In K-12 Christian schools, formal instruction is given in a planned series of courses over a number of years. Most schools are associated with a local church large enough to provide the facilities and support or with a larger association of Christian schools. Generally, the cost is greater for parents because the administrative staff and faculty must be paid, the facilities maintained, and school equipment and supplies provided. Students are on campus five days per week during the traditional school year. Although teachers provide the day-to-day instruction and give assignments, parents are encouraged not only to oversee homework, but also to volunteer in various capacities. Volunteering parents are a source of much of the enrichment activities in a Christian school. To find more information to help you make a decision about a Christ-centered education for your child or to find a Christian school near you, visit the website Discover Christian Schools
Suggested Reading List for Christian Schooling
7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler
Traditional Christian Schools:
Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Educating Future Generations by Dr. Glen Schultz
The Helmsman by Dr. Kenneth S. Coley
The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Gregory
Classical Christian Schools:
“The Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers (www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html)
Repairing the Ruins edited by Douglas Wilson
The Case for Classical Christian Education by Douglas Wilson
Classical Education by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. and Andrew Kern
Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson
The Principle Approach Christian School:
The Christian, the Arts, and Truth: Regaining the Vision of Greatness by Frank E. Gaebelein
Rock-Solid Families: Transforming an Ordinary Home into a Fortress of Faith by Janell Rardon
Note: This list is just a sampling of the books that are available on the subject of Christian schooling.
- Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)
- American Association of Christian Schools (AACS)
- Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
- Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS)
- Church of Christ Schools (COC)
- Christian Schools International (CSI)
- Evangelical Lutheran Education Association (ELEA)
- Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE)
- Mid-Atlantic Christian School Association (MACSA)
- National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
- National Association of University Model Schools (NAUMS, Inc.)
- Network of International Christian Schools, Inc. (NICS)
- Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS)
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- Select a prayer team to uphold the process with prayer.
- Develop the school’s philosophy and foundations.
- Look into and determine the following.
- Determine the estimated cost of implementing and operating a school.
- Set up the organizational structure and lines of authority for the school personnel.
- Develop guidelines, qualifications and responsibilities for the school board, and recruit members.
- Develop a job description, hiring procedure, qualifications and responsibilities for the school principal/headmaster.
- Develop a job description, hiring procedure, qualifications and responsibilities for teachers.
- Develop a timeline and plan for implementing all decisions made; determine an opening date.
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