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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It’s not just that Salesianum is the only all-male high school in the state that makes it unique. “It’s also the spirituality and charisma that the Oblates [of St. Francis de Sales] bring to the school,” says admissions director Mark Winchell. “When you walk in you can feel that sense of spirit, tradition and respect.” Salesianum encourages its students to follow the admonition of St. Francis: “Be who you are and be that well.” Last year Salesianum received a National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service by a High School.
Sanford has the academic rigor and rich opportunities that one expects from an independent, private school. What sets it apart, says admissions director Andrew Walpole, is “the engaged, friendly and collaborative environment. Sanford students don’t feel as if they need to compete with each other academically or socially. People can feel safe being themselves.” Even visiting prospective students comment that they leave at the end of the day having made new friends. Students also embrace the school’s motto, “no talent lies latent,” by taking risks and trying new things, Walpole adds. Sanford’s 100-acre campus is akin to a college campus, with students walking from building to building for their classes.
Seaford Christian Academy
Administrator Larry Snyder believes that the family atmosphere at Seaford Christian Academy sets it apart. “People get along. We are friendly and close-knit,” he says. Parents and grandparents volunteer in the school, and older students tutor and mentor peers and younger students. Students and staff “are encouraged to do all things with excellence so that their efforts bring glory and honor to the Lord,” Snyder adds. The purchase of new equipment is allowing the school to expand its use of instructional technology this year at all grade levels in order to address different types of learning styles and to allow for active participation.
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