"Our school is best known for balancing character education with strong academics"
Students enrolled 645
School leader Mrs. Phyllis Cygan
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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16971 Imperial Highway
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

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(714) 524-1350
(714) 524-1352
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4 stars
Based on 92 ratings

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April 06, 2014
I am a parent of two children who attend this school and I have nothing but excellent reviews for HOPE. School leadership, teachers, the whole environment is positive.. The best testimonial I can offer is my children come home everyday happy and when I ask them "how was your day" they both respond "Great!!". The educational curriculum is challenging but the teachers are so accessible and work with parents on individual learning plans as needed. There is also a great sense of school pride amongst the children - which I love to see. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
Parents out there that are considering enrolling your child at a school that focuses on developing the whole child look no further. Several years ago my wife and I began our search for school to enroll our daughter in. We toured Friends Christian School, Fairmont, Hillsborough, Vineyard Christian School, Calvary Chapel and Heritage Oak to see what each school had to offer. I'm glad we made the decision to enroll her at Heritage Oak. I believe it was the best decision we could have made. We have subsequently enrolled our other two daughters at the school as well. All three have flourished at the school due to the caring and compassionate staff. Like many of you I read the other reviews that were posted about the school. I agree that the cost of tuition is higher than other private schools but other than that I really don't have anything but praise about the school and the staff. Please keep in mind that this school is not for every child or family but it is the perfect fit for our family.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2014
My child attended this school for several years. She seemed to make more progress in public school. I was appalled by the lack of supervision and lack of concern for safety and security. High staff turnover, lots of gossiping by staff members, dishonest and unprofessional administration. Also, I agree with other reviewers, tuition is on the high side and they were always hitting me up for some sort of donation or contribution, but yet true parental involvement is almost impossible. Families that were able to contribute pricey goods and services were treated differently. Falls below what you would expect for the price in many ways.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
Heritage Oak Private has been exactly what my daughters have needed and what I have hoped for their education. My youngest daughter can be timid and uneasy in new surroundings. So when she was ready to begin preschool, I naturally felt nervous about how she would acclimate. I was very impressed and touched by the patience and love that her teachers gave her. She quickly felt comfortable, and now she is eager for school every morning. As a parent, there is nothing greater than seeing your child love where they spend there days.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
I recently moved my daughter here from Fairmont and am glad I did. There is a lot more structure and discipline here and a stress on proper behavior. I am impressed that they are very academic and although most Fairmont parents consider it the premiere school the education does not appear to be as good as Heritage Oak. My daughter is working harder here than before and although she got all A's at Fairmont is not quite to that level at Heritage Oak, it might be the cross over to French instead of Spanish or the strings class instead of music or maybe it is just more rigorous. I like it although the rules are a little much sometimes for the kids and for us parents that think sometimes they are a little overbearing. Other than the hassle of picking the kids up and being stuck in Dante's traffic circle I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
I am a former student who attend 6-8th grade from 1995-1999 (the second 8th grade graduating class). I can sincerely and honestly say that this school was one of the best programs that I attended and changed my life. Prior to attending Heritage Oak, I attended Fairmont public school where I was bullied, was taught by teachers who didn't care, had a low self-esteem and had poor grades. Attending Heritage Oak changed all of the above. By offering a low student to teacher ratio, focused curriculum, and a safe learning environment, I went from being a C+/B- student at Fairmont to a straight A student by my second year at Heritage Oak. Heritage Oak gave me the foundation for future success where I subsequently attended Troy High School completing both the Tech and full IB programs and then attended USC completing both my bachelors in accounting and master's in taxation in 4 years. I currently work as a CPA for a Big 4 accounting firm and have a family of my own now. If the school has not changed in its dedication to teaching and developing young adults, I fully endorse this school. Although the tuition can be pricey, I think it was worth every penny.

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2012
My son went to Heritage Oak from 1st-8th grade, graduating in 2006. He was exceptionally prepared for honors and AP classes in high school where he continued to excel in a very rigorous curriculum. He is currently a junior in college on a full academic scholarship. I truly believe that the foundation built at Heritage Oak has led to his success in college.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2012
Our daughter attended Heritage Oak since 3rd grade and it helped prepare her for the rigors of the Troy Tech Magnet program in High School. Our son started at Heritage Oak in pre-K and is now in middle school at Heritage Oak. The school does a great job of balancing academics, sports, and arts and the recent addition of orchestra band and strings to their music program has excelled their program even further! Just as important, the school provides a safe environment where discipline is not forgotten and encourages students to do the right thing all the time. The entire staff are great at getting to know all the kids by name! Strong leadership by the executive director...and I still recall the effort she made to personally give us the tour of the school when we were looking for a more challenging program for our daughter!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2012
Our two children attended Heritage Oak from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Heritage Oak prepared them for a lifetime of superior academic achievement. They both went on to private high schools where they excelled. Our oldest was accepted to all but one of the colleges he applied to and is now in his final year at UCLA with a 3.7 GPA. Our youngest just finished the college application process and was accepted to 13 out of the 14 colleges she applied to (with a waitlist at the last one). She was awarded large merit packages at several private colleges and finally also decided on UCLA after being selected as one of their 32 Alumni Scholar State Finalists. Heritage Oak was one of the best investments we could have made in our children's future.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2012
2 of our children attended this school and our 3rd child is still enrolled and is entering 7th grade this coming year. All of our children started Heritage Oak in Kindergarten. Our first son went on to Troy in the Tech program and is now entering his 2nd year of college at Cal Poly Pomona School of Engineering. He felt very well prepared for High School in academics and well beyond his peers in terms of his technology experiences at Heritage Oak...both computer equipment maintenance and software applications. Our second son is entering his 3rd year of high school at Valencia Tech. He too feels that he was very well prepared for High school. The debate program at Heritage Oak was really good for him and has better prepared him for public speaking. Our daughter is doing well in school and we feel she will be well prepared for High School too. She plays volleyball for Heritage Oak and they have a GREAT girl's volleyball coach and program!! The school is a real community and parent interaction is encouraged and welcomed. If we had it to do over again, we would make the same decision and our children would attend Heritage Oak.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
We have two children who attend Heritage Oak. They are both in the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs. We have been so pleased with every aspect of the school. All staff members are friendly and enthusiastic, the school is extremely academically challenging, they focus on teaching the whole child by incorporating art, music, physical education, and drama into the curriculum. Heritage Oak also has small class sizes and offers foreign languages beginning in Pre-K. Most importantly, our kids are always happy and love going to school!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2012
My oldest son attended here for a year it is an overpriced school with a fancy name. He is doing much better in public school the academics are not what they claim. Don't waist your money on this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
We have two children that have attended this school. Our oldest will be entering 11th grade and was extremely prepared for High School (Troy Tech). The communications are excellent. Over the years, the school has responded to parents concerns/needs and has adjusted their programs accordingly. The school is small and the children really get to know each other--our younger son's class is extremely close. We came from a public school. The most difficult adjustment was opportunities for interacting with other families. The academics are by far more solid than what we had in public school. The homework load is heavy (especially in the upper grades/middle school). Our younger son struggles more with academics. The teachers have been supportive and have eagerly assisted. The bottom line is that the teachers/staff are extremely caring and want your children to succeed. We LOVE the emphasis on technology. Both our children have become extremely proficient in numerous programs on their laptops. The music program has grown tremendously over the past few years. We would definitely recommend this school to our friends. If you are considering it, arrange a tour and shadow day!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2011
This school is definitely NOT overpriced! I recently had to move to San Diego for my dads job, but it was really hard to move! The teachers/staff and students are AMAZING and the school has a lot to offer! People may say this school is expensive, but the private school tuitions in San Diego are more than twice the price and offer the same or less. DON'T LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE SAYING THIS IS A BAD SCHOOL!!! I still visit even though I live in San Diego! That is how awesome the teachers and students are!

- submitted by a community member
December 04, 2011
Great school and great teachers. 6th grade has been a wonderful experience. Both math and language arts are wonderful programs taught be dedicated and caring teachers. Many programs to help make a well rounded child

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2011
My two boys attended summer camp here. There was not enough supervision and a lot of teasing. Would not send them there again.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2011
We toured the school for our son and were very impressed. Everyone was very friendly and the facilities were fantastic. We are really happy to be part of the school and my son absolutely loves coming to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2011
Overall its a good school. They have some excellent teachers (Mrs. Shaw, Mr. Speer, Ms Cheung), and some that are just average. The kids are friendly and happy, but its a very small school, so athletics limited by small size of field and number of electives just okay. However, I think its overpriced for what is offered. Happy with foreign language classes offered, and advanced math courses. Keep parents updated via email and online and teachers accessible if you need to talk with them.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
I am a parent of two children that attend Heritage Oak. Our children have attended Heritage Oak for the past nine years. As a longtime volunteer, I now serve as President of our Parent Teacher Organization. I have more than 40 parent members. Our Parent Teacher Organization meetings are open to all parents and are publicized in the school's weekly e-mails. In my nine years at Heritage Oak, I have never been blocked from being involved in my child's education and have volunteered in many capacities. As a credentialed former teacher, I have always been impressed by the quality of teaching and the many programs this school offers. Susan Abyad, M.A. President, Parents Assistance League Heritage Oak Private Education

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
I was not impressed by this school at all. The academics are not nearly to the level they claim. Several of their programs look great until given a closer look. They completely block any effort parents make to get involved with their child's education, and I was never able to verify that their PTO actually existed. The tuition is very high, yet they are constantly hitting you with fundraisers and donation requests. I realize that some private schools don't require credentials, but I was horrified by the lack of education in the teachers I dealt with. I do not recommend going to this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2010
My son started Kindergarten at Heritage Oak last year and he is in First Grade now. It is a great school with high quality programs. More importantly, it is a school that TRULY CARES the students, and it is a school that is so POSITVE and PLEASANT. I love sending my son to Heritage Oak every morning because I know he will have a safe and happy day there. As my son has always been a quick learner, I am not worried about his scores. However, he was a little shy. He has improved a lot since he entered Heritage Oak a year ago. He has many friends in school and has a lot of fun. Every child is different -- at Heritage Oak each of them is being loved and helped in the way "right for him/her" and they are growing up to become healthy and positive individuals.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
I am thrilled with the changes that have occured at this school. I have a child in Elementary and preschool. Although the preschool was not great in years past, it is amazing now. The teachers love my child. The preschool director really listens and cares about my opinion and the academics are challenging for my child. The elementary school has always been strong, but more so now. Go meet the people and see for yourself and then you will know why I gave it 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
please don't send your child to this school, especially for preschool level. what they said at open house and what i actually see after i enrolled my son are so differnt. i'm deeply disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
I think this school is amazing. My son loves going to HOPE, and my husband and I love sending him there. The preschool program is fantastic. The teachers are great with the kids. It really is a school versus just a daycare. The kids learn so much, and they are only 3! The school solicits parent feedback frequently and really seems to take parent ideas to heart. The kids have 'performances' every couple of months, which are the cutest thing! The school is so well rounded, and I feel proud to be a HOPE parent! I even hear that next year they are starting a violin program to expose 1st graders to the violin. Love the focus on the arts and foreign language, too!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2010
I currently have 2 kids enrolled and have been really pleased with the change in the preschool/early levels Director for about 2 years now. She is more in touch with updating the curriculum and has implemented new approaches to learning that other schools have been doing for years. The character education is top notch - something you won't see much in public schools in the area especially with all the cuts in funding. If you want a smaller environment for your young children where you can have direct access to administration easily and can connect with the teachers frequently, as I do, this is school for you.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2009
I decided to send my children to the school because of their philosophy. The children, teachers and staff not only focus on challenging academics, but on good old fashioned manners and quality character traits. The teachers go above and beyond to communicate and keep me informed at all times. This year there was a transition in Elementary Directors. I was hesitant at first, but I couldn't be more pleased. Both the Middle School and Elemenatry Director are caring and professional. I always thought the school was great, but it continues to get better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2009
The preschool program is great. My daughter is in love with her teacher and has learned so much. It's truly a school and not just a daycare. Lots of parents in our class volunteer and the director has had parent meetings just to get feedback from us on our feelings about the program and our recommendations. So far, we've been really happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2008
I decide to go ahead and enroll my children this year in hope since so many other people seem to be having such good luck with the school. Unfortunately after the first quarter I have not seen a great improvement from last year. There were many changes in staff and teachers over the summer. I also believe as someone else wrote that the fundraisers have started to get a bit out of control. Since the beginning of the year there has been a minimum of one fundraiser per week. I am currently involved with the Placentia Yorba Linda School District. They unlike Heritage Oak welcome volunteers and input. I think the school could be great if they were more welcoming both to parents and children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2008
My child has attended Heritage Oak for eight years now, and she has loved every moment of it. The director, teachers and staff are top-notch! They all really care about their students, and it shows in everything they do. I do not know of any other school that communicates daily with their parents, either through edline (for homework assignments and grades) or a weelky newsletter that is emailed to the parents. Heritage Oak strives to develop the 'whole child' which includes a lot more than just academics. When I walk into the office, there is generally a child at the door, opening it for me with a big smile on his/her face. How often do you see that these days? I will never regret spending the extra money to have my child attend this private school. I know high school will be a breeze for her thanks to Heritage Oak.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2008
We've been at Heritage Oak for many years - we have 2 children that attend. We tried Public School for one of our children many years ago and the curriculum and structure just did not compare to HOPE. This year, we are really excited for one of our children starting the sports program they offer. We've researched extensively other public and private schools in and out of the area - and we did not find a school that was even close to being as well rounded an education as HOPE. Everything is very professional and worth every penny. Becasue we've experienced the public school system, I can confidently say that the amount of fundraisers at HOPE is totally normal. There is no pressure to participate - just an overall sense of community and involvement that is encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
I would think twice before sending your child here especially if you do not have an unlimited cash flow. There is always some sort of fundraiser going on or something additional that you need to buy for your child. And, if you are a parent who likes to be involved this is definitely not the school to put your children in. There is no type of parent association and the management would prefer to keep it that way. They make it very tough for you to meet other parents and participate in the classroom. The one other thing that is mentionable is that if your child is having any type of problems in school and is not perfect there is no on campus help. The school does not have any counselors etc. Any extra help your child may need is an additional cost.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2008
Heritage Oak does not lie when they say they focus on the whole child. Not only do they spend time implementing new academic programs such as accelerated reader, new math programs, computers down to first grade, but they offer a variety of specialty subjects with full time trained employees. The school has a full time music teacher, full time band teacher, 2 French teachers, full time Spanish teacher, 3 full tie PE teachers, and a full time drama coordinator. The school plans to implement character education next year as well. As a parent, I can not be more excited and confident each day my child goes to school.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
Heritage Oak is a fabulous school with a superb teaching and administration staff! The administration spends an enormous amount of time with their staff preparing, planning, and implementing programs that are above and beyond what you would find in a public school (art, music, foreign language, physical education, character education, technology). I understand the importance of holding the parents to the contract and withdrawal obligations as the administration is committed to the teachers, programs, and resources that are created and offered to the students. That committment is what makes Heritage Oak and their staff an amazing school! I could not be more pleased with the education my daughter is receiving from Heritage Oak.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2008
Heritage Oak is a fantastic school! Communication between parent and teacher, support staff and administration is always open and respectful. I feel that my children have been given the opprtunity to excell far past my friends and families children academically. The teachers built up my childrens confidence, enriched their spirit and molded their character daily. It has been an amazing ten years that has produced independent and successful children. I have been a parent volunteer for ten years and have always felt welcome on campus. It has become mandatory for parents to have a background check in order for them to spend any long period of time on campus. Maybe the parents that claim the school does not welcome them as volunteers can't pass the background check! Check this school out, its worth every penny!!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2008
I highly recommend Heritage Oak to any parent looking to provide an atmosphere of caring, respect, and personal responsibility to their children. While no school is perfect, I have always felt that the staff members really want to help solve any problems that come up. The academic standards are very high, and while It is not inexpensive to attend here, it's not outrageous for a totally self-supporting private school, either. I am very involved in volunteering at the school, and have never felt discouraged from doing so. I think those parents who hated this school probably were the type for whom nothing would be good enough and who look for the negative in everything. The parent volunteers are great people, and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities. My son started in kindergarten, and I plan to keep him here through 8th grade, or high school, if they get it. Wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2008
Great school! We have had an excellent first year here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 26, 2008
This is my child's fourth year at HOPE and I plan to keep him as long as I can. I cannot express how impressed I am with my sons demeanor. He is so polite while out in public, but more importantly when around the family. The education my son has is phenomenal. I think he has a great balance as far as athletics goes, after all when he was younger, I wanted him to partake in more 'free play'. Now he comes home expressing his excitement, in participating in games he enjoyed during his P.E. time, or loves to tell of his accomplishments for presidential testing. I would highly recommend HOPE to any family. If you want to see your child mold into a great citizen, HOPE is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
I feel very fortunate to have found Heritage Oak. My daughter is just finishing her fifth year. (my son will start in pre-k next fall). I really like the well rounded curriculum. I continue to see the director and teaching staff review and either add to or upgrade the programs and curriculum at the school. In my opinion I have always felt they have my child's best interest in mind. My daughter loves school and has made very sound friendships with several other children. I highly recommend this school. In fact I drive a 1/2 an hour each way twice a day just so my children can go here.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2008
I have had my child in this school for 4 years now. We have had great teachers, except the owner takes not responsibility for anything. Saying the school is 'money hungry' is correct. And yes, lots of dodge ball and 'free play'. My child has been bullied at the school and they did nothing about it. They tried to tell my child that it was her fault. Now I find out that others have also gone through the same issue with bullying and the school will do nothing about it. The school has no PTA or parents organization. They do not have a school directory because they don't want the parents to talk amongst themselves about the problems going on.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2008
My child has attended HOPE for two years and I have been pleased with the K and 1st grade curriculum. My concern is 2nd grade and as to why the teachers do not stay. I don't like the movement of teachers from the lower PK/K level to 2nd grade. For $10K a year I want to see consistency.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
We moved our daughter from Friends Christian and enrolled her at HOPE which she has been at for the past two years. This change worked wonders for our daughter as the FCS curriculum is not as robust and leads to idle time and disruptions. HOPE is not for everyone and I feel that most of the posters that complain are probably more upset that it has not been a good match for their child and look to blame the school. We have considered moving to Lakeview Elementary which offers good test scores, however, given the potential for budget cuts and an already high 30+ teacher to student ratio and limited extracurricular options, this is not a reasonable alterantive. The school would benefit from a more active parenatal channel and a smoother transition option post 8th grade. Other than this, if you have the right child, this is an awesome school.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2008
HOPE is an excellent model of what schools should strive to emulate. We had the opportunity to visit many schools prior to making the decision to enroll here and are elated we did. The teachers are all professionals focused on helping the children to develop a love for learning. They focus on teaching in a caring academic environment. Even in Pre-K students learn enough to be versed in the language of various subjects which include the very important lessons of civility.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2008
While the public schools are limited or canceling programs, Heritage Oak continues to expand their curriculum as well as specialty subjects like band, art, music and 2 foreign language options. My children stay after school and enjoy all the activities and extra curricular classes. They also enjoy Summer Camp very much. Teachers truly care about the children and are in constant contact with me regarding my children s academic progress. I wish Spanish was offered in the lower grades but I do know that they have expanded it to the 4th through the 8th grade next year. I can t wait until they have a marching band!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 02, 2008
After having my two children attend this school for more than six years, I have seen a steady decline in the quality of their education and programs. Heed the earlier reviews that talk about the 'money hungry' attitude of the school and the fact that they discourage parental involvement. The extracurricular classes and activites (extra cost) are inferior and the foreign language is a joke. The p.e. program consists of tons of 'free play' and dodge ball for older kids!You would do much better enrolling your child in a highly rated public school and using the $10,000 and getting your child a first rate tutor in foreign language and music. The last four reviews look like they are paid advertisements. Buyer beware. Talk to parents on your own before enrolling, don't just trust the schools references!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
My daughter has been attending HOPE since Pre-K and is now in her first year of middle school. Have I loved everything about HOPE from the moment I walked in the door? Not at all. But I have loved more than enough for me to keep my daughter there and struggle to make sure she can remain there. Yes, it is challenging for the both of us, but I think that it is a good sort of challenge. I look at the things she is doing and I can t imagine doing even half of them at 11. The teachers she has had have given her such a love of learning as well as what she needs to succeed later in life. She takes responsibility for her actions and has better time management then most adults I know. If you are looking for schools in the area, check out HOPE. It is growing and changing every day. I feel only for the better.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
Both my children have been at hope since Preschool. Before I enrolled my son at this school, I checked out 15 schools, both public and private, in the surrounding areas and found none that compared to HOPE. The teachers and staff are excellent, the curriculum is challenging and at least 1 grade ahead, if not more, of most public schools and both my children have been excelling, both academically and socially. The communication between teachers and parents is excellent and in the 6 years my children have attended I not once felt I was not welcome on campus or my input was not heard. This is a great school and I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
My son will be going in to the third grade next week. He excelled in second grade. He learned the states and capitals (something his public school friends in 4th grade were just learning!) Parents are encouraged to be part of their child's education. There was an open line of communication with his second grade teacher. The academics are challenging. The extra-curricular activities are numerous. My son continues to excel academically, socially, physically, emotionally. I highly recommend this school to any parent who wants his/her child to flourish.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
I am so happy that we decided to enroll our son in this school last year. The teachers are very loving and they make sure that each child is challenged and interested in school. The teachers are great about communicating with parents using email, phone calls, and face to face meetings. I've never had a bad experience with a teacher or an administrator and I feel very welcome when I'm on campus.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
Our family had been part of two other private schools before coming to HOPE. In the past year, we've watched our son excel both academically and socially due to the work of the excellent teachers at HOPE. We've felt welcome as a family and, more importantly, our son has made wonderful friends and gained excellent role models. We are happy to say that we've completed our search for the 'perfect' private school.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
Okay private school. Parent involvement is discouraged and low compared to other private schools, their is no independent parent board or PTA. They claim they are ahead in math but are not. Saxon is a very antiquated. Tend to favor parents and children who donate services and a lot of money. Very click oriented school. If you are not in the 'in crowd' your child will be discriminated against. Very poor communication. The Director has no accountability blames everything on parents and children and never thinks it could be her or the teachers. The 5th and4th grade teachers are awful. Sports are terrible. Language and reading program are terrible. Summer reading was a joke! Books are below grade level considering we are suppose to be superior!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
Heritage has been the greatest change we have made for our daughter. She was previously at Friends Christian and has benefited greatly from the enhanced academic and whole child approach.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
Quality of programs as well as availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities is not what you would expect for the amount of money you pay and parental involvement is discouraged unless it comes in the form of a donation, contribution or service free of charge. The school at many times seemed to be understaffed to appropriately care for the number of younger children there.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
I only experienced one year of preschool at HOPE. The teachers were very loving towards the children;however,I found the expectations from parents to be rigid and inflexible. Having older children attending other schools, flexibility is a must. I did not think that administrators took the time to know me by name (maybe this is emphasized with families having older children at the school). Good manners and respect are important,but they do not outweigh the need for love, compassion and 'thinking outside the box'. Because of the academic reputation, I wrestled with keeping my child at HOPE at least through Pre-K. When I found that I could not with conviction say, 'I love this school' for the price of the education, I decided to move on.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
We find the school extremely rigid. They school simply takes the spirit out of the child!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2007
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- submitted by a administrator
February 05, 2007
My son has been at H.O.P.E. since pre-school. He has learned to be respectful and polite. The academics are outstanding. The 'Arts' i.e. music program, art class, full-on stage productions have only added to the well-rounded education my son is receiving. There are a variety of extracurricular activities to meet the interests of most, if not all, of the students. My kid loves 'Chess Masters' and 'Rock Wall Climbing'! Communication between teachers and parents is always open. I am involved in my son's education. The teachers encourage and want this. I can only hope that there will be a 'H.O.P.E.' High School when my son graduates from 8th grade! I sign my name proudly...Susan Paulsin

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
Our children have both been at HOPE since preschool. We couldn't be happier with the feeling of warmth and family spirit. Yes, they focus on manners and acceptable behavior. The point of school is to prepare our children for life beyond the classroom. Our family feels that manners and appropriate behavior are very important. We don't find the school to be overly ridgid. It is a warm family environment that reinforces good behavior and teaches children to be the good people that we as parents hope for. Academically the program is second to none. I am thrilled that my children will come out of HOPE fully prepared for college-prep. My children love the sports programs as well. Additionally they were thrilled when we were in Paris recently and they were able to speak and understand the language. Our family loves the school and what they have done for our children.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2007
Very High Turn Over of Teachers! Just ask how many teachers left Heritage Oak in last five years!

- submitted by a teacher
January 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2006
this school is extremely rigid. if you want your child to have stomach aches from being put down and having too much stress put upon them, then this is the school for you. children are also very rude to one another and bully other children around.

- submitted by a former student
May 27, 2006
Heritage Oak provides and excellent academic programs. Extracurricular activities are great for K-3, but I would like to see more music/band programs for kids 4th grade and beyond (there are none). Behavior is stressed a great deal at this school, and I personally they can be a bit nitpicky at times, but overall, the students are very polite and well-mannered.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
I would definitely not send my children there This school tries to mold your child into what they want them to be. This school is money hungry. Must say though the academic part is great.

- submitted by a teacher
May 09, 2006
The quality of academic programs is exquisite, especially if you have done your comparisons to surrounding public in the area.

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May 03, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
May 02, 2006
The quality of academic programs is outstanding in my experience, and it is a traditional education where the children are actually learning. Imagine! None of the political agenda found in the public arena, no experimental education (remember the 'whole language' reading experiment?) Just a proven method of learning in a postive environment. Overall, a wonderful learning and social experience. Well worth the money.

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March 22, 2006
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March 22, 2006
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March 22, 2006
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March 22, 2006
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March 22, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
March 14, 2006
After experiencing a Carden Curriculum with my children at their prior school, I decided to choose Heritage Oak when my family moved to Yorba Linda. After the first week they were there I had second thoughts. I stuck it out for 1 year and found it to be simply not up to par.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
Heritage Oak is an awesome school! Great teachers, great curriculum, great parent-teacher communication, great extra-curricular opportunities. Two thumbs way up!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2006
My son attented Heritage Oak for 3 years. I found it a school that offered many opprotunities but was very rigid at the same time. If a student was not excelling it seems he was more chastized than encouraged. The students were outwardly polite but behind the scenes a lot of bullying went on and nothing was done. The school did not encourage parents to be involved in the classroom.

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November 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
H.O.P.E. is an awesome school. My son has attended since Pre-K. The teachers have total control over the classroom but not with an iron hand but in a very loving, nurturing way. They teach the children how to be polite and respectful. Your child will learn more than you will believe!

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August 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2005
This is the great school where administration pay attention to every detail. They listen parent's concerns and attend to them. The teachers are great, the curriculum is integrated with technolgoy and every middle school student has his/her own laptop.

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July 21, 2005
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July 18, 2005
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May 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2005
Heritage Oak is a very academically sound program. The director, Phyllis Cygan is very involved in the day to day operation of the school and is in touch with each family on a first name basis. The environment is close knit and it feels like a community with lots of parental involvement. The technology program is very good. Students starting in the sixth grade participate in a labtop program and are very proficient at completing research and assignments using their laptops. Technology is used in their classes and parents are kep informed on line of their childs progress. We participate in 'EDLINE' and receive progress reports regularly. We also log into 'EDLINE' to get a view of our children's homework assignments and upcoming school events. Even with all of this the children participate in character and culture classes that are mandatory. These classes focus on etiquette, public speaking, & character building

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
Heritage Oak emphasizes well mannered polite children. The older ones look out for the younger ones and there is no bullying tolerated. Children will introduce themselves and even shake your hands. The academics are intense and emphasize the basics. There are lots of tests to measure progress. They also have a real art program that teaches children about different forms and the masters. The children work in a computer lab from a young age.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
My oldest child has attended the school for four years. I am impressed by the character development and manners stressed at this school. The school is at least one year ahead with regard to academics at each grade level. Most students leaving the school have to skip a grade in public school when they transfer. Once the current construction is done, extracurricular activites and art programs should be enhanced.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
Heritage Oak offers a true well-rounded development of the child as a whole. Their program is disciplined and starts in Pre-School. By the end of the 2nd yr of preschool children can write and recognize lower and uppercase letters, numbers to 10 and know basic French words. There are several extra-curricular activities available, such as music, sports (Karate, Volleyball, soccer, etc.. they offer a wonderful summercamp program and organize 2 theatre/musical plays per year.

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January 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
Heritage Oak is a tremendous school with high academic standards and a nurturing environment that really is similar to my home values. Our children have been prepared for High School and really enjoyed their teachers.

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January 08, 2005
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November 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2004
This is a great blue ribbon school. The teachers are really caring and they push their students to do their best. They have a great community of parents who strongly support this school. The children are well behaved and from good familes.

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June 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
My son has been the beneficiary of an educational environment beyond compare! I am so grateful for the teachers that have understood that the development of the whole child is as important of his intellectual development and truly embraced that concept! Not only has he made friends, I have made close friends with both other parents and teachers. If you are interested in a quality education combined with additional activities to keep your child engaged, I would highly recommend that you go by the school and make your own determination.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2003
Think twice before sending your child. Teaching preschool children about the diffences in their fellow classmates is the foundation for teaching them about racial inequality. Also, the discipline they use with the children about telling them their behavior is unacceptable and bad translates into teaching the child they are unacceptable.

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Heritage Oak Private Elementary School
16971 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda, CA  92886
(714) 524-1350
Last modified Heritage Oak Private Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Heritage Oak Private Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 98 reviews. Top