School Life

Overview

Calvary is a beautiful seven-acre campus nestled in the hillside, one mile off the Pacific coast. Yet, the Calvary campus is a blank canvas that is only brought to life by the wonderful students, staff, and families that make up the heart and soul of our community. Student life at Calvary is replete with opportunities in the classroom and beyond the classroom walls. Calvary students are encouraged to explore and pursue their unique interests and passions, whether those passions exist in the academic realm, on the sports field, in the art studio, in the middle of the stage, in the orchestra to the side of the stage, or at a computer or iPad far from the field or the stage.

At the heart of Calvary student life is the Calvary Christian School mission, which promotes academic excellence and the development of Christian values in order to prepare students to live a life defined by leadership and service. Calvary’s students are brimming with interests and high achievements as they conduct themselves with love, integrity, faith, and humility – and develop into tomorrows’ leaders nourished by everlasting friendships, the support of an incredible faculty, and the love of the Lord.
Quick Facts
  • Over 420 students in preschool through eighth grade
  • Second largest independent school in West Los Angeles
  • Fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • 45 faculty members and 30 assistant teachers

Academic Excellence
  • On-going professional development keeps teachers on the forefront of education
  • Academic program exceeds California educational standards
  • College preparatory curriculum
  • Bi-annual curriculum review

Christian Values
  • Calvary's four core Christian values are love, humility, integrity, and faith
  • Calvary's focus on Christian values transcends all aspects of our learning-environment through words, actions, and deeds
  • Calvary students are shown God's love and encouraged in their personal spiritual growth
  • All students have Bible and Chapel as part of their weekly curriculum

Enrichments
  • All enrichment classes are taught by specialists with extensive experience in their field
  • Enrichment courses include Spanish, Chapel and Bible, vocal and instrumental music, fine art, performing arts, physical education, and technology
  • Middle School exploratory offerings include leadership, Lego robotics, journalism, short film production, entrepreneurship, performing arts, music, culinary arts, and environmental studies
  • Curriculum-based field trips are scheduled for all Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade classes to outdoor education centers, theaters, museums, and historic places. Field trips are designed to integrate grade specific subject areas, world events, and global cultures
  • All students in Transitional Kindergarten through fifth grade can participate in an After School Program with a variety of academic and enrichment offerings
  • All Middle School students participate in outdoor educational retreats in the fall and a culminating eighth grade trip to Washington DC and New York in the spring
 
Nurturing Class Environment
  • Small class sizes with no more than 15 students per class in Preschool, 16 students in Transitional Kindergarten, and 20 students in Kindergarten through eighth grade
  • Low teacher-to-student ratios enhanced by instructional aides who work alongside the teacher in all preschool and elementary school classes, and in middle school mathematics
  • Two classes per grade, which enable students to develop a range of friendships and interpersonal skills

Athletics
  • 21 competitive sports teams for 5th-8th graders
  • 8 Sports - Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross-Country, Volleyball, Golf, and Lacrosse
  • 3 Leagues - Coastal Canyon League, Pacific Basin League and Delphic League
  • After-school sports programs for elementary and preschool children
  • 2017-2018 Athletic Highlights:
    • Pacific Basin League Flag Football Runners Up (6th and 8th Grade)
    • Pacific Basin League Basketball Runners Up (6th Grade Boys)
    • Pacific Basin League Basketball Sportsmanship Award (6th-8th Girls and 8th Grade Boys)
    • Pacific Basin League Volleyball Runners Up (6th-7th Grade Boys)
    • Two Calvary Athletes Named to All-League Teams (Cross Country and Volleyball)

Technology 
  • Technology is fully integrated throughout the wireless campus
  • Preschool classrooms are equipped with iPads for educational use
  • Transitional Kindergarten through 4th grade students are each provided an iPad as their own personal learning device
  • 5th through 8th Grade students are provided with their own laptop computer and have access to iPads 
  • The Technology Learning Center (TLC) is equipped with 24 desktop computers where students learn computer skills within the context of the core curriculum using project-based learning. The TLC is also set up as a studio to support the maker space movement with 3D printing, robots, and digital fabrication
  • The Academic Resource Center (ARC) includes a state-of-the-art digital media classroom with advanced video-conferencing equipment to collaborate with scientists, astronauts, and experts for virtual field trips
  • Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety are taught in the TLC and the ARC
  • SmartBoards and Apple TVs are in nearly every classroom
  • Technology is integrated into all Elementary School project-based learning
  • Calvary's proprietary Innovation Station incorporates constructionism and the maker's movement developing creative problem solving skills and encouraging students to learn by doing
  • Hands-on coding and programming curriculum for elementary students uses robots, drones, microprocessors, and 3D printers