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.
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.
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 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 -->
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 -->
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.
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 -->
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 -->