A $250,000 challenge match grant is giving Irvine’s Crean Lutheran High School a jumpstart toward a $500,000 fundraising goal that will allow the campus to move into the next phase of construction on its new campus.
Moving-in day at Crean Lutheran High School
The second phase of development includes a baseball and softball field, and a parking lot across the street from the main campus at Sand Canyon and Portola Parkway.
In 2007, the John and Donna Crean Foundation pledged a $10 million gift that served as the foundation for its building campaign and paved the way for financing through the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, allowing the school to usher 100 students onto a temporary campus for the inaugural 2007-08 academic year.
In February, loans from the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and Farmers & Merchants Bank enabled the purchase of 18 acres at Sand Canyon and Portola Parkway. The school has leased another 12 acres with a five-year purchase option.
Students moved onto the permanent Crean Lutheran campus this month.
The first Christian high school in Irvine, Crean Lutheran offers honors and AP classes, as well as online courses that meet California State Frameworks standards.
The high school offers college courses on campus as part of the Early College Program. Upperclassmen are connected to internships throughout Orange County through the school’s Business Institute. Ninety percent of Crean Lutheran students are involved in at least one co-circular activity.
The Crean Lutheran campus holds 22 classrooms and a 22,000-square-foot Event Center, which includes a large gym. The Event Center has theater lights, a public address system, scoreboards and video projectors.
The enrollment for the 2010-11 school year is 450, with an average class size of 20 students. Expected enrollment in the fall 2011 term is 550 students.
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