Best Faith-Based School
Covenant Christian School — Orange
Covenant Christian School, which has been serving Orange County since 1985, makes the readers’ choice ranking again. The school offers education for children in kindergarten through middle school as well as academic coaching and enrichment programs, all done in a nurturing, secure and safe environment. The class size is limited so the experienced teachers can give students plenty of individual attention.
covschool.org | Orange
Best Bilingual School
Little Aprendiz Spanish-Immersion & Early Education
Located in a single-family home in a quiet neighborhood, Little Aprendiz welcomes children ages 18 months to 5 years old for play-based language immersion in a caring environment. Each day, children are encouraged to figure out what they’re capable of doing themselves, which leads them to feeling proud of themselves. The indoor and outdoor activities are designed for their developmental growth.
wonderschool.com/ca/huntington-beach/little-aprendiz-341 | Huntington Beach
Best Montessori School
Little Scholars Academy of California
The teachers and staff at Little Scholars Academy of California offer Montessori-based education for children in their infant, toddler and preschool programs. The experienced team focuses on the individual needs of each child. They adjust the approach to his or her learning style to create an environment where children love to learn and are getting the best care and education possible.
lsaoc.com | Orange
Blessed Sacrament Children’s Learning Center
The not-for-profit child care and education center has half-day and full-day programs for kids ages 2 to 5. Indoor and outdoor activities include pre-reading, pre-math, language development, art, music, science and more. The children attend chapel services twice a week. Flexible schedules allow parents to coordinate work responsibilities and child care.
Best Multiple-Campus Private School
Fairmont Private Schools
Our readers love Fairmont Private Schools, which wins this category again. Orange County’s oldest and largest preschool-12th grade private school focuses on innovative approaches to learning that blend intellectual and social and emotional growth. Aside from award-winning academics, students can explore their interests and talents through arts, athletics, robotics and speech and debate.
fairmontschools.com | Multiple Locations
Best Single-Campus Private School
Heritage Oak Private School — Yorba Linda
Heritage Oak Private School has been around since 1966 and aims to develop the whole child through a mix of academics as well as Spanish, French, music, computer skills, physical education and etiquette. The Blue Ribbon School welcomes students in preschool through middle school.
heritageoak.org | Yorba Linda
Best School for Bright Minds
Pegasus School follows its motto, “Where Bright Minds Soar,” through education that will help students excel academically and later succeed in life. Teachers and staff nurture gifted students and encourage them to discover and develop their unique gifts. The school serves close to 600 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
thepegasusschool.org | Huntington Beach
Best Private High School
Servite High School
The all-boys, private, Catholic college preparatory school aims to turn boys into faith-filled, confident, intellectual leaders who will succeed in academics as well as in life. The school accepts students from all religious and socio-economic backgrounds. The average class size is 21. According to the school website, almost all of the graduates attend college.
servitehs.org | Anaheim
Best Private High School
Fairmont Preparatory Academy
Fairmont has been committed to the culture of excellence since 1953. Students at the school routinely work at least a full year ahead of their grade level in an environment where world-class teachers follow a highly acclaimed curriculum. That said, late bloomers are welcome just as much as high achievers as the staff works to provide a safe learning space for everybody.
fairmontschools.com | Anaheim
Best Public Elementary School
Linda Vista Elementary School
Linda Vista Elementary School strives to provide the highest level of education for about 500 students. Highly qualified teachers do their best to address the needs of each student. The school also has strong partnerships with the parents who volunteer and participate in the Parent Teacher Association.
lindavistaelementary.org | Yorba Linda
Linda Vista Magnet Elementary School
Linda Vista Magnet Elementary School provides rigorous, enriching, and differentiated instruction that empowers globally minded life-long learners to achieve their personal potential. The school prepares students to successfully navigate in an ever changing world by providing opportunities to excel through collaboration, inquiry, and an atmosphere that promotes curiosity, critical thinking, and integrity.
www.svusd.org/schools/elementary-a-l/linda-vista | Mission Viejo
Best North OC School District
Anaheim Elementary School District
Anaheim Elementary School District serves about 17,000 students at 24 schools. The schools in the district emphasize fundamental subjects along world languages, art and music, science, social studies and civic engagement. Teachers and staff work to create an environment for personal growth of each child and encourage enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
anaheimelementary.org | Anaheim
Best South OC School District
Capistrano Unified School District
Capistrano Unified School District serves more than 47,000 students with a commitment to instructional excellence and preparing the kids to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. According to the district website, Capistrano is the highest achieving large school system in California and has a 95 percent graduation rate.
capousd.org | San Juan Capistrano
Best Special Needs School
The Prentice School
The Prentice School is once again readers’ top choice. The private school is designed for students who learn differently, and the multi-sensory teaching methodology accommodates each student’s unique needs. Aside from academics, the school offers a wide range of support services, including occupational therapy, speech and language, after-school care and more.
prentice.org | Tustin
Best Tutoring Service
Park Tutoring offers a mix of virtual and in-person sessions covering academics, SAT/ACT, college counseling and college application writing, leadership and more. Some of the classes are in small groups, others are individual. The instructors encourage students to work smarter and harder and are always working on strategies to make the experience as effective as it can be.
parktutoring.com | Irvine
Best Charter School
The small, free, public school has a rigorous academic program accompanied by a variety of enrichment activities for students in TK through sixth grade. The charter school, which has been around since 2015, keeps the enrollment at about 240 and expects to increase it to about 420-480 with a new campus in Central Anaheim.
vibrantminds.us | Anaheim
Best Alternative Learning School
The Little Red Schoolhouse
The Little Red Schoolhouse is a private homeschool catering to children pre-K through fifth grade. The school offers a hands-on, multi-sensory, project-based language arts program, baking experiences where students explore science and math, opportunities to work in a garden and interact with farm animals.
adventuresintheschoolhouse.com | Tustin
Best College Prep Charter School
Unity Middle College High School
Unity Middle College High School encourages students to discover their passion. Through a blend of high school and college curriculum (the school partners with Santiago Canyon College), students prepare to get into and succeed at a four-year university and later in life. Students also have the opportunities for job shadowing and interviewing.
unitymchs.org | Orange
Best Multi-Campus Faith-Based School
Calvary Chapel Schools
Calvary Chapel Schools are ministries of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and aim to help students from preschool through high school become productive citizens who have a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Aside from typical academics, the schools offer a range of extra-curricular activities and clubs as well as before and after-school daycare programs.
calvaryschools.org | Multiple Locations
By Magda Hernandez, Jessica Peralta and Nathan Davis