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Red Hill Lutheran

Private | K-8 | 340 students


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Posted January 20, 2012

- Small class sizes - Love the teaching philosophy - Loving adminstration and staff - Challenging academics - Many extra classes (pe, art, music, spanish, performing arts, etc) - Full support staff - Christian focus - Great church support - Happy children
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 3, 2011

My children have been at Red Hill for years and have received an amazing education. The teachers are excellent and caring. They are extremely interested in the children as a whole not just their grades. One of my sons has graduated from Red Hill and he still speaks to has previous teachers there when he needs advice regarding high school. The teachers are outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 2, 2011

We have been at Red Hill for many years, and have been pleased with two fantastic principals and several wonderful teachers during our time here. The school recently replaced a few good teachers (competent, but not willing to go the "extra mile") with WONDERFUL, loving, high-energy teachers. We love the music, arts, dance, cheer/spirit, and sports programs. Pastor Seth is a gem in the way he teaches the kids about our faith. The Wednesday chapels show that Jesus Christ is the core and foundation of a great curriculum. Isaiah and Mr. Book are great with music programs! We've NEVER been cursed with "busywork" style homework, the school forbids bullying and public humiliation, and our kids are in CLASSES WITH FEWER THAN 20 STUDENTS! Lots of ways for parents to volunteer, though some parents choose to criticize from the sidelines, and not get involved with the school's programs. Although enrollment has grown considerably in the past few years, they keep class sizes small, and continue to add new programs, like the worship band program, and continue to add computer resources. The new building has been a great help to the school's growth. We feel BLESSED to be here!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 27, 2011

We enrolled our children at Red Hill Lutheran School looking for a school with small class sizes, a strong academic program where there is still room for music, performing arts, and foreign language. We have found all of this and more! We love seeing the multi-sensory curriculum and how technology is used to get students excited about learning. (This school does not like worksheets!) Christian faith is integrated in every subject. Our children are singing praise songs, learning about philanthropies and how they can make a difference working together. We see why enrollment has continued to grow at RHLS even in a difficult economy.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 12, 2011

We have been a part of Red Hill Lutheran School for over 10 years. The former principal was amazing...caring, genuine, Christian! Unfortunately I can not say the same thing about the current administration. I agree with earlier reviews regarding favoritism among students and parents. If you are a "chosen" family, you will be treated wonderfully. If you are a parent that may question the administration or school in general, you will not be treated so well. In the past 4 years, RHLS has lost quite a number of amazing teachers and staff. And although the School Board and pastor know the reason, they are refusing to assist the teachers with their concerns. The school is seeing a decrease in enrollment as well. This is all very unfortunate for a school that was once something amazing and of great value for the students.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted August 2, 2010

My son has had a great experience at this school, but I have come to discover that some public schools actually have more challenging curriculum. Teachers are great, but some issues with bullying and other behavior could be handled more effectively.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 19, 2010

Wonderful, Strong, Loving, education driven. Very happy to have my child there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 8, 2009

Our children have been attending RHLS for 6 years now, and we have experienced the preschool, elementary, and middle school programs here. We chose RHLS above our local highly rated public school (one of the highest rated in Orange County) because of the strong moral and Christian leadership traits taught and practiced here. The current faculty is the best overall group in our years here. They are truly dedicated to not only the academic achievement of your child, but also to their emotional, spiritual, and social development. The principal's leadership is top-notch, and in my opinion, her decision making is never based on cliques, popularity, or personal issues. After hearing the troublesome and downright scary things taking place on the campus of our local public middle school (also very highly rated), I am extremely grateful my 6th grade child is in a safe, controlled, disciplined, and nurturing atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 13, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 1, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 7, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2008

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
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 14, 2008

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!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 3, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 2, 2008

Amazing school! My daughter made really good friends. And the most amazing principle ever! It was sad when we had to move away.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 5, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 26%
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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  • Ms. Cindy Jordan
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  • Evangelical lutheran church in america
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13200 Red Hill Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780
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