How is discipline handled by the teacher and administration? Face it, there are no perfect kids so at some point your child may need a visit to the Principal’s office. Does the administration look into the heart of the child or merely assess the offense and offer a punishment? Do they take the time to understand the emotions behind the behavior and apply loving correction? As a parent will you be involved in this process?
Is there time for movement in the classrooms or are students expected to be seated at all times? Especially in the younger grades (K4-6th) students need to move and release energy as they are learning and concentrating. Schools that allow students to stand by their desk (with parameters), work on the floor for certain projects, or lounge in a reading corner, allow students to more enjoy the process of learning. ()The environment does matter, classrooms don’t have to exhibit the latest and greatest style and equipment, but they should exemplify function and form to enhance the learning atmosphere.
Do you offer PE, Art, and Music? Creativity and physical exercise have a large impact on a child's love of learning. Here’s an article with the science to back up the importance of art. Furthermore, any parent will tell you how nice it is after their child has enjoyed time playing outside and they come back inside slightly winded with pink cheeks.
Dana S Tumminello is the Director of Admissions & Marketing at Summit Christian Academy. She has served at Summit in various capacities for 15 years.