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Authentic Discipleship

My daughter is a 7th grader at Mission Hills. In the short few months she has been there, I have seen her grow spiritually. Her love for the Lord and others is so much deeper and greater. If you are looking for a place where your child will grow in every area, spiritually, educationally and emotionally - look no farther than Mission Hills Christian School.
— Julia Schmaltz, MHCS Parent

 

At Mission Hills Christian School, we are committed to the godly character development of every student. We plan programs and activities that will help our students on their journey of spiritual growth.

Christian Virtues Program

We value the character development of each student as he/she becomes the person God intends them to be; therefore, we have established seven objectives to promote growth into the likeness of Jesus Christ. These goals form the basis of our integrated character curriculum as it is woven into every area of the school environment. 

  • Show Respect
  • Demonstrate Compassion
  • Exercise Perseverance
  • Exhibit Responsibility
  • Possess Integrity
  • Practice Right-thinking
  • Be Cooperative  

MHCS Chapel

Chapel is an essential part of MHCS experience where students are encouraged and challenged in their faith. Students attend chapel once a week. Various programs and speakers are integrated into the chapel format. Parents are always welcome to attend our chapel services.  

Prayer Partners

MHCS believes that prayer is an essential part of our relationship with God. One way we demonstrate this for our students is through our Prayer Partner program. Younger students are paired with older students who meet regularly to share prayer requests and pray for one another. Our Prayer Partner chapel is a highlight of the year—our older students join their younger Prayer Partners and worship the Lord together during our weekly chapel service. These intentional mentoring relationships teach our students about prayer, about relationships, and about leadership.

Outreach Programs

MHCS is designed to produce thriving disciples of Christ who love God, love others, and reach out to the world around them. MHCS partners with many outreach programs such as Operation Christmas Child, Casa Alegre Orphanage, community toy drives, and South County Outreach. MHCS students have participated in mission trips as far away as Kenya, Africa. MHCS is committed to sharing the love of God in practical and tangible ways both here and abroad.

Academic Excellence

MHCS students score in the top 10% of the nation on standardized testing. Our graduates have a 100% acceptance rate to all local private high schools. 30% of our 6th graders and 45% of our graduating 8th graders receive the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. Students receiving this award must maintain a GPA of at least 3.75 and must score in the top 15% of the nation on standardized testing in the area of math or reading.

From junior kindergarten through eighth grade, students at MHCS experience a challenging academic curriculum that is grounded in biblical principles and delivered in an environment that is loving, encouraging, and supportive.  Our program of study is designed to inculcate core values while maintaining academic integrity.  Results from standardized tests and from high school placements confirm the academic success our students enjoy. In addition to the subject-specific content included in the state educational framework, MHCS students also participate in Spanish, technology, and fine arts. If you would like to review the textbooks we use or see an overview the specific curriculum for any grade level, please contact our Admission Director and schedule a tour.

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Technology

Our technology program includes internet and operating system basics, graphics, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, multimedia, desktop publishing, and web page design. Students learn to use technology in their classrooms and not just in a lab setting. MHCS has a classroom set of wireless notebook computers that students use to create projects and complete assignments that integrate technology with specific classroom objectives and standards. Our upper grade and junior high classrooms are equipped projectors and interactive Promethean Boards and Smart Boards that allow teachers to incorporate technology into their everyday instruction.  Junior high students also have the option of a digital animation elective class that incorporates both art and technology skills.

 

Spanish

Educational specialists agree that children should begin learning a foreign language as early as possible.  MHCS employs a full-time Spanish teacher who leads Spanish classes for all students in grades 1-6.  Our elementary Spanish program strategically introduces core Spanish vocabulary words and phrases through songs and games.  Junior high students have the elective to take one year of Spanish to prepare for high school level foreign language.

 

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a reading incentive program for our 1st-5th grade students that encourages them to st and better quality books using a reading point system with goals and prizes to motivate. This fun program has been proven to boost student academic performance.  Students can log in and earn point in their classrooms. Read more -->

 
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Academic Competitions

MHCS participates in a number of academic competitions sponsored by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). In any given year, students may compete in speech meets, spelling bees, creative writing festivals, math Olympics, and more. Read more -->

 
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Academic Support

The Learning Lab is designed to provide Mission Hills Christian School students additional support in order to help them reach their full academic potential. The Learning Lab teacher uses the same curriculum standards as the homeroom classes but is able to accommodate and differentiate the lessons to meet the needs of the students.  

 
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Testing & Standards

MHCS school wide average is 90.1%, placing our students in the top 10% of students across the nation.  While California public schools are required to implement the national Common Core State Standards, as a private exempt school, Mission Hills has the freedom to choose and implement the standards and curricula that we determine to be most effective for our students.  Since the California State Standards established in 2003 are more rigorous than CCSS, Mission Hills will continue to meet and exceed these standards, which are some of the highest in the nation. In order to maintain our high standards, we will remain diligent in reviewing our program regularly so that our students continue to make strong transitions to high school. Students need to be academically in step with their public school counterparts and properly prepared for high school entrance exams and eventually college placement testing.   Read more -->

 
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Field Trips

Education also takes place outside of our classroom walls.  Classes take anywhere from three to five field trips per year depending upon the grade level. Some destinations include Olivera Street, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Discovery Science Center and milestone field trips like Sacramento, the Pilgrim Ship, Science Camp, Washington D.C..   Read more -->

Athletics

MHCS is a member of the PAL (Parochial Athletic League)  whose major emphasis is on maintaining a Christian attitude of sportsmanship, honesty, respect, team work, and responsibility.

Tryouts are held at the beginning of each season.  Practices are held at the end of the school day during the season with one (or two games) played per week.   League play determines seeding for playoff competition that leads to the championship for 7th and 8th grade.  Sportsmanship is emphasized throughout the league.

  FALL WINTER SPRING
BOYS         Flag Football Basketball Co-ed Soccer, Volleyball, Track (Gr. 1-8)
GIRLS        Volleyball Basketball Co-ed Soccer, Softball, Track  (Gr. 1-8)
 
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Activities & Arts

Fine Arts

Fine arts is a valued component of our educational program. MHCS has a Fine Arts Director who teaches music to grades JK-6.  Students are involved in both vocal music and an introduction to instrumental music. Primary students work with a variety of percussion instruments, while our third and fourth graders work with recorders, and our fifth and sixth graders use hand chimes.  The MHCS fine arts department proudly sponsors an after-school musical theater program that produces two musicals each year.  Students in grades 1-8 are invited to participate in these musicals.  Additionally, fifth and sixth grade students have extra-curricular opportunities including the Singing Saints, a contemporary worship team and performance group.  Junior high students have the opportunity to participate in the junior high worship team in addition to electives that include drawing, art essentials, theater arts, and digital animation. Further, private, extra-curricular Instrumental lessons in piano, violin, and guitar are available on campus for an additional fee.   MHCS piano students participate in a yearly piano festival hosted by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Student Connect

Mission Hills students stay connected all year round through various school functions. Below are a few of the fun activities that help our families build the kind of relationships that make Mission Hills Christian School a warm, caring community.  

Buddy Family Program Our Buddy Family Program pairs new families with current families during the summer months so that students and parents have the opportunity to make connections long before school starts. Younger buddy families often get together for play dates while our older buddy families tend to meet at some of the planned activities such as beach days or bowling.

Back-to-School Our Back-to-School event is sponsored by MHCS PTP and is held the first week of school. This is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Water slides, snow cones, face painting, food, fellowship and entertainment all converge to create a fun family experience before school starts.

Summer Time Connection MHCS students and families stay connected over the summer with planned beach days, park days, bowling and other fun activities.

 Early Childhood Popsicle Playdate All preschool, JK and Kindergarten families get to know one another while the little ones enjoy our playground along with ice cold summer treats.

Extended Care & Recreation (C&R)

Our extended care program (C&R) exists to serve MHCS families by providing appropriate supervision and activities to all currently enrolled students during specified non-school hours. C&R seeks to further the development of each child by maintaining consistency with the standard policies found in the school's Parent-Student Handbook.

Hours and Usage

C&R is available on regular school days from 7:00 - 8:15 a.m. and 12:45 - 6:00 p.m. and operates on a pre-paid account basis. We suggest families start with a minimum of $50 in their account. Drop-in rates for families without a pre-paid account will be charged a higher hourly rate according to the following:

Number of Children in Family Prepaid Hourly Rate Drop-in Hourly Rate
1 child $7 $10
2 children $9 $12
3 children $11 $14

For each additional child, add $2 per hour.

2017-2018 C&R CONTRACT AGREEMENT

Families using C&R more than 45 hours per month will benefit from the use of a C&R contract at the following rates paid in 10 payments, September-June:

  • $315 per month for one child in 1st – 6th grade
  • $385 per month for one child in JK or kindergarten
  • $90 per month for each additional child

Preschool/Junior Kindergarten Extended Care

Preschool and Junior Kindergarten Extended Care is available from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Please see the Preschool-JK Extended Care Contract for more information. 

Fees are billed in 15-minute increments with a 15-minute grace period after school is out of session.  Families who use C&R more than 45 hours per month will benefit from our annual contract. Payments are made in (10) equal monthly payments. Payments are due by the 10th of each month. A $15 late fee will apply after that date.

 
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