Parents tend to agonize over where to send their kids for the precious hours that they are away from home. With so many options out there, it's hard to determine what takes priority. In a recent 2018 survey, Tri-City Christian School parents responded to what they found most important in their kids education:
1. Christian Values: As shown in a previous post, Christian schools are not immune from the challenges of the world, however, they do offer an opportunity for your child to be to taught from a Biblical Worldview. That is more than a Bible class; it means prayer for and with your child, and other Godly influences to pour into their lives!
2. Small Class Size: Research has proven that small class sizes can greatly increase student achievement! Not only does it allow the teachers to spend more time with each student's work, but it also allows teachers to build deeper relationships.
3. Safe Environment
-Physically: Students cannot thrive where they do not feel safe. Finding a place to learn where they feel like they can grow and learn without being in harm's way is vital. In fact, it's part of the foundation of Maslow's hierarchy of needs!
-Emotionally: Bullying is a major concern for many parents, and finding a place where bullying is addressed properly makes all the difference in the budding self-esteem of children.
-Spiritually: Culture is constantly at war with the words of Christ. In a Christian environment, students are given the tools to handle the culture of criticism with grace and love.
4. Quality Staff: Studies show that the largest impact to a student's academic achievement is the quality of the teachers. Educators that are well-trained and teaching their passion help to teach students not only their subject, but to love learning.
5. College-Preparatory Reputation: For many parents, college is a primary goal of their child's education. Finding a school who prepares students academically, socially, and spiritually for college is vital not only to their current success, but their future success as well.
6. K-12 Community: Students lose a lot of information over summer, but what if something hadn't been covered last year, and the teacher wants to build on it this year? A school that runs from kindergarten through senior year allows seamless integration of aligned curriculum that separate schools simply cannot manage.
7. Co-Curricular Activities: Every child needs the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom, whether that includes field trips, mission trips, clubs, or athletics. Learning is about more than being an academic master, but also about being a well-rounded young person.
Finding the right school can be overwhelming; however, there is no question that investing in a good education will pay off for years to come."There can be no doubt that God cares how our children are educated. He makes it abundantly clear that the two most important things in life for an adult are to love God with his or her whole heart and to teach his children to do the same. Once a person enjoys a love relationship with the Lord, he needs to focus on instilling this love in the hearts and minds of the generation to follow." -Glen Schultz, Kingdom Education.