Why Choose Grace
For over forty years, Grace Brethren has provided a distinctly Christian education to students from Preschool through 12th grade on three different campuses in the heart of Simi Valley, California. Home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley is well known for its conservative family oriented environment, and is ranked as one of the safest cities for its size in the country. When asked why parents choose Grace, amongst their first response is a desire for their student to be educated in a safe environment. Yet, while Grace is extremely safe in the traditional sense, the safety of a students’ learning takes on many different important forms throughout their educational journey.
Grace Brethren is staffed with educators who aren’t solely concerned with the academic success of a student; but rather, educators who care for students’ intellectual growth, spiritual formation, and professional development. While the foundation of students’ relationships with educators is built in a math or English classroom, the connections created often continue to blossom after students’ graduation.
- Sara Pendleton, English Department Chair
Students at Grace are free to safely explore their spiritual growth and understanding. Largely ignored in the field of education today, an individual’s spiritual growth is vital to their future well being and happiness. At Grace, the soul is an active participant in the educational process and is addressed thoroughly through a curriculum that calls upon introspection and provocative thought. Instructors at Grace are all mature followers of Jesus Christ, who have developed lives of prayer and worship, and who yearn to share the excitement of this experience with their students. Yet, because the Christian faith teaches a patient love and understanding for all human beings, students are free to develop a spiritual life on their own terms and at their own pace. We understand that all human beings are on a journey, and that each individual's path is determined by introspective choice, not dogma or proselytization.
Freedom of thought is vital to the safety at Grace as well. Grace Brethren accepts no federal or state funding, and is therefore free to decide what to teach and which curriculum to use. Our goal is to expand the minds of young people by combining the most cutting edge teaching methodologies along with traditional, classical modalities of the nature of truth and humankind. In this way, open-mindedness is truly safe, as instructors freely pray with their students, play with their students, cry with their students, and sometimes even hug their students; sharing the joys of life and laughter that are a real part of community living. Intimacy of this type has been stripped from the educational landscape, but at Grace Brethren, we relish in the ability to partner with whole families, raising students in a safe environment that engenders intimate communication.
Safety at Grace comes in many forms. But most of all, families who place their students under our care can rest assured that we are partners with them in the education of their children, and that we will never seek to contradict the values they are taught at home. Grace Brethren considers it an honor to be chosen as the place to educate your students, and we take this charge very seriously as we prepare them for influential positions in their future lives.
Welcome to Grace Brethren!
With my husband and I both being in the education field, finding the right preschool for our son was important. We were looking for a place that was going to allow him to be inquisitive and adventurous while teaching him the skills to be a well rounded individual. With Grace Brethren, we found much more! He has grown leaps and bounds in the past year, not only academically but socially and spiritually.
The teachers have created a place for them to grow, learn, and explore the world around them. Their play-based curriculum fit the needs of our son perfectly. We could not be happier with our choice. - Jenn Strickler