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Alpha Beacon Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 80 students


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $609,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,860.

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Posted March 16, 2011

School uses Pensicola Christian College ABEKA cirriculum which is known to be very agressive. Each assignment builds, so students must keep up daily. Teachers are dedicated to see that work is done DURING class time. Agree with other poster, no gym, no sports (except volleyball), no language. Tuition is reasonable but few additional fees so read carefully. Strong bible base school ran as a family business (administrators are relatives). Committed teachers who know children by name
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Posted March 15, 2011

A great school. Too bad they are leaving the campus that they are in now. My child's confident has blossomed tremendously in the school. However, if you are looking for a school with "extras", this is not for you. For about $800 a month, they give you a strong foundation on the basic academic subjects (math, science, language art, history, spelling). No music, foreign language, technology, a little bit of art. However, my child has gotten very strong in all subjects. Tests are not a scary monster anymore. There were many mini quizzes before a big test. It's as if she is ready for test any time. She only spent about 1 hour doing homework everyday. She has tons of times for other enrichement programs or just hang out and chill with us. All projects are child's friendly and realistic. My husband and I did not have many "family projects". She can handle all project mostly by herself.
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Posted March 6, 2011

Among the finest Christian private schools in California. Very strong academically. Alpha Beacon is also located in a beautiful neighborhood, and has a very nice campus.
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Posted June 28, 2010

My daughter just finished her 1st year of kindergarden here and loved it !!! She has really blossomed as did all the children this year. She loved her teacher and it was a pleasure to witness the level of respect all the children had for their teacher. The teachers and staff really give it their all and boy, Is it noticeable. The kids have really grown and are very respectful to classmates, teachers, and the staff. And have had a well rounded curriculum. I could not be happy and I highly reccommend it to any parent considering Alpha Beacon
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Posted February 26, 2009

The high school and junior high provide excellent academics for students who are willing to apply themselves. The staff are qualified and caring. Elective courses and extracurricular activities provide great opportunities for student growth and development, individually and together with other students as a group. submitted by an alumnus

Posted February 20, 2009

My kids LOVE it at Alpha Beacon. They actually look forward to coming to school everyday and that makes this a 5- STAR place! The teachers know each student and their families personally. It's a very familiy-friendly atmosphere. Solid academics. Many of their graduates have gone on to top universities. They have a variety of school meets for the students to compete with other schools in the area. Alpha Beacon seems to win a lot of the ribbons after their math, spelling, art, writing, speech competitions. This school has a great balance of academics, Christian morals, student involvement, and teaching your child some valuable life lessons. Definitely a thumbs up!!!!!
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Posted October 5, 2008

Good elementary school. Need to improve their junior/high school bec. turnover of dean is too high. Sometimes there are favoritism esp if your parents are part of the administrators at this school. and other students get left out and don't get the heads up first.
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Posted September 7, 2008

Beacon Christian High is fantastic. They walk the walk and talk the talk. The teachers give the students the attention they need. For a small school it offers a lot and has a great track record of getting kids into good colleges. It is a great place for a teenager to develop and mature and get a great education with a solid curriculum.

Posted August 4, 2008

Alpha Beacon Christian School is an incredible academic institution. We had our boy there for two years and by the end of kindergarten he knew how to read and write (in cursive). They really welcome you and make you feel part of the family. They know you and your children by your first name. They emphasize children to treat each other with love and respect. Their religious foundations are the best, would not want them any other way. If you want your children to academic and spiritually succeed, send them to ABC. We would consider coming back in the future and know that we will be welcomed with open arms.
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Posted November 16, 2005

An excellent school! Quality leadership and academic and spiritual expectations.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 28% 26%
Hispanic 13% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 8% 1%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
Portuguese, Gaelic
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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Best of San Mateo 2008 Preschools USLBA (U.S. Local Business Assocation, Wash. D.C.) (2008)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
  • Portuguese, Gaelic
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Eleanor Chan
  • Coed
  • Christian
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (650) 212-1026


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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
  • Portuguese, Gaelic
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • soccer and baseball have been included in the past
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • softball has been included in the past

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Parents volunteer to help with lunch / playground duty, grades 1-6. parents attend 4 times a year parent-teacher fellowship evening meetings, annual elegant evening banquet, christmas faire/musical and spring musical. parents help out with helping hands day saturdays for cleaning up and organizing around campus, 4x year.
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525 42nd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
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Phone: (650) 212-4222


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