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KCFM's Private School Guide


Considering Private School? From Pre-School to High School, Kern County has amazing private education options. Here are a few of our recommendations for 2020. 

American Kids Sport Center

NW: 3622 Allen Rd.

SW: 4401 Ride St.

Bakersfield, CA

(661) 589-2100 •

American Kids Sports Center (AKSC) has been a staple of children’s sports and education for 35 years in Bakersfield and is locally owned and operated by two generations of the Williams family.  Originally started as American Academy of Gymnastics, the name change to AKSC became necessary in 2007 when the company expanded into offering cheerleading, swim lessons, dance and martial arts. In more recent years they have added the Ninja Zone, where kids have experience an obstacle course challenge, and Climbers where kids learn the use of aerial ropes. Moving beyond sports, AKSC now has expanded into formal education with a licensed preschool and working in association with several charter schools.  No matter what the activity at AKSC the mission to "Building Healthy Kids” is always central to everything. Together our programs are diverse and for ages as young as 6 weeks old thru high school. AKSC offers all levels of sports from recreational to competitive but always fun! Our two facilities (NW & SW) are state of the art with an indoor pool, in-ground trampolines and tumbling pits, spring floors, bright colors, air conditioned facilities and spacious parent viewing areas.

Bethel Apostolic Academy

1418 W Columbus St, 

Bakersfield, CA 93301

(661) 323-2851

Your child’s future academic success depends on a solid foundation. The greatest tangible asset humanity has is our children. The future lives on through them. Training children to become future leaders, learners and upstanding citizens of our great nation is a task we do not approach lightly. BAA is a private school that is dedicated to training young men and women to succeed academically while also gaining spiritual ministry, instruction with right thinking, good conduct and clean living in light of Godly principles. We cannot achieve our goals without parents who value and support the same goals. Our parents are the best and we love seeing them involved every step of the way!

BAA exercises the traditional approach to education to provide students with the best possible academic program. Students at BAA are not only mastering facts, but more importantly, are exercising their individual reasoning ability. This traditional system of education stimulates the mind and builds good character, effectively preparing future leaders. Each student is expected and encouraged to perform to his or her maximum potential. We proudly emphasize personal responsibility, training the students to take initiative for their learning and future. 

Success is a product of taking responsibility. Small class sizes, playgrounds, recreational park, baseball diamond, full court basketball, six square, friendly staff, and affordable tuition are additional reasons family-generations choose BAA year after year. And right next door to BAA is Bethel Kiddie Korral, a family oriented daycare to meet all of your needs from infants to school age kids.

Your experience here is sure to be an awesome one, because we are a school of excellence and quality. Our staff of qualified individuals love what they do, and are eager to do it with passion. Come visit us today or call our office to schedule a tour.

Lil' Explorers Preschool 

8800 Harris Rd, 

Bakersfield, CA 93311

(661) 665-1200 •

Lil’ Explorers Preschool - where every day is an adventure! Lil’ Explorers is no longer lil’!  We have grown so much that we have expanded to accommodate more explorers! The new center on our property continues the interactive, hands-on, theme driven curriculum that so many families have come to love!

Our Center cares for and teaches children 6 weeks through 6 years. It is our goal to not only prepare them for Kindergarten, but also prepare them for life. We feel that our preschool experience can offer children a great start and inspire a lifelong love for learning. Our center offers bi-monthly themes that run through every aspect of the day. Our lesson plans, play time, classroom circle time, craft activities, music and movement fun, and weekly assemblies, all incorporate our themes. 

We offer the largest preschool play area in Bakersfield. Our roaming bike trails have stops at a diner, gas station, grocery store and more! Interesting climbing structures are at both facilities with many other play activities! Our newly completed center offers an “Exploring our World” theme, with classroom and activity areas highlighting many geographical landscapes from around the world. These activity areas include the arctic, savannah, jungle, ocean and rain forest, to name a few.

We believe that our preschool experience encourages and promotes language, cognitive, math and literacy skills. Working with teachers and other children enhances a child’s social and emotional development too. We recently had 84 children graduate on to kindergarten, and they always fly through the necessary assessments! 

We offer hours Monday through Friday 6am to 6pm. All of our teachers are highly qualified & CPR Certified. Please check us out on Facebook, Yelp, or our website! Or come by for a tour! See how your child can be a Lil' Explorer, too! 

Country Christian School

2416 Dean Ave.

Bakersfield. CA 93312

(661) 589-4703 •

At Country Christian School we see a bright future for our students and give every effort to equip them to stand out in a world that asks them to fit in. We not only impart knowledge but also give students the tools to face an ever changing world with unchanging truth. It is our goal to prepare students for worldview situations in current and future circumstances. 

Garces Memorial High School

2800 Loma Linda Dr

Bakersfield, California 93305

(661) 327-2578 •

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, 5 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

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- 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 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 the week of January 13. Check out our website for the complete schedule. We are also having a *FREE* Demo Class on Saturday, January 11. Space is limited, reservations are required. Call us today!

Olive Knolls Christian School

6201 Fruitvale Ave

Bakersfield CA 93308

(661) 393-3566

Our life with Christ is to be an adventure filled with joy, love, learning, laughter and community. That’s what Olive Knolls Christian School offers your child, beginning in preschool all the way through the eighth grade. 

In today’s cultural decay you search for a safe place where your students are more than educated – they are prepared!

When your preschool students enter OKCS they ENGAGE, EXPLORE, and are EMPOWERED as they learn foundational skills that will successfully launch them into kindergarten and beyond! It’s the activity based instruction that makes learning an adventure!

When your students graduate from OKCS middle-school, they are equipped and confident to face a world that is often hostile to your values – but they will stand strong to face their challenges with character. 

That’s what we do here at Olive Knolls Christian School. We have been established to inspire and equip generations of students who will activate their sense of responsibility, commit to a Christ-called character, seek truth with a passion, maximize their God-given talents, and pursue a life-long vision to transform their world for the glory of God!

Call us today. OKCS was established in 1979 and has both ACSI and WASC accreditations. 

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