School Code: 053114
Head of Schools: Mr. Chris Rutz
Principal: Mrs. Tessa Samuelsen
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 Elementary School is a co-educational, junior kindergarten through sixth 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.
168 students from junior kindergarten through sixth grade
- Average JK class size average of 15 students with no more than 20
- Average K- 2 grade class size average of 15 students with no more than 22
- Average 3-6 grade class size average is 18 with no more than 25 students
18 teachers, 7 aides, 1 librarian, 1 athletic director, 1 PE teacher, 1 piano keyboarding/music/performing arts teacher, 1 spanish teacher, 1 computer technology teacher (part-time), 1 RISE teacher
Total of 32 faculty
36 weeks; 2 semesters, 4 quarter grading system, 180 instructional days
Traditional daily schedule begins at 8:10 am for JK-6th grade and dismiss at 2:40 pm. Morning and afternoon recess and lunchtime are also provided.
Students receive daily instruction in Bible, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. In addition, students receive regular instruction in Art Masters, Piano Keyboarding, Technology Education, Library/Media Center, Physical Education, Spanish, and Performing Arts which are targeted to California State Standards.
All students participate in chapel. Chapels are configured by grade levels to target age appropriate worship. JK – 6th grade has chapel times on a weekly basis.
Our elementary school is a member of the Parochial Athletic League (PAL). Boys and Girls sports are offered to students in grades fifth and sixth. 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.