643 West 13th Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 (Click for Directions)
Do I have to be member of your church or a particular church to send my child to school there?
No, we have families from many different faith backgrounds. We share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ from a Lutheran perspective. To learn more about what Lutherans believe please visit the Our Beliefs section of this site.
Is your Kindergarten program full-day or half-day?
We offer two choices for kindergarten, a half-day or a full-day program. Both programs provide the essential instruction necessary for first grade success. Both programs prioritize core curriculum objectives in the morning hours, however the full day program allows for extension and enrichment of those morning lessons into the afternoon. Full-day hours are 8:10am – 3:00pm. Half-day hours are 8:10am to 11:30pm.
What are the class sizes?
The average class size is 18 with a student/faculty ratio of 18:1. Class size varies by grade. Please contact the school if you have questions about the enrollment in your child’s grade.
Does curriculum meet state standards?
Yes, in most cases exceeds them.
Where do graduates go to High School?
Students attend local public High Schools in Escondido, San Marcos, Poway, Vista and Valley Center as well as private High Schools including Cathedral Catholic, Calvin Christian, Tri-City Christian, and Francis Parker.
Where do graduates go to college?
Graduates of Grace have attended or are attending universities such as Johns Hopkins, Stanford, UC Davis, UCLA, Texan Christian University, Cal Poly, UCSD, Point Loma Nazarene, Yale, Concordia Irvine, Cal Lutheran, and Biola to name just a few.
Do you make accommodations to the curriculum for learning challenges?
We have a full-time school counselor on-site to help with minor learning challenges.
Do students have to wear uniforms?
Yes. Grace Christian School is a place for instruction and learning. The purpose of having a school dress code is to simplify the matter of student attire and place that issue in perspective with regard to the learning process. A dress code also promotes a sense of civility and equality among the students and encourages responsibility and self-discipline. Our administrators and our faculty insist that each student be dressed in a way that will not hinder the educational process, that will promote a positive image among our students, and which will provide Christian witness to the community. Please visit the Dress Code/School Uniform section of our Family Handbook for more details.
Do you allow parent help in the classroom?
We welcome and encourage parental help in the classroom. Parents are asked to provide 30 volunteer hours per family. One of the ways to fulfill this obligation is to volunteer in your child’s classroom.
Are you accredited?
We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and The National Lutheran School Association (NLSA).
Are your teachers credentialed?
All teachers have completed a teacher training program and have been credentialed by a state.
What is teacher turn-around?
Most of our teachers have been at Grace from 8-30 years.
What are the school hours?
Grades K-8 are in session Monday through Friday from 8:10am to 3:00pm.
Kindergarten half- day hours are: 8:10am – 11:30pm.
Drop-off is between 7:55am – 8:10am.
Pick-up is between 3:00pm -3:15pm.
Do you have before and after school care?
Yes, we have an excellent before and after school care program. We also have a summer camp program. Please visit the Before and After School Care section of this site for more detail.
Does your school offer a Hot Lunch program?
Grace Christian offers a hot lunch program to our families as an alternative to the traditional sack lunch. Our Hot Lunch Program is available five days a week. Orders are taken on a monthly basis.