West Hills Christian School

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Basic Information

Address: 7945 SW Capitol Hill Rd
County: Multnomah County
School District: Portland
Phone Number: 503.245.6688
Fax Number: 503.245.4780

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Additional Information

President: Al Stefan
School Type: Private Christian
Founded: 1949
Ages/Grades: K-8
School Setting:

The primary purpose of West Hills Christian School is to assist parents in the Christian training of their children by providing a Christ-centered academic environment that encourages the development of a Christian world-view emphasizing academic excellence, Christian character, responsible citizenship, service to others, and transiformational leadership.

School Size: 407
Classroom Size: 25
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1/25


Financial Aid:



Computer Lab
Physical Education
Science Lab


Full details on West Hills Christian School website www.whcs.org

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100
Support Services:

After-School Care
After-School Clubs

After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Yes, technology is integrated into the classrooms. 7th/8th grade has a mobile computer lab.

School Clubs:

Full listing on the school website www.whcs.org

Parking Spaces/Availability:


Uniform Guidelines:

We do have a dress code.

Admissions Requirements:

Schedule a Free Educational Consultation

Mission Statement:

West Hills Christian School is committed to providing an exceptional Christian education in accordance with God’s Word.

By God’s grace and through the power of His Spirit, West Hills Christian School endeavors to provide each of its students with a:

Saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through personal relationship with the Savior
Firm foundation in biblical principles
Desire to live transformed by God’s Word and influencing the world for Christ
Superior preparation for high school, college, and lifelong learning

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

West Hills Christian School is committed to developing character and understanding through an exceptional Christ-centered educational experience. This is accomplished through:

Support for Student Achievement Instruction that develops excellence, respect, and inclusion of all students in the learning process.

Deep Knowledge Instruction that addresses that central ideas of a topic or discipline with enough thoroughness to explore connections and relationships, and to produce relatively complex understanding.

Conceptual Understand Instruction with an emphasis cognitive complexity, where students engage in extended exchanges about subject matter that builds an improved and sheared understanding of ideas or topics.

Higher-Order Thinking Instruction that involves students in manipulating information and ideas by synthesizing, generalizing, explaining, hypothesizing, or developing conclusions that provide new meaning or awareness of the world beyond the classroom.

Biblical Integration Instruction that recognizes God’s character, glory and purpose in all subject matter.

School History:

West Hills Christian School first opened in 1949. It was organized by six families who had been attending Portland Christian School in Southeast Portland and came together to form a new Christian School on the West Side.Now, with over 400 students and a full curriculum of subject classes, we continue our mission of preparing students for their future. We continue the vision, with a recent addition of a new gymnasium and school exploration garden, and plan to continue to maximize the programmatic potential of the school to serve our full kindergarten through eighth grade program.
Our beginnings were small, twenty-one students in grades one through six with Mrs. Mabel Langhough as our teacher/principal.The school’s original location was in the basement of Hillcrest Bible Chapel. It was later moved to two other church basement locations before the present property was purchased and a permanent building erected. Under the Lord’s blessing, West Hills Christian School has continued to expand and facilitate student growth academically, physically, morally and spiritually.

Notes/School Information:

 West Hills Christian School is one of Portland’s leading Christian schools offering a full kindergarten through eighth grade academic program. Located in the West Hills of beautiful Portland, we have been educating creative learners for over sixty four years. Our fully accredited teaching staff provides both an excellent education and a loving and nurturing atmosphere for students to learn and grow. They seek to reach every student in their class and work closely with parents. They are dedicated servants providing living models for young hearts and minds. At whatever stage children join us, you will find that we are committed to our core foundations for life:


  • Academic Excellence
  • Spiritual Growth and Development
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Nurturing Community

When you choose West Hills Christian School, you are choosing to build a foundation for your children that will empower them to stand strong throughout their life. If you have any further questions, we would welcome the opportunity to answer them personally.

As part of our commitment to you, West Hills has added an important new component to our Admissions process – An Educational Consultation with our Principal, Al Stefan, designed to actively engage and support you as parents in making wise educational decisions for your child. Whether you have made the decision to choose West Hills or you are still considering your options, this consultation will focus on your aspirations and goals for your child, academic preparation, planning for future choices, and faith and Christian leadership development.  This will also help us, should you choose West Hills, to better serve your child.  Both parents are encouraged to attend the consultation.

>> Schedule a free Educational Consultation now

Yours for Christian education,

Al Stefan, Principal

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