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

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

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

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

Take Charge of Your Child’s Future: 4 Important Ways Your High School Student Should Prepare For College

Your high school child may be doing well in school, but is he or she ready to succeed in college? Ongoing national test scores and surveys have shown time and time again that not only do a majority of high school seniors feel unprepared for college, they are unprepared. These students are nonetheless being admitted and charged thousands of dollars for the chance to waste four years of their lives. If you want your child to be ready to benefit from a college education make sure he is doing these four things in high school.

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Posted by Washington Christian Academy on 5/12/2016

5 Ways to Make the First Day of Kindergarten a Stellar Experience

For many children, the first day of kindergarten is a memorable experience. It is the first step on a long educational journey.  Parents can help their child get their school year off on the right foot by being prepared. Here are 5 ways parents can prepare for the first day of kindergarten so their children can enter the classroom with confidence:

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Posted by Washington Christian Academy on 8/11/2015

5 Fun Ways to Prevent Summer Brain Drain


After a long and challenging school year, students of all ages have finally reached a well-earned break. Instead of working on homework, it’s time to swim in the sunshine, play and spend quality time with family and friends.

But without the structure of daily learning, students can lose the skills they’ve worked hard to develop during the school year. This is known as the “summer brain drain” or “summer slump.” Fortunately, there are plenty of fun, exciting ways to keep a child’s mind active throughout the summer months to prevent summer learning loss.  Here are 5 ideas:

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Posted by Washington Christian Academy on 6/23/2015

5 Ways to Help Your Child Memorize Scripture

As an adult, it’s easy to take for granted our knowledge of God’s word. But we began like children, slowly reciting and needing to spend time on scripture memorization.

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Posted by Juliette Sivertsen on 6/9/2015

7 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Kindergarten marks the start of a child’s formal education and this formative time can have a significant influence on the way your child develops and relates to others for the duration of his or her life. We’ve put together a list of 7 great ways to help prepare your child for kindergarten to give them the best possible start to their education. 

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Posted by Washington Christian Academy on 5/5/2015

3 Ways to Prepare Your Middle School Student for College

In a recent article in The New York Times, an M.I.T. economist named David Autor notes, “We have too few college graduates. We also have too few people prepared for college.” While college may seem like a vague concept or a far away milestone, it will be here for your child before you know it. Here are a few ways to make sure that your child is prepared.

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Posted by Washington Christian Academy on 2/24/2015