San Jose Christian School was founded in 1959 and currently serves students in preschool – 8th grade. Our primary purpose is to provide an academically excellent, Christ-centered education for the children of Christian parents. We further explain our approach with our tagline: A love for God. A desire to learn. A commitment to serve. We are accredited by Christian Schools International (CSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our well-prepared teachers have an average experience level of over 11 years with us. San Jose Christian School is a place where your children will be nurtured into the kind of people who make a positive impact on the world around them.
San Jose Christian School is an independent Christian school. That means that we aren’t governed by one particular church. Our school families attend over 55 different churches in the area, and we are best described as a “parent-run” school. We have a school association made up of current parents, past parents, and people generally interested in the welfare of our school, and from that group, we elect trustees to serve 3-year terms on our school board of 7 members. The association meets every spring to approve the budget for the coming year and elect new trustees.
At San Jose Christian School, we take the job of setting our tuition seriously, and we work very hard to make sure that we don’t hit parents with hidden fees for books, computer usage, or things like that. You can find the current tuition policy here. We also take the time to build financial assistance into our budget each year, because we believe that socioeconomic diversity in the classroom is a key component of a well-rounded Christian education. Families with verified financial need have access to assistance from the school to help them bridge the gap of affordability.
When you’ve determined that you’d like to apply to San Jose Christian School, you can get a copy of our admissions materials from the school office, or you can download them from our website. Once you have submitted the application, we will let you know if your student needs any additional screening or observation for developmental readiness. When all of that information is assembled, we will call to schedule a time for you to come in for an interview—where we’ll talk about your goals as parents and our mission to make sure they are a good fit for your family and the school community.
San Jose Christian School has lots of different ways to provide a more in-depth look at the school. You can call the office to schedule a tour of the campus anytime on any day of the week, or you can book a shadow day for your child to come and see what life is like inside and outside the classroom. We also host Showcase events for inquiring families and invite people to come to any of our plays, concerts, or school events to get a feel for what the school community is really like. Our Director of Admissions can assist you with any of these options when you call the office.
While the actual numbers vary from year to year, about 65% of our graduates continue on in faith-based education and 35% move on to public high schools. Among the private schools, our students attend places like Valley Christian, The King’s Academy, Archbishop Mitty, Bellarmine College Prep, Presentation, Notre Dame, and St. Francis. Each fall we host an event to educate parents about the process of applying to these schools, and we bring in graduates who attend these schools to give our current families an insight into what life is like at the various campuses. No matter where they choose to go, San Jose Christian School alumni represent our school well with a great record of success both inside and outside the classroom.
San Jose Christian School believes in educating the whole child. Our core classes sharpen minds and arm students with skills necessary for success, and Bible classes help students take ownership of their faith and really discern their place in this world. Art and music classes help us nurture creativity in each student, and our Physical Education and athletics programs make sure that we are teaching kids about their own health, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Underpinning everything we do is a Christian perspective that teaches students about their purpose as human beings and how to make the kind of choices that bring about renewal in our world.