There are many reasons that people choose a Christian education over a public school education for their children, and today we'd like to discuss a few of the more common ones.
Smaller Classroom Setting
In public schools, classroom size can be a problem for many students. Some classes have twenty or more kids, depending on the size of the school itself. Teachers are often worn out by the end of the day because they have to attend to the needs of so many students on an almost constant basis. Large classrooms often mean that children who need one-on-one instruction or attention have to go without it. Those kids who find the course material to be easy often have to wait for the rest of the class to catch up. In a Christian school, the classrooms are much smaller, which means that each child receives a more personalized educational experience. Children are allowed to learn and grow at their own pace, and teachers are able to offer instruction based on the abilities of the child.
In our homes, we set a Biblical foundation for everything we do, and every decision we make. Whenever problems arise, we go to the Bible to find out the answer. Most kids spend at least six hours a day in school, and when it's a public school, that Biblical foundation is lost. That means that during the school year, most kids spend 1/4 of their time learning material that isn't supported by, or that isn't supportive of God's Word. Is it any wonder that our kids have a hard time maintaining their Christian faith throughout their school years? A Christian education gives kids the supportive Biblical foundation they need, which supports the instruction they receive at church, as well as in the home.
Not only do Christian schools maintain high standards for the quality of the education they offer, but they also maintain high standards as far as ethics and morality. In public schools, the social aspect of life is of the utmost importance. On any given day, a child might come home expressing concern over a friend becoming angry with another friend and expecting the uninvolved child to take sides. Peer pressure is a major problem in public schools, and many kids have succumbed to the pressure of using drugs, drinking, smoking, or having sex because a friend pressured them to do so. In Christian school, morality is very important, and the kids are held to a high standard in every area of their lives. While there will always be some problems present, even in Christian school (after all, we are all sinners), it's easier for children to give in to positive peer pressure.
If you're looking for a Christian school for your child(ren), and you live in the Horseheads, Elmira, Corning, or surrounding areas, we'd love to talk to you. It's our goal to create a terrific Christian education experience for every child who comes through our doors. We are excited about the growth that's in store for Foundations Christian School, and we'd love for you and your family to become a part of that growth. For more information on Foundations Christian School, contact us today!