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Benefits Of A K-12 Christian Education

Have you ever thought about what it really means to receive a high school diploma? For students
who experience a K-12 Christian education, a hard-earned diploma is a symbol of accomplishment
and celebration. Although academic achievement is rewarding, a diploma received from a Christian
school provides additional benefits. Consider how the following advantages of a K-12 Christian
education can impact students for a lifetime:
A Positive Learning Environment
With today's world captured by a fear of global warming, the term "greenhouse effect" conveys few
optimistic thoughts. However, this same phrase creates a positive mental image for students
enrolled in a K-12 Christian education. For instance, think about the purpose of a greenhouse. In
many parts of the world with long winters, the greenhouse provides a safe beginning for plants
unable to handle the fierce cold and winds. Protected within the confines of the greenhouse's
warmth and security, a plant is able to grow and establish strong roots. However, it's only when the
plant is strong enough to handle the elements of the outside world that the greenhouse owner will
transfer the plant outdoors.
Similarly, Christian schools provide protection for students who are spiritually immature and
vulnerable to the world's negative influences. Bible-based curriculum nourishes a child's faith and
prayer life. Plus, Christian teachers provide examples of how students should live their lives for
Christ. As students graduate from their K-12 Christian education, they come away equipped with the
necessary tools to live a Christ-like life.
In addition, greenhouses also provide a positive environment by enabling certain plants to grow out
of season. For example, fresh, red tomatoes are able to be produced in greenhouses during the
middle of winter. Likewise, the goal of K-12 Christian education is to teach students to witness and
provide nourishing light in a spiritually cold and dark world. "Let your light so shine before men,
that they man see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).
Edifying Relationships
How many times have teachers heard students ask, "When am I ever going to use this in my life?" In
a K-12 Christian education, students are taught the perspective that the whole world belongs to God.
Therefore, what they are learning will always matter in their lives. Still, some students may find it
difficult to understand how knowing the area of a triangle makes any difference or brings praise to
God. In those situations, the advantages of a smaller teacher/student ratio become apparent. As a
caring, Christian teacher provides individualized instruction and discovers his students' personalities
and interests, he is able to create stronger teacher/student relationships that lead to higher
academic achievement and a deeper understanding of God's plan for their lives.

Because students also learn from each other,

Christian classrooms teach children how to
respect one another in godly, loving
relationships that model the final
instructions Paul gave to the church in
Thessalonica: "Know them which labour
among you, and are over you in the Lord,
and admonish you; And to esteem them very
highly in love for their work's sake. And be
at peace among yourselves...Warn them that
are unruly, comfort the feebleminded,
support the weak, be patient toward all men.
See that none render evil for evil unto an
man; but ever follow that which is good,
both among yourselves, and to all men" (I
Thessalonians 5:12-15).
Christ-centered Worldview
One of the most important requirements of a Christian school is that curriculum must be taught from
a biblical worldview. A Christian worldview is not limited to discussion just in Bible class. Whether
the subject is math, science, English, history, or music, students who receive a K-12 Christian
education learn that everything in this world is God's. Because He has given us dominion over the
earth as stewards, we must learn as much as we can about His awesome creation. From the vast
expanses of space to the complexities of language and the smallest microorganisms, God has placed
His fingerprints everywhere. Therefore, it is a great benefit to families when Christian schools
continue God's imperative to "train up a child in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6a).
Academic Excellence
A quality Christian educational experience from elementary school to high school unlocks the
potential in every child. Similar to Dr. Howard Gardner's "multiple intelligences," Christian
educators believe that every child has unique talents and abilities to praise God. Whether students
are gifted with words, numbers, pictures, music, communication, or athletics, each contributes as an
active member to the body of believers. Because of this viewpoint, students see their value in God's
eyes and experience success in Christian schools. As a result, ACT scores and other standardized
tests often reveal that private schools far exceed scores from public schools.
However, the real success of a Christian school is not viewed only from the standpoint of test scores.
Rather, according to teachers who have obeyed Christ's call to teach His children, the true measure
of success is when graduating students live their lives as Christ's disciples.
With a positive learning environment, edifying relationships, a Christ-centered worldview, and
academic excellence, it's easy to see why a K-12 Christian education is beneficial. What a comfort to
know that when students graduate from a Christian school, not only are they holding an academic
diploma in their hands, but they're also equipped with a spiritual education that will help guide and
direct the rest of their lives.
By: Alpha Omega Publications

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