As parents, we are constantly searching for the very best education we can provide for our children. Whether you have young children starting out in school, your family has to move cities, or you realize that your child isn’t thriving in their current school environment, choosing the right school can feel overwhelming. We believe it’s very important for families to find the school that is the right fit for their unique needs.
A Christian school should focus on the Gospel of Jesus, have regular conversation about God’s grace and forgiveness, provide a moral education as presented in the Bible, offer competitive academic programs, and give your family a sense of community. Here are a few tips and questions we recommend when you are looking for a Christian school:
- Go see the school during the school day
With work schedules, young children, and other daily tasks it may feel like going to see a school after hours or over the summer is easier. But we really recommend visiting the school you are considering during a school day whenever possible. This will allow you to get a feel for the student/teacher interactions. Observing classes in action and students at lunch and recess will give you great insight into the culture of the school. Another benefit is that you can see how the students learn about Jesus daily.
- Talk to parents who have their children at the school
Beyond reading online reviews about a school, ask for the contact information of some of the parents at the school. These parents can tell you about what their children are learning, how the teachers form partnerships with the parents, and how the teachers approach their lessons. You can also look on Facebook and Next Door for parents who have left reviews. We encourage you to reach out to them with questions. Ask questions about what Christian teachings their child is bringing home in order to learn about the school’s community.
- Go to a church service at the associated church
This will help you see how the congregation supports the school. Congregation support can really help a school succeed. Attending a service will help you learn more about the church’s teachings and see how they align with your family’s beliefs. While you don’t need to have the same beliefs as the church, you can see the teachings in action and get a sense for how the church/school environment will impact your child.
Are you looking for a Christian school in Houston? We’d love to help you during your search. Whether you have questions about Abiding Word Lutheran School or need some general guidance, we are here to help. Send us an email, give us a call (281.895.7048), or send us a message on our website!