Who We Are
What is Stoneybrooke? Is it the attractive new classrooms and offices? Is it a gymnasium, a parking area, a playground, an athletic field? Were this the essence of Stoneybrooke Christian Schools, words and pictures could capture it well. But Stoneybrooke is not merely a physical entity, measurable in terms of buildings and blackboards, computers and crayons, libraries and lesson plans.
Stoneybrooke Christian Schools is a concept… a shining idea born in the hearts of people who saw both a tremendous need and a marvelous opportunity.
Stoneybrooke is a commitment… a passion for excellence, for achieving one’s best while cultivating a character that is pleasing to God. Stoneybrooke is a community… a family of people who love God, who are committed to Him, and who have given themselves to the ministry of educating children.
“In partnership with parents, Stoneybrooke Christian Schools exists to provide a distinctive, biblically-based education in a nurturing environment through which students are instilled with godly character, inspired to excel, and prepared for a life of enduring commitment to Christ.”
It is the school’s vision that graduates of Stoneybrooke have a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ, are intellectually prepared for higher learning and demonstrate godly character and thinking in their daily lives.
In 1982, God laid it upon the hearts of Miss Worel and a friend to start a new Christian school in South Orange County. During the spring of 1983 they pulled up roots and moved to the area to begin that work. With no students, equipment, teachers, or even curriculum that was going to be a daunting task. Office space was secured and the work began. While Miss Worel designed flyers, talked to perspective parents, and interviewed teachers, Mr. Bock was busy cutting drywall, pounding nails, and painting walls alongside the contractor.
By September, the doors were open and 38 precious students came walking through the doors for the first day of school. It was a humble beginning with three classrooms, a computer lab, two telephones and no secretary.
The school doubled the number of students and quickly outgrew the rented facilities on La Paz Road in Laguna Niguel. Within three years an additional location was secured and classes were held in a modular unit on Coast Bible Church property in San Juan Capistrano. By the end of the fourth year an agreement was made with Coast Bible Church and modular units were brought on to the five acre campus. The school had found a home.
For 13 years the student body continued to grow and the school expanded at a rapid rate. Eventually, a permanent structure became a necessity. Funds were raised and the main building was built. In the spring of 1995 parents, students, staff, and friends formed long lines carrying every single item from the portables to the permanent facility.
Within two years a new two story, six classroom building was built to accommodate the junior high.
With continued growth and opportunity for expansion becoming a reality, the school secured 5.2 acres in the new community of Ladera Ranch to build a coveted second campus. In October of 2003, the junior high moved to the new campus and a brand new elementary school was started on that site.
Stoneybrooke opened a preschool at the San Juan campus location in the fall of 2011 as well as adding a homeschool program in the fall of 2015.
The Stoneybrooke Ladera Ranch campus was sold in the summer of 2015. Students and staff moved to the San Juan campus which now hosts all of Stoneybrooke Christian Schools – preschool, elementary, junior high and homeschool.
Purpose and Philosophy
The Board, Administration, Faculty and Staff, are committed to provide an educational program that seeks to develop excellence in a student – spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally, culturally and physically. In addition to a traditional core curriculum, the student will be exposed to a wide range of educational experiences including computer science, art, music and physical education.
A Christian school, Stoneybrooke is dedicated to establishing a godly environment where the Bible, as the Word of God, is actively integrated into all aspects of school life (Matthew 6:33). Each student will be challenged to live his or her life according to God’s principles and purposes (Jeremiah 9:23-24). As independent non-denominational schools, we seek to serve individual families throughout our community who share our biblical orientation and appreciate our particular philosophy of education and discipline (Deuteronomy 6:2-7).
The program is designed to balance the necessity of high academic excellence with a creative and exciting awareness of life as it will be in the 21st century. Stoneybrooke is training children now for the things that will be integral parts of their lives tomorrow.
Stoneybrooke wants its students to encounter the educational process in an environment that assures security, positive self-worth and mutual respect. The classrooms are controlled with loving discipline that is applied by qualified and dedicated Christian teachers.
We believe and are committed to:
A Biblical Worldview
That sees all of life through the context of scriptural truth. (Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:16)
A Biblical Philosophy of Education
That is biblically-based and Christ-centered.
A Partnership with Parents
That places the school alongside parents and assists in the training of their children. (Ephesians 6:4)
Academic Excellence in Balance with Spiritual Growth
That places quality education in the wider context of spiritual maturity. (1 Corinthians 1:20, Romans 12:2)
The Evangelism and Discipleship
That ministers to our students and the families they represent so that the Gospel is not just a message received, but a way of life embraced and a belief that can be defended. (1 Corinthians 1:21, 1 John 5:13)
That gives our student body an opportunity to participate with the spirit of God as He moves among the people of the world. (Romans 10:14-17, Matthew 28:18-20)
A Tangible Sense of Community
That connects our Stoneybrooke families in meaningful relationships furthering the spiritual growth of the entire family. (1 Timothy 3:15, Ephesians 6:7-8)
The Development of the Whole Child
That encourages each student to be and do his/her very best, spiritually, physically, mentally and socially (1 Timothy 4:7)
The Physical Safety and Well-Being of Each Student
That ensures a safe environment with careful attention given to the facilities, transportation vehicles, student rapport and campus safety. (Psalm 4:8)
The Professional Growth of our Staff
That provides plentiful resources and opportunities that encourage the entire staff to grow and develop as professionals. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Equipping tomorrow’s leaders
This will give our students the opportunity to develop and use their God-given gifts and talents to the best of their ability and to understand that servant leadership is best modeled by Jesus Christ. (Matthew 25:21, Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:11-13)
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. II Timothy 3:16‐17, II Peter 1:20‐21, John 20:31, Matthew 25:35
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29, Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:14
- We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory. Matthew 1:20‐21, John 10:30‐38, Matt. 26:28, Hebrews 9:14, I Peter 3:22, Phil. 2:9, Revelation 19:11‐12
- We believe that for salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary. Romans 8:11, I Peter 3:18, Romans 10:9‐13, I John 1:9
- We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for men’s sins according to the Scripture, and all who believe in Him have the forgiveness of sins through His blood. 1 Cor. 15:3, Eph. 1:7.
- We believe an individual becomes a child of God by being born of the Holy Spirit by the word of God through a personal faith in Jesus Christ. John 1:12‐13, 1 Cor. 3:16.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. Romans 8:16, Galatians 4:6, I John 3:24, I Corinthians 3:16
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. Hebrews 9:27, II Peter 2:9, Revelation 20:12, Psalm 96:13
- We believe that heaven and hell are definite places. Luke 11:2, Acts 7:49, John 14:2‐4, Hebrews 11:10
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:23, Ephesians 5:30, II Corinthians 11:2, Deuteronomy 14:2