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Red Hill Lutheran

Private | K-8 | 340 students


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Posted August 22, 2014

Compassionate, caring, committed to excellence in education and dedicated to partnering with parents to raise Christian young men and women with strong character are but a few ways we would describe the efforts of the faculty, staff and administration at RHLS. Having children who have attended here for 6 years has allowed us to watch them each grow spiritually, academically and socially under the guidance of teachers who desire to really know each child and his or her unique abilities. Other blessings have come from the wide variety of elective courses, enrichment classes and extra-curricular activities & sports offered here along with a warm "family" feeling and a strong Parent-Teacher-Fellowship. Teachers go above and beyond to be creative in the classroom and challenge students to learn in ways that best meet their individual needs. Our experience with the pastor and administration has been positive & encouraging with an openness to feedback. There is a genuine concern for the well-being of our children and our family. As a result, our children are thriving and have a love for the Lord and a love for learning. We couldn't think of a better combination!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2014

We will be starting our fifth year here and I have been so pleased. I love the bible based teaching and really feel that my daughter is right on par with her learning. I also feel that the teachers and office staff really do care for my child. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 15, 2014

I have been impressed with the entire school experience that my daughter had at her 8+ years at Red Hill Lutheran. She was very well prepared as she entered high school last year and has excelled in honors level classes. The loving and caring environment during her time attending Red Hill was wonderful. She was also involved with the sports programs at Red Hill which are a wonderful way for a child to be involved in all kinds of sports.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 14, 2014

Red Hill Lutheran School has been an excellent fit for our children. And, our kids have all received a great education, even though each one is so different. This school is able to challenge the students who already excel AND help the students who are struggling (we have both). This is a gift to parents, since at many schools, the entire class is taught to the lowest common denominator. Our experience is that the teachers and administration are very communicative and respond fairly and in a Christ-centered manner. We would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2014

Red Hill Lutheran has been an excellent fit for my two Middle- School aged children. We have loved the smaller class sizes, excellence in academics, and Christian Character development. I am also very impressed with the teachers attention to detail, specific class instruction and timely returned e-mails. I feel my children have been very Blessed with Red Hill Lutheran and it's loving and nurturing environment. My oldest child initially had a hard time with the fast paced I-Pad instruction. This is one area we have had to put in some extra time. It has turned around though this year with many benefits. I look forward to this up-coming year and continued growth, both as developing children academically, spiritually and socially!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2014

Red Hill Lutheran has wonderful caring, supportive teachers and administration. The education is high quality. This school is one of Tustin's best kept secrets!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2014

Being a part of Red Hill Lutheran has been a very positive experience for our family. We had children attend preschool-8 . Our family has the utmost respect for the Principal and Pastor. In our experience with them, they have always been professional, attentive, and approachable. We had every question answered in a timely Christian manner. Although there had been changes in teachers through the years our children attended, the changes have had a positive effect on them, The changes seemed to make improvements of the overall program. The fact that this is a Lutheran School, adds bonus points for our family. The Statement of Faith Red Hill ascribes to is the core belief of our Christianity, and our children were educated in all classes from a biblical worldview. If you are a parent of a child(ren) preschool-8 and considering enrolling at Red Hill, I would highly recommend it. No school is perfect, but, this school seems to not be afraid to make changes for improvement.

Posted August 11, 2014

My son has been at RHLS for two years and will be starting his third this Fall. We have been very happy with his social as well as his academic progress. He has moved from being an average student to scoring well above average on standardized tests and last year he even made it onto the honor roll. This is due to the hard work and dedication of the teachers and staff at RHLS. He is becoming a happy, self-sufficient learner through their guidance.
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Posted July 25, 2014

We have attended this school for the last 5 years. Overall we have had a positive experience at RHLS. The small class sizes, teachers and school environment is why we have chosen to return each year. During this summer we have learned of many wonderful teachers that are not returning in the fall. A few of them have been with the school for years. Our biggest concern is with the administration and their decision making skills. It appears that there is not any accountability process regarding the administration. The board of directors does not seem to take any action regarding concerns that have expressed several times.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 19, 2014

For the Irvine parent who switched their kid over here. I do not know why. Enrollment has started to go down and Irvine district has great schools, teachers and principals. I am glad I switched my kids to the Irvine District. They did receive a good solid Christian background at RedHill but Irvine teaches a whole lot more to help them through real life.
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Posted February 21, 2014

My son is thriving in kindergarten at Red Hill Lutheran School. He is benefiting from a faculty that demonstrates and teaches what it means to be a Christian. As an active 5 year old, my son struggled with self control at the beginning of the year. His teacher handled the situation with positive, open communication and we worked together to encourage appropriate classroom behavior. His teacher continues to effectively communicate what is happening in the classroom and responds quickly to any questions. The K-5 classes recently performed the songs from each branch of the US armed forces and a song called "Love in Any Language" at a recent Grandparents/VIP event. I volunteer in the classroom each week and witness the compassion and patience of the teachers. My son started the school year struggling to hold a pencil, he now writes 3-5 complete sentences and enjoys drawing. He loves the music and performing arts programs and has also shown dramatic improvement in his math and reading skills. Although I live in the (awesome) Tustin Unified School District, I believe receiving a solid education in a Christian environment is priceless.
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Posted February 6, 2014

Family. Fellowship. Friends. Red Hill Lutheran School is home. It's a blessing Heritage Elementary is not open to our community, Columbus Grove. K-5 may one day be accessible, but the value of private education is intangible. I am indebted to the personalized, hands-on, transparent leadership of the gifted staff who prioritize education , values, and so much more.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 6, 2014

We absolutely LOVE this school. Our two oldest kids go to RHLS preschool 2 days/week. We love this school for a million reasons, but a few include: * the admissions process led by Lori Browne is impeccable, familial, clear, and streamlined. * the teachers are remarkable - totally kid people but great with parents. * the communication is thorough - we hear from each kids' classroom every week with newsletters, updates, and needs. * the school's leadership is humble, capable, friendly, warm, and loving. * the classrooms and school property are clean, well kept, safe, and current. * the parent involvement is requested, required and important. We seriously couldn't love RHLS more. We hope our kids will be there for a long time.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2013

We switched from Irvine Public School to RHLS 3 years ago when my daughter was entering 2nd grade. We love the school! The small class size really gives the teachers the opportunity and space to TEACH and mentor our kids. They don't spend the day just trying to get trough the curriculum. They get to know my daughter really well and teach to her learning style. I value their comprehensive education that includes Spanish, Music, Performing Arts, PE AND Math, Science, and English for all grades. We love the environment! I feel welcomed by the staff every time I come on campus, they treat my daughter well and help her when she needs it, and they involve me in her education. The other parents are very welcoming which is so great! We've made some great friendships with the other parents and each year look forward to meeting the new families. If you're looking for a great private school I recommend RHLS!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 12, 2013

I had my children attend the school for awhile since years ago the public school had its budgeting issues. Last two years we were at RedHill, it went down hill. Some of the new teachers hired were terrible and the principal does not attend to anything asked. She still has not returned a message left last year, whereas before I went to the public school, the principal was wonderful returning my messages. Public school has received the budget and they have offered now things they had to cut plus the academics are amazing. Everyone talks about large class sizes. Yes but I have been blessed with a wonderful teacher in the public school even though she has 31 students, she has taken time to know all her students and my daughter loves her.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2013

Our granddaughter has attended RHLS preschool-3rd grade. She is so happy (everyone knows everyone, the staff & older students watch out for & talk with the younger kids--it's the most friendly & caring school I've seen). She will remain through the 8th grade because they focus on obedience, respect for adults/others, caring, do your best, etc. giving her a solid foundation for high school and the rest of her life. My husband, a policeman, says doing a program for students at this school is a pleasure where they listen and are respectful. The academics are amazing; I can't believe how well she reads/writes, is doing complex math problems (in 3rd grade!) & loves science. The music/performing arts classes/productions gave her a love of music & she loves to create skits/plays. "Meet the Masters" introduces them to artists like Picasso & Monet. She safely searches the Internet & uses Power Point and other computer programs thanks to the computer lab. She's learning Spanish. Classrooms are technologically advanced. They have several inter-school sports programs, cheerleading, etc. Field trips & school vegetable garden reinforce what they are learning. Security is very good.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2013

Eight Years at Red Hill Lutheran and still loving it! We have other options - yet, we chose Red Hill Lutheran and have never been sorry. My two children have grown wonderfully both spiritually and academically. Every teacher at the school knows them, the campus is small but mighty. Small student-teacher ratios and small group activities, yet, one of first local schools to implement ipod and ipad technology with Promethean Boards and Mac TV's. The small size has allowed my children to compete in Basketball, Volleyball, Flag Football, Track, Cheer, Writing Contest, Speech Meets, Technology Fairs and to be part of the Associated Student Body in Middle School. Through this participating my children have become leaders on campus and off-campus. The teachers truly care for the students ... a witness of this is the number of graduates that are now in high school that frequently stop by to say "hi" to their teachers. Teachers have built relationships with my children that will never be forgotten - they are changing my children for the better and preparing them for life.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 8, 2013

I am newer to the staff at Red Hill Lutheran school, and I have to say that I'm amazed by the kind of community, efficiency, and standards that I've encountered here. I'm so blessed to be part of this team. As a private entity, our staff is allowed the opportunity to go the extra mile for parents and children in terms of service and care. Students are cared for as if by family here, and the small class sizes ensure great communication and deep involvement by faculty. The staff seeks to glorify God in their policies and actions while strongly adhering to state academic standards. Middle schoolers are using IPads every day in class as their primary learning tool, and the K-5 students are active and knowledgable with SmartBoard and Promethean technology. I'm blown away by the intricate details of a day at RHLS, from the efficient drop-off and pick-up procedures, to the neat debit system introduced to students at the Snack Shack with snack cards, to all the incredible enrichment courses offered after school. This is such a hidden gem of a school in Tustin, and I'm beyond blessed and truly honored to be working with such wonderful people on a full-time basis.
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Posted September 12, 2013

Don't waste your money thinking your child will be getting a "great" education at RHLS. My child has been here for 5 years now. First of all, I don't think the academic teaching is up to par. It's below and disappointing. It was mentioned to the teacher and she brushed it off. I heard the principal is unapproachable and lacks professionalism but will make an attempt about the matter. Many teachers lack qualifications and credentials so be sure to ask about their background before deciding to enroll your child. Too many parents are delusional thinking that a private school is better. Please do your research. Going public now! Also, too many clicks and phonies (parents).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 30, 2013

I love SO many things about Red Hill Lutheran School! Having grown up in the public school system, the things I wanted for my child was a Christian atmosphere and also a more personal education. I get both of those at RHLS. The class sizes make it possible for the teachers to really KNOW my child and the Christian character of each staff member is amazing! Thank you Red Hill for an awesome school home for my child.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 10% 11%
Hispanic 10% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Black 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Evangelical lutheran church in america
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13200 Red Hill Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780
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Phone: (714) 544-3132


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