WHY CHOOSE A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL?
That’s a question Christian parents, grandparents, and the Christian community should be willing to ask, consider, and be prepared to answer.
In our society, parents are expected to consider many factors when choosing a school for their children. Location and accessibility are obvious factors. Are there opportunities for athletics, or creative expression in drama, music, art? Can a school be too big or too small? What are the class sizes, teacher qualifications, facilities, and use of technology? Is there a caring atmosphere? What are the costs? Will students be well-prepared for college and career choices? Will they make good friends, be safe? These are all important considerations. (And we’d love to talk to you about how Covenant Christian Academy answers each of them!)
Yet the founders of many Christian schools felt these were not the most important factors. They opened their Bibles and read, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
These parents understood the powerful role schools have. Schools help children decide what is and is not important. At home these parents taught their children the truths of Scripture, the values and worldview with God’s Word as their basis. Yet this was often being undermined in the classrooms.
Most of all, Christian parents were concerned they were not fulfilling their responsibility to raise their children “in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Instead they were entrusting their children to the care of people who saw life and the world very differently.
The founders of Christian schools chose to create new communities of partnership between parents and Christian teachers. They wanted to send their children to schools where Jesus Christ and the Bible were honored, believed, and obeyed. They wanted their children to learn to glorify God in every aspect of life.
When asked “Why Christian schools?” the simple answer was, and still is, we want our children to be taught the truth. The Apostle John said of his spiritual children, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4).
At Covenant Christian Academy, we are committed to the Truth as we train hearts and teach minds for life in Christ.