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Why Christian School

Why Choose a Private Christian School?

A Child’s early education helps to form the foundation from which they will see and interact with the world. Christian schools are based on the principals of God’s Word and keep Christ at the center of everything they do and teach. It is true that children will grow up and need to know how to conduct themselves in “the real world.” Today’s world is full of growing challenges, temptations, and even persecution. We must be diligent in teaching our children who Christ is, who He created them to be, and how to live out His purposes for their lives. Christian schools provide education, prayer, praise, fellowship, and Godly examples for children to grow strong in their faith, and to be prepared to make a positive impact in the world.

Advantages of Christian Schools:
- Taught from the Bible
- Safety & security
- Teachers & staff as Christian role models
- Better academic achievement
- Small class sizes and more individual attention
- Close network of friends with similar values
- Active parent involvement
- Family-like atmosphere with students, teachers, staff, and families
- Learn Christian values and application to daily life
- Character development
- Taught discipline with love and grace
- Quality education by certified teachers

What the Research Says:

• Researcher William Jeynes found that religious, mostly Christian, school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools…Jeynes also found a greater reduction in the class and race based achievement gaps…Additionally, Jeynes found that the differences on behavioral measures were even greater than the academic differences. Students at religious schools were less likely, for instance, to get suspended, get into fights, do drugs, and get involved in bullying. These students also showed more respect for teachers.” (A Meta-Analysis on the Effects and Contributions of Public, Public Charter, and Religious Schools on Student Outcomes published in Peabody Journal of Education, 2012. Quote from report by christianpost.com)

• “Compared to their public school, Catholic school, and non-religious private school peers, Protestant Christian School graduates are uniquely compliant, generous, outwardly-focused individuals who stabilize their communities by their uncommon commitment to their families, their churches, and larger society. ……these graduates harbor distinctive hope and optimism about their lives and their futures, and have the tools to engage in healthy relationships and address the problems in their lives” (Cardus Educational Survey, 2011).
And, most importantly: “Whatever beliefs a person embraces when he or she is young are not likely to change as the individual ages. …if people do not embrace Jesus Christ as their Savior before they reach their teenage years, the chance of their doing so at all is slim” (George Barna, 2003).

Download Jeynes Meta Analysis of Public Public Charter and Religious Schools

A word about Christian Schools from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI):

“The choice you make for your children's education shapes them academically, spiritually, and in their worldview and skills. At Christian schools, the faculty and staff are equipped to address each of these developing areas of a child's life. These schools take seriously the responsibility to develop children's minds, but they don't distance God from academics. They know that developing skills in young people is essential to helping them reach their God-given potential.

Christian educators help cultivate a worldview in which God has His rightful place, and they look to the Bible for guidance in answering life's big questions. These teachers enhance children's spiritual development in an intentional, nurturing manner. A Christian education at an ACSI member school will help your child grow spiritually, academically, and culturally. In fact, the recent Cardus Education Survey and other education studies show that ACSI schools develop the whole child better than any other type of school. Watch this brief video to learn how!”

www.acsi.org/about-acsi-and-membership/why-christian-schooling

What the Bible says:

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes….” – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

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