General Information

Alta Loma Christian School, a ministry of Solid Ground Church, offers a Pre-K – 8th grade Christian based program that features a team of ACSI certified teachers who are experienced and professionally prepared to educate children. The educational program consists of a traditional course of study emphasizing a Biblical perspective. In this way, each of our students comes to recognize the importance and relevance of the Word of God in every day living and learning. All students receive daily Bible instruction and weekly chapel experiences. Enrichment classes include music, Spanish, physical education, library and technology.

Our program is divided into three trimesters beginning in late August and ending in early June. Progress reports are issued each six week period and report cards are issued at the end of each trimester. Parent conferences are scheduled in the fall and spring and as needed to review student progress.

Our mission is to partner with families to raise children who will impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. It is summarized in the words, “Touching Hearts and Training Minds.” Our vision is that each child would grow spiritually, academically, and personally, being used by God to accomplish the plans He has for their lives.

Our Expected Schoolwide Learning Results are:

  • Followers of Jesus Christ
  • Effective communicators
  • Independent, life-long learners
  • Critical thinkers and problem solvers
  • Servant leaders

ACCREDITATION
Our K-8 program is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through 2016. ALCS is approved to issue I-20 certification for international students.

MEMBERSHIP
Association of Christian Schools International

ENROLLMENT
Our current enrollment during 2014-2015 is 206 K-8 with an average student/teacher ratio of 16:1. Preschool enrollment is 51.

FACULTY
Full time: 22
Part time: 4
Enrichment classes offered: Music, P.E., Spanish, Technology, Library Middle School: Additional Electives Art, Life Skills, Accelerated Math

ETHNICITY
African American 8%
Asian 8%
Caucasian 32%
Hispanic 18%
Pacific Islander 1%
Caucasian/Hispanic 13%
Two or more races 15%
Other 13%

STANDARDIZED TESTING
Each Spring students in K-8 take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) computerized adaptive assessment. This test provides valuable information on student progress and group scores in comparison with national norms. Students also take the STAR Reading and Math tests three times per year through Renaissance Learning. Preschool and Kindergarten students take the STAR Early Literacy test three times per year.

CURRICULUM
Phonics and reading instruction are key elements of our primary academic curriculum. Hands-on math and science experiences enable the student to learn computation logical reasoning, critical thinking opportunities are infused throughout our program and a biblical perspective of God’s creation. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum, and a 1:1 iPad is implemented in grades 6-8.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Students can explore their gifts and talents through a diverse and enriching range of activities:
Joyful Song: Joyful Song is an exciting after school music program. The students meet on Wednesday afternoons in the sanctuary from 2:50 to 4:00 p.m. Students in second through eighth grade may participate. Joyful Song performs at a variety of school functions, including chapel, Open House, various community events, and Solid Ground Church services.
Worship Band: Our student led worship band is open to students in grades four through eight. Students practice Tuesday afternoons and lead our Chapel worship each Wednesday morning.
Math Club: For students in grades 2-5, the Math Club offers math enrichment and review sessions through puzzles, games, songs, and hands-on activities.
After School Sports: Two sections of after school sports (K-4 and 5-8) are available each trimester, providing an opportunity for students to refine their skills in a particular sport as well as participate in intramural competitions. 5th-8 grade students play volleyball, basketball, and flag football in a competitive league.
Spelling Bee: Each Fall, first through eighth grades participate in a school spelling bee. Winners from the school bee may advance to a district, regional and state spelling bee.
Math Olympics: Each spring, students in grades three through eight compete with other students at ACSI schools in our district as they practice and perfect their math skills. In the fall, students also compete in the local Mathnasium contest.
Fourth Grade Sacramento Trip: Each Spring, the fourth grade class culminates its study of the history of California by traveling by plane to our state’s capital, Sacramento, for a full day tour. Students visit the Capitol building, California State Railroad Museum, Sutter’s Fort, James Marshall Gold Discovery Park and Museum, and see various other sights along the way. This is a favorite of parents and students alike!
Eighth Grade Washington D.C. Trip: Eighth grade curriculum covers the history of our nation. That history, studied in books and videos, comes alive as students and parents walk in the historic footsteps of those who went before us. Students will see many of the sights and wonders that have shaped our nation to be what it is today.
Sixth-Eighth Grade Alpine Camp: The sixth-eighth grade trip is designed to integrate team building and outdoor adventure experiences. Students grow not only in their knowledge of our Creator and His Creation, but also in fellowship.
Other Activities: Students may also choose to participate in other after school activities that are offered periodically. These include Young Rembrandts Art Program, Brick 4 Kids (Legos), Challenge Island (S.T.E.M. program) and Success Through Chess.

MISSIONS/OUTREACH 2014-2015

  • Samaritan Purse / Operation Christmas Child
  • Together in His Arms
  • Various other charities as determined by classes and grade levels

PARENT VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT
Each family is encouraged and invited to volunteer at our school. This helps the school minimize expenses and provides parents with the opportunity to work together as part of the school community.

CURRICULUM AND PUBLISHERS
All of our students utilize the Renaissance Place STAR programs.  Preschool and Kindergarten students are assessed using the STAR Early Literacy program, which tracks the development of their early reading skills.  Kindergarten through eighth grade students take the STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments three times per school year:  the beginning, middle, and end of the year.  Once students are independent readers, they participate in the Accelerated Reader Program (AR) which allows students to read at their own accelerated pace.

Grade Level – Subject Publisher – Publication Date
Kindergarten
Bible Positive Action 2010
Mathematics Sadlier Oxford 2008
Phonics A Beka 2010
Language Arts Houghton Mifflin 2008
Social Studies A Beka 2009
Science A Beka 2003
Penmanship A Beka 1995

First Grade
Bible Positive Action 2010
Mathematics Sadlier Oxford 2008
Phonics A Beka 2012
Social Studies Abeka 2002
Science Purposeful Design 2003
Reading Houghton Mifflin 2008
Spelling Houghton Mifflin 2008

Second Grade
Bible Positive Action 2010
Mathematics Sadlier Oxford 2008
Social Studies Abeka 2006
Science Purposeful Design 2005
Phonics Houghton Mifflin 2008
Spelling Houghton Mifflin 2008
Reading Houghton Mifflin 2008
Penmanship A Beka 2003

Third Grade
Bible Positive Action 2010
Arithmetic Sadlier Oxford 2008
Social Studies Abeka 2008
Science Purposeful Design 2003
Cursive Writing A Beka 1996
Spelling Houghton Mifflin 2008
Reading Houghton Mifflin 2008
Language Houghton Mifflin 2008
Read and Think A Beka 1996

Fourth Grade
Bible Positive Action 2010
Mathematics Sadlier Oxford 2008
History Houghton Mifflin 2010
Science Purposeful Design 2007
Language Houghton Mifflin 2008
Reading Houghton Mifflin 2008
Spelling Houghton Mifflin 2008
Penmanship A Beka 1998
Read and Think A Beka 1996

Fifth Grade
Bible Positive Action 2010
Mathematics Sadlier Oxford 2008
Heritage Studies A Beka 2008
Science Purposeful Design 2008
Spelling Houghton Mifflin 2008
Language A Beka 2005
Reading Houghton Mifflin 2008
Penmanship A Beka 2003
Read and Think A Beka 1996

Sixth Grade
Bible Positive Action 2010
Mathematics Sadlier-Oxford 2008
History Bob Jones 2000
Science Bob Jones 2004
Spelling Houghton Mifflin 2000
Language Houghton Mifflin 2005
Reading Houghton Mifflin 2010
Read and Think A Beka 1996

Seventh Grade
Bible Positive Action 2003
Mathematics Prentice Hall 1998
History Bob Jones 1998
Science Bob Jones 2007
Spelling ACSI 2000
Language Mos Dos Literature 2004
Reading Mos Dos Literature 2003

Eighth Grade
Bible Positive Action 2003
Mathematics Pearson 2013
History Bob Jones 1998
Science Bob Jones 2007
Language Mos Dos Literature 2004
Reading Mos Dos Literature 2003

HEAD OF SCHOOL/PRINCIPAL
ALCS Head of School, Mr. Vance Nichols, has served in both public and private school settings for 32 years. During 29 years in Christian schools, he has led as head of school, chief academic officer, and K-12 principal. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the U.S. and abroad, and is a summer guest lecturer in the Metcalf School of Education at California Baptist University (CBU). As a graduate researcher at CBU, Vance conducted a groundbreaking study linking leadership failure to private school closure. As Chief Academic Officer of a Christian school system, Vance has helped innovate and oversee new academic initiatives, including 1:1 iPads®, Ed-Tech integrated instruction, Space Science & Engineering, Robotic Engineering, and multi-track expansion, resulting in heightened levels of metacognitive learning and record SAT and ACT scores. Vance is a commissioner on the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Regional Accreditation Commission, and is an advisory board member for CBU’s Master’s program in Educational Leadership for Faith-Based Schools. Mr. Nichols may be contacted by calling 909-989-2804, extension 2203, or through email at vnichols@alchristian.com.

This profile page is a general statement, not intended as a contract.  Circumstances and administrative decisions may result in program/curricular changes.
Last revised 10/28/2014