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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This very small K-12 school has its classrooms in the same building as the church and its daycare program, The Learning Center, which accepts children ages 1 to 5. The school “is an integral and inseparable part of the Pentecostals of Dover, Delaware,” according to the school handbook. The basic purpose of Christian education, the handbook notes, “is to assist individuals to accept, progress and apply Christian teaching in a positive way to their everyday situations.” The handbook, which is available at the school’s Website, also outlines a statement of faith and a statement of purpose.
Layton Preparatory School
Layton Prep is located at Wilmington University’s graduate campus in New Castle Corporate Commons and uses the science labs, library and gymnasium at the university’s main campus. Now in its fifth year, Layton Prep graduated its first full class last spring—12 students, all of whom went on to college. Layton Prep’s mission has expanded to include not only students with learning differences, but all who want a smaller, more individualized academic and social learning environment. Despite the school’s small size—the cap is 60 students—there are several opportunities for sports and clubs.
Milford Christian School
Nearly two-thirds of Milford Christian students attend churches other than the school’s home church, First Baptist of Milford, which school administrator Pastor David Perdue sees as a particular strength. He emphasizes, though, that home, school and church function like the three legs of a stool, and all must match for it to function properly. “We want good kids from good families,” he adds. Milford Christian offers pre-K to grade 12, but while the average class size in the elementary grades is 12 students, in high school the number is down to four per grade.
New Castle Christian Academy
Both administrators and several staff members are alumni of New Castle Christian—evidence, says Pastor Ron Sears, that they love the school and strongly support its mission. The biblically based school has a family atmosphere that is evident beginning first thing in the morning, when administrators stand at the door to welcome students as they arrive. Students have easy access to teachers, who seek to instill critical thinking skills. Last year New Castle Christian added a daycare program for children as young as six weeks, and the daycare space was renovated over the summer.
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