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Agapeland Christian Academy

(661) 325-4321

Agapeland Christian Academy offers a quality Christian Education in a warm, friendly, safe environment, where we strive to meet the social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical needs of each child under our care.  

Our goal is to provide sound Christian training along with a solid academic foundation in the fundamentals for pre-school, kindergarten, and elementary grades while placing an emphasis on creating a campus environment filled with love, laughter, discovery, and the kind of spiritual mentoring that will carry your child through life. We emphasize individual attention throughout the educational process, to make ACA a place your child will enjoy coming to learn! An Extended Day Program is available for before and after school care from 6:30am to 6:00pm for students age 6-12, which includes homework assistance, tutoring, games, snacks and lots of fun! We also offer a summer program with field trips, water play, crafts and a summer curriculum.

Bakersfield Racquet Club

1660 Pine St., Bakersfield, CA - (661) 325-8652 -

Active Kids = Healthy Kids!  The Fall Junior Development Program at the Bakersfield Racquet Club is an afterschool junior tennis program that includes classes for every age and skill level. Whether your child has never played tennis before and wants to learn the basics, or they're trying out for their high school varsity team and need an edge, the BRC has a class that's the perfect fit! Grownups can play too! Adult drills and beginner classes, plus private and semi-private lessons and adult leagues are also available! Members receive discounted rates on all classes and workshops. Sign up now and receive a $50 gift card for Family memberships ($25 gift card for single memberships) to RJ's Grill. Call 661-325-8652 or visit for more information on our great camps, classes, activities, and memberships! Come out today and join the FAMILY fun at the Bakersfield Racquet Club!

BMT School of the Performing Arts

(661) 325-6100 -

Bakersfield Music Theatre School of the Performing Arts offers Summer Workshops to children ages 5 - 18 years old.  Each workshop works with the students to build acting and singing skills and teach choreography. Our directors are credentialed educators with many years of experience in the theatre as actors and dancers themselves, and are experienced teachers as well. Each workshop prepares the students for a full musical production, many of which take place at Harvey Auditorium. Students have participated in programs such as Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, The Little Mermaid Jr., and many, many more.  Prices for workshops range from $250 to $365.  There are discounts for returning students and we offer a family discount as well. Scholarships are available on a limited basis.  

Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County

• Armstrong Youth Center - 801 Niles St. - (661) 325-3730 - Bakersfield, CA 

• Stockdale Club - 5207 Young St., Ste. 200 - (661) 663-8733

• Suburu Club - 7315 Harris Rd. - (661) 205-1909 -

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County provides after school programs for over 5,000 children, ages 5 – 17 daily at our 3 clubhouses & 49 campus based programs throughout our county.  Our programs offer academic and academic enrichment opportunities for children after school.  Call 661-325-3730 or visit

E&M's Reptile Family

(559) 539-2944 -

E&M's Reptile Family has been the leading animal educator in Kern County since 2005.  Our programs blend with the California State Standards at each grade level and we can customize our show to fit any lesson plan.  Education nurtures conservation.  Contact us today for a unique hands-on experience your staff and students will never forget!  

Family Music Center 

9600 Retail Dr. #101, Bakersfield, CA  (next to the new Dewar's) - (661) 247-743 - 

Family Music Center offers highly qualified music instruction in Piano, Singing, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Violin, Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet. We are also the only licensed Bakersfield providers of Kindermusik©, the world's leading music and movement program for young children. Give us a call today and mention this ad for a 10% discount off of your first month of lessons or the Kindermusik© class of your choice!

First Experiences Preschool

4600 Stockdale Hwy., Bakersfield, CA - (661) 395-0225

Our preschool is founded on Christian values and sponsored by First United Methodist Church.  Our program is designed to enable children ages 2 ˝ years to 6 years old develop their social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills according to each child's developmental needs.  We also offer reasonable rates.  Come in & register for our fall program!

Harmony Road Music School

5381 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA - (661) 665-8228 -

Introduce your child to the world of music! Harmony Road Music School offers group piano classes for children from tots to teens. Music & movement classes are for little ones ages 16m- 4 yrs. and include movement, singing, playing with rhythm instruments, finger games, rocking/cuddling songs, activities with balls, scarves, and hoops, and keyboard introduction.  A parent participates in each class. Group piano classes are for children ages 5 and up and feature singing, solfege, ear training, note reading, rhythm and keyboard ensembles, and eventually composing and improvisation. Recitals are twice yearly.  A parent participates in all classes.  Advancing students have the opportunity to participate in adjudicated events such as Certificate of Merit, Guild, Jazz/Pop Festival, and much more! Our new Fall schedule is now available on our website. Give your child the gift of music this school year!

Heritage Christian Schools

• Readyland Preschool

• Heritage Academy

• Heritage Junior High

2401 Bernard St., Bakersfield, CA - (661) 871-4545 -

Heritage Christian Schools provides an outstanding Education in a Christ-centered environment. Since 1967, HCS has consistently addressed the spiritual, academic, emotional, and physical needs of children, through a qualified teaching staff. HCS are accredited through Association of Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

• Readyland (2-6 yrs) offers a stable, loving staff nurturing your child in a Christian setting. Academic skills and socialization are integrated into a developmentally-appropriate curriculum, with unique music and physical Education classes.

• Heritage Academy (K-6th) offers:  a Christ-centered Education, integrated Computer Technology in labs and classrooms, accredited library-media center, band, specialized computer, music, physical Education, sports, excellent food service, and two well-designed playgrounds. 

• Heritage Jr. High Campus (7th-8th) offers: biblical integration into core academics, variety of electives, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, a science lab, a laptop computer lab, in an environment where Christian character counts in and outside the campus.

Legacy Christian Academy

(661) 241-3866 -

We are excited to introduce Legacy Christian Academy to the Bakersfield community!  Legacy's mission is to create a community of learners where strong Christian character is built and academic excellence is achieved through a University Model® Christ-centered Education. In 2010, a number of Bakersfield educators envisioned an educational alternative that would allow families more time to spiritually train and build relationships with their children, while providing a high level of academic excellence in their educational experience. Legacy Christian Academy was formed using the structure of a University Model School®.  In this model, teachers and parents work together to provide an affordable, Christ centered Education for the next generation.  LCA is affiliated with the National Association of University Model Schools® (NAUMS).  To find out more about NAUMS and Legacy visit 

Lil' Explorers Preschool Academy

8800 Harris Rd., Bakersfield, CA - (661) 665-1200 -

Lil' Explorers Preschool Academy is a dynamic, fun filled program designed to educate, inspire, and entertain children from ages 6 weeks to kindergarten. We have a large facility built from the ground up as a school, so everything is child-sized and child-friendly. We also have a large outdoor play space. Our curriculum is hands-on to keep kids engaged in their learning. We have a theme each week, a letter, color and number and our comprehensive curriculum ties these all together with unique and interesting activities to enhance learning. The activities are tailored to the children's interest and needs in a flexible structure that allows each child individual attention. We have expanded our services to include nights and weekends. Give us a call at (661) 665-1200 or come by 8800 Harris Road, Bakersfield, CA 93311 and check us out! OPEN HOUSE & FREE CARNIVAL *Clown, Games, Crafts & TOURS! – Aug. 27th 9-noon! 

San Joaquin Valley College 

201 New Stine Rd, Bakersfield CA - (661) 834-0126 -

San Joaquin Valley College, SJVC, is a private, family-owned educational institution, providing over 30 years of accelerated, hands-on training to students throughout California. SJVC students are taught by instructors with real-world experience who equip students to be qualified candidates for in-demand jobs in business, medical and technical fields. 

"The teachers, staff and faculty are very hard working and will do all that they can for their students. I am proof that the teachers do not give up on their students when they are having a hard time. I am grateful for all of the wonderful experiences that the teachers and staff have given me. The friends and memories I've made will last a lifetime."– Jamie Biehl

Valley Schools

2300 East Brundage Lane - (661) 325-5084

Valley Schools and The Children's Learning Center are ministries of Valley Bible Fellowship and offers an educational program for students in preschool through 8th grade. Valley School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Valley Schools provides students with biblically based curriculum, small classroom sizes, exciting field trips, after school athletics, chapel & music programs, and much more. The Children's Learning Center is a licensed, faith based childcare facility that serves children ages 18 months to six years. The Children's Learning Center is a Community Connection Provider offering full and part time childcare. 

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