What Qualifications Should My Child's Lower School Teacher Have?

As you examine school options for your elementary school aged children, you might be wondering what type of qualifications they should have. Our experience over the fifty-plus years of operating an elementary school has taught us to focus on a couple of key areas. There are other factors, but we consider the ones listed below to be critical.

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Posted by Nathan Moe on 11/20/2018

Conversation Starters for the Dinner Table

In this day and age, it can be very difficult to have consistent family times around the dinner table. Busy schedules, cell phones, and TV, provide distractions that threaten to steal from valuable family bonding during meal times, especially as children get older.

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Posted by Nathan Moe on 11/12/2018

Five Questions to Ask Christian Schools

Every private school is different and that includes Christian schools. Though some of the foundation principles are likely to be similar, there are certainly going to be differences that reflect each school's priorities or way they carry out their mission. In many cases the differences don't mean that one school is better than the other - just different. Here are a few questions to ask that will help you identify the differences and decide which environment would best fit your family. 

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Posted by David Hawes on 11/2/2018

When Should My Child Start Kindergarten?

We get this question all the time. Parents with children just reaching school-age want to know the potential benefits and/or drawbacks of the different options. We've operated an elementary school for over fifty years and have experience with pre-kindergarten programs - ours and others. And, because we are a school that serves children through twelfth grade, we also see the longer term affects of this decision. 

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Posted by David Hawes on 10/30/2018

Unraveling the Mystery of the College Application and Decision Process

In this article we will lay out the general timeline for the college application and decision process. Knowing these dates will help you and your student anticipate deadlines and reduce the stress that comes with rushing or procrastinating. We hope to help make your college preparation process to go more smoothly, effectively, and successfully.

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Posted by Nathan Moe on 10/23/2018

A Checklist for Your High School Senior for the College Admission Process

There's a lot for your senior to do to successfully navigate the college admission process. We've been ushering students through this for many years and have put together a checklist to help them know what they should take responsibility for. Parents, you might be tempted to step in and take over but we'd strongly caution you against doing these things for your child. Your child will be on their own in college - if they aren't able to take responsibility and complete these items themselves, then they probably won't be able to handle the responsibilities that college itself will bring.

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Posted by David Hawes on 10/19/2018

Tips for Working with your High School Senior in the College Decision Process

You as a parent know your student's strengths and weaknesses and can uniquely guide them accordingly, assisting them in their college decision process. Certainly, a parent should use wisdom and balance in this, as it could be easy for the student to feel that the decision is being made for them. At the same time, they will need your help and support. As is true in many other areas of parenting, the trick is to maintain a good balance between the extremes. Here are a few tips to assist in this process for you and your student:

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Posted by Nathan Moe on 10/16/2018

Is Your High School Senior Getting Stressed Out?

If you have a child who is currently a senior in high school, you know that the application process is heating up, deadlines are approaching, and the school-work required for seniors at academically challenging schools continues. In many ways, the transition to college for your child starts during the senior year with the assumption of responsibility in the college process and can bring with it an added measure of stress. 

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Posted by David Hawes on 10/12/2018

WCA Thesis & Internships - A Unique High School Experience

The Washington Christian Academy Senior Thesis and Internship Program challenges our seniors to think critically and Christianly about a topic of particular interest to them and then to explore how that issue is played out in the workplace. All this is done in a friendly, challenging environment where faculty and students together pursue “the good, the true, and the beautiful,” all to the glory of God.

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Posted by David Hawes on 10/9/2018

How to Make Mealtimes Work for Your Family

If I told you that spending mealtime together as a family is an important way to stay connected to your children and build family strength and unity, I feel like you’d give me the answer from the Geico commercial - “Everybody Knows That!!” But, not everybody knows how to make it happen - to actually be together during a meal. Here are a few thoughts that have helped my family and others to accomplish the goal.

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Posted by David Hawes on 9/11/2018