At Maranatha Baptist Academy, we understand the importance of finding the right education for your children. We know that this is a decision that is not taken lightly by godly parents. We want to help. We have worked to compile the right questions to ask when choosing a Christian school. We've included the type of answers you should hear at a high quality institution. We hope these will be helpful to you as you consider your options and we hope you'll consider visiting us too.
Regarding Spiritual values
What observable outcomes of faith and practice do you want to see in your students? How do you observe them? Are certain denominations or practices promoted or restricted?
The best practice answer you should hear:
The idea of “observable outcomes” is important. Of course a Christian school wants “godly, Christ-honoring” graduates. But how do they measure their success? Do they know what percentage of their graduates go on to Christian colleges? (Granted, that is not God’s will for every student.) How many are involved in churches of like faith five years after graduation?
Regarding Peer climate
Are students respectful toward each other and toward the adult staff?
Are they kind?
The best practice answer you should hear:
If you are enrolling a student in kindergarten . . . you need to attend a high school athletic event. At least visit the cafeteria during high school lunch time. In these less structured moments, the behavior and attitudes of students indicate something about what the school really produces. Caution: you may be seeing the exception or the newcomer, but observe.
Regarding Personal outcomes
What kind of character does the administration hope to develop?
The best practice answer you should hear:
The term servant leadership is a very good answer, but it has become trite. Consider the following analytical questions.
What kind of character awards are important here? (These may be awards like “servant leader,” or “student of the year” (or week, etc.), or “most valuable player” in sports.) What is required to earn that recognition?
The follow-up is what you are working toward: Tell me about some students who have earned that award recently.
If these questions seem helpful in your search, we invite you to download our free guide with these questions and 11 more essential questions to ask as you consider Christian school options for your children.
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4/3/2018 10:27:16 am
I like how you talked about asking potential Christian schools what outcomes of faith and practice-based teaching do they want to see in their students. I want to put my daughter in a private religious preschool and am not sure what questions to ask. Thank you for the tips on what to ask prospective schools.
I liked that you explained that one thing that you should ask about when potentially enrolling your child in a Christian school is how their grades will be measured. I would imagine that it is important that children receive gospel values while in school, but that they will eventually need to attend college. Therefore, a proper grading system is crucial. I would be sure that the Christian school that I sent my child to was going to follow a grading system so that they could move up to college when they got old enough.
9/26/2019 11:59:37 am
Thank you for your tips on finding a christian school. I like how you said to ask them about the climate of the peer interaction. My husband and I are thinking of sending our children to a faith-based school when they get old enough to attend.
10/31/2019 06:56:47 am
I found it interesting when you suggested visiting the cafeteria during lunchtime when you want to enroll your kid in school. My sister wants to make sure her daughter gets the best quality of education possible. I will share this blog with her so that she knows what to ask when she visits potential schools to enroll her daughter.
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5/29/2020 12:41:26 pm
It was really helpful when you said to ask if the students are kind. My husband and I are wanting to find a Christian school for our 7-year-old daughter to go to in the fall, and we want to make sure that we find the right one for her. I'll make sure to keep this information in mind as we search for a Christian school for her to go to.
10/22/2020 11:02:44 am
Thank you for sharing your advice on how we can choose a baptist ministry to send our kids too. I do love how you pointed out that it would be best to ask about the peer interaction in the church as it will influence our kids social skills. When my wife and I tour prospective church to send our kids too, I will keep this tip in mind.
3/5/2021 07:36:00 am
I want to make sure that my son gets the right education. It makes sense that going to private school could be beneficial for him. I'll make sure that I find one that has good values that I want my son to learn.
4/20/2021 08:59:48 pm
I appreciated it when you shared that it is important to ask regarding the observable outcomes of faith and practice in the students. My friend just mentioned the other day that she is thinking of enrolling her son into a religious school so he can become a better person in the future. I will suggest to her choosing the one that can ensure that her son will be able to become a better person.
Thanks for pointing out that we should visit the school during their busy hours to see how the children behave in a Christian school. I will follow your advice so that I can enroll my child in a school that will also have the same values as mine. It will keep my child from not doing what our faith tells us to be if there is a proper guidance in the house and at school as well.
1/13/2022 08:09:20 am
My son is getting bullied in his current school. We would like to try him in a Christian school to see how he gets along. I loved what you said about asking any potential school if students are respectful. In addition, you said to ask if they are kind. This is imperative for our son.
3/31/2022 06:34:49 am
It made sense when you mentioned that it's important to ask a Christian school for observable outcomes they want to see in your students. My daughter wants to enroll in a Christian school since she wants to strengthen her spiritual value. I will make sure to ask these questions to the Christian schools we will be visiting.
9/9/2022 08:33:13 pm
I like the tip that you gave that every Christian schools would provide the education and knowledge that God wants to share with us. Yesterday, my younger cousin informed me she was hoping to find a university that could provide motivation and wisdom into the Word of God, and she asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to consider. I'm glad about this valuable article, I'll tell her that she can consult a Christian university as they can help her with her calling.
1/12/2023 10:12:06 pm
Thank you for saying that, but if we attend a Christian school, how do they gauge their success? My acquaintance wants to enroll the child in a Christian institution. I'll send her the article so she can consider Christian schools.
1/12/2023 10:12:59 pm
I like that you suggested visiting the cafeteria of the school during their lunch time to have an idea of how the students they have behaved. I will do that to see if a private religious school near us can really teach our kids well. My husband and I are looking for those that can instill good principles in them and not just teach them academically well.
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