Our School  |  Centers of Learning

Centers of Learning school offers an education from pre-school through twelfth grade. It is located across the street from our church facility on Haskell Avenue. The school was born out of a vision our founder John Robert Stevens had for children to be taught in an atmosphere of love, faith, and impartation.

Started in 1974 with only four students, the school was located in a small house on the property where the current school stands. It didn’t take long for Centers of Learning to grow, and a few years later, with the financial, spiritual, and physical assistance of many of the church members, classrooms were built next to the existing church building, turning Centers of Learning into a fully functional educational facility. But it wasn’t until 1997 that the first phase of the current school building was completed and dedicated in Stevens’ honor. Today, students come from many communities and diverse backgrounds to attend the school.

As students and parents will attest, one unique and highly valued aspect of our school is the teachers. They are passionate about discovering the gifts and talents of each student and creating each one into their fullest potential. Their love for each student stems from their own personal relationship with God.

…When I look at my teachers, my school, my class, my family, I know that there’s a God and that we were put in each other’s lives for a reason. All of you will forever be in my heart.” -Josh M. (2010 COL H.S. Graduation Speech)


Twice a month, the first through twelfth grades gather for Chapel, an opportunity for Centers of Learning students and staff to worship the Lord together. Chapel is student-led and focuses on the teachings of the Bible and worship through many creative expressions. These expressions include songs written by the students, dance, group discussions and activities, reading the Scriptures together, and even occasional skits.

The School Musical

Each year the pre-school through sixth grades put on a musical for the whole school and their families! The kids have so much fun learning new songs and dances, and the teachers have just as much fun choosing the songs and making up the moves. In addition to the parents and the teaching staff, volunteers from Church of the Living Word participate in the band, facility preparations, audio and video aids, and serving post-performance refreshments to make this delightful evening possible.

Fundraising – The Annual Walk-A-Thon

Centers of Learning started its annual Walk-a-Thon in 1999 as a fundraiser for various school projects. Funds raised by this event have contributed to the construction of the pre-school play yard, purchase of new equipment for the school, class field trips, and much more. Students from every grade begin collecting pledges weeks before the event, based on the number of miles they plan to walk. The route is six miles long, beginning at Centers of Learning and extending to the California State University Northridge campus and back. Groups of walkers, strollers, and wagons join with parents, teachers, families, friends and community members to ensure a safe and fun experience. Following the walk, the high school students and teachers host a carnival with food, drinks, games, and everyone’s favorite—bouncy houses!