Redwood Christian School Admissions FAQ’s

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions from people exploring RCS.  Don’t see your question answered?  Click here to request more info

When was RCS founded?

Redwood Christian Schools was founded in 1970. From the first year with 69 students, we now serve over 700 students in grades TK-12. For more about RCS and our history, click here

How large is RCS?

Over 700 students are enrolled in grades TK through 12th.

Where are the campus locations?

Our district office and elementary campuses are on Redwood Road in Castro Valley, CA, and our Middle School and High School campus is in San Lorenzo, CA. Feel free to come visit! Request a personal tour here

Average Class Size?

The average faculty to student ratio school-wide is 15:1. Meet our outstanding faculty, staff, and administration here

Accreditation?

Redwood Christian Schools is dually accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Associated Christian Schools International (ACSI).

What are your entrance requirements?

Complete the online application here. Or for more information about enrolling at RCS, our complete admissions process is explained here

Do you accept mid-year transfers?

Yes! Redwood Christian Schools has open enrollment throughout the year. There are several ways to arrange a meeting with us for immediate enrollment and/or transfers. Click here to find the way that works best for you!

What is the admissions process like?

There are three main steps in the admissions process: an online application to help us learn more about your child(ren), a student assessment, and an interview with the campus principal. For more information about our admissions process, click here

Do I need an appointment to tour the school?

Yes! Please request a personal tour here and an admissions professional will contact you right away to confirm.

Are tuition aid/discounts avail?

Yes! RCS offers tuition assistance to families who meet certain economic criteria. For more information or to apply for tuition assistance, visit our tuition grant information page here

What are school hours?

Elementary (TK - 5th grade) is 9 am to 3:30 pm.
Middle School (6th - 8th grade) is 8 am to 2:40 pm.
High School (9th - 12th grade) is 8 am to 2:50 pm.

Do you have before- and after-school care?

Redwood Christian Schools Extended Care is offered for an additional fee before- and after-school. For more information about Extended Care, visit our information page here

Are parents required to volunteer?

Redwood Christian Schools does not require parent volunteer hours, however, there are many opportunities to volunteer and be as involved as desired such as being an elementary room parent, helping with special events like the Back-to-School Student BBQ, Harvest Day, and class parties, and assisting with service projects such as Operation Christmas Child, etc.

What types of athletics programs do you offer?

Students at Redwood Christian Schools have physical education everyday. In addition, recreational and competitive sport teams start in 3rd grade. For more information about team sports offered at RCS, visit our athletics site here

What curriculum is used in the classroom?

For curriculum information, visit our academics page here

What types of Extra-curricular, Enrichment Classes and Electives do you offer?

In the upper elementary grade levels, RCS offers multiple electives for grades 4 and 5 that change yearly. Examples from previous years include Computer Literacy, Spanish, and Robotics. In the lower elementary grade levels, students have enrichment and support opportunities through our pull-out FOSS Science and Saxon Math programs as well as the Advanced Reading program, art classes, music classes, and daily P.E.

At the Middle School and High School, students have the opportunity for varied electives. Examples include choral and instrumental music, art, foreign languages, writing, computer literacy and coding, school community development, a Christian missions team, leadership courses, and student council.

RCS also maintains a robust and competitive athletic program for our middle school and high school students. Varsity and Junior Varsity sports for both boys and girls include Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Track, and Cross Country as well as Boys Baseball and Girls Softball.

How many AP/Honors Classes are available?

RCS offers Advanced Placement courses in our English, Math, and Social Science course programs throughout grades 9-12. Examples include: AP Literature and Composition, AP Language, AP Calculus, AP U.S. History, AP World History, and AP Economics. Honors courses in English, Science, and Advanced Math courses are offered as well.

What do your test scores look like?

RCS Standardized Test Scores are well above national averages. RCS Standardized test information can be requested from our District Office. Standardized Assessments given at RCS include: grades K-5 TerraNova testing in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, the WrAP (Writing Assessment Program) Test for grades 3-12, the MDTP (Math Diagnostic Test Program) for grades 5-12, the DRP (Degrees of Reading Power) Test for grades 6-12, as well as the PSAT for grades 8-11, and AP testing for high school students enrolled in an AP course.

What is your College Acceptance Rate?

60% of our graduates attend a four year university (UC, State, or private institute) and 30% attend a two year college. In addition, roughly 10% of our graduates join a branch of military or advance to a trade program.