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Private Schools in Orange County

There are approximately 400 private schools throughout Orange County. From faith-based programs to college prep, there are options available for families with a variety of educational goals for their children. As the educational landscape continues to evolve, many schools are now offering virtual programming and home education alternatives to accommodate the interests and health of their families.

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Orange County Private Schools by City

Aliso ViejoAnaheimBreaBuena Park
Costa MesaCypressDana PointFountain Valley
FullertonGarden GroveHuntington BeachIrvine
La HabraLa PalmaLaguna BeachLaguna Hills
Laguna NiguelLaguna WoodsLake ForestLos Alamitos
Mission ViejoNewport BeachOrangePlacentia
Rancho Santa MargaritaSan ClementeSan Juan CapistranoSanta Ana
Seal BeachStantonTustinVilla Park
WestminsterYorba Linda
Private Schools in Orange County

Why Choose Private School?

There are many reasons families may opt for private school over traditional public schools. Some families seek private education for a more challenging education, while others feel the private school model helps inspire a love of learning. Smaller class sizes and personalized learning, development of moral character, better social and emotional support and development, and preparation for college are among common reasons families choose private schools over public schools.

Types of Private Schools

Faith-based and Parochial: Structure and curriculum generally revolves around religious affiliation such as Catholic, Christian, or Lutheran and many are directly related to a community church.

Traditional: Usually operated as a for-profit business or run by private foundations or nonprofit organizations.

Montessori: Generally for preschool through 8th grade, Montessori programs emphasize individualized learning and learning through play and exploration.

Check for Accreditation

Accreditation ensures that educational institutions are meeting or exceeding the minimum quality standards. While it may not be as important in the early years, if your educational goals are college-focused, it’s important that high school transcripts come from reputable, accredited schools.

WASC, or Western Association of Schools and Colleges, is the most common accreditation organization in this area. They accredit over 4,500 preschools through universities including public, private, and faith-based schools. WASC accreditation encourages improvement and excellence by establishing research-based criteria and challenging institutions to meet their high-quality standards to create outstanding learning environments for students and staff.

School Tour Tips and Questions to Ask

Before your family makes a final decision regarding what school to attend, you’ll want to schedule a tour of your top contenders. Request a tour during class time so you can see the staff and students in action. Many schools will allow your students to attend for the day as well…take the opportunity to sit with your child in class and experience the classroom setting, the other children in the school community, and the teacher-student interactions. These experiences will help determine if the school is the right fit for your child.

During your campus tour, you’ll have the opportunity to interview the principal or director. Here are a few questions you may consider asking:

  1. What is your school’s philosophy and how is it applied in the classroom and throughout the school community?
  2. What is your safety policy and how are safety measures implemented around the campus?
  3. How do you select staff members and how are they vetted and background checked?
  4. What curriculum is used?
  5. What are your homework policies?
  6. What are your discipline policies?
  7. What are you student to teacher ratios and what is your maximum class size? What is the current average class size?
  8. Do you offer extracurricular activities after school, and if so, what are they? Are they included in tuition or is there an extra out-of-pocket cost for extracurriculars?
  9. How do students use technology in the classroom? Is there a STEM program incorporated into the curriculum?
  10. How do you measure student achievement and progress?
  11. Are parents involved in the school community? How can parents participate? Are parents background checked before being allowed to interact in-class with students?
  12. Are parents required to commit to volunteer or service hours?
  13. What are the tuition and registration fees? Are there additional costs or fees with each grade level?
  14. Is financial aid or tuition assistance available?

Athletics Programs

If athletics is important to you, be sure to ask about the programs that are offered through the school. Some schools may have limited options for younger grades, while schools with high school students have more well-rounded and competitive athletics programs. If you have an athletic student, consider meeting with the coaches or directors of sports programs to determine if it is a good fit for your student.

List of Private Schools in Orange County

Aliso Viejo Private Schools

Aliso Viejo Christian School

Junior Kinder through 8th Grade
1 Orion
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Discovery Prep School

Grades 6 through 12
2 Liberty
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Fusion Academy (formerly Futures Academy)

Aliso Viejo Campus
120 Vantis Drive, Suite 100
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

St. Mary’s School

Pre-K through 8th Grade
7 Pursuit
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

VanDamme Academy

2A Liberty
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Anaheim Private Schools

Acaciawood Preparatory Academy

Elementary – High School
2530 W. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92801

Anaheim Hills Montessori School

Preschool – Elementary
6274 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92807

Connelly High School *permanently closed

9th – 12th Grade
2323 W Broadway
Anaheim, CA 92804

Fairmont Private Schools

Anaheim Hills
Preschool – 8th Grade
5300 E La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807

Fairmont Prep Academy
9th – 12th Grade
2200 W Sequoia Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801

Historic Anaheim
Preschool – 8th Grade
1557 W Mable Street, Anaheim, CA 92802

Fusion Academy (formerly Futures Academy)

Anaheim Hills Location
3111 N. Tustin Street, Suite 240
Orange, CA 92865

Hephatha Lutheran School

5900 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
714-637 0887

Hillsborough Private School

PK, K-8
191 S Old Springs Rd
Anaheim, CA 92808
714) 998-9030

Independence Christian School

Preschool – Middle School
4905 E La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, California, 92807

Montessori Academy of Anaheim

Preschool, Grades K-3
515 North State College Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806

Orange County Christian School

Preschool – High school
Homeschool Option
641 S. Western Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804

Servite High School

Grades 9-12
1952 W La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92801

St. Catherine’s Academy

Transitional Kindergarten to 8th Grade
215 N. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim California 92805

St. Justin Martyr School

PK, K-8
2030 W Ball Rd
Anaheim, CA 92804

Zion Lutheran School

1244 E. Cypress Street
Anaheim, CA 92805

Brea Private Schools

Christ Lutheran School Brea

Preschool-8th Grade
820 W. Imperial Hwy
Brea CA 92821

Heights Christian Schools – Brea Campus

Transitional Kindergarten through 4th grade
200 S Associated Rd
Brea, CA 92821

St. Angela Merici Parish School

575 S Walnut Ave
Brea, CA 92821

Buena Park Private Schools

St. Pius V Catholic School

PK, K-8
7681 Orangethorpe Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90621

Costa Mesa Private Schools

Christ Lutheran School

PK, K-8
760 Victoria Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

International Montessori Academy of Costa Mesa

Primary, K-6th
381 University Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92627

Mariners Christian School

TK – 8th Grade
300 Fischer Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Montessori Harbor-Mesa School

Preschool & Elementary School
3025 Deodar Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Pacific Academy

Costa Mesa Campus
Kinder through 6
2987 Mesa Verde Drive E
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Page Academy

Infants through 8th Grade
657 Victoria Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Renascence School International

Preschool, K-12
2987 Mesa Verde Drive East
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

St. John the Baptist Catholic School

1021 Baker Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714) 557-5060

Waldorf School of Orange County

Preschool through High School
2350 Canyon Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Cypress Private Schools

Grace Christian School

PK, K-8
4545 Myra Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630

St. Irenaeus Parish School

PK, K-8
9201 Grindlay Street
Cypress, CA 90630

Dana Point Private Schools

Monarch Bay Montessori Academy

Preschool – 8th Grade
33866 Calle La Primavera
Dana Point, CA 92629

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School

PK, K-4
32920 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629

Fountain Valley Private Schools

Fountain Valley Montessori Center

PK, K-4
18410 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Fullerton Private Schools

Arborland Montessori

Infant – 8th Grade
Hughes Dr. Campus
2121 Hughes Drive
Fullerton, CA 92833

Infant – 8th Grade
Valencia Dr. Campus
1700 W. Valencia Drive
Fullerton, CA 92833

Eastside Christian Schools

Kindergarten through 12th Grade
1701 West Valencia Drive
Fullerton, CA 92833

Ivycrest Montessori – Fullerton Campus

Preschool – 6th Grade
2025 E. Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831

Rosary High School

High School
1340 N Acacia Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831

St. Juliana Catholic School

1320 North Acacia Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831

Stepping Stones Academy

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
3401 N Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton CA 92835

Wisdom Mission School

Grades 6-12
4100 W. Commonwealth Ave. #202
Fullerton, CA 92833

Garden Grove Private Schools

Olive Crest Academy

PK, K-12
13082 Bowen Street
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Orangewood Academy

Preschool through High School
13732 Clinton Street
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Huntington Beach Private Schools

Carden Conservatory

Preschool – 8th Grade
Virtual/Remote Education Options
5702 Clark Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Fusion Academy

Huntington Beach Campus
6th – 12th Grade
7711 Center Ave. Suite 120, Huntington Beach, CA

Fusion Academy (formerly Futures Academy)

Huntington Beach Campus
2100 Main Street, Suite 260
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

The Hebrew Academy

PK, K-12
14401 Willow Ln
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Huntington Christian School

Main Campus
9700 Levee Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

1207 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Liberty Christian School

PK, K-12
7661 Warner Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

The Pegasus School

PreK through 8th Grade
19692 Lexington Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

St. Bonaventure School

TK – 8th Grade
16390 Springdale Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Irvine Private Schools

Crean Lutheran High School

12500 Sand Canyon Ave
Irvine, CA 92618

Mardan School

1 Osborn
Irvine, CA 92604

Pacific Academy

Irvine Campus
Kinder through 12
4947 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604

Soteric Academy

Grades 7 – 12
2727 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92615

TVT Community Day School

5 Federation Way
Irvine, CA 92603

La Habra Private Schools

Whittier Christian School

501 N. Beach Blvd
La Habra, CA 90631

La Palma Private Schools

Semita School

Grades 7 – 12
6 Centerpointe Drive #700
La Palma, CA

Laguna Beach Private Schools

Anneliese Schools

Aliso Campus
Nursery & Kindergarten
21542 Wesley Drive, Laguna Beach, CA

Manzanita Campus
Kindergarten 1st – 3rd Grade
758 Manzanita Drive, Laguna Beach, CA

Willowbrook Campus 
Nursery – 6th grade
20062 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Hills Private Schools

New Vista School

Special Education, 6-12
23092 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Pathway School

1st Grade through 9th
23802 Avenida De La Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Laguna Niguel Private Schools

St. Anne School

PK, K-8
32451 Bear Brand Rd
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Laguna Woods Private Schools

The Geneva School

PK, K-12
24301 El Toro Rd
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

Lake Forest Private Schools

Heritage Christian School

Junior High & High School Campus
23302 El Torro Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Los Alamitos Private Schools

St. Hedwig Catholic School

Grades K-8
3591 Orangewood Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Mission Viejo Private Schools

Fusion Academy

Mission Viejo Campus
Grades 6-12
23456 Madero Suite 140, Mission Viejo, CA

Heritage Christian School

Preschool & Elementary Campus
22081 Hidalgo, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Mission Viejo Christian School

24701 San Doval Ln
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Stratford School

PK, K-8
24741 Chrisanta Dr
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Newport Beach Private Schools

Carden Hall

1541 Monrovia Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Harbor Day School

3443 Pacific View Dr
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

International Montessori Academy of Newport Beach

Primary, K-6th
2950 McClintock Way
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Fusion Academy (formerly Futures Academy)

Newport Beach/Irvine Campus
18881 Von Karman Ave, Suite 900
Irvine, CA 92612

Newport Christian School

TK through 12th Grade
1000 Bison Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Pacifica Christian High School

883 West 15th Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Sage Hill School

High School
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast, CA 92657

Orange Private Schools

Covenant Christian School

Preschool through 8th Grade
1855 N. Orange-Olive Road
Orange, CA 92865

International School Of Orange County

Preschool – 8th Grade
1838 N. Shaffer Street
Orange, CA 92865

Oakridge Private School

TK – 8th Grade
19111 Villa Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

Orange Lutheran High School

Grades 9-12
2222 N. Santiago Blvd
Orange, CA 92867

Salem Lutheran

Preschool through 8th Grade
6500 E. Santiago Canyon Road
Orange, CA 92869

St. John’s Lutheran School

Preschool through 8th Grade
154 S Shaffer St
Orange, CA 92866

St. Norbert Catholic School

PK, K-8
300 East Taft Avenue
Orange, California

Placentia Private Schools

St. Joseph Catholic School

Grades TK – 8
801 N. Bradford Ave.
Placentia, CA 92870

Rancho Santa Margarita Private Schools

Rancho Santa Margarita Christian School

PK, K-8
29582 Aventura
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Santa Margarita Catholic High School

Grades 9-12
22062 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School

PK, K-8
23652 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita , CA 92688

San Clemente Private Schools

San Clemente Christian School

Grades TK – 8
1020 Calle Recodo
San Clemente, CA 92673

St. Michael’s Christian Academy

Grades K-8
107 W. Marquita
San Clemente, CA 92672

Our Lady of Fatima Academy

Grades TK – 8
105 N Esperanza
San Clemente, CA 92672

San Juan Capistrano Private Schools

Capistrano Valley Christian Schools

PreK – 12th Grade
32032 Del Obispo Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Fairmont Private Schools

San Juan Capistrano
Preschool – 12th Grade
26333 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

JSerra Catholic High School

26351 Junipero Serra Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School

Preschool through High School
31641 La Novia Avenue
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Stoneybrooke Christian School

PK, K-8
26300 Via Escolar
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92692

Santa Ana Private Schools

Bethel Baptist School

PK, K-12
901 S. Euclid St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Calvary Chapel High School

3800 S. Fairview
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Calvary Christian School

PK, K-12
1010 N. Tustin Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Mater Dei High School

9th-12th Grade
1202 W Edinger Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Seal Beach Private Schools

Stanton Private Schools

Tustin Private Schools

Fairmont Private Schools

North Tustin
Preschool – 8th Grade
12421 Newport Avenue, North, Tustin, CA 92705

The Prentice School

Grades K-8: Specializes in students with language based learning differences and attentional challenges
18341 Lassen Drive
North Tustin, CA 92705

Red Hill Lutheran School

PK, K-8
13200 Red Hill Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780

Spirit Christian Academy

TK through 12th Grade
1372 Irvine Blvd
Tustin, CA 92780

St. Cecilia Catholic School

PK, K-8
1311 S.E. Sycamore
Tustin, CA 92780

Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School

16791 E Main St
Tustin, CA 92780
PK, K-8

Villa Park Private Schools

No private schools located in Villa Park.

Westminster Private Schools

Bethany Christian Academy

Kindergarten – 8th Grade
13431 Edwards Street
Westminster, CA 92683

Yorba Linda Private School

Heritage Oak

Preschool through 8th Grade
16971 Imperial Highway
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

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