Junior High School
School Code: 053114
Head of Schools: Dr. Ron Sipus
Principal: Dr. Terry Gaunt
Admissions Director: Mrs. Jo Beveridge
Capistrano Valley Christian Schools is located in southern Orange County in the heart of historic San Juan Capistrano, California.
Capistrano Valley Christian Jr. High School is a co-educational, seventh and eighth grade school founded in 1973. Admission to the school is on the basis of entrance test scores, personal interview, and academic history.
The mission of Capistrano Valley Christian Schools is, “To provide Educational Excellence in a Christ-centered environment.” Our vision is, “To be recognized for academic and innovative education based on a Biblical worldview and the development of leaders equipped to reach our world for Christ.”
Capistrano Valley Christian Schools is fully accredited by the School’s Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). CVCS was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence in 2010.
Grades 7-8: 63 total students
Student to teacher ration: 20:1
Average class size: 15
4 core teachers, 5 elective teachers
36 weeks; 2 semesters, 4 term grading system, 180 instructional days
Traditional daily schedule begins at 7:50am. Five core subjects of Bible, Mathematics, English, Science, and History are required. Physical Education is also a requirement five days per week for 7th & 8th grade. Our Tutorial program is built in to the Junior High daily schedule giving students time for extra instruction or assistance with homework. Students may choose from a variety of electives including Art, Musical Theater, Dickens Carolers, Yearbook, Culinary Arts, and Spanish.
Our academic program is fully accredited and aligned with California State Standards. At the Junior High and High School levels, students are given the opportunity to take accelerated honors courses according to their academic ability. Currently in junior high we offer English and Algebra Honors courses. They are rigorous and approved by the UC College Board.
This opportunity creates small groups designed to train students to be leaders and to integrate students’ academic, spiritual, and social lives through the medium of healthy peer communities and meaningful, consistent relationships with a faculty mentor.
Students participate in weekly chapels. Chapels are configured by grade levels to target age appropriate worship. Grades 7-8 have chapel times together on a weekly basis.
Our Junior High school is a member of the Parochial Athletic League (PAL). Boys and Girls sports are offered to students in grades fifth through eighth. Fall sports include boys’ flag football and girls’ volleyball. Basketball is offered to boys and girls in the winter and soccer is offered in the spring.
At least twice a year our 7 and 8th grade students participate in off campus service project opportunities that benefit those in and around our local community and beyond. These projects have included, but are not limited to, Park, City and Beach Clean-up; assist local food pantries in organization and preparation; and a Mission Trip to the Los Angeles Mission to provide ministry service and assistance to the homeless. A 3-day Retreat is held in the local mountain area for the entire Junior High and Staff every year that focuses on Spiritual growth and unity.