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KCFM's 2020 Back to School Guide


With so much uncertainty in the air surrounding back-to-school, there's one thing you can always count on- great recommendations from KCFM for local education options.

 Start here! 


Bakersfield Adventist Academy

3333 Bernard St. Bakersfield, CA 93306

(661) 871-1591


Mike Schwartz, Principal

There are few decisions as important to parents as choosing a school for their child. Bakersfield Adventist Academy’s mission and vision is Educating for Eternity. Educating the whole student to thrive spiritually, soar academically, and faithfully serve others. Now in the 119th year of providing quality Christian education, BAA continues to see alumni engaged locally and around the world in a life of service in many capacities. It’s a well-rounded education of physical, mental, spiritual, and moral training. It’s committed teachers and staff who instruct, mentor, and encourage children and teens to reach their highest potential. 


The preschool reopened its doors two years ago for ages 2-5. Last year the new Medical Academy inaugurated Health Science Careers in dentistry, emergency medical technician, nursing, ophthalmology, sports medicine, and therapeutic services. One-to-one technology for all grades made the transition to remote learning much easier for students, parents, and teachers when COVID-19 sent students home. Chromebooks were distributed to every student who needed one. We are looking forward to our first day of school August 20. 


“Where do we want our children to be developed? I want it to be a place where I learn about God.” “It’s the best education you can have if you’re heading for eternity.” --Dr. Earl Canson III, School Board Chair, Alumnus


Elite Academic Academy

43414 Business Park Drive 

Temecula, CA 92590 

(866) 354-8302 ext. 1


Meghan Freeman, CEO

“I would have missed out on so much had I not enrolled in Elite Academic Academy. I would have missed out on getting my first job, traveling to places that I never thought I would, and many more opportunities. I’ve grown to be a strong, independent individual.” – Kasandra Rodarte, 2020 Elite Graduate


Kasandra’s experience is what we strive to give every student. Elite Academic Academy offers its students a superior education with unparalleled flexibility, personal support and learning options. Elite is a WASC Accredited and NCAA Approved with a huge selection of UC A-G approved courses and partners with many local community colleges for dual enrollment.


Elite Virtual Academy is for the independent study, tech savvy learner in grades 6-12. Students who choose this model have the flexibility to complete their 100% online courses at the place and time of their choice. Elite Homeschool Academy is for students and families who value the freedom of parents serving as the primary educator. Elite Flex Academy is a blend of both virtual and in-person independent study programs that offer both online and offline materials as well as more hands-on support to ensure success. No matter the program, each student receives ample support from highly qualified instructors and caring counselors. Our teachers build meaningful relationships with students because we know connections is critical to academic and lifelong success 


Our Elective Programs include Athletic, Visual and Performing Arts, Adventure and Career Technical Education. Through these programs, students are provided the opportunity to go on field trips, take college tours, attend webinars on specific subjects, and work with community partners for enrichment.


Elite Academic Academy exemplifies the spirit of the charter school movement. Please visit our website to see our complete calendar and receive more information about our successful programs.


Garces Memorial High School

2800 Loma Linda Dr. Bakersfield, California 93305

(661) 327-2578 • www.garces.org

9th-12th grade

Myka Peck, Principal


At Garces you can explore a rich world of academic and extracurricular possibilities while making real connections with a diverse student body. Our staff and faculty are committed to the task of educating young people to live full, responsible, and meaningful lives strengthened through the curricula and experiences unique to a Catholic school.


One thing uniting all our students is the desire for an excellent college preparatory environment. We offer 31 honors and AP classes, taught by outstanding and responsive faculty members who are invested in their student's success.


Being your best self also means being empowered to reach your full potential spiritually, academically, and socially. With more than 20 student clubs, 3 academic pathways, 4 academic teams, fine arts programs, and 38 athletic teams, there are numerous opportunities for challenge and growth.


Each year our graduating seniors overwhelmingly cite a sense of family as the best characteristic of Garces Memorial High School: family is cultivated through retreats, community service, and a vibrant faith-filled community.


 Contact our admissions director to set up your tour today! 


Harmony Road Music School

5381 Truxtun Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

(661) 665-8228


Alexandra Hawley, Owner

Harmony Road Music School offers group piano classes for children from tots to teens. Early childhood music classes are for little one's ages 16m-4yrs 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 ages Pre-K and up that 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. Advanced students have the opportunity to participate in adjudicated events such as Certificate of Merit, Guild, Jazz/Pop Festival, and much more! 


New classes begin in September.  We are having a FREE Demo Class on Saturday, August 29 for you and your child to try a lesson.  Space is limited, reservations required. Check out our website for details or call us today!



Kumon of Bakersfield-Riverlakes

5549 Calloway Dr Suite 300, Bakersfield, CA 93312

(661) 558-1600 • bakersfieldriverlakes_ca@ikumon.com

Julissa Bhakta, Head Instructor

Kumon is an after-school enrichment program that encompasses an individualized approach – different than your typical supplemental study program.  The goal is to help children develop a solid foundation of math and reading skills while increasing academic independence and confidence through daily study of worksheets. The Method’s commitment to each student’s personalized plan and pace has resulted students studying years ahead of their grade level all over the world. 


Kumon-Riverlakes is open for in center and online instruction.


Legacy Christian Academy

5500 Olive Drive Bakersfield, CA 93308 

(661) 393-1783  • Legacychristianbakersfield.org 

Paula Cowan/Head of School


Legacy Christian Academy utilizes the University Model® approach to create a learning community where families can: 


Pursue intentional discipleship, Build a Biblical worldview, Achieve academic excellence, and Prepare students for a lifetime of leadership. 


Legacy Christian Academy educates all learners through a comprehensive, dually accredited K- 12 program which includes all core academic subjects as well as art, music, physical education, and enrichment courses. 


Legacy advances students in their areas of giftedness while supporting any learning challenges. We believe all children can thrive in the University Model®. 


In the University Model®, teachers and parents have a unique partnership. Professional classroom teachers produce lesson plans designed to bring parents into the academic process. Parental mentoring is the difference maker, which is no surprise to readers of educational research. Studies show that closer parent-child relationships produce better academic results! 


Learn more at legacychristianbakersfield.org or call 661-393-1783.



New Hope Christian Academy

1003 Stine Road

Bakersfield, CA 93309

(661) 472-1777

Dr. Elandra B. Perry, Founder & Educational Director


New Hope Christian Academy is taking applications for grades 3-5 from August 10 thru August 17. Closed Sat & Sun. Limited space availability. 


We provide Christ-centered values and excellence in Christian education. We are a virtual hybrid school that features of a mix of online and in-person learning and a student-centered curriculum. Check us out at newhopechristianacademybak.org


Rosewall Christian Academy

5406 Banning Street

Bakersfield, CA 93314

(661) 215-2571




Since 1992, Rosewall Christian Academy has been offering a parent-directed approach to schooling your children while maintaining cumulative files for K-12 students. We offer oversight while allowing you to work independently. Minimal quarterly paperwork is required to maintain the integrity of our school. RCA offers the PSAT/NMSQT testing for high school students, assistance with concurrent enrollment at local colleges, giving them dual credit. Official transcripts and diplomas are given upon graduation. 


Olive Knolls Christian School

6600 Lucille Ave.

Bakersfield, CA 93308

(661) 393-3566

Rusty Rhodes, Principal


Olive Knolls Christian School is looking for parents who want to build resilient and capable kids of character.


The culture we live in does not want to pay the price to grow resilient children who will mature into prepared, confident, and moral adults. The price seems too steep. It requires adults to allow their children to struggle. It’s the struggle to learn a new academic skill; it’s the struggle of working through difficult relationships with their peers; it’s the struggle that comes through all their endeavors to excel that will transform them so that they experience lives of happiness, meaning, and success.


But the struggle, the pain, the strenuous effort, needs to happen within a happy environment of caring adult partnerships – parents, faculty, and staff – in order to bring about the victory we envision for our children. 


OKCS is that school for the few parents who are not afraid to guide their children through the normal pains of life – instead of avoiding them! OKCS is that safe environment where children will learn NOT to live as victims. Instead, no matter what circumstance your child faces in life, and no matter what sort of hand your child has been dealt, your child will know that he/she is strong enough to overcome it! We build resilient and capable kids of character! Is this what you want for your child? Then Olive Knolls Christian School may be for you.


Olive Knolls Christian School was established in 1979 and has an accreditation from both ACSI and WASC.

St. John Vianney Academy

512 Jamaica Way

Bakersfield, CA 93309                           

(661) 670-7666


Marie A. Smith, Headmistress


Saint John Vianney Academy is the only classical, hybrid/homeschool program with the Catholic tradition in our region! SJVA introduces students to the life of wisdom, preparing the path towards true happiness. As Headmistress, I am excited to serve families who educate their children.


Students spend two days per week on campus (T/TH), receiving instruction in core subjects, fine arts and Latin. At home (M/W), studies are under parental supervision, using SJVA’s syllabus as guide.  


Our aim is to form the whole person, direct students in faith, reason, virtue, and assist parents as primary educators in their noble task of teaching and sanctification. Our curriculum introduces youth to classic studies in order that students will have a lifelong love of learning. Our graduates are seekers of the true, the good, and the beautiful, and therefore, seekers of the Logos, who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” 

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