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Cedar Valley Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 200 students

Our school is best known for biblical worldview in all subjects.
 
 

 
 

Living in Cedar Rapids

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $115,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $600.

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Posted February 8, 2014

Cedar Valley Christian's purpose is to assist parents with their biblical responsibility to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. It is a pre-k through 12th grade school and is a nondenominational Christian school that has students from a wide variety of churches. We have two resource teachers. Our k-3 resource teacher specifically works with students who have reading struggles. She uses the Orton-Gillingham method of reading instruction. She also does DIBELS testing three times a year (k-6 grades) to spot kids who have reading struggles, and then gives brief weekly comprehension work to those who scored poorly in grades k-6. Our other resource teacher works with 4th-12th graders who have a variety of learning issues. One main area that sets us apart academically in elementary is in reading/phonics. Our kindergarten, first, second, and fourth grade teachers all are certified in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading/phonics and use it in reading, phonics, spelling, and indirectly in all other subjects. Being able to read, decode, and comprehend well help students in all subject areas.
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Posted June 18, 2013

I have the privilege of serving as a substitute teacher at Cedar Valley Christian School, primarily in junior high science and algebra and high school science. I am most impressed by the character and thirst for learning of the students. The teachers are dedicated to providing the best instruction for each student in a Christian environment. There is strong parent support for the school community. In how many schools do students thank a substitute for teaching them? I have only discovered one-Cedar Valley Christian School.
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Posted October 14, 2004

I have been at this school for as long i could remember. I just love the school. the teacher are nice and the students are even better. I am now in high school and i love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2004

Cedar Valley is a great school. I have two children there - one in upper elementary and one in high school. The class sizes are great, it is a very uplifting environment, and the teachers are extremely dedicated. Students are held responsible for their actions and choices. We found many of these things lacking in the public schools locally. The school is small enough that it feels like a large extended family. Parents know each other and routinely help out when asked. Everyone - staff, parents, and students pull together to further the education of all students in the school. It has helped my children become more well-rounded individuals
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 81%
Black 8% 5%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public
Colleges most students attend after graduation Kirkwood Community College
Iowa State Univ
Univ of Northern Iowa
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jeff Pospisil
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian - nondenominational
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Hybrid
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Construction / building

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Science club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Kirkwood Community College
Iowa State Univ
Univ of Northern Iowa
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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3636 Cottage Grove Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
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Phone: (319) 366-7462

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