The Private School Primer
What makes a high school right for your young student? Great academics? A moral foundation? Terrific arts? Competitive athletics? Here are the traits that distinguish each from the other.
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At Christian Tabernacle, the Bible dictates the educational philosophy. “Education without acknowledging the Creator would be lacking because we believe that it is only in acknowledging the Creator that there is purpose,” says administrator Jaime Hurd. She adds that the school is a “very loving place” where teachers are dedicated to the academic, emotional and spiritual growth of every student. New this year is a program through which home-schooled children are welcome at the school to take specific courses or to participate in the sports program. Athletic offerings were expanded this year to include a youth basketball league for children ages 5 through 10.
Concord Christian Academy
With a little more than 200 students, this Christian school is small enough that “everyone knows everyone,” says administrator Jeffrey Bergey. Students benefit from having a faculty with an average of 18 years of teaching experience, and the student body as a whole tests more than 18 months ahead of the national average. In the past few years the school has enhanced the music program and added a speech-drama class that puts on an annual school play. The goal of Concord Christian, Bergey adds, is “to partner with parents, to assist and help them to educate their children.”
Administrators of Delmarva Christian High School have a vision: “To train students to walk with God, walk with their fellow believers, and walk in, but not of, this world.” That means a curriculum that stresses moral education but also holds students accountable for success in rigorous college preparatory and Advanced Placement courses.
Fairwinds Christian School
The school is a ministry of Fairwinds Baptist Church. About 50 percent of students also attend Fairwinds Church, but the school welcomes any student who wants a Bible-centered education, says Pastor Carlo DeStefano. All of the teachers are born-again Christians, and chapel services are held every Wednesday morning. The school follows a conservative philosophy, so it requires uniforms in order to encourage modesty. Students and parents are asked to sign a student-conduct code.
Greenwood Mennonite School
Under the leadership of new principal Duane Miller, Greenwood Mennonite seeks to encourage its students to take a more challenging academic curriculum. New programs this year include pre-kindergarten and before- and after-school daycare. A new elementary school curriculum also was introduced. Home-schoolers are welcome to attend Greenwood Mennonite part time or for individual courses. The school’s long-time emphasis on ministry is evidenced by the high percentage of students who go on to Bible College in preparation for careers in missions and ministries, Miller says.
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