Frequently Asked Questions
Is Stoneybrooke Christian Schools attached to a church ministry?
No, the school is a separate entity established by a private party in 1983. The school became a non-profit organization in 1986. We share facilities with a church on the San Juan Capistrano campus but we are totally separate.
Are teachers required to be Christians?
Yes! Each applicant is scrutinized carefully and prayerfully. All those wishing to teach at Stoneybrooke must submit a hand-written testimony along with their application. During the interview process questions concerning the applicant's spiritual standing are asked to ensure that those who teach at Stoneybrooke are mature Christians with a good background of Bible knowledge.
Does the school include discussion and teaching about other religions during Bible time?
As a distinctly "Christian" school, Stoneybrooke teaches from a decidedly evangelical Christian perspective. We accept students of other faiths however, all religious instruction comes directly from a Bible-based philosophy and mindset.
Are all of your teachers credentialed?
Yes, not only with the State of California but also with the Association of Christian Schools International.
What curriculum do you use?
We use a variety of curricula. For history and science we use ONLY Christian text books. For other subject areas we utilize a variety of other publishers such as Prentice Hall, Harcourt, Scott Foresman, etc.
Where do most of your students attend high school when they graduate from the 8th grade?
Our students can be found in every public and most private high schools in the area. Stoneybrooke does not recommend one high school over another.
Is Stoneybrooke a school for just the brightest students?
No, Stoneybrooke accepts students who are average to above average into its program. High expectations, a structured, loving environment, a challenging curriculum and excellent teachers are many of the reasons why our students score so high on their SAT testing.
Are parents required to donate a certain amount of time each year to the school?
No. There are no time requirements for parents at all. Volunteerism is encouraged but there is no reduction in fees or requirements for volunteering.
Is Stoneybrooke looking to build a high school sometime in the future?
With the number of public and private high schools in the area, Stoneybrooke has decided not to pursue a high school but rather put its resources into building permanent buildings at the Ladera Ranch site and improving programs at all three schools.
What are the homework requirements?
Homework is mandated to no more than an average of about 10 minutes per grade level for elementary. Junior high students can expect about 75 minutes per night on an average.
Do you have chapel or worship time?
Yes, we meet once a week for chapel for a time of worship and Bible teaching by administration, teachers, and sometimes students.
Does Stoneybrooke have enrichment classes like PE, music, computers, etc.?
Yes, besides their regular classroom teacher the students have music, computers, P.E., and science lab with teachers who specialize in those areas.
What is the teacher to student ratio?
Stoneybrooke strives to limit our class size to a maximum of 26 students.
When does the school day begin and end?
Our school day begins at 8:30 am for the elementary schools and at 8:15 am for the junior high. The day ends at 3:00pm Monday through Thursday and at 2:00pm on Friday for elementary schools. Junior high classes end at 2:45pm Monday through Thursday and 2:00pm on Friday.
What grades make up junior high?
Our junior high program consists of 7th and 8th grades only.
Are students tracked on ability in junior high?
Tracking only occurs in math where some exceptional students may be eligible to take Algebra 1 in 7th grade and Geometry in 8th. Most students take Pre-Algebra in 7th grade and Algebra 1 in 8th.
What student activities are available in junior high?
After school sports, music lessons, student council, praise band, spelling/speech/math contests, and more.
How many class periods are there in a day?
A typical junior high day includes seven periods, approximately 45 minutes each, plus a morning break and lunch.
What junior high elective classes are available?
Typically, we offer Spanish I, literature, art, drama, music appreciation, technology, yearbook, and debate/current events. Each year additional offerings vary.
Does Stoneybrooke accept government funding?
No, the expenses of the school are funded almost entirely through the tuition and fees.
Are there a lot of fund raising activities parents are required to participate in each year? No, students never raise money for the school through the sale of candy bars, wrapping paper, etc. Normally, Stoneybrooke will hold two major fundraising events per year: a banquet in the fall and a golf & tennis tournament/dinner & auction in the spring. These fundraising events support our Annual Fund, which allows our school to ensure affordable tuition and the Capital Campaign, which supports the building of permanent facilities on the Ladera Ranch campus.