Classical Christian schools vs. non-classical private christian schools

Soni - posted on 12/27/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Our daughter (1st grader) goes to a private christian school, but she really isn't learning any Bible verses. After praying about it, my husband and I have strongly felt the Lord leading us to a Christian Classical school (they put God first, everything else after). Does anyone have any input about the differences between a classical school and a private school? Would the classical approach provide a better education for my children? I would like all types of input (good or bad) so we can know what to expect from this type of teaching.

Thanks! Soni.

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Amy - posted on 12/29/2009

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I do not know the difference between the two. Around here the Christian schools does teach the word of God. We have a couple of really good christian schools around here. The teacher MUST be saved befor they work there. The one school only goes to 8th grade and the other one goes to 12th grade. There are 3 Christian schools in berks county and all of them seem really good. I believe you need to check if the teachers are truely Christians because I am sure there are Christian school that have teachers that are not saved. Also check on what they teach and what they believe. Where do you Live? My father in law is a paster and if you want information he can tell you what to look for. Send me an email with your name and phone number and addres and maybe my father in law can call you or send you information on this. He used to also teach in a christian school. He can give you all the ins and outs. I will send you an email with my email and such. Even my pastor can maybe help you. He used to be a youth pastor and I am sure he can give you information. Before they call write down all your questions and comments so it will be easier for them and you. Have a blessed day. Happy new year.

Victoria - posted on 12/29/2009

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I don't know what a classical christian school is, but my daughters attend a private christian school & they put God first. They do christian study's, have daily devotions & start every day & end everyday with prayer.

My daughters are very happy at this school (we transfered them in september from public school). I am happy with what they are learning, both spiritually & educationally. We & our church still remain as their main source of scriptual & spiritual education, but what they learn at school is definately important.

Soni - posted on 12/28/2009

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Thank you for all your thoughts. Actually, we are teaching our kids Bible verses at home and they also attend Wednesday evenings and Sunday school where they are learning a lot about the Lord. My question was mainly the difference between a private christian school (where she is now), and a classical christian education. Thank you for all your help!

Suzanne - posted on 12/28/2009

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WHY WOULD YOU PUT YOUR TRUST IN ANY SCHOOL, ? YOU MUST TEACH THEM FROM HOME FISRT. WITH THE BIBLE, I WENT TO CHRISTAIN SCHOOL ALL THE WAY UP UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL, I DID LOVE IT, BUT WHEN I WENT TO A NON CHRISTAIN HI SCHOOL , WOW WHAT A CULTURAL SHOCK TO ME. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WHERE YOU LIVE THERE IS A CHRISTAIN HI . BECAUSE IT MAY AFFECT YOUR KID IF NOT.
A CLASSIC CHRISTAIN SCHOOL MIGHT BE BEST. BUT AGAIN JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE CHRISTAIN DON'T MEAN THAT THEY ARE TEACHING "WHAT YOU THINK'"IE: BIBLE MEMORY VERSES. RESEACH IT CARFULLY.
GOOD LUCK. ALSO LOOK INTO IF THE TEACHERS ARE CHRISTAIN YOU WOULD BE AMAZED THAT SOME AREN'T .

Heather - posted on 12/28/2009

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I honestly have to say that if I put my children into a Christian school I would want it to be one that put God first. I can't afford to do that, so I have never looked into the differences. As a parent you know what you need for your family. I would guess (as in I really don't know) that a classical one would give them a more firm foundation in God's Word, where as the one you are in now will give them a better academic education. But again, I really don't know. If I were you I would go out and talk with the schools you are considering. Ask them what the pros and cons are to each kind. I'm sure that you will get more pros about the school you are actually talking to, so talk to each of them and make a list. Then decide what is important to you.

I do agree with Lori that as parents it is our job to train our children, but would like to respectfully suggest that you can do so by choosing the right school for your child. Just be sure to reinforce what she learns there at home.

Lori - posted on 12/27/2009

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As a parent, it is my job to train my child in bible verses. It is not the schools, the church, or the sunday school teacher. it is my blessing, job, privelage, and responsibility.



If the school is not giving them bible verses, give them to your child yourself. Look up the Awanas website and you can order a book off of it. It is a program that some churches use to teach the youth. If your church does not have a child ministry, start one. This program has classes for toddlers all the way up to adults. The books that are used are very kid friendly, and build on one another each time the students go up a grade level.



As Moms our first ministry is to teach our children how to have a personal relationship with christ, not just how to be saved. As an educator, my first priority is modeling how to have a personal relationship with christ through my content of Science. I answer the questions of my students in my public school. But my own children always comes first.

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