I am grateful that our 2 sons attended SBJA over 33 years ago and now 30 years later our grand children are attending! We are well pleased with the curriculum, staff, faculty, atmosphere and outstanding servant leader Susan Vlach as principal!
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Posted by a other on 12/01/14
South Bay Junior Academy in Torrance, CA is an excellent school in just about every way I can think of! They offer a unique age-appropriate approach to teaching. It starts off at a moderate pace in the early years to nurture and encourage learning, then increases to full speed and surpasses our local
... Read more public schools as the child matures into a full-fledged student. Its also a well-rounded curriculum which includes a wide variety of courses including music and the arts - which our public schools have all but abandoned, but its also about a caring and nurturing environment for a child to grow into everything they were meant to be. The teachers are excellent, caring, enthusiastic, and experienced, while the student gets individualized attention in small to medium size classes of about 25 students each. There are also multiple class outings per year to give each child a school experience which they will remember and cherish for years ahead! Lastly, the tuition is extremely affordable in comparison to other private schools in the area - about 30% cheaper. Mr and Mrs. Carl and Caroline Y. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/25/14
We sent our 3 daughters to SBJA from K-10. We sent 2 of them to the preschool as well. They had great caring teachers, strong academics, a good spiritual atmosphere, made great friends and learned how to make a difference in this world through service. Two of them have gone on to become teachers themselves,
... Read more in large part because of the excellent role model of the teachers they had at SBJA and the amazing positive influence of the principal. We were very pleased with the top notch education that our children received! We were delighted that they had such a positive, safe Christian environment to be nurtured in. We highly recommend this school to anyone considering a private, Christian education for their child or children. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/05/14
We enrolled our son in South Bay Jr. Academy (SBJA) in the 1st grade and he is still there today, now in the 7th grade. Why SBJA? After exhaustive research, we decided on this school over others for many reasons: It is close to home; the tuition is reasonable for a private school; before and after daycare
... Read more are provided (great for us working parents); the class sizes are good (not like some local public schools); the campus is well-maintained; the principal is enthusiastic and innovative (there are monthly parenting meetings that are always informative topics like how to keep your child safe online, how your child s brain affects learning styles and preferences, etc.; the teachers are kind, caring, and effective; and we wanted him in a Christian environment where he could learn about God age-appropriately on a daily basis. Why have we kept our child at SBJA? Because he is HAPPY. Period. In the end, that s what matters most to me. Is SBJA right for your child? Only you can determine that. What I can tell you is that if you don t at least take a school tour and explore this option, you child may be losing out on one of the best opportunities her or she will ever have. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/17/14
South Bay Jr Academy in Torrance was our choice for our daughter from K through 8th grade. We appreciated that most teachers have longevity with the school and are experienced teachers. The newer teachers have had more contemporary instruction and so the blend was comprehensive. I love that the class
... Read more sizes were small enough so that each teacher new my daughter's strengths and weaknesses and understood her individuality. The principal has an understanding of age appropriate instruction and this is included in instruction. My daughter was well prepared for high-school yet not overwhelmed with homework like I hear happens in some schools. I loved the feeling of community and got to know other parents of the students my daughter socialized with. The environment felt safe. There is a no tolerance policy about bullies. Overall It felt like family which made it very hard to leave the school. I would definitely recommend SBJA to anyone considering a private elementary and middle school in the South Bay. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/13/14
We sent our 2 daughters to South Bay Junior Academy. Our oldest was there from K-8 and our younger daughter from K-6. Each member of the faculty and administration had such positive influences on the young women they have become. SBJA goes beyond teaching the basics to also teach their students morals
... Read more and values. This is not something you see at most schools. Another thing that is missing from most schools is an active music program. At SBJS, students are introduced to music in 4th grade and band is required in 5th grade. Students can pick ANY instrument they want to play-ANYTHING!! Most instruments are loaned to the student at no cost and the (phenomenal) music teacher writes music to include every single member of the band. Students can continue with band well past 5th grade and can even play more than one instrument. I would recommend this school without reservation as a safe environment for children to learn and grow. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/05/13
I have two children, a 25 year old daughter and a 13 year old son. My daughter spent her school years in Torrance public schools, which are well known for being a level above many of the surrounding school districts. My son has been attending SBJA since Kindergarten. When I think back about all the advantages
... Read more my son has had compared to what my daughter was provided, I am truly sorry I didn t discover this amazing school sooner. Smaller class sizes means more of the teacher to go around. If you will check the Great Schools website you will see the school has 183 students and classes which range from K-10. Compare that to any other school you are considering. At SBJA they don t teach classes, they teach students. They teach them how to learn, grow and respect one another. They teach kids so well; their standard testing results are off the charts. We learn in many different ways and the faculty at SBJA recognizes and works with the students, teaching them in a variety of different learning styles to ensure they meet the needs of the different type of learners. The result is amazing and if see your way into enrolling your child in this school, you will be thrilled with the outcome. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/26/13
Our 2nd year here became a nightmare for us. Our child was repeatedly bullied. Response to our pleas for intervention fell way short of our expectations. The appalling behavior our child suffered was normal, they said. We suggested counseling for the bullies. It was denied. (The school employs no on-site
... Read more psychologist). We called the superintendent who suggested we pray about our problem. Punctuality by both teachers and students appears to have no urgency. Everything feels super lax. Our 6-year-old son had his teacher's cell phone ringtone memorized. It feels like a family in that decisions are both subjective & unilateral like those of a single parent, which is fine at home, but not in a school where parents should be able to depend on objective policy to make sure their children are safe, treated fairly and have access to counselors even if it costs more. We saw an enormous, disparity in consequences among children who were disciplined. We expected much more from an SDA school and were sorely disappointed by SBJA. God truly works in mysterious ways; our discomfort led us to a public school that has awed us with how much we were missing. Praise God, the prayers worked. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/24/13
I love the community atmosphere that South Bay Junior Academy provides for my children. It feels like a family. The staff is attuned to the individual needs of each of my kids. My three children are all very different, and therefore their needs are different. Their teachers go the extra mile to find
... Read more out what their needs are and meet them there. They are always willing to meet me after school if I have a question or concern. I am also impressed by the administration. The principal is very involved and greets the students when they come in in the morning. She communicates very well and takes time to listen to parents and students. In addition to appropriate academic expectations, character education is also taught daily. My children come home each day with the "rule of the day" and practice it at the dinner table. Students are expected to be successful students AND citizens. Also, SBJA has very reasonable tuition; the support of local churches means that tuition is kept low. I highly recommend this school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/23/13
There are several things that make this school special. First, the fact that the staff takes VERY seriously it's mission to teach the whole student ( not just academics) means that all the students leave SBJA with a wonderful ability to appreciate others who are different from them. There is no bullying.
... Read more As in any school, kids have difficulties, disputes, misunderstandings. New kids occasionally have trouble adjusting. However, the staff is able to immediately address the issue and what I appreciate about their approach is that they don't just punish or scold. They get a dialogue going between the kids with the dispute. They teach skills to deal with future issues that may come up. I also love that kids who would get "eaten alive" in large school settings by bullies/teasing etc. can come to SBJA and find their footing, become comfortable with who they are. Read less
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Torrance schools — South Bay Junior Academy is located at 4400 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance CA 90503. 4400 Del Amo Blvd is in the 90503 ZIP code in Torrance, CA South Bay Junior Academy is a Private school that serves grade levels K - 10.
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