At Stratford School, high expectations lead to extraordinary results. Our advanced, innovative, and intentionally balanced curriculum inspires, challenges, and nurtures the minds and hearts of every student. It also produces impressive results.
Stratford students outscore independent school students, are recognized for academic achievement, and contribute to their communities.
Our curriculum is created in a thoughtful and deliberate way to incite curiosity, nurture exploration, and encourage inquiry. Students develop a love of learning, study above grade level, and prepare themselves for the future.
We infuse our broad liberal arts curriculum with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). We combine traditional teaching styles with 21st century learning principles. We integrate technology with careful intention. We provide a variety of extracurricular pursuits, personal development activities, physical education, and play time. Our passionate teachers cultivate a physically and emotionally secure classroom environment. And we both welcome and listen to the feedback of our students’ parents.
The result is a rich spectrum of hands-on learning opportunities — provided in an energized classroom atmosphere where students are mentally focused and highly engaged — that enable students to learn, question, collaborate, and develop the diverse skills and talents they need to compete in today’s world.
Harnessing the collective power of over 6,000 students, 800 teachers, 100 administrators, and 300 classrooms, Stratford School is able to explore and rapidly implement new teaching practices to achieve our ultimate goal of preparing students to become the next generation of creative problem solvers, imaginative innovators, and confident, insightful leaders.
A study conducted by Google examined the relationship between employee hiring, promotion, firing, and a STEM background. Researchers wanted to investigate what the relationship between technology jobs and STEAM education was.
What the study concluded was that the top eight qualities that define whether someone is successful in their career, across all industries, was not only about a STEM instructional background. The top eight skills revolved around what they termed “soft skills,” which included coaching, communication skills and listening capability, empathy, and support.
Clearly, incorporating soft skills into your child’s education is essential to ensure they’re set up for success in the future. Below, we discuss soft skills and how a STEM/STEAM education helps foster this vital set of skills.
What are soft skills?
A firm grasp of soft skills gives the growing mind a foundation for success. Soft skills are things like:
Soft skills, essentially, are the social skills that a person learns to communicate effectively at school and in the workplace, show empathy to others, and to work independently as well as alongside others.
Although none of the above skills are a focus onto themselves in schools, the atmosphere of any STEM/STEAM instruction is rooted in learning essential soft skills through collaborative, hands-on projects.
Why should your child learn soft skills?
Outside of the study by Google highlighting the importance of soft skills in the workplace, your child’s academic career will also benefit due to soft skills. Being able to effectively communicate and work with others will ensure your child can complete group projects to the fullest of their ability.
Soft skills are learned through time and can be applied to every project or job that your child has, making them valuable even if they change career paths. From helping them shine in an interview to making them an essential member of a team, having a foundation of soft skills means your child is set up for success.
How are soft skills represented in a STEM/STEAM curriculum?
STEM focuses not just on science, technology, engineering, and math, but also on the child’s entire learning process, including the development of soft skills. Each class is designed to allow children to communicate their thoughts, be creative, and explore new concepts in teams.
Unlike traditional education, a STEM education fosters and requires collaboration and groupthink at every level, which allows children to ready themselves for a workplace where soft skills like leadership and teamwork are integral.
Additionally, when tackling a STEM/STEAM project, students are required to work towards a solution using a range of skills and creativity. Through these projects, your child is learning independent work, self-management, out-of-the-box thinking, and persistence.
STEM education helps your child to develop skills in technology and science, while also focusing on the soft skills in teamwork and self-management. As a result, your child graduates well-prepared to tackle the complex demands of the modern workforce and outshine the competition.
For more information about how Stratford School teaches soft skills to set your child up for success, schedule a tour at your local school today at www.stratfordschools.com.
Always learning, The Parish School graduates are confident and compassionate young men and women who make a difference. Faithful to Catholic values, The Parish School at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church sustains an evolving schoolwide learning environment that inspires each learner to achieve his or her God-given potential inside and outside the classroom.
The Parish School is #AlwaysLearning. Learners don’t just memorize math equations or recite spelling words. They ask questions and explore. They love not just school – but the process of learning. And learning comes not just through doing things right, but through doing things wrong. We develop resilient, innovative learners who try, grow and achieve.
The Parish School utilizes a standard-based curriculum aligned to the Roman Catholic Church teachings which prepares our learners for high school and beyond. The faculty and staff continually expose learners to meaningful hands-on experiences, resulting in thoughtful risk-tasking, problem solving and collaboration.
SMALLER CLASSES – IN-DEPTH LEARNING
Not only do we boast an impressive 11:1 student-to-instructor ratio, but our Lower School uses Departmentalized Platooning. Each class moves as a unit between three classrooms, with a teacher focused on just two subjects. The result – a richer learning experience.
Through Makerspace – a hands-on studio that integrates technology, engineering and creativity with project-based solutions to real-world situations - art, music and more, we build creative and confident leaders.
FAITH DEVELOPMENT & STEWARDSHIP
Each day, we pray, serve and grow in our relationship with God. It is present in the books we read, the history we teach, and the music we sing. Our learners attend weekly Mass, provide mentorship through Prayer Partners and participate in hands-on service projects and retreats.
March 6 - 23, 2019
Disney Theatrical Productions and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are proud to announce that tickets for the long-awaited engagement of Disney’s Aladdin are now on sale. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in Segerstrom Hall on Wednesday, March 6 for a limited engagement of three weeks through March 23.
Aladdin will play Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7 and March 21 at 2:00 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Beginning Sunday, November 11, tickets will be available at the Center’s Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, online at SCFTA.org or by calling the Box Office at (714) 556-2787. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling (714) 755-0236.
Sage Hill School is pleased to announce our new transportation program for the 2019-2020 school year, offering a free bus service between our Newport Coast campus and locations in Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo and San Juan Capistrano.*
Sage Hill School offers a dynamic, college-preparatory curriculum for grades 9-12 designed to inspire independent, creative and critical thinking. An average class size of 16 enables our students to challenge themselves and nurture relationships with motivated peers and our world-class, dedicated faculty. Outside the classroom, students participate in athletics, explore artistic abilities, and engage in the world beyond campus through service to the community, internships and educational travel.
Sage Hill is committed to giving students the support they need to succeed in high school, college and beyond. Our Ninth Grade Experience helps ensure a successful transition from middle school, and our advisory program facilitates open communication among students, families and teachers. A student-to-college-counselor-ratio of 36:1 ensures every Sage Hill student has the tools to find the right college fit.
Sage Hill’s beautiful facilities, including the 30,000-square foot arts Studio at Sage Hill, 13,000-square-foot Lisa Argyros and Family Science Center and newly renovated Johnson Family Library, provide space for innovative and collaborative education.
To learn more about Sage Hill School, visit: www.sagehillschool.org
*free transportation contingent upon sufficient demand
SAGE HILL SCHOOL
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast CA 92657
Phone: (949) 219-0100
Admission Office: (949) 219-1337
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back the Fauré Quartett, joined by double bassist Luis Primera on March 19, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in Samueli Theater. The concert features a unique pairing from the repertory of piano quintets that include the double bass, along with Frank Bridge’s delightfully tuneful Phantasy. Quartett members include Dirk Mommertz, piano; Erika Geldsetzer, violin; Sascha Froembling, viola; and Konstantin Heidrich, cello.
Single tickets start at $39 and are now available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Peter Prescott formed Prescott Tax & Wealth Management (PTWM) over 20 years ago to focus on the needs of individual and small business owners who want and deserve a more comprehensive approach to their financial affairs that are typically provided by separate CPA, Financial Planning and Insurance advisors. Peter was one of the first CPAs nationally to offer a combined CPA and Financial Planning approach.
Peter astutely observes that most individuals go to separate financial advisors who are trying to maximize the business for their own specific service without regard to the impact of the other areas of required planning and the budgetary trade-offs needed for ultimate financial success.
Peter is proud of his training and background including a CPA, Masters in Taxation, Advanced Financial Planning designations, Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation, Registered Securities Principal, B.S. in business from U.C. Berkeley, Insurance Agent and Price Waterhouse alumni. However, Peter is prouder to be able to implement all of these skills sets when assessing client’s unique financial situations. Few advisors or firms have the training and experience to deliver such a comprehensive approach. PTWM can complete what is needed from planning conception through implementation.
This approach provides the most client satisfaction and positive feedback to PTWM. “We are often told by clients that our comprehensive approach implementing strategic tax planning is the missing element not found from other advisors. The challenge today is that clients have too much information coming at them daily. They need an experienced professional can that stay current with all new tax laws and interpret what is important and relevant to their situation. Our comprehensive financial approach can’t be replaced by software, hardware or websites. One of the greatest added value returns we offer our clients are tax savings which can sometimes be higher than actual investment returns” states Peter.
Most clients first come to PTWM as a CPA Tax Client or for a Comprehensive Financial Review. Both approaches allow PTWM to find tax savings and efficiencies which are often the greatest source of financial returns. More importantly, Peter states that this process allows PTWM to learn about each individual’s personal life goals that normally don’t come to life when just looking at the numbers. Unlike most CPAs, Peter is an extroverted people person that wants a personal relationship. This philosophy is the backbone of how PTWM works with each client.
The core tenants of this philosophy are to help each individual maximize their return on life through the various life stages.
1. Organization: We will help bring order to your financial life.
2. Accountability: We will help you follow through on your financial commitments.
3. Objectivity: We bring insight form the outside to help you avoid emotionally driven decisions in important tax and money matters.
4. Proactivity: We work with you to anticipate your life transitions and to be financially prepared for them. Time spent in preparation avoids time spent in reparation.
5. Education: We will explore what specific knowledge will be needed to succeed in your situation.
6. Partnership: We attempt to help you achieve the best life possible but will work in concert with you, not just for you, to make this possible.
To schedule a consultation or to connect with Peter directly, call (949) 248-9815 or email
Securities and advisory services offered through Independent Financial Group, LLC (IFG), a registered broker-dealer and investment advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. PTWM and IFG are unaffiliated entities. Peter D. Prescott CA Insurance License #0733213
Thousands of Animals and the People Who Love them to Gather at the OC Fair & Event Center
A weekend full of animal education, family fun, pet entertainment, competitions and adoptions
Showcasing everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet
***Please Do Not Bring Your Pets***
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28, 2019. The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. Animal entertainment, education, adoption and shopping all at the OC Fair & Event Center.
Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Facility charges $9.00 parking.
Kindly leave all pets at home.
For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.PetExpoOC.org. America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 69-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.
January 10-13, 2019
Southern California’s largest boat sales event returns to the Fairplex in Pomona, offering boating and outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to see, board, and buy new boats, and marine accessories.
The Los Angeles Boat Show takes place January 10-13, 2019 at the Fairplex in Pomona (1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768). Celebrating its’ 63nd year, the Los Angeles Boat Show is the ultimate destination for boating and outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts, featuring custom performance boats, ski boats, deck boats, personal watercraft, pontoons, sport fishing boats, runabouts, cabin cruisers, dinghies/inflatables, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and marine accessories.
2019 Los Angeles Boat Show Highlights- Featuring more than 250 New Boats:
For more information, visit www.laboatshow.com
While new to the San Juan Capistrano area, Heights Christian Schools are not new to Christian education.
HCS has been serving 2,000 students, preschool through 8th grade, in the Brea, Chino Hills, La Habra,
La Mirada and Whittier communities for more than 35 years!
Celebrating more than 18 months in San Juan Capistrano, we are feeling very much at home in this amazing community. Housed at South Coast Community Church, we are conveniently located off the 5 Freeway and Ortega Hwy serving children ages 2-6 including PK and TK programs.
HCS believes a comprehensive preschool education should be age-appropriate and based on solid principles of child development. Each child develops at his/her own pace, so it is important that each student is treated as an individual. Each child is encouraged to progress at his/her own rate toward enriched experiences, self-discipline, and the ability to make wise choices. The HCS program promotes the child’s social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual development. It is the aim of HCS to assist in developing the total personality of each child by providing an educational experience of lasting value.
HCS preschools provide a group setting in which each child can feel secure, learn to separate easily from parents, and interact with other children of the same age in group settings. Throughout each day and every activity, an emphasis is placed on biblical integration of Christian values, and helping students to develop an understanding of God and His love for them. The teacher/student ratio is intentionally low, providing teachers with the opportunity to observe play and creative expression, while providing a balance between child-selection and teacher-guided activities. Additionally, the HCS program prepares students academically for the next level with instruction in language and literacy, math and science concepts, creative expression, self and community awareness, and large and small motor development.
We have excellent Pre-Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten programs with afternoon auxiliary classes in Spanish, computers, cooking, and more.
At HCS, learning is fun, and God is number one!! Plan to call, click or visit!