SCV Education News
March, 2016 - Issue #137
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Legacy Christian Academy Named a 2016 "Best Christian Workplace"
The accolades keep on coming for Legacy Christian Academy, which, in 2015, was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education and was also voted "Best Christian School" again in Santa Clarita.

Legacy was one of only 62 faith-based organizations in the United States, Canada and Australia to receive the certified distinction at the start of the New Year, which is bestowed by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI).

The organization's FLOURISH Model measures eight essential factors for a thriving, healthy Christian culture: fantastic teams, life-giving work, outstanding talent, uplifting growth, rewarding compensation, inspirational leadership, sustainable strategy and healthy communication.

Legacy's Certified status reflects a "healthy-to-flourishing" culture, meeting predetermined standards of excellence on each of these eight factors. BCWI pioneered and perfected the anonymous, online employee survey instrument that compiles and calibrates individuals' responses. "Attaining BCWI Certification is not easy," says BCWI President Al Lopus. "About half of the organizations we survey achieve Certification and many organizations survey multiple years before receiving this distinction."

"We're honored to be named a 'Best Christian Workplace,'" says Legacy Co-founder and Superintendent Tim Borruel. "Since the beginning, we have sought to not only cultivate the hearts of our students for Christ, but to nurture our staff's faith in Him as well." The campus community, in conjunction with an academically-accelerated curriculum, is rich with Christian-character building experiences like Heartwork "homework," weekly Chapel, ministry to local and international communities, the establishment and ongoing support of Legacy Christian Uganda and much more.

Legacy is celebrating record-breaking enrollment this year, with 425 kinder-through-eighth students. Call today for a customized tour of the campus and classrooms. 257-7377

"Little Women" to Feature Charter School's Theater Students

The theater students of SCVi Charter School are presenting a special production of the classic Broadway musical, "Little Women." "If what we're seeing in rehearsals is any indication, our audience is in for a real treat," said Kevin Story, SCVi's theater arts facilitator. "We have some very talented young performers at SCVi and they are bringing everything they've got to this production."

SCVi, the founding campus of iLEAD Schools, places a strong emphasis on the arts as part of its project-based curriculum that's designed to help students prepare for their future roles as leaders, thinkers, problem solvers and, for some, performers.
SCVi Theatre Arts will present "Little Women" in its highly-acclaimed Broadway musical form. The story of bravery and sisterhood set during the Civil War era will be told featuring talented ninth-through 12th-grade performers from SCVi's upper school.

Shows are scheduled at 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 24 to March 26. There will also be a 3pm matinee on
Saturday, March 26. Tickets are available online at and more information is available by visiting

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Sunshine Learning Centers Offer Half-day Options

Half-day pre-school and transitional-kindergarten programs are available at Sunshine Learning Centers! This is a great option for families who don't need childcare but still want to ensure that their little learner is ready socially, emotionally and academically for kindergarten.

The half-day program operates on the traditional academic school year calendar for family convenience; your kiddo will have fall, winter and spring breaks (At no charge, of course!).
Your child will benefit from low student-teacher ratios, small class sizes, a fun focus on academics, socialization and character education. Join in for "3s" on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Monday, Wednesday and Friday for "4's" (pre-kinder). This progression prepares kids for five-day-a-week kindergarten.
Sunshine Learning Centers Wiley Canyon 254-6855 North Valencia 294-1970

Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center at College of the Canyons to hold April 2016 Open House
Have you been putting off getting the bachelor's or master's degree you need to advance in your career? Come to an Open House at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center located on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus and find out just how doable getting your degree really is.

Held from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday, April 12, the Open House will provide prospective students with information about the more-than-40 bachelor's and master's degree programs offered through the Center by partner institutions, including CSU Bakersfield, CSU Northridge, University of La Verne, Brandman University and National University.

Attendees can talk to university representatives, learn about financial aid programs, meet with counselors and submit admissions applications. In addition, more information will be available on new programs to be offered in the center.
Scheduled to debut at the University Center in future semesters are:

BA in Accounting (University of La Verne)
BS in Paralegal Studies (National University)
BS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (National University)

Since it opened in 2002, the University Center has enabled students to earn advanced degrees without leaving the Santa Clarita Valley. The current 110,000-square-foot facility - which opened in 2009 - continues to offer bachelor's, master's and credential/certificate programs from various public and private universities, all of which have received approval and accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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