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Grace Classical Academy, Inc.

 24600 La Plata Drive
 Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
[P] (949) 842-6815
[F] --
[email protected]
Gina Bonecutter
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 46-0518785 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

GCA seeks to cultivate wise and virtuous students through the classical tradition in a distinctively Christ-centered way. This serves to prepare students for a God-glorifying life characterized by appreciating and applying truth, beauty and goodness.
GCA will become a leader in K-12 Classical Christian Education in the western United States.

Mission Statement

GCA seeks to cultivate wise and virtuous students through the classical tradition in a distinctively Christ-centered way. This serves to prepare students for a God-glorifying life characterized by appreciating and applying truth, beauty and goodness.
GCA will become a leader in K-12 Classical Christian Education in the western United States.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $934,650.00
Projected Revenue $935,790.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

GCA seeks to cultivate wise and virtuous students through the classical tradition in a distinctively Christ-centered way. This serves to prepare students for a God-glorifying life characterized by appreciating and applying truth, beauty and goodness.
GCA will become a leader in K-12 Classical Christian Education in the western United States.

Background Statement

Grace Classical Academy is located in Laguna Niguel, CA.  Grace Classical Academy opened her doors in the Fall of 2003 with three board members (James Wenger, Guy Baker, and Michael Duhs), nine full-time students and three full-time teachers. The school rented space from Crossroads Community Church in Mission Viejo, CA. This was a year in which teachers (both full-time and part-time), volunteers, parents, and board members made great sacrifices in order to ensure the future of the school. Since then, the Academy has grown considerably. The Academy relocated to Laguna Niguel, CA, in the fall of 2007. We now have 100+ K-8th grade students enrolled in our Academy.  

Impact Statement

Top Accomplishments for 2016-2017 school year:

1.  Gained accreditation through WASC.
2.  Attained superior student test scores. For example, 8th grade
     students outperformed 90% of the students that took the SAT-10
     Total Reading Tests. 
3.  Strengthened and diversified our Board of Directors.
4.  Provided scholarships or discounted tuition to approximately 20%
     of students.
5.  Growth to 110 students. 
Top Goals for 2016-2017 School Year:
1.  School growth of 10-20% per year through school year 2021.
2.  Establish a plan by September 2017 for the addition of a high school.
3.  Maintain high academic standards and accreditation by WASC though
     initiatives aimed at continuing curriculum development; and teacher          selection, training and compensation; school culture; and Board
4. Develop a long-term plan for facilities expansion to accommodate
     the planned growth of school by end of 2017.
5. Create school staff position to support year-round marketing and
    fundraising by September 2017. 

Needs Statement

Immediate Needs:                                cost

1. Staffing and facilities for addition of high school.


2. Addition of fundraising and marketing staff and programs.


3. Playground with variety of elements for existing students.


4. Scholarship funding for students in need. 


5. Establish "Faculty Salary Endowment Fund" to support competitive wages for our faculty.




CEO Statement

Grace Classical Academy is unique in that it is the only classical, Christian K-8 school in Orange County. We strive to offer an academically rigorous education in a distinctively Christian manner. We seek to produce life-long learners who are equipped to live transformational lives.
We begin our students education laying a foundation that will result in strong critical thinkers. We begin in Kindergarten teaching our students to spell and read through a multi-sensory, analytic phonics program. We follow this up with formal Latin studies beginning in 2nd grade. Latin continues building precise thinking skills. Latin studies are continued through 8th grade. In second grade students begin their studies of Western Civilization.  In 7th and 8th grade we teach Formal and Informal Logic so that our students learn to listen, respond, question, and communicate effectively. These students take an integrated History, Literature, and Theology class where they begin reading the classics which allows them to be taught how to think by the greatest thinkers of all time.
Our students preform well above grade level in all subject areas but most importantly our students love to learn and leave us equipped with a strong Christian worldview.

Board Chair Statement

Our Mission Statement: "To cultivate wise and virtuous students in a Christ-centered way"
     Our passion is to create a nurturing classroom environment that will produce critical thinkers to go on to be the leaders of tomorrow. We excel at partnering with parents to cultivate our students to be able to see truth and beauty in all the subjects in the curriculum and do it in a way that puts Christ at the center of it all. Our strength is our continued reliance on God for His constant blessings year after year and His gift of teachers and families that uphold these same truths.
     Having our future local, regional and global leaders to think critically to analyze problems will help them see the truth in life and help them to respectively and eloquently debate their viewpoint. Our students are being prepared to make a difference in society. Teaching them logic, critical thinking skills, and lessons from the great books like "The Odyssey", "The Iliad", and Dante's "Inferno" gives them exposure to history and ancient society. With this curriculum, they will be the givers, not the takers.
     Our faculty is another strength that has served to further the school's reputation not only academically, but also spiritually. How many other schools can say that their teachers pray over their students before class? Or pray with the parents prior to parent/teacher conferences? We want our he students well educated, but we want their spiritual education to be even more rigorous. This is possible with our small class sizes (average 10-15 students/class) and committed staff.
     Grace Classical Academy has been in existence since 2003 and has grown from just a few families, to now over 60 families from all over Orange County. Continuing to open our school up for all students, means that we rely heavily on fundraising to keep tuition costs down so this exceptional opportunity can be available to all.
     We are currently a K-8 school and have had excellent scholastic success with numerous individual student achievements and outstanding scores on standardized testing. We feel we have excelled in our current endeavors but look forward to adding a high school in the future. Imagine what we can achieve with state of the art science labs, computer science rooms, a drama department, and more.
     To maintain and grow our school and it's excellent academic and character building capabilities, we are seeking new donors to come along side of us to help fund great teachers, additional scholarships, new and innovative programs and additional facilities. It is our goal to become the best K-12 school academically, spiritually and culturally. I am blessed to be part of such an amazing family.
Mim Mulford, MD, FACE
Chairman of the Board, Grace Classical Academy 

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Grace Classical Academy receives check donations, credit card donations, phone donations, and in-kind donations. You may also donate through our website and paypal.

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
Central, Coastal and Southern Orange County, California. Grace Classical Academy serves families from Newport and Irvine and all the way down to San Clemente.  

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Religion- Related - Christianity
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Kindergarten through 8th Grade

GCA offers full-day school for Kindergarten through 8th grades.
Budget  $820,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  All students (non LD) will meet the promotion requirements for each grade.
Program Long-Term Success  Classifying the success of our program is done through a variety of means. We use teacher reports, standardized tests, retention, and grades to analyze the effectiveness of our program. We also track our alumni and their placement in high school classes.  
Program Success Monitored By  Each grade, and subject within each grade, has specific goals that must be met be all students. We analyze the effectiveness of our program by our students ability to meet the goals set forth for each grade.
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Gina Bonecutter
CEO Term Start Jan 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Mrs. Bonecutter was first introduced to Classical Education twenty years ago and since then has been an incessant student of it. Her undergraduate studies at Oregon State University focused on child psychology and brain development. She transferred to The Master’s College where she received her B.A. in Nouthetic-Biblical Counseling. Her practical-theological studies have given her a firm grasp of the Scriptures and a deep understanding of a child’s heart. She is in the process of completing her Master’s in Education and is certified through the National Institute for Learning and Development as an Educational Therapist.

Mrs. Bonecutter ran her own Educational Therapy practice for seven years before joining Grace Classical Academy as the Head of School. During that time she specialized in visual and auditory process, short-term memory and long-term memory, working memory, sequencing, processing speed, fine motor skills body image, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalcula.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mrs. Jenni Helj June 2009 Jan 2012

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mrs. Charlotte Cablay Office Administrator

Charlotte Cablay

· Graduate of the University of Louisville, BA Communication, Cum Laud 1990

· Active in schools as PTA president 3 terms and numerous other volunteer roles

· Active church member and volunteer

· Former Independent business owner (10 Years)


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 12
Number of Part Time Staff 9
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 92%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): Persian
Gender Female: 15
Male: 6
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

Grace Classical Academy is a fully accredited K-8 school through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Accrediting commission for Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
533 Airport Blvd., Ste 200, Burlingame, CA 94010
Grace Classical Academy has sustained a growth rate 25%  for the past three years combined with a 99% retention rate. We are at a point where our focus now needs to turn towards developing our physical structures. We need to develop adequate play spaces for our students as well as continue to grow our classroom space which is currently filled to capacity.  

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Dr. Mim Mulford MD, FACE
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mission Heritage Medical Group
Board Chair Term May 2017 - May 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Guy Baker MBA,MSFS,CFP Wealth Team Solutions Voting
Mr. Tafa Jefferson Amanda Senior Care Voting
Dr. Mim Mulford MD, FACE Mission Heritage Medical Group Voting
Mr. William Smith MBA Retired Voting
Mr. Tim Voorhees JD, MBA Family Office Services; Matsen, Voorhees, Mintz, LLP Voting
Mr. James Wenger Grace Church, Laguna Niguel Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2016 to July 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $935,790.00
Projected Expenses $934,650.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $802,866 $0 $732,183
Total Expenses $832,430 $0 $596,414

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$9,734 $0 $236,678
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $703,387 $0 $495,505
Investment Income, Net of Losses $0 $0 --
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $89,745 $0 --
Revenue In-Kind $0 $0 --
Other $0 $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $0 $0 $596,414
Administration Expense $0 $0 --
Fundraising Expense $0 $0 --
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.96 nan 1.23
Program Expense/Total Expenses 0% nan% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% nan% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $658,375 $0 $290,238
Current Assets $374,523 $0 $105,848
Long-Term Liabilities $164,835 $0 $10,000
Current Liabilities $398,920 $0 $49,333
Total Net Assets $94,620 $0 $230,905

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.94 nan 2.15

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 25% nan% 3%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose We will be beginning a Capital Campaign to develop play fields, play structures, as well as add a classroom building.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.