Our school is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. This video explains the benefits of our Christian education.
Christian Schools:Is Your investment Worth It? by Michael Zigarelli, PhD
As the dean of a business school, I tend to think in terms of return on investment, or ROI in my world. So when my wife, Tara, and I considered shifting our four elementary-age kids from public school to Christian school, one of my first thoughts was, "What's the return on investing in a Christian school?"
Perhaps you think that way as well. What's the value of a Christian education? Should we spend money today that we could earmark for college? Is a Christian school really worth its price tag?
In our case, the price tag before us was daunting. When we did the math, we were deep into a six-figure expense through twelfth grade-about the same cost as that of a couple of college educations or the principle on our mortgage.
Most business professors don't get paid like the executives we teach, so I admit, it was tempting at that point todefault back to the status quo, especially since the public schools in our district are pretty decent. Compared to our local Christian school, there's not a huge gap in SAT scores or college entrance rates. So why not just save the money and rely on home and church for values education
Frankly, we concluded, values education through home and church is simply not enough for us. Kids, like adults, oftenadopt the values of their peers and their teachers, and we saw signs that this was already starting to happen. We were diligently pouring ourselves into our kids' lives at home, training them up in faith and virtue. But seven hours a day, five days a week, they were being reeducated, marinated in a secular worldview that was competing for their precious, malleable minds.
Like so many parents, Tara and I want our kids in a safe, nurturing, academically challenging environment. That's certainly a big part of the return on investment for Christian schooling. But the other bottom line in Christian schools is education for virtue: character development, renewing children's minds so that children are God-centered rather than self-centered when making decisions.
Someday-someday too soon- our four kids will be making those decisions without consulting us. Tara and I want to help them do so by shaping their hearts to love God. It's the most important responsibility that God has entrusted to us, so we can use all the help we can get, seven hours a day, five days a week.
Christian schools educate for virtue. And now we've chosen a Christian school for our kids because, although money's tight, we simply can't put a price tag on that kind of education.
Christian Schooling: Developing Christian Minds by Brad Green, PhD
Christian Schools-at their best- have sought to form in students what is sometimes called a "Christian mind." Harry Blamires, a student of C. S. Lewis, lamented in his classic book The Christian Mind , "There is no longer a Christian mind." The development of a Christian mind, or the development of a Christian worldview, is one of the most beautiful and important things that Christian schools at their best offer to their students and families.
The Christian school is about much, much more than simply downloading data or helping students get a better job. It takes its cues from an earlier day when the goal of education was, ultimately, to "think God's thoughts after Him." The Christian school seeks to help students view and interpret the world whether it be in science, literature, economics, politics, history, or mathematics -through a certain "grid," the reality of who God is and what He has spoken to us. Thus, when the Christian school properly understands it’s crucial mission, it seeks to help students look at all things through this grid of who God is and what He has spoken.
From this outcome we should not infer that Christian schools are "biased" while the secular or public schools are "neutral," a view that is rooted in the modern and postmodern notion that man is "autonomous," or self-ruling, and can make sense of the world completely on his own. Instead, a Christian understanding recognizes that God created and reigns over the world. It follows that only God can truly understand His own world and that we can only rightly understand the world (and its science, literature, economics, politics, history, and mathematics) when we view it in the light of who God is and what He has spoken to us.
When we speak of a Christian mind, we are thinking of a Christian person who has learned-through diligent study, reflection, debate, writing, and deliberation-to see the unity of all truth under God. This person understands that education, or the intellectual life, is part and parcel of the life of discipleship. This person has learned to think about all things (including the very nature of “thinking” itself) through a mind transformed by the gospel and centered on the basic truths of Christianity. Indeed, the Christian school student will eventually come to the place where he or she realizes that every act of knowing and every act of comprehension is due solely to the grace of God, that the very act of knowing makes sense only against the backdrop of a Christian vision of the world. For God has made man as a thinking, relating, and comprehending being who is put in the world to know and love God and neighbor.
Indeed, if Christian schools can form that type of person son a person who sees and interprets everything in life in relation to the reality and revelation of the God of Holy Scripture, a person who has learned to see all truth as originating in the God of Holy Scripture, a person who brings the heart of Christian orthodoxy to bear on every decision or relationship or endeavor then we will see the fruit of a truly Christian education. May God be pleased to bring it about!
Christian Schooling: A Resource for a Rapidly Changing World by Ken Smitherman, LLD
I am reminded of the Old Testament account in which Moses gathered the Israelites together to give them final instructions as they were about to enter the Promised Land. For them life was about to change big time! God had led them for 40 years in the wilderness in preparation for their entry into the land that would be their new home and new life. Moses shared with them the message that God had given him, including this very important expression of God's concern and care for them: "Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!" (Deuteronomy 5:29).
The distinctive of Christian schooling is to produce students with the intellectual development and spiritual formation that God so desired for the children of Israel-individuals whose hearts would be inclined to fear God and keep His commandments.
The education of your children is not unlike that which Moses was giving to the Israelites, who were about to begin life in a very different world. Moses was not preparing them to live as they had for the past 40 years; he was preparing them for change of unbelievable and magnificent proportions.
Reflect on some of the unbelievable global and cultural changes of the past 15 years-changes that have had varying but real impact on every person in the world: the fall of the Iron Curtain signaling the end of the cold war, the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa and the ultimate demise of apartheid in that nation; the high-tech boom and bust-and seeming boom again; the advent and prevalence of the Internet; 9/11 and the reality and fear of terrorism; unbelievable natural disasters. All of these and many more illustrate the reality of change throughout the world. Never has the significance of Christian schooling been more evident. Life is no longer a matter of "business as usual." A world of continuous, dramatic, and life-impacting changes is the world in which our children will mature.
In his recent book Inevitable Surprises: Thinking Ahead in a Time of Turbulence, Peter Schwartz talks about medical breakthroughs: advancements that increase life expectancy to 150 years; high-tech biological enhancements for soldiers, including laser surgery that gives fighter pilots eagle-eye vision better than 20/20; drugs that allow 72 hours of sleep deprivation without degradation of performance, enhancements for night vision, pain relief, healing, and general strength and stamina. He notes that it is generally only a matter of time before public demand brings such advancements into the medical marketplace.
These are only a few examples of the drive toward medical technologies that result in bio-enhanced individuals, raising critical questions in the realm of bioethics. A related development is the great pressure for expanded and aggressive genetic research. Even secular writers recognize the seriousness of the problem. In Curriculum Update, a publication by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Rick Allen writes: "As today's Nobel Prize-winning biology research becomes tomorrow's high school lab experiment, say research scientists and professional ethicists, it is crucial that students also understand the profound moral and ethical dilemmas that the application of genetics raises for society" ("The Genetics Revolution: Will Students Be Equipped to Challenge a Brave New World?").
Where else but in the Christian school are the scientists of tomorrow- many of them your children-going to develop crucial Christian worldview understandings and biblically based moral and ethical positions? Where else but in Christian school classrooms will young hearts and minds be transformed as God would have them be? We argue strongly: Christian schooling is not a refuge from, but rather, a resource for, a rapidly changing world.
The Distinctions of Christian Schooling by Derek Keenan, EdD
Education is a process of change. What children come to learn, know, understand, and believe changes them. And until full maturity is achieved, education has a profound and life-impacting consequence. This is the directional issue of every educational and learning experience. You see, education-and particularly the more formal type of education we call schooling- moves its students toward some goal. Schooling is an educational process of becoming, and the question is, Becoming what?
Christian schooling is committed to producing a particular kind of person-a Christian person. Christian schooling is an education for a particular kind of life- a Christian life. The process of authentic Christian education involves preparing students for living, in the fullest sense of the word, as followers of Christ. This way of living is the desired end for the kind of education we are contemplating. Children are blessed when they are started on the road to this goal early in life.
"I believe in Christian education for everyone, beginning with a parent's cooing words of Scripture and gospel songs into an infant's ear, moving on to the discipline of family and personal Bible reading and prayer in the home; from there, to informal studies in lay-groups. It costs nothing but time to establish the foundations of Christian education within a family" (Bruce Lockerbie, A Passion for Learning.)
Schooling, no matter what type, shapes its students in significant ways. These ways cannot be separated or pulled apart, as some may think, but are all woven into the person that each child or young person is becoming. This shaping may be thoughtfully defined or ill defined, but no matter the intention of the school, the life of every student is being changed in these areas:
Thinking that includes knowing and understanding
Proficiency in using content and ideas
Belief system about the world and how it works
Individual personhood and the core beliefs that control behavior
Christian schooling is a Christ-centered educative agent, and it addresses each of these four developing areas of a child's life. In the academic area it takes seriously its responsibility for development of the life of the mind, but it does not distance or discount God from the academic life. It views preparing skilled young people as essential to assisting each child to reach her or his God-given potential in Christ. The Christian school helps cultivate a worldview that gives God His rightful place, and it looks to the Bible for guidance in answering life's big questions. And finally, Christian schooling enhances the child's spiritual development in an intentional and nurturing manner.
Christ-centered education for Preschool through Jr. High
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