Heritage Oak Celebrates 50 Years
September 16, 2016, Yorba Linda, CA - Heritage Oak Private Education celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday, September 9, 2016 at the school’s annual Welcome Back Celebration. The celebration, held on the school’s campus, featured a performance by the school’s cheerleaders, a school history trivia game (teachers vs. alumni), and various nostalgic images and memorabilia. Over 50 alumni were in attendance among the current students and families.
Founded in 1966, the school was originally named Carden Country Day. It was a small preschool dedicated to offering a balance between strong academics and character education through teaching in the Carden tradition. The original preschool, located in Fullerton, soon grew to include the elementary grades, and by the late 1980’s, the original eight-classroom facility had burgeoned nearly beyond capacity.
In 1992, Mrs. Phyllis Cygan, along with her husband, Greg, purchased the school from her family and in 1995 relocated it to a former banking complex in Yorba Linda. The school’s name was changed to Heritage Oak Private School to reflect the new vitality and increase in scope as the school expanded.
Today, Heritage Oak is a top-rated private school, boasting a student body of almost 700 students in preschool through middle school. Its array of strong academics, critical thinking, character education, the arts, and athletics make it a great choice for families looking for a balanced education. Heritage Oak parents value the traditional, close-knit community that the school has to offer, along with its open-door policy which allows parents to have continued communication with teachers and directors.
“Our graduates go on to attend various prestigious programs locally and internationally—including Ivy League schools,” says Phyllis Cygan. “Not only is it exciting to hear about the careers our graduates have chosen, it warms my heart each time I see that a child of a former student is enrolled in our program. I am also proud of the fact that we employ many alumni who tell me that they have retained a strong attachment to the school and our philosophy.” With six of her seven children having graduated and the youngest still attending Heritage Oak, Mrs. Cygan is gratified that the school continues to grow due to that adherence to traditional values, strong academics and its focus on exceptional character.