PARENT and ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS
At the last Chapel of the school year, it is tradition to have CCS's 8th Graders say goodbye to CCS, their classmates, and the entire student body. Below are just a few goodbyes from our 2015 Graduates that we would like to share with you.
Giselle Vidaurre, will be attending Orange Lutheran HS in August 2015:
My name is Gigi, and I've been attending Covenant since 4th grade. It is insane that I'm already graduating. This school was truly a blessing because I have made so many friends, and everyone here is family to me. Each one of my classmates has a special personality, and I love being around them. For the past 5 years they have shown me our friendships will last forever. I remember 4th grade like it was yesterday, and being so shy to be coming to a new school. I felt so welcomed by the teachers and students. I was so happy to be involved in all the sports, and being a cheerleader at Covenant was an amazing experience. Another great memory that I will never forget is winning the 2015 CALOC Jr. High Girls Volleyball Championship. All of our practices were so fun, and I want to give a big thank you to Elise who coached us to success. I loved being able to create a bond with everyone and growing together as a team. I will nevery forget the expression on everyone's face when we scored the last point and won. I looked at my team and saw smiles from ear to ear. I have never been so proud of all my friends. I'm so thankful that I had a Christian team because I always felt their love and support.
I am so grateful that my family sent me to Covenant. I have always been a Christian believer, but my faith has especially grown since I've attended this school. Coming from a public school, we haver had any class time to talk to God or even open a Bible. I really appreciate that we talk about God in almost every class at Covenant. Some of the middle school students and I had the chance to attend an amazing trip to the Grand Canyon in May. We hiked 12 miles down to the campground at the bottom of the canyon to see God's amazing creation. I remember looking around and I was astonished that our Lord made our world so beautiful and unique. I had been baptized a long time ago when I was just a few months old, and I had the chance to get re-baptized in the waters of the Grand Canyon. I have never felt the love of God so strongly, and the feeling of acceptance that I received from Him was overwhelming.
I thank my Mom and Dad so much for sending me here. I couldn't be happier that I was lucky enough to spend 5 years in a wonderful environment. This school was the best thing that happened to me because now I have so much more knowledge about life and our Creator. I would also like to thank all my teachers who have taught me to be a better person and show respect to everyone. Each and every teacher here has helped me to grow to be a better Christian, and I value everything they have taught me. Lastly, I want to give a huge thank you to my classmates. All the moments I ever spent with you guys, I was always laughing or smiling. Friends come and go, but family last forever, and I am so thankful to call you all my family.
Ashley Case, will be attending Rancho Alamitos HS in fall 2015
My name is Ashley and I've been going to CCS for 10 years. Throughout the years I have made so many good friendships that I hope will continue for the rest of my life. I've been with this class so long that they are considered like family to me. Some of my favorite memories are of the fun we had on field trips including the Grand Canyon; Washington D.C., and our 4th Grade trip to Sacramento.
As I have grown, CCS has helped me grow spiritually. I was so fortunate to havee teachers help me understand the concept of Jesus Christ. My love for Him keeps growing each and every day. If I wasn't going to CCS, my eligion would still be Christianity since I was already a Christian before I came to Covenant. The teachers I have had at CCS through the years have been unconditionally kind and caring to me. From them I have learned to be thoughtful and kind to everybody, no matter who they are. My advice to all the kids would be "don't procrastinate and always turn in your homework."
I am thankful for so many things. First, I would like to thank my parents for sacrificing so that my sister and I could come to this school. I would like to thank God. He has been with me every step of the way, and I can't wait to start another part of my life with Him. Finally, I would like to say thank you to my school family for creating the best 10 years of my life.
Amanda Lyon, 2015 Valedictorian, will be attending Hamilton HS, Chandler, AZ
My name is Amanda and I have attended CCS for 5 years. We have made so many great memories here. I have made some amazing friends who have impacted my life greatly. This class has become my family, and I'm going to miss them so much. I remember so many great memories with my friends, from playing in the sand in Kindergarten with Baylee and Ashley, to winning the CALOC Jr. High Girls Volleyball Championship this year.
This school has made a huge impact on my life. CCS has shown me God and has taught me to live a Christian life. If I didn't go to this school, my relationship with God would not be as strong as it is today. CCS has truly helped me grow as a person and has shown me God's love. I have opened my heart to Him thanks to this school. CCS has shown me that God loves me unconditionally.
I have so much to be thankful for. To begin, I am thankful for my mom and my family for sending me to this school. Also, I am thankful for all the wonderful teachers here who have taught me, and made my faith strong. I love my class and this school. Some people I have known since Kindergarten, others I've met just this year. No matter how long we've known each other, we love each other and have grown to be a family. I'm going to miss everyone and wish you all the best in high school.
Gina and Bruce M.:
We were pointed to Covenant Christian School at a time when a better learning environment was needed for our children. An environment where all children are treated as the precious children of God that they truly are, with the kindness and respect that children so deserve. A Christ-centered learning environment where our children could be challenged to their individual potential, to be the best that they can be, in an environment where they can feel safe and valued for the special people they are, building them up, giving them the confidence a child needs to be able to succeed. CCS reflects all this and more. From our leader, Mr. Ahl, to our exemplary office staff to the teachers teaching our kids, CCS is truly indicative of God's love and His purpose in educating our children. CCS strongly emphasizes that the education of our children is truly a partnership between educators and parents, and that partnership is encouraged each and every day, whether at home or on campus. The staff works very closely with us as parents in ensuring the best guidance for our children, and it is evident that we truly become one when it comes to the education of our children.
This is our second year at CCS, and my children are currently in grades 4, 6 and 8. This is only the second school my children have ever attended in their lives, and for my three children this transition was made as smoothly as can be for them. The staff welcomed our family with open arms and has been supportive of our family ever since.
Jennifer M. (mother of Preschooler, 4th Grader & 7th Grader):
I am grateful to CCS because it has been a refuge and a safe, loving environment for all my children. This is now our 5th year at CCS. I was looking for a good Christian school to educate my children with academics integrating Christ, and that's what we received and much more. It was apparent shortly after becoming a single parent that my children needed much more. A consistent, loving, prayerful environment to thrive and grow into the character of Christ. From the Administrative Staff to Trish and Christina who have been so supportive from day one, to the other teachers, parents and staff members, I cannot thank God enough for opening the doors at this wonderful school that both myself and my children love! The love, peace and understanding we receive while interacting with the staff, teachers and parents has blessed us abundantly. I certainly couldn't raise these little people in a godly manner without CCS. Thank you, and may God bless you and this school immensely!
Sandie T. (grandmother of 2009 alumni):
Baylie is enjoying her freshman year at Villa Park and looking forward to trying tennis next year. I want to thank all of you at CCS for the two years that Baylie was there with you. What a wonderful change in her you all helped bring about. We were all feeling a bit lost when we found your school, and it surely was the answer to our prayers. Christina, you were so warm and welcoming to us the first day we came to CCS for our tour. Her parents and I agreed that day that we'd found the right place for Baylie. Thank you so much for that. We certainly had our challenges during those years, but I feel that Baylie grew in so many ways from both the ups and the downs. And so did we.
So again, thank you for everything. The people of CCS will always have a warm place in my heart.
I am thankful for CCS because parents have easy access to the Staff to address any questions or concerns that we might have. I have a question a week for the office staff. They are always so cordial. Mrs. Wayland is the best teacher I have ever met. We heard great things about her when our daughter was in Pre-K. We also appreciate Mr. Ahl for being a caring Principal.
Alicia E. (mother of a 7th grader):
I am thankful for the small class sizes at CCS compared to the public schools. I like how friendly all the teachers and staff are. I feel very comfortable and confident with all the teachers. I appreciate that the staff know me by name. I appreciate the fact that I can call the office anytime and know that I will hear a friendly, cheerful voice. I appreciate that my daughter is getting a better education and learning about the Bible.
Holly F. (mother of 8th grader):
I am thankful for CCS because of so many positive attributes: the Resource Department, small classes, technology program which is uncommon for a small school, supportive staff, flexible teachers who are willing to work with the student and what the student needs to learn. My son has attended CCS for 4-5th, 7th and now 8th grade.
CCS is one of the few small Christian schools hat has a full-time Resource Specialist. This has been a blessing for my son's education.
The staff is full of grace.
Jeff and Lori B.:
This school has provided a very loving and Christ centered education for our kids. My son graduated from CCS in 2008, and my daughter is an 8th grader this year. Jonathan and Michelle always loved coming to school and have loved their teachers! Not only have our kids made special friends here but we have also. When we are on campus it feels like home, a safe and warm environment for our family. We feel blessed to call Covenant Christian School our school and we thank God thae He led us here!
Angelique P. (mother of preschooler):
I have been to several other preschools in the area, and CCS is by far the best! We are so happy that we have found such a caring environment for our daughter. Everyone from the administrators, to the teachers, co-teachers and room assistants clearly have a love and devotion for children. I have never been so all around pleased with a preschool and this is our fourth child. I will recommend this school to anyone!
Susie S. (mother of preschooler):
I am thankful for CCS because, above all, my children are loved! The preschool staff are kind, firm and deliver guidance, knowledge and fun in such a way that my child feels loved and is thrilled to come to school! I consistently feel that the teachers love and care for all the students, and none of them seem like they are simply doing their job in a detached way. My child is learning and he is happy about school!
Shannon McD. (mother of preschooler):
I am grateful to CCS because it provides a good, safe, Christian environment for our daughter to learn play and interact with other kids.
Kitty P. (School Board Member and Covenant Presbyterian Church member):
I am thankful for CCS because:
Twenty-two years ago the Christian Education Director at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Linda West, called me and said that our church was thinking about starting a school and she had been asked to poll the members of the congregation with young children to see how we felt about this. She asked if I would consider enrolling my three young ones at Covenant school.
I had two older girls who had gone through public education and had done well academically. One was a freshman at UCSB, the other a senior at El Modena High School. My husband and I were both products of public education and had taught in high school. Public education was all that I knew. My only association with a private school was a long term substitute job in a combination 4-5-6 classroom at Fairmont and I had struggled to prepare lesson plans and realized that I could not teach three different curricula with no aide and 27 pupils. With this as my only frame of reference, it is not surprising that my response was "I don't want to see our church associated with anything that is not excellent. I'm afraid that because Christian schools cannot pay what public education does, we will end up with teachers who are not credentialed and who are less effective than those in public schools. I do not want to see us go in that direction."
Wisely, Linda's response was that there was going to be a meeting that week to discuss the pros and cons and it would be helpful if I would come and express my concerns. I attended that meeting and, feeling God's tug to get involved, I agreed to visit Christian schools in Orange County in order to gather information to be presented at our congregational meeting in June. I was sure that I would find these schools inferior to public education, but because of my science background, agreed to keep an open mind.
And with that, God worked on my heart to show me that the academic part of the education was as good as, and in some cases better than what they would get at public school; the teachers were just as qualified if the schools required them to be - education was their ministry and the tithing of their talents. Finally, the piece that I had never thought of prior to these visits, there was a sense of family in these schools.
It was so apparent that the children belonged to the family of God and were held accountable to His standards in sports, in the classroom, at social events, etc. There was a consistency that I did not find in the public educational system. Faith was reinforced on a daily basis. My children would be able to hear God's word at school, at home, and in Sunday school and youth groups. I was sure that this combination would help me to raise committed Christians. I was seeing casual Christianity in my older children as UCSB bombarded them with humanism.
When I gave my report to the congregation, I explained how I had been enlightened and told them that if this church chose not to have a school, I had decided that my children would go to another Christian school in September. We voted to start CCS and my three younger children started and graduated from CCS. I can say that I can't put a price on what we got.
Two of my daughters chose to attend Westmont College and have married classmates from that Christian institution. My son married a Westmont co-ed and all three of these children are committed Christians. They "walk the walk" and I give God the glory. I thank Covenant Christian School for partnering with my husband and me in reinforcing the Christ in Christianity.