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Get Ready For School!

Start the school year right with KCFM's 2018 Annual Education & Enrichment Guide

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.


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 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 ages Pre-K and up that feature singing, solfege, ear training, note reading, rhythm and keyboard ensembles, and eventually, composing and improvisation. Recitals take place twice yearly. A parent participates in all classes. Advanced students have the opportunity to participate in various MTAC adjudicated events, Piano Guild, and much more!

New classes begin the week of September 10. Check out our website for the complete schedule. We are also having a *FREE* Demo Class on Saturday, August 25. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Call us today!


Heritage Christian Schools

Readyland Preschool • Heritage Academy • Heritage Junior High

2401 Bernard St., Bakersfield, CA

(661) 871-4545


Dan Hopper, Superintendent

Heritage Christian Schools provides an outstanding education in a Christ-centered environment. Since 1967, Heritage Christian Schools have consistently addressed the spiritual, academic, emotional, and physical needs of children, through a qualified teaching staff. We have been fully accredited for more than 25 years through the Association of Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

This year, we would like to welcome our newest team member, Dan Hopper, the new Superintendent of HCS. Mr. Hopper has worked in Christian schools for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree from George Fox University, a Master of Divinity from Portland Seminary, a Master’s in Education from CSU Dominquez Hills, as well as two California state education credentials. Beyond faith and education, family is also very important to Mr. Hopper. He has been married to his wife Vicky for 38 years, and they have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

When Mr. Hopper came on board, he joined a dedicated, loving, and well qualified faculty and staff at HCS, delivering a diverse and thoughtful educational program to meet the needs of students and families. We invite your family to join us as we begin the 2018-2019 school year!

Readyland (2 yrs -TK) 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, 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, iPads, elective choices, Hume trip, extra-curricular/co-curricular activities, a science lab, and a computer lab, in an environment where Christian character counts in and outside the campus.


Lil’ Explorers Preschool

8800 Harris Road, Bakersfield, CA 93311

(661) 665-1200


Dawn Holleman, Administrator

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 will continue 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 elementary. 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 66 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 Face book, Yelp, or our website! Or come by for a tour! See how your child can be a Lil’ Explorer too!


Olive Knolls Christian School

6201 Fruitvale Ave, Bakersfield CA 93308

(661) 393-3566


Rusty Rhodes, Principal

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.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

124 Columbus Street, Bakersfield, CA 93305


(661) 327-7741

Preschool - 8th Grade

Kelli Michaud, Principal

Our mission is dedicated to providing a strong educational program that teaches Catholic Christian values, supports the education of the whole child, provides a safe environment, and promotes preparing students for a life of continuous learning and service to the community.

At Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we establish a Christ-centered environment where Christian values are taught, modeled, learned, and lived by all members of the school community. These values begin with a gifted, caring, and welcoming staff of people who share a host of talents with their students and, in turn, encourage students to share their time, abilities, and leadership with one another.

We offer a skills-based, comprehensive, rigorous STREAM curriculum, which includes Science, Technology, Religion, Reading, Engineering, The Arts, Math, and Music. It also includes Physical Education, Spanish, and Rosetta Stone for all enrolled students. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, iPad centers, and wireless Internet accessibility. Our new state of the art Stem and Science Labs provide students with the opportunity to conduct research and perform comprehensive hands-on learning across the curriculum. Moreover, our Inclusive Education Department provides assistance to ensure that every student has a successful learning experience.


Ridgeview Christian Preschool

8420 Stine Road, Bakersfield CA 93313

(661) 834-9796



Jennifer Vlahos, Director

Ridgeview Christian Preschool is a Christ-centered, state-licensed program for children ages 2-6, that operates Monday-Friday 7am-6pm. Our center offers a safe and encouraging environment as we strive to help each child in their academic, social, physical, and spiritual development.  Our center provides hands on learning activities. Many of these activities emphasize academics and kindergarten readiness.  

Additional activities include children’s chapel, music and movement, art projects, science, and indoor & outdoor play time for social and motor development. Included in our curriculum is Amazing Athletes which is a developmental sports and fitness program that teaches children the basic fundamentals and mechanics of different sports while enhancing their overall education experience.

Ridgeview Christian Preschool is a ministry of Ridgeview Community Church, and was created out of our sincere love for children and their families within our community. It is our goal and desire to bring excellence to Early Childhood Christian Education.

Taft College Transition to Independent Living Program

29 Cougar Court, Taft, CA 93268

(661) 763-7775


Aaron Markovits, Director

People with intellectual disabilities are more likely to live in poverty and rely upon government assistance than the general population. For more than 20 years, our program has provided a way to reduce reliance on government programs through education and interactive inclusion.

The Taft College Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) exists to train adults with intellectual disabilities to live independently in the community. Students attend classes on campus learning money management, household chores, cooking, interpersonal relationship skills, self-advocacy, and other important skills needed to be on their own.

The Program is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. We encourage tours for all students and their families interested in attending. For more information or to set up a tour, check out our website at www.taftcollege.edu/TIL, or contact us at intake@taftcollege.edu or 661-763-7775.


Telespeech Therapy

9500 Flushing Quail Rd #500, Bakersfield, CA 93312

(661) 393-4022


Christy Slayton, Owner

Telespeech Therapy offers speech and language services for children and adults, for schools and in private practice. Founder Christy Slayton is a board certified, CA licensed and credentialed speech-language pathologist with 15 years of experience and a Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders. Call us today for a consultation!


Valley Montessori Academy

7737 Meany Avenue #A1, Bakersfield, CA 93308

(661) 829-6418


Cristal Victoria Garza, Director

Foreign Language at Valley Montessori Academy! We are proud to offer Spanish, French, Russian and Mandarin to children 18 months - 10 years of age. Students will learn a new language and make developmental strides that will prepare them to succeed in any social environment. They will also gain an appreciation for other cultures and make new friends -- plus have a great time in the process!

Children will enjoy stories, songs and art activities and practice basic conversation with native speakers. The curriculum integrates key elements by theme, such as numbers, colors, animals, school, and home. These themes introduce new concepts, vocabulary, actions and verb phrases. By learning a different language, children gain confidence and become proud of their growing knowledge. Proficiency in two or more languages gives children cognitive and social advantages and promotes mental flexibility, creativity and innovation in handling ambiguity and problem-solving tasks. Call for information!

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