• Elizabeth Dimartino

Thinking New School?

SPONSORED BY: Sarasota Christian School

Why choose a private christian school?

Considering where to send your child to school is an important milestone for parents ...

There are many options, such as private, public, charter, and homeschool for you to consider. It’s important to understand the differences and identify what makes each option unique. As a parent, you will want to consider what is most important to your family. If spiritual development and faith formation is on the top of your list, you may want to consider a Christian education.

So, how is a Christian school experience different from that of an independent or public school? Recent research helps highlight one of the important benefits that a private Christian school can offer your child: students who attend Christian schools are more likely to remain faithful as young adults.

A Christian school is not just a place where students can pray, sing worship songs and read the Bible. A genuine Christian education seeks to integrate God’s Word into every facet of the curriculum as well as extra-curricular activities and events. Students will be encouraged to see and understand the world through the perspective of God’s truth, and the Bible becomes the lens in which students view what they are learning. Parents are an important part of the Christian school community and are seen as partners with the school in the student’s spiritual formation.

Recent data from the Cardus Education Survey found that attending a Christian school has a measurable effect on graduates that is distinct from the influence of family, socio-economic background, or church life. Among the findings in the report Walking the Path: The Religious Lives of Young Adults in North America (David Sikkink, 2018), are three key ways in which graduates of Christian schools are different than public school grads:

• Christian school graduates are much more likely to pray, read the Bible, attend church regularly, and tithe than non-Christian school graduates.

• Christian school graduates report significantly higher belief in orthodox Christian teachings, such as the belief that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and that the Bible is infallible in matters of faith and practice.

• Christian school graduates are less likely to switch religious affiliation or turn from the faith of their childhood.

Church and family life are important to a child’s development, and research shows that school plays an important role in this development as well. A Christian education can provide a nurturing and faith-affirming foundation where students can grow and develop both academically and spiritually.

When researching Christian school options, be sure to look for an academic environment that includes more than just an occasional prayer or Christmas decorations. Look for a place where Biblical truths are seamlessly integrated into classrooms, extracurricular activities, and athletics. That is the true difference between a secular and Christian school experience.

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