Capistrano Valley Christian Schools

FAQ

What kind of school is CVCS?

CVCS, founded in 1973, is a Christian, college-preparatory, co-ed school serving Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade. Located in San Juan Capistrano, California, serving families in South Orange Country and beyond.  CVCS is owned by Premiere Christian Education Group
 

Is CVCS accredited?

CVCS is fully accredited by The Association of Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. CVCS is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of College Admissions Counselors, and The College Board.
 

Has CVCS received any Distinguished School Recognition?

Yes!  In 2010, CVCS was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. CVCS has received numerous Distinguish School Recognition by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). In 2006 for our International Program, in 2007 for our Performing Arts Program and in 2008 for our Biblical Worldview Defense of the Faith (Apologetics Program).
 

Have any Teachers been recognized for Outstanding Performance?

Yes! Over the years a number of teachers have been recognized. In 2016, Don Easter was awarded the top 25 Orange County Teacher of the Year. In 2010, Marla Utley received the Orange County Teacher of the Year nominee, and in 2009, Denise Prouty received the same honor.  In 2005, Mr. Don Easter was named one of Orange County Family Magazine’s top 10 teachers. In 2006, Mrs. Sue Mewhinney was named Orange County Teacher of the Year Nominee for all private schools in our County and Mr. Wendell Nick was named by the San Juan Capistrano City Council the Teacher of the Year in San Juan Capistrano. This same award was given to Mr. Sean McDowell in 2008. All teachers are required to hold valid California State Teaching Credentials and ACSI Teaching Credentials in our elementary school. Additionally, all Junior High and High School teachers are required to teach in their area of expertise.
 

What kind of Technology Education will my child receive?

Students at CVCS begin their technology education in Kindergarten through a Beyond Technology Education program provided by experts in technology education. Once per week students, beginning in Kindergarten gain experience in word processing, excel, power point, desktop publishing, graphics, internet, and much more. The most effective element of our technology program is the way it is integrated with classroom instruction. Our technology curriculum meets all International Standards of Technology Education (ISTE) standards. All junior high and high school students participate in our 1 to 1 tablet PC laptop program.
 

What is the Math Curriculum at CVCS?

All elementary students educated at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools go through the California Standards based Harcourt Math Curriculum. In addition, CVCS implements the MIND (Music Intelligence Neural Development) RESEARCH INSTITUTES’ Math plus Music Program. All K-5 students are taught keyboarding as part of their math instruction by well trained faculty using a comprehensive music curriculum developed by neuro-scientists at UCI that stimulates brain activity through what has become known as the ‘Mozart Effect.’ Also, students’ math is supplemented twice per week with the M.I.N.D. Institute’s computer software program that use spatial temporal reasoning problems to help student understand complex math concepts.
 
At the junior high and high school levels, students are given the opportunity to take accelerated honors courses according to their academic ability. These courses are rigorous and approved by the UC College Board.
 

How is reading and language arts taught?

All elementary teachers at CVCS must become well training reading specialists through Spalding’s Writing Road to Reading methodology. Teachers attend 45 hours of State approved training every summer until they become experts in the Spalding Method of Teaching. This research based program meets all the requirements of the National Reading Panel’s recommendations. Spalding is a strong phonics based approach to teaching students how to competently read, write, spell, and comprehend. Spalding has a highly successful 50 year record of effective instruction as indicated by student results on standardized tests.
 
For junior high and high school students, honors and/or AP courses are available for students whose achievement has demonstrated a need for accelerated coursework.
 

Is CVCS Culturally Diverse?

The cultural diversity at CVCS has been measured to be: 84% Caucasian, 7% Hispanic, 6% Asian, 1% African American and 2% other.
 

Is any special learning assistance offered?

The Opportunity Program consists of small group, pull-out programs in Language Arts and Mathematics supported by mainstream classroom support. In addition to the Opportunity Program, Opportunity Schools can provide supplemental support services and consultation. Assistance is available in language arts, mathematics, classroom support, and academic coach support.
 

Is there any program offered for foreign students?

CVCS provides an English Language Development Program (ELD) for high school students. The program allows international and domestic students, whose primary language is not English, to enroll in regular, college preparatory high school classes and receive necessary English language assistance to succeed academically. A separate tuition schedule will apply.