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San Clemente Christian School is Moving to San Clemente!

by Helen Chade Mahshi

San Clemente Christian School, formally known as Capo Beach Christian School is more than a school; students are immersed in an environment designed to help them reach new intellectual heights and spiritual depths. 

This small but mighty boutique style school has always had a strong plan and purpose. For the past five years, they have been working toward a move to the city of San Clemente. I am incredibly excited to share that the time has come! San Clemente Christian School is moving to San Clemente beginning in the fall of the 2018-19 school year.

As an alumni parent of two daughters who graduated from SCCS, I could not have imagined a better experience for my daughters. Enrollment for Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade is currently open, and it is my suggestion that you run, not walk, to enroll your child today! 

The teaching and administrative staff work tirelessly at this school and have been there for years, some for decades. They are devoted to each student’s success in all areas of life: academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally. SCCS offers a small student to teacher ratio, with class sizes that do not exceed 20. The result is truly individualized attention, strong academics, a genuine Christian school experience, and a loving environment. 

Although my daughters attended public school for part of their education, their SCCS experience has been the most impactful by far. The reasons are many:  Rigorous academics; rotating enrichment programs; a nurturing environment where each teacher takes a personal interest in the success and wellbeing of each student; student-led chapel where students have the opportunity to lead devotions, be leaders and sing in worship; fabulous field trips, including the 8th grade trip to Washington DC, 6th and 7th grade Catalina Island field trip, a missions trip in 4th grade; as well as before and after school care programs.

Friendships developed while at SCCS are strong and lasting! My oldest, who is on her way to college, continues to have reunions with her middle school class. Recently, my daughters, along with some of their former classmates, returned to the school to make a surprise visit during Chapel. Without missing a beat, they were invited to sing and lead a prayer on stage, as well as share their experiences with current students. 

Students at this school, are participators-not spectators-in life. They are given an opportunity to be leaders, to serve, to allow their uniqueness to stand out. As it reads in Matthew 5:14-16; the school is built upon the idea that its students are “the light of the world.” Each teacher is exceptionally in tune with the students, and understands how to bring out the light in each one, while equipping them with the strength and skills to become successful 
in life.

While my daughters were at SCCS, I was confident that the school took pride in ensuring their well-being. From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I knew this school was marinated with love and grace, and I felt wholeheartedly that their Christian upbringing was only going to be strengthened. Both of them were inspired to become leaders; as each served as ASB President in their 8th grade year.

The school’s website says: “San Clemente Christian School is a community of teachers, parents and families united by our shared love of God and desire to follow His call on our lives. As a school fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, we are focused on creating an environment that encourages academic excellence, social responsibility, emotional confidence and spiritual maturity. This formula sets us apart and inspires our students to be respectful, confident, courteous, and full of joy.”

Tuition is competitively- priced, and tuition assistance is available, depending upon personal circumstances. They have started a Go Fund Me under “Help San Clemente Christian Move,” if you want to help their endeavors to be a light in the community.

San Clemente Christian School is open for enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. Please call the school office at (949)496-3513.