Capistrano Valley Christian School
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Capistrano Valley Christian School Reviews
Christ-centered academic excellence, in a genuinely warm and caring environment.
Imagine your child being in a place where he is unconditionally loved, as you love him. Where he will be guided through his day by strong Christian role models who will ignite his faith, and set a strong spiritual foundation for life. Imagine your child in a place where there are no labels or academic limits. Where uniqueness is celebrated as a gift, and where he will be free to excel academically and develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
Two years ago, I put my child in this place, and watched in awe as he blossomed.
My son has attended the CVCS Homeschool Co-op now since kindergarten, and will be entering grade 2 in the fall. We would love for him to attend the Co-op until he finishes junior high, and then transition into the superb, blue-ribbon award-winning, full-time program. This is a minor transition for the children, as the Co-op family is fully integrated within the wider CVCS family, having access to the same facilities, sports programs and after-school club opportunities.
The Co-op program provides a perfect combination of a first-class academic experience in a Christ-centered environment.
The Co-op has been under the stewardship of its Director, Kendra, from inception. She is truly an ambassador for Christ, and this blessing is manifest in all areas of Co-op life. Students attend the weekly all-school chapel each Wednesday morning. The Co-op also has a special family chapel, once a month in which children from each class are recognized and awarded for demonstrating specific biblical character traits in their daily lives. The curricula is Christ-centered and prayer is an integral part of Co-op life. The Co-op has been blessed with the most patient, kind and caring teachers who go above and beyond to show God's love. Parental involvement is high, from both mothers and fathers, who provide additional strong christian role models. Children and families serve together through a variety of ministry outreaches organized throughout the year.
Academics are tailored to the child. The children are exposed early to apologetics through the What We Believe curriculum (Apologia), a wonderful apologetics curriculum, used from Grade 1 onwards. The Co-op uses Math Mammoth, an award-winning math curriculum similar to Singapore math. There is a taught lesson, and an alternative independent option, to suit children who are working above or below grade level. The Logic of English (Denise Eide) is a core English curriculum used from kindergarten, in addition to several supplemental curricula that cover grammar, comprehension, creative writing, and greek and latin word roots. The science taught throughout the Co-op is phenomenal and totally out of the box. Topics covered last year were geology and astronomy. The children went to Victoria Beach to analyze the rock strata, they learned about supernovae and made Galilean telescopes. Under the stewardship of the Co-op science teacher, the Junior High students formed a Lego Robotics team that won the Newton Division in the 2013 World Championship, in addition to a host of other awards.
In-school enrichment activities include JiJi math (a computer-based math application developed by the MIND Institute), and Art Masters (where students learn about a famous artist and create art in that style). After school clubs include Academic Chess, Art, Music lessons, and a number of sports programs. Additional enrichment is gained through numerous field trip opportunities throughout the year. Field trips being discussed for the coming year include a kayaking tour, a Starr Ranch ecology program (where students spend the day with a biologist), The Grunion Run (a midnight trip to the beach!), a farm trip and owl pellet analysis and dissection.
I highly recommend Capistrano Valley Christian Schools. If you are searching for Christ-centered, academic excellence, in a genuinely warm and caring environment, you will find all that, and so much more in this school.
I have had the privilege of being an All CIF Football Player, League MVP, and the United States #5 Top Olympic Weightlifter in the entire nation and a National Champion in the 77 kg Class, the most competitive class in USAW. Because of CVCS Olympic Development Program I will be attending LSU of Shreveport on a Olympic Weightlifting Scholarship. The CVCS Olympic Development Program was founded in 2009 and in 3 months of its existence became the nations top 3rd performing team at School-Age and again in 2011 again became the nations top 2nd performing team at School-Age Nationals. We have the 2nd Largest Youth Olympic Development Program in the state of California. We boast 3 National Champions, 10+ State Champions, and over 20+ Regional Champions. I have had the privilege of being taught by one of our nations most respected Apologetic Teachers- Sean McDowell, receiving Quality and Individualized Teaching, and many Leadership and Business Opportunities. I will be also receiving a scholarship in Marketing because of CVCS' Business Developmental Program they offered to me. I have attended CVCS since preschool with my other brothers and sister, it has been my family for 14+ years.
My children are excelling at this school. They are just completing their first year here ( grades 2 & 4) and are already excited about next year. The teachers are excellent, firm but fair and will stay behind on their own time with a child if he or she needs at little extra help. You can tell that they really want to bring out the best in your child and are decicated to making that happen. The school is Christian based - not religion based and has a very Republican slant. I would not send my kid here if I was a Democrat or Liberal as you may find their conservative views too strong.