Parents have debated over which type of school size presents the best learning environment for their children for decades. In the 1960's, it was thought that a larger school was more beneficial. The focus was on a more comprehensive education as well as cutting down on education costs. It wasn't until more recently that experts have discovered that by sacrificing the cost of education for our children, a large school generally has a negative effect on overall academics and graduation rates. Studies have shown that as schools increase in size, absenteeism, drop out rates, and discipline issues increase as well.
What's more, according to an article on GreatSchools.org, smaller schools ended up spending (on average) about 17% less per student each year. Small schools result in spending less money per student, and they provide excellent (or even better) academic results.
Falling Through The Cracks
Sadly, many large schools have students who have fallen through the cracks. They may not be understanding the concepts that are taught to them, or they may need additional instruction before some things just "click". Most larger schools don't have the staff that is necessary to provide this type of instruction. As a result, it is the students who suffer. Many schools are reluctant to "fail" a child who isn't performing up to the standards of the grade level, so instead, that child gets promoted, only to receive even less instruction the following year.
What Makes Foundations Christian School in Horseheads, New York Different?
There is a lot that makes us different!
We're excited to be starting out as a "small" school. The children who come through our doors each morning will be greeted warmly, and as they continue on throughout the day, they will be given the instruction and attention they need. Our program is an individualized one, so you can rest assured that your child will never "fall through the cracks." We do expect the occasional struggle with a math concept, or with studying for an exam. However, through our strong partnership with our school's parents, we're confident that we will be able to work together to overcome these struggles together.
If you'd like to know more about Foundations Christian School in Horseheads, New York, we want to invite you to contact us! We're eager to talk to you, and it's not too late to get your child enrolled before school starts in September. We look forward to talking to you about the excellent education we have to offer your kids this year.
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