Admission to Stoneybrooke Christian Schools is obtained by written application and personal interview. Pupils who have severe behavioral problems or who are significantly limited in academic ability will not be accepted. All students will need to provide proof of immunizations (see below).
Preschool registration is on a first come, first serve basis, ages 2.9 – 4 years old.
Stoneybrooke’s Transitional Kindergarten is a half day program for children turning 5 years old between June 1st and December 31st. It is a program that seeks to provide a challenging yet developmentally appropriate education within a nurturing, safe environment. Utilizing a Christ centered curriculum, students will be encouraged to learn and grow academically, socially, emotionally and physically. Class time will be focused on language development, beginning phonics skills and number sense, gross motor and fine motor development, and developing a growing understanding of God’s world.
The TK class is available for those young 5 year olds who are not yet developmentally ready for a full day academic program. This extra year provides them the “tools” necessary for kindergarten success. To start Transitional Kindergarten in September, the child must turn five by December 31st.
You will need to send in your child’s Chancy and Bruce Early Childhood Development screening results. (see below)
Children should be able to…
- Recognize and name the letters of the alphabet.
- Know, say, and print their first and last name.
- Understand directions – up, down, over, under, in front of, behind, etc.
- Be able to follow three consecutive directions (e.g. “Walk over to the bulletin board, pin a star on the board and return to your seat.”)
- Be able to correctly hold and manipulate a pencil and scissors as tools.
- Be able to jump with two feet together, hop, balance on one foot (large motor skills).
- Be able to put on their own shoes (not necessarily tie).
- Be able to button and zip their own sweater or jacket.
- Recognize and name numbers 1-10.
- Be able to count numbers 1-20.
- Be able to sit still and listen to a story.
- Be able to identify shapes.
- Be able to identify colors.
- Sit at a table.
- Remain on task for 10-15 minutes.
- Respect the authority of the classroom teacher.
- Demonstrate appropriate social skills.
- Interact cooperatively with peers.
You will need to send in your child’s Chancy and Bruce Early Childhood Development screening results.
Screenings are typically done in January and February at local preschools. If your child is not attending preschool or his/her preschool does not provide the opportunity for this screening, you will need to attend Stoneybrooke’s screening date (typically in late March or early April) or schedule a screening appointment directly with Chancy and Bruce.
Chancy and Bruce Educational Resources, Inc.
16168 Beach Blvd. Suite #261
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
All students are required to show proof of immunizations and adhere to the most current requirements regardless of age. Students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade must have the following immunizations one week prior to the first day of school.
3 HEPATITIS B
*7th and 8th Grade Students must have documented proof of a Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Booster Immunization (Tdap) given after the age of 7. This is a CALIFORNIA STATE requirement and must be met with documentation turned in one week prior to the first day of the school year.
Families are responsible for the following for all incoming students:
- Complete the Preschool Application
- Read and sign the Preschool Parental Agreement
- Read and sign the Preschool Parent Handbook
- Submit the non-refundable registration fee Tuition and Fees – Preschool
- Interview and school tour (new families only)
- Electronically fill in and print out the 6 required state forms below:
Each class will have a ratio of no more than 15 students to 1 teacher and 1 teacher’s aide.
Elementary and Junior High School
- Complete a personal interview with an administrator
- Fill out and sign the Student Application
- Read and sign the Parental Agreement
- Submit the non-refundable registration fee Tuition and Fees
- Submit a copy of student’s certified birth certificate
- Submit a copy of student’s immunization record
- Submit a current photograph of parents (to be used for identification purposes only)
- If transferring from another school, submit a copy of your student’s most recent report card or transcript
- Student assessment testing may be necessary
Kindergarten Only (age 5 years by September 1)
- Complete the CA Report of Health Examination for School Entry Form
- Complete a Health History Report
- Submit Chancy and Bruce Early Childhood Development Readiness screening results.
Please download the Student/Parent Handbook to learn about school policies and procedures. This handbook is updated yearly.
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. The school 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. All of the teachers hold two credentials: one is the Association of Christian Schools International credential and the other is a state credential.
What curriculum do you use?
The school uses a variety of curricula. For history and science ONLY Christian text books are used. For other subject areas Stoneybrooke utilizes 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?
Former 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 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 improving programs for the Preschool, Elementary, and Junior High.
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, students 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 class size to a maximum of 26 students.
When does the school day begin and end?
The 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 2:50pm Monday through Thursday and 1:55pm on Friday.
What grades make up junior high?
The 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, the school offers 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 and auction in the fall and a golf tournament in the spring. These fundraising events support Stoneybrooke’s Legacy Fund, which allows the school to ensure affordable tuition.
What is a National Blue Ribbon School?
Out of over 70,000 elementary schools nationwide, Stoneybrooke was awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence in Education in October 2012. Only three Christian schools nationwide were acknowledged for their superior academic program and Stoneybrooke was one of them. Read more about this award here.
Parents must fill out a Planned Absence (Family Vacation) Request for Assignments form at least one week prior to the expected absence. This will allow the teacher ample opportunity to discuss with the parent the child’s current academic progress and potential negative impact of a lengthy absence and provide the needed assignments. Here are the links to the forms – Elementary and Junior High.
Stoneybrooke Christian Schools are fully accredited through WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). Stoneybrooke has received a 6 year term of accreditation, the highest ranking possible, signifying there is substantial evidence that a level of acceptability and progress will continue for a six-year period when a full re-evaluation and visit will occur. The accreditation process holds our school accountable for a complete documentation of an intensive appraisal of each component of our ministry.
Before and After School Care
- Morning childcare is available to all students, JK – 8th grades, from 7:30 am to 8:00 am.
- Stoneybrooke also childcare for K – 8th grades, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
- See Fee Schedule for rates.
Common Core Standards
Please review the following document to understand the school’s view on the National Common Core Standards.
Stoneybrooke promotes a positive environment where students feel safe and accepted. Our classrooms are orderly and structured. Discipline issues are addressed on an appropriate level and with a firm and loving manner. Disruptive behavior is handled by the teacher or teacher’s assistant first and then by administration if necessary. Parents are always kept informed of serious negative behavior.
The expense for field trips is included in the annual tuition with the exception of a few junior high outings. Kindergarteners typically experience 7 field trips per school year. Upper grades go on an average of 3 to 4 field trips per school year.
California state immunization requirements must be met by all enrolling students. A current copy of your child’s immunization record must be submitted prior to your child attending class. The state of California requires that all students have the following immunizations for school entry:
- DTP (5 doses)
- Polio (4 doses)
- MMR (2 doses)
- Hepatitis B (3 doses)
- Varicella (1 dose) *or doctor documented case of chicken pox
- For older students, a Td (tetanus & diphtheria) booster is recommended every 5 years
Lunch and Snack
Students need to bring a snack and lunch to school daily. As a lunch option, students may order from our vendor, Choicelunch. Orders are placed directly with our hot lunch vendor on a monthly, pre-order basis.
Parental involvement is encouraged through a variety of opportunities throughout the year such as the Fall Carnival, Christmas Store, Room Moms, Stoneybrooke Parent Organization (SPO), and other venues.
Students and parents are not required to be evangelical Christians in order to gain admission. However, students will participate in chapel times and be required to memorize Bible verses plus participate in the daily half hour of class time set aside for Bible study.
- Each year 2nd through 7th grades go on an extensive Spring Trip for three days and two nights. 8th grade goes on an exciting seven day Spring Trip. Spring Trips are not included in the tuition fees and are an additional expense. All students are expected to attend these exciting and educational trips
- They are as follows:
Strategic Goals 2012-2014
Please take a look at the Strategic Goals 2012-2014. This important document highlights the strategic goals of Stoneybrooke in terms of spiritual, staff and academic development.
Students are provided with writing paper and pencils as part of the tuition fee but parents are asked to provide their students with other amenities such as ruler, crayons, scissors, etc. A class supply list will be provided at the beginning of each school year.
Rates are available by downloading the current Fee Schedule.
All students wear uniforms each day. Free dress days occur about once per month and there are a variety of themed spirit days throughout the year. Check the student handbook for free dress guidelines. Uniforms are purchased from Parker Uniforms in San Clemente. “Chapel dress” is required one day per week – boys need to wear a tie and girls need to wear a skirt or jumper.
In order to volunteer for a position involving the supervision or custody of minors, you must complete the appropriate requirements below depending on the level of service you will provide. *note – skip the level one application if you are applying for level 2 or 3 LEVEL ONE REQUIREMENTS ‐ Classroom helper
- Fill out this LEVEL ONE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION and sign the applicant’s statement
- Agree to a background check
LEVEL TWO REQUIREMENTS ‐ Field Trip Volunteer or Driver for school related activities (Sports, ACSI Events, Field Trips, etc.)
- Fill out this LEVEL TWO VOLUNTEER APPLICATION and sign the applicant’s statement
- Agree to a background check
- Submit two personal references forms
- Drivers must also complete a Volunteer Driver form and show proof of auto insurance
LEVEL THREE REQUIREMENTS – Spring Trip Chaperones, Athletic Coach or Hot Lunch Worker
- Complete the requirements for a Level 2 volunteer (see above)
- Complete a Live Scan Screening – contact your school’s office for more information
Why attend an ACSI school?
Stoneybrooke Christian Schools are fully accredited through ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Stoneybrooke has received a 6 year term of accreditation, the highest ranking possible, signifying there is substantial evidence that a level of acceptability and progress will continue for a six-year period when a full re-evaluation and visit will occur. The accreditation process holds our school accountable for a complete documentation of an intensive appraisal of each component of our ministry.
|1. ACSI schools have the greatest emphasis on student development of moral character and personal virtue.**||1. Since 1974 ACSI schools have scored significantly higher than the national norm in every grade level on a national achievement test.||1. Christian school graduates donate significantly more money to their churches, religious causes, and other charitable causes overall.*|
|2. Christian school graduates are significantly more likely to pray and read Scripture both alone and with family.*||2. ACSI school students read at least one grade level above the national averages as measured on a national achievement test.||2. A greater percentage of ACSI schools offer missions and social service trips both in the United States and Canada.**|
|3. ACSI schools have the highest belief in biblical accuracy in scientific and historical matters.**||3. ACSI schools average more required course credits in math, science, English, biblical studies, civics, social studies, art and music, and physical education than all other programs surveyed.**||3. Christian school graduates give more of their time to volunteer in their congregations, on missions trips, and on relief/aid trips.*|
|4. Christian school graduates are more likely to attend religious services and respect the authority of church leadership.*||4. ACSI school graduates attend college at a significantly higher rate than the national average.||4. ACSI schools have greater student involvement in community service, politics, and fine arts than nonmember Protestant Christian schools.|
|5. ACSI schools most often include these among their top priorities: for students to have a close, personal relationship with God and for students to develop a Christian worldview.**||5. Christian school graduates are more likely to attend a religious university and obtain more years of higher education than their public school peers.*||5. Christian school graduates have a stronger sense of direction in their lives and are more confident in their ability to deal with life challenges than their peers.*|
Find out more about these facts and the related studies by going to www.acsi.org/about-acsi/why-acsi-schools. These comments do not promise the quality of an individual school; they are representative comments of ACSI schools as a whole.
* Protestant Christian schools compared with Catholic, public, and private nonreligious schools as well as homeschools
** ACSI schools compared with other Protestant Christian schools and Catholic schools
Sources: Cardus Education Survey, 2011, and ACSI 2010/2011 Member Survey.
Striving for Excellence: Accreditation as a Path to Quality
- Accreditation is sought by schools and programs in order to validate their quality and to verify that they are striving for excellence. Most ACSI schools/programs bear the name of Christ, which is excellent, and should reflect His name in the way they provide high-quality education.
- Accreditation should be viewed as an ongoing process of school-wide improvement and development through which a school or program strives for educational and spiritual excellence. It is a process of recognizing and assessing schools and programs against accepted standards of performance, integrity, and quality.
- Accreditation is a voluntary process. A school/program that commits to striving for excellence through accreditation is agreeing to a process of ongoing review to strengthen and improve effectiveness and the quality of instruction for the population it serves. A school/program will need to identify the data and research, the information, the evidence, and the documented results that ensure and confirm that it is meeting each standard
ACSI Accreditation Developed Around Two Major Themes
- Reflection on the spiritual aspects of each component of the organization, and
- Evaluation of the educational quality and integrity of the organization. The former addresses the distinctive of a faith-based program or Christian school and the components which make an eternal impact on children, students, and families. The latter addresses the issues demonstrating that the school/program is true to its own statements of philosophy, mission, and goals and that it is meeting the standards of quality and effectiveness.
Benefits of Accreditation
- Documents that the school is true to its own foundational statements (mission, philosophy, and goals)
- Affirms that the school meets standards of quality established by the international school community
- Provides validation of the credibility of the school/program through a peer review process
- Promotes accountability to the school community and impacts parental contentment
- Improves instruction targeting increased student achievement
- Increases confidence and reduction of isolation
- Promotes on-going institutional improvement through a continuous process of self-assessment and systematic school/program development.
- Encourages the evaluation of the biblical and spiritual integration of the school program
- Transfers credits between schools and between nations’ school systems
- Extends access to resources and tools to the school/program
- Provides a complete review and written documentation of school program
- Gives purpose and direction for long-range strategic planning
Christian Schooling in a Postmodern Culture
Dan Egeler, EdD, President, ACSI
ACSI recently cosponsored a comprehensive study on the outcomes of Christian education; it produced some exciting results. The Cardus Education Survey compared graduates of Protestant Christian schools, Roman Catholic schools, nonreligious private schools, and homeschools. The research showed that graduates of Protestant Christian schools—especially accredited schools—excel spiritually, academically, and culturally. These graduates are more likely to choose careers on the basis of their religious calling (Pennings et al. 2011, 20), they use Scripture to make moral decisions more often, and they believe more strongly that moral standards are absolute (16–17, 20). They also do more community good through their commitment to short‐term mission and aid trips (19). ACSI schools have produced graduates like these for years. In this issue of Christian School Comment I’d like to share some observations on this topic by Dr. William E. Brown, chancellor of Cedarville University. He reminds us of the incredible value of Christian education. I was enjoying lunch with a school administrator, and our conversation turned to the wonderful role we as educators play. I mentioned that I felt honored to accompany students along the path to discovering truth. He looked at me with disdain. “Truth? We can’t use that word on our campus,” he said. “It’s divisive.” Truth, divisive? The search for truth is supposed to unite us. Yet, in today’s postmodern society, even the idea of truth can be disruptive. Nowhere is this more evident than in our schools. Many may consider a Christian education a withdrawal from the prevailing culture. However, recent research shows that Christian education is providing the most vigorous and complete instruction for our children. The results are evident: young men and women who know how to think deeply and broadly, and graduates who are energized about the future and have a desire to make a positive difference in the world. How does Christian education accomplish this? First, Christian education is not indoctrination but true education. This is the strength of Christian education. It is free to investigate all issues from alternative worldviews because of its commitment to the discovery of truth. Students explore different ways people seek knowledge—for example, through science, religion, philosophy, and literature; then they are equipped to evaluate why people believe and act as they do. Second, Christian education is not fragmented but holistic. Education at its best helps students make connections between academic studies and important issues. Unfortunately, fragmentation is characteristic of today’s postmodern culture, and much of our children’s learning experience reflects this. Students can learn the facts of history, master the laws of science, and understand the rules of grammar, but such an approach may only help them learn what and how but never discover why. Christian education actively explores questions of origin (Where did everything come from?), morality (How do we decide what is right and wrong?), and destiny (What happens when we die?)—questions central to the human experience. Students are prepared and motivated to think deeply and serve willingly.
Third, Christian education is not limiting but empowering. Christian education aggressively takes on the culture in a bold attempt to equip students for lifelong leadership and service. At the personal level, Christian education holds up the importance of virtue and the development of true character. Integrity, courage, sacrifice, and love are modeled by teachers who are committed to a biblical worldview.
At the public level, Christian education provides the knowledge and skills our students need to see beyond politics and the shallow notions of popular media to underlying worldviews and values. Students learn to engage the culture with the heart and mind of Christ. A complete and well-rounded education recognizes that God has revealed truth to us through His creation and His Word (Psalm 19, Romans 1:2). Far from being divisive, the search for truth provides the path to freedom (John 8:32). In these postmodern times, Christian education stands tall, broad, deep, and empowering. The results speak for themselves.
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Stoneybrooke Accepts International Students!
International students* in grades 5 through 8 who are prepared to mainstream into regular academic classes are welcome to apply for admission to Stoneybrooke Christian Schools. This opportunity allows students to study and acquire an American education taught through a Biblical worldview. Stoneybrooke issues I-20 status to students who meet our general admissions requirements including a command of the English language strong enough to function in our regular classrooms. The school does not offer ESL or homework study classes. Stoneybrooke is a private, Christian school, not attached to any church or denomination. However, the Bible and a Christian worldview are incorporated into all aspects of the educational experience. Classroom teachers are all credentialed and the school is accredited by two entities. The United States Department of Education awarded Stoneybrooke a National Blue Ribbon for Excellence in Education in September of 2012.
In order to apply for admission you must first download the following forms and submit them to the school for consideration. Forms MUST be filled out completely or they will not be accepted. Thank you for considering Stoneybrooke Christian Schools!
* An international student is defined as an eligible student who does NOT have a US birth certificate OR proof of US citizenship