David Hawes

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Teaching Youth to Use Social Media Wisely

This blog post was originally published on the Core Christianity website. The author, Mr. Andrew Menkis, is a faculty member at Washington Christian Academy and the head of our Theology Department.

If you are looking for tips and tricks to control your teenager's social media accounts, this isn’t the post for you. If you want a list of rules or the “10 Commandments of Social Media,” this isn’t the article you are looking for. However, if you want to have meaningful conversations with teenagers about how to use social media wisely, this article may help you start a discussion.

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Posted by David Hawes on 5/24/2019

Affording Christian Education - Other Sources and Payment Plans

This is the third article in our series on Affording Christian education. In the first two articles I talked about typical policies for private schools and some tuition discounts that might be availble. In this article I'll discuss some other sources for tuition funding and what you should expect from schools related to payment plans.

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Posted by David Hawes on 5/14/2019

Affording Christian Education - Discounts are Often Available

As I mentioned in the first article in this series, many parents are interested in private schools but immediately stop thinking about it when they look at the tuition page on the school's website. In addition to the tuition assistance programs referenced in that article, schools also have discount programs. And in the past few years, more and more schools are adopting a form of what is called "Variable Tuition". Here's some info on both of these programs.

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Posted by David Hawes on 5/2/2019

Counting Every Blessing - Student Blog

Today in our blog, we're sharing an article written by one of our 10th grade students. We held a contest and this was the winning entry. We hope you enjoy reading a student's perspective on her WCA experience.

Under the gentle rays of the sunrise, the world around us is bathed in an ethereal, golden glow. Copper and tangerine hues radiate through the sky, breaking through the previous dark of night. My grandma likes to say that each morning, God paints the sky anew for us to begin our days in unadulterated awe.

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Posted by David Hawes on 4/18/2019

Affording Private Christian School Education - Tuition Assistance Misconceptions

Have you been interested in having your child attend a private school but immediately stopped thinking about it when you looked at the tuition page on the school's website? The large numbers you probably saw can appear insurmountable and make it seem like private school is only for the very wealthy. You understand the benefits, but why bother thinking about something that is impossible?  If you’ve ever felt like this, keep reading - I’ve got some information in this blog post (and future posts in this series) that may turn what seems impossible into a reality for your child.

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Posted by David Hawes on 4/3/2019

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

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

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