the noise from the elementary recess areas. The staff and people are very nice and we have felt very welcome but we are not going to keep being fined for faulty lockers!
This school (elementary) has changed alot in the past year since the new principal took over. There are a lot of new 'fun' elements ( pull -outs and activities) that have been added, however it is at the expense of core subjects like Math and English. I know many parents now have their children in extra tutoring because the core subjects are being rushed through in class and there is no time for questions from the children and they are falling behind. If your child cannot do their worksheet in class it is sent home for you or their tutor to help them. Allow 2 hours, at least, for homework for 4th/5th&6th grade and if your child gets a 'C' in any subject, you will get a letter sent home asking what you are going to do about it! The families are wonderful, the teachers stressed, the curriculum punishing and the principal unapproachable.
Myself and my wife toured this school for our elementary aged kids. It had a warm, family atmosphere, administration were very welcoming and friendly and you could tell the teachers really loved their place of work and the kids they teach. I did feel however that the school administration was very focused on their 'high school' achievements and programs and the rest of the school appeared to be 'lead' by the high school element. Whilst I appreciate that the school has a very successful high school to shout about I would like to have heard more about their elementary school achievements. My wife spent some time in the elementary classes and was very impressed by the standard of work, however she noticed that all the display cases in the entrance were full of high school work/photos/achievements. I guess for us we felt that our kids elementary sucesses might be overlooked in a school so focused on high school achievements. I think if a school contains 3 schools then each school school should be given equal priority and we didn't feel that was happening here. Having said all that, it was the BEST school we toured in the area and will relook at it again when we relocate in 2012.
I have had the privilege of being an All CIF Football Player, League MVP, and the United States #5 Top Olympic Weightlifter in the entire nation and a National Champion in the 77 kg Class, the most competitive class in USAW. Because of CVCS Olympic Development Program I will be attending LSU of Shreveport on a Olympic Weightlifting Scholarship. The CVCS Olympic Development Program was founded in 2009 and in 3 months of its existence became the nations top 3rd performing team at School-Age and again in 2011 again became the nations top 2nd performing team at School-Age Nationals. We have the 2nd Largest Youth Olympic Development Program in the state of California. We boast 3 National Champions, 10+ State Champions, and over 20+ Regional Champions. I have had the privilege of being taught by one of our nations most respected Apologetic Teachers- Sean McDowell, receiving Quality and Individualized Teaching, and many Leadership and Business Opportunities. I will be also receiving a scholarship in Marketing because of CVCS' Business Developmental Program they offered to me. I have attended CVCS since preschool with my other brothers and sister, it has been my family for 14+ years.
Great school, warm, caring teachersand small class sizes. I have 2 elementary age kids at this school, this is their 2nd year here and they have developed into amazing little people, confident in their abilities and always inquiring. Academically they are way above what their friends in other schools are doing and the best thing is they LOVE going to school.
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