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Why Christian Education

 

The decision to commit financially to send your children to a Christian school is not an easy one.

For over 40 years Crossroads has consistently prepared children to succeed academically, spiritually and relationally. Some advantages enjoyed by Crossroads students include:

• Consistent reinforcement of values between home and school 
• Parental involvement invited and valued
• Prayer as integral part of life and learning
• Reflection of the all-present role of God in every aspect of learning
• Small class sizes and individual attention
• Dedicated teachers as role models, challengers, and encouragers
• Fellowship and opportunity to build life-long friendships
• Preparation for engaging an unbelieving world
• Training in God’s Word and application to daily life
• Character development and loving discipline
• Opportunities to learn about God’s grace and share God’s love

Independent research supports what we already know: that Christian school prepares children better for life and higher education than other private schools, charter schools, or public schools.

“He [researcher William Jeynes] found that religious, mostly Christian, school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools…Jeynes also found a greater reduction in the class and race based achievement gaps…Additionally, Jeynes found that the differences on behavioral measures were even greater than the academic differences. Students at religious schools were less likely, for instance, to get suspended, get into fights, do drugs, and get involved in bullying. These students also showed more respect for teachers.” (A Meta-Analysis on the Effects and Contributions of Public, Public Charter, and Religious Schools on Student Outcomes published in Peabody Journal of Education, 2012. Quote from report by christianpost.com)

“Compared to their public school, Catholic school, and non-religious private school peers, Protestant Christian school graduates are uniquely compliant, generous, outwardly-focused individuals who stabilize their communities by their uncommon commitment to their families, their churches, and larger society. ……these graduates harbor distinctive hope and optimism about their lives and their futures, and have the tools to engage in healthy relationships and address the problems in their lives” (Cardus Educational Survey, 2011).

And, most importantly: “Whatever beliefs a person embraces when he or she is young are not likely to change as the individual ages. …if people do not embrace Jesus Christ as their Savior before they reach their teenage years, the chance of their doing so at all is slim” (George Barna, 2003).

For more reading on the benefits of Christian education, see these articles by the Association of Christian Schools International:

Why Christian School

An Encouragement for Christian School Families

Parenting Intentionally

 
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