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

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

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

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