Choosing the right school for your child can be a laborious and overwhelming task, yet such an important one. Parents want the best for their children, and spend hours researching online and polling friends trying to determine the best school for their child. I suggest starting the process with a question.
What kind of citizen do you want your child to be in 20 years? 30 years? 50 years? It’s a paradigm shift from thinking solely “What school offers the best academics and AP classes?” or “Which school offers the most extracurricular activities?” or even “Which school will allow my child to get into a good college so he or she can get a good job?” These aren’t unimportant questions; in fact, they are reasonable. But do they represent all that you desire, as a parent, for your child in their life?
The formative educational period lasts 18 years, and those are valuable years when a child’s worldview is formed. Who is helping form that? What school is actively partnering with parents to train students to reason well and develop a strong moral compass?
I suggest that a classical discipleship school is an option worthy of consideration: a school that trains students how to think on an unchanging foundation of biblical truth. Whether your child is an auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learner, choosing a school whose curriculum engages all types is a relevant decision. Finding a school where curiosity and questions are encouraged, debate and discussions are frequent activities in the classroom, and students are motivated to serve others as Christ’s Ambassadors is also significant in the decision process.
Students at a classical discipleship school will develop perseverance that builds character and where they will grow into a community of educated learners who will succeed in the “adult world’ whatever college they choose. They will know Truth and be able to engage in conversations about it with people from all different paths in life. They will know how to ask questions that encourage conversations. And they will serve as God’s Light to others in their communities.
Do you have an answer for – “What kind of citizen do you want your child to be in 20 years? 30 years? 50 years?” I encourage you to think and pray about it.
Director of Admissions & Marketing
Summit Christian Academy