We have sent three children through Red Hill Lutheran and it has been a great experience for all three. We have experienced the leadership of two principals since then and they were both outstanding. Any negative comments about them clearly comes from people who could not hear the truth about their little angels or who were asked to keep their financial commitments to the school. Any student who leaves Red Hill Lutheran and is 'behind' academically at the new school was most definitely struggling at Red Hill because it is a strong academic school. RHLS is an outstanding school - there is a reason the enrollment has like doubled since we started resulting in the need for a new building. People will always find something to complain about - it is surprising that anyone would not recognize and respect strong leadership and a great school.
Ohh my goodness this is the best school in the whole wide world we are provided with an amazing atomsphere of christian based curriculum. I am so blessed and greatful that i have the opportunity to attend RHLS.
We love this school and the strong morals, guidance and love that we see. Our daughter bounces home with a smile every day. I don't agree with the other reviews regarding the principal. I know the past principal was amazing, but the new one is doing a great job. The integration of God's love into every part of their day and the strong academics have impressed us and we wouldn't dream of being anywhere else, especially in a day-and-age where values and morals are put very low next to academics.
This school has changed a lot over the years. While good character traits have been taught and instilled in the students, the staff has not been a good example of the same in themselves :( Lots of favoritism amongst students and their families (note the extremes in some of the reviews on this page..the positive-well liked family; the negative-the rest of us. :( very sad..not at all what I'd expect from a Christian school. Lots of cliqueshness amongst the parents and the staff, and the principal will not even acknowledge you or pay attention to your child unless you are someone who gives the school a great deal of money or is a well-known member of the church. It is not the most positive environment for many. Good luck on being one of the accepted ones.
RHLS was an incredible school until they got a new Principal> It seems that the new Principal is running a business. She is VERY unapproachable (unless you are a HUGE financial supporter). My son started at RHLS in their Pre-K program but, by the end of 1st grade we put him a public school.
We have two children in the school and could not be more pleased. There is an excellent balance of academics, arts and God. As with ANY school run with human beings, I've seen missteps as well as excellence. It is because of the love, care and teaching my children receive that we continue to attend. My boys LOVE their teachers, enjoy going to school, and thank God for their day at RHLS every night when they pray before bedtime. That alone should be testimony enough.
This school is amazing, amazing teachers, and administration. My kids are happy here, and the focus on God is amazing. we could not be happier with this school
I have 2 children currently attending this school. The teachers are very supportive, the principal really cares about the students and staff! There is always something great going on at this school. I really recomend it!
Our family loves RHLS! Our kids lives revolve around the church and school with all of its programs and activities both in class and after school. They truly love their friends, and the children there really care about each other. There are many rewards for good behavior, citizenship, Christian character qualities, and for excellence in their work as students. To our kids, it is the greatest place on earth.
Amazing school! My daughter made really good friends. And the most amazing principle ever! It was sad when we had to move away.
My children are both former students here, and overall we were a little disappointed in this school. We have been very pleased with the affiliated church however, so this was a big surprise. While the church teaches to be accepting of others--no matter what their background, the school has a very high degree of cliqueness and does not treat others equally. Very sadly this extends over to much of the staff, especially the principal. Far more is expected from a private school, especially one that is associated with a good church. There are quite a bit of politics floating about and with this, if the staff does not agree with your culture or personality it affects many of the opportunities they have at the school :( They are badly in need of new administrators. On the upside, academics are good overall, as are extracurricular activities.
RHLS is still the best kept secret in the Tustin/Irvine area. The staff is loving, caring and extremely hard working. This is a fantastic environment for children to learn. They are safe, loved and challenged academically. Both of my children love God and are so happy they can learn and talk about Him at school and with their friends. Our family will be at RHLS until our children graduate from 8th grade! The school is a total blessing to our family.
We transferred our child from a Tustin public school (after seeing that school go downhill fast) to Red Hill Lutheran. When we were 'feeling' out a new school for our child, we felt very welcomed at Red Hill Lutheran as soon as we were walking up to the front office. The staff is extremely nice and pleasant. Our child had to play catch up beings the public schools are behind a grade level. Now our child is making the best grades they have ever received. Their teacher has taken out her own time with her family to unselfishly give herself to her students. She tutors her students who need help after school out of her heart, not the school's pocketbook. I have recommended this school to all of my peers who are searching for a school that will benefit their child (children) in an oustanding education.
I am a parent that has had all of my children there for a few years. We were far happier with it prior to the current principal taking over for the 2007-08 school year. She seems highly unmotivated and definitely does not treat all students equally or fairly. It definitely appears that you are only respected both as a student and their parent if you are an active member of the church or school board, or if you are a middle-school student. It's been a huge disappointment this year and it seems that many of the staff do not support the changes and often staff is not available to help with homework needs. More is expected from the parents, yet we continue to pay higher prices for tuition! Red Hill needs to make some changes! (note that some of the 'better' reviews here were done a year + ago)
If you enroll your student here - get ready for alot of hands on help with your child. The homework is heavy-the reports are endless. Your child will not receive any individual help he/she may need. I feel the pressure for grades outweighs the importance of actually learning. Both of my children are very discouraged and overwelmed. It puts alot of responsibility for parents.
I am a parent a Red Hill Lutheran School and have I strongly disagree with the student rating below. I have found the transition from the former administration to the current administration to be almost seamless! The visions and mission of the school have remained as strong as ever. I was looking for a Christian school with high accademic standards and that is exactly what I have found.
Red Hill Lutheran School was a big dissapointment! When the new principal came, the school went down hill fast! Don't go here unless you have no other school in your area!
This schools main focus has shifted from Christian character to purely academic and teaching for high SAT scores. If you are looking for a religious school or if your child is a non tractional learner, you may want to do some researching before enrolling here.
Red Hill Lutheran is an excellent Christian school. My children who completed eighth grade there went on to excel academically at Orange Lutheran High School. They were able to place in mostly honors classes. My youngest child is entering 6th grade at RHLS and is benefiting from the great academics, weekly music, PE, and computer classes. There is also a great after school program, which includes sports and learning opportunities. The teachers are all qualified and loving. The administration is supportive. Parent involvement is encouraged and there are many wonderful volunteers making it a better place. The school provides a safe Christian atmosphere and perspective in all areas, from academics to discipline.
I first chose this school because of its proximity to my home and the great things I heard about the pre-school program. I had planned to send my children to public school when they became old enough. Well, they are both old enough now and we aren't leaving! The staff is superb; the teachers are excellent; the prinicipal is amazing and the parents are wonderful. Parent pariticipation is strongly encouraged and I love it. My kids really enjoy having Mom there too. Computer access and learning begins in Preschool which I think is fantastic. The P.E. program for elementary children is exceptional. I especially love the after school optional programs and the summer programs. The coordinator does a fantastic job and the prices are reasonable. Plus, my kids love them. They are learning and having fun! Red Hill Lutheran is a truly fantastic, loving, Christian school.
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