Pop quiz: What does the word “culture” mean to you? Does it make you think of shared values? Lifestyle? Beliefs? Traditions? Behavior? Those are just some of the ideas that come to mind when we talk about school culture, but there’s much more! These are concepts that school-shopping parents should consider when making the all-important decision about where to enroll.
We’ve identified seven key ways in which school culture can impact your student. See how many of these resonate with you!
1. A Christian School Speaks to the Heart and the Mind
A Christ-centered school provides a comprehensive, quality education in a setting where each student understands the life-changing message of God’s love. It isn’t just about a “religion” class added to the list of academic disciplines. It’s about the ongoing integration of faith and learning across the curriculum. Examine a school’s mission to make sure that it connects strong academics with an understanding of God’s character, his Word, and his world.
2. Passionate Faculty Can Light a Spark for Learning!
When a school recruits faculty who are completely passionate about its mission, who are eminently qualified and competent, and who truly see their work as a calling, students can’t help but benefit. Look for a school where teachers aren’t just going through the motions, and you’ll find students who are catching their enthusiasm. They understand that they’re not just teaching classes; they’re teaching students!
3. Solid Friendships Are Based on a Firm Foundation
What better place to foster solid friendships than in a school where students and school families share core beliefs? A healthy school can help kids learn respect, kindness, authenticity, and good, old-fashioned social skills. In addition, parents often report that some of their best adult friends are made within the context of their child’s school.
4. Don’t Underestimate the Fun Factor!
Does the school you’re considering include a fun factor? Yes, there’s a serious side to rigorous academics, but we also know that students need to have fun! Look for a school community where students can laugh and have fun, and where school traditions bring out the best in kids, faculty, and parents.
5. Grace and Forgiveness Walk Hand in Hand with Accountability
Let’s be honest: almost every parent wants to know that the private Christian school they’re considering has high standards of conduct. Look for a school that maintains biblical standards, reasonable rules, and necessary accountability, as well as a commitment to grace and forgiveness. A healthy school creates an environment of genuine care and concern for each student and parent.
6. A Safe Place to Ask Questions
It’s a tough world out there, so students need to feel the freedom to ask caring teachers hard questions about life and faith. We all want our kids to “own” their faith as they move into adulthood; a trusted teacher who listens calmly and responds with thoughtful and biblically-sound advice can make all the difference!
7. A Positive School Culture Sets the Stage for a Life of Meaning and Impact
Look for an upbeat, positive school culture where students learn to work hard; discover their God-given gifts and abilities; connect classroom lessons with real-world service; and have fun along the way! We think that’s the best way to prepare for college and beyond.
Are you considering a Christian school in the Largo, FL, area? Indian Rocks Christian School places a high priority on a positive school culture!
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