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Saddleback Valley Christian School recently announced in a blog post that the school will launch Rancho Santa Margarita Christian School on the campus of The Bridge Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, in partnership with Mission Hills Christian School.

The planned move came as Fairmont Schools announced in a separate press release that it had closed escrow on the former Saddleback Valley Christian campus and will assume full operations and management of the property this summer. Fairmont Schools is expanding its network of private schools with the opening of a new pre-K through 12th-grade campus in San Juan Capistrano.

“We are very excited to bring Fairmont’s longstanding tradition of academic excellence to South Orange County,” said David Jackson, chairman of Fairmont Schools. “We’ve been looking for the right opportunity to grow our presence in Orange County, and we are delighted to open our doors in San Juan Capistrano and welcome our new students, faculty and staff.”

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  • I understand that SVC is transitioning to a K-8 model and moving to RSM. This will be challenging for students who expected to be in high school next year. In particular, those students entering the 12th grade will need one-on-one support to ensure that they have enough credit to graduate from a different high school (requirements being different from school to school), and also that they are prepared for college applications beyond high school. As a member of the Capistrano Unified school board, I’ve made special arrangements to provide SVC high school families with support for these questions. I want to assure you that we can embrace and support your students while respecting family social and religious convictions.

    Anyone who has a student in the SVC high school program that is in need this support or high school placement information is welcome to contact me at any time:

    james.m.reardon@gmail.com or 949-633-0834

    Jim Reardon, President CUSD School Board

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