Questions to Ask When Visiting a Private School

As you head out to visit schools you are considering for your child, I'm sure you've got a set of questions ready to ask. I always encourage folks to visit and I believe that this is the best time to roll out your questions, as opposed to asking through email or over the phone. In person you will know who you are talking to and receive all of the non-verbal aspects of the question and answer interchange. I've listed below a few questions that might not be on your list and the reasons I think these are important.

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Posted by David Hawes on 4/4/2018

Three Items to Consider when Visiting a Private School

So, you are considering private school as an option for your child and are (wisely) planning to visit one or more schools.  If you are just beginning this process, you might be unsure how to make the best use of your time and get the most out of your visit. This post is the first in a two part series that addresses some things to consider and questions to ask that you might not have on your list.

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Posted by David Hawes on 3/16/2018

Introducing: The Christian School vs. Public School Ebook

You may have noticed in the past we have written several parts in a blog series about four questions Christian families should consider when deciding which school their children should attend. We decided it would be beneficial to wrap up all five of these parts, combining them into a single Ebook, for your convenience. Our wish is for it to make your decision a bit easier, in a process that can be somewhat challenging to navigate. Hopefully, it will give you new insight, or perhaps an alternate perspective on an important topic.

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Posted by Nathan Moe on 7/19/2017

Ten Important Elements in a Kindergarten Program

The selection of a Kindergarten program can be the first significant educational decision parents make for their children.  And if this is a family’s first child, parents haven’t had to make this decision before.  The large number of schools and program options can make it seem almost impossible to find the right or best choice!

Step one is understanding which of the various elements of a Kindergarten program are the most important. We asked our Kindergarten teacher at Washington Christian Academy to tell us which elements she thought mattered most, and here they are:

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Posted by David Hawes on 4/21/2017

Reasons Christian Parents Don’t Send Their Children to Christian Schools - Part 5

I’ve made it to the final post in my series on the main four reasons I hear from Christian parents that choose not to send their children to Christian schools.  The first post gave a quick summary and I’ve explored each reason in more detail through the series.  The four reason I’ve been addressing are:

  • Christian schools have “bad kids” just like public schools
  • Teachers in Christian schools are generally less qualified
  • Christian schools lack the resource advantages of public school funding
  • Christian children should be evangelists in the public schools
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Posted by David Hawes on 2/13/2017

Four Reasons Christian Parents Don’t Send Their Children to Christian Schools - Part 4

In a previous blog post, I presented four reasons I hear from Christian parents that choose not to send their children to Christian schools - aside from the obvious financial reasons.

  • Christian schools have “bad kids” just like public schools
  • Teachers in Christian schools are generally less qualified
  • Christian schools lack the resource advantages of public school funding
  • Christian children should be evangelists in the public schools
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Posted by David Hawes on 2/7/2017

Reasons Christian Parents Don’t Send Their Children to Christian Schools - Part 3

In a previous blog post, I presented four reasons I hear from Christian parents that choose not to send their
children to Christian schools - aside from the obvious financ
ial reasons.

  • Christian schools have “bad kids” just like public schools
  • Teachers in Christian schools are generally less qualified
  • Christian schools lack the resource advantages of public school funding
  • Christian children should be evangelists in the public schools
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Posted by David Hawes on 2/3/2017

Reasons Christian Parents Don’t Send Their Children to Christian Schools - Part 2

In a previous blog post, I presented four reasons I hear from Christian parents that choose not to send their
children to Christian schools - aside from the obvious financial reasons.

  • Christian schools have “bad kids” just like public schools
  • Teachers in Christian schools are generally less qualified
  • Christian schools lack the resource advantages of public school funding
  • Christian children should be evangelists in the public schools
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Posted by David Hawes on 1/28/2017

Four Reasons Christian Parents Don’t Send Their Children to Christian Schools

I don’t think that anyone (at least anyone I’ve talked with) would say that any available Christian school is always going to be the best option for Christian families.  And, given the cost of tuition, there are many families that would want their children to attend, but simply don’t have the resources to make it possible.  

Those issues aside, there are families that could afford the tuition that don’t even consider Christian schools.  Here are some of the reasons I’ve heard and read:

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Posted by David Hawes on 1/24/2017

Helicopter Parenting Doesn’t Prepare High School Students for Success in College

More than ever, students entering college aren’t prepared and as a result, aren’t graduating in four years.  According to a study by the non-profit group Complete College America, only 19% of students graduate on time from non-flagship public universities and the percentage is only 36% at flagship universities.

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Posted by David Hawes on 11/7/2016