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Crean Lutheran High gets a funding jumpstart

A $250,000 challenge match grant propels the new Irvine-based school halfway toward its goal.

BY JENNA SWEENEYPublished: November 10, 2010 10:03 AM

Moving-in day at Crean Lutheran High School
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.

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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Readers Feedback:

Both of my kids are students at Crean Lutheran and they love it! They have started a program that they call the "Crean Marines" and they have been collecting care package items to mail to the 2/1 Marines who recently deployed to Afghanistan. 2 years ago, as an athletics fundraiser, the athletes of CLHS sold 30 trees to donate to the 2/1 marines. Last year, they donated over 250. This year, total sales for Christmas Trees donated to the families of the Marines at Camp Pendleton is over 600! On December 4, athletes from every sports program at Crean will be on hand to deliver the trees to the families who will be celebrating Christmas without their loved one this year. Crean Lutheran High School is starting a legacy of giving back and taking care of others. It is an amazing place!
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