We have a compiled this list in an effort to help answer some common questions you may have regarding Linfield. We understand that it is not possible to answer all your questions here. We encourage you to to schedule a personal tour of the campus where you will have the opportunity to ask any additional inquiries you may have.

Filterable FAQ

-What is the school’s mission and vision?
Linfield's mission is to challenge students to know Christ as Lord, to love others as themselves, and to grow in knowledge and skill so that they may serve the Lord and the world through their character and leadership. The culture and vision of the school is impacted by this mission as Linfield strives to be the standard of excellence in Christ-centered, college preparatory education while also providing a whole-child experience with opportunities in athletics, fine arts, outreach, relationships, and leadership.
-How long has the school been in operation and what has it accomplished?
Linfield is a proven and established school that has been living out its mission successfully since it was founded as Culter Academy in 1936. Today 97% of our graduates go onto college or university; in the class of 2012 alone, 85% of students went on to 4-year universities while 14% went to 2-year colleges. In athletics, Linfield has won 84 League Championships and 16 CIF Championships.
-What are the class sizes and student teacher ratio?
Linfield believes that small class sizes are critical because they allow teachers to give students individual attention and to employ differentiated learning strategies that will help students reach their full potential. The current student/teacher ratio is 16:1 with an average class size of 19 at the Elementary School, 21 at the Middle School, and 20 at the High School.
-What curriculum is used and why?
Linfield is committed to offering a college preparatory education that meets the A-G requirements for University of California admissions. The school uses a secular curriculum that incorporates critical thinking skills and exceeds national core standards. All curricular decisions are reviewed and determined by the Faculty Academic Review committee and are aligned with Linfield Christian’s core values.
-Are the school’s standardized test/SAT & ACT scores available for review?
Yes, in order to see how Linfield's students perform compared to other students in the nation, please reference the standardized testing/SAT information in the Admissions packet.
-What does teacher retention look like?
Linfield has been able to retain the best teachers year after year; unless they retire or move out of the area, consistently Linfield teachers return each year.
-What is the student retention percentage?
As an indication of our families' overall satisfaction, Linfield's average retention percentage remains high at 87%. Last year, however, 89% of students returned, even in the midst of this slow economy.
-How do arts fit into the curriculum?
Linfield believes that the arts are an integral part of the whole-child experience, and we offer diverse and well-established fine arts programs at each campus to help students develop their gifts. Elementary School students have the opportunity to study art appreciation, performing arts, band, worship team, honors choir, and ASL, while Middle School students can take courses in art, 3D design, drama, band, and choir. The High School offers a variety of art classes at different levels, a band program that includes a pit orchestra, jazz band, chapel band, and a wind ensemble, an ASL performance class, film study classes, film production, and theater.
-How is technology used on campus?
Linfield recognizes that it is important for students to be familiar with the technological tools that will give them a competitive edge in college and in their future professions, but we also believe that technology must have a purpose and be incorporated into the curriculum in order to be effective. To that aim, Elementary School students take weekly technology classes, and the 4th and 5th grade classes have a classroom set of iPads. Every Elementary classroom also has a minimum of four desktop computers. The Middle School has a 6th grade classroom set of iPads as well as state-of-the-art science labs and a computer center. The High School also hosts a computer lab, science labs equipped with SMART Boards, digital microscopes and document cameras. Students are also encouraged to use their MLD (Mobile Learning Device) and connect to the campus WiFi.
-Are your courses UC Approved?
Linfield has made it a priority to ensure that all of our academic courses are UC approved. This is important because all UC's, CSU's, and many private/independent and out-of-state universities use a school's A-G list to determine if courses count as college-prep and satisfy requirements. While not all colleges have subject specific requirements, many do, and these schools will rely on the A-G course list to determine eligibility. Furthermore, all Linfield honors and AP courses are taught by our own highly qualified faculty on campus rather than through online programs. To see the LCHS course list, please visit: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list.
-Does your school have College Counselors and are they members of WACAC, NACAC, NACCAP?
Yes, Linfield has two college counselors who serve students by creating individualized college plans beginning in 8th grade. These counselors advise students on academics, extracurricular activities, and standardized testing; they assist in the college application and financial aid process, and they advocate for students by writing letters of recommendation. Additionally, they arrange for on-campus SAT/ACT prep courses and provide seminars to help incoming senior prepare their college resume.  Both counselors are members of NACAC, WACAC, and NACCAP and frequently attend conferences that allow them to stay abreast of current trends in college admissions and to network with admissions professionals from universities around the country.
-What percentage of your students attend college? 2 year vs. 4 year?
On average, 97% of Linfield graduates go on to college.  Linfield's culture emphasizes the importance of a college education, and students are consistently well-prepared and well-advised as they move on to the next step in their academic journey. For example, in the Class of 2012, 99% of students went on to college. 85% currently attend a 4-year university while 14% are at a 2-year university.  See college acceptance list.
-Are students exposed to standardized testing? What are your average SAT/ACT scores?
Because college entrance exams are very different than state testing, Linfield believes it is important to expose students to these (and similar tests) throughout their high school career. Consequently, all 8th grade students take the Collegeboard 'Springboard' test; 9th grade students take the PLAN (Pre-ACT), and all 10th and 11th grade students take the PSAT (Pre-SAT). In addition, sophomores and juniors are provided with an opportunity to take a Mock SAT/ACT exam, something which helps the College Counseling Office as they work with students to create an individual testing timeline. For the Class of 2012, the average SAT score was 1624, and the average ACT score was 24.  Students in grades 2-8 participate in Terra Nova testing and consistently score above the 75 percentile of students in the nation.
-Are your courses NCAA Approved?
Yes, all of our courses for the NCAA Core Categories are approved, making Linfield students eligible to play sports at an NCAA Division 1 or 2 college. In addition, college counselors and Linfield’s athletic recruiting coordinator work closely with students to ensure that they have taken the right number of courses and are NCAA eligible upon graduation. With 11% of the class of 2012 currently playing sports at the college level, the management of the NCAA course list remains a priority for Linfield. To see a school's list of approved courses, click here: https://web1.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/hsAction. www.eligibilitycenter.org