As a mother of two grade-school children, I know first-hand just how hard it can be to keep kids motivated and excited about school--especially as summer break draws to an end. One year, I decided to implement a study routine for my kids throughout the summer, which I found helped them retain the information they learned during the academic year and made for an easier transition back to school in the fall. I've put together this blog to help other parents prepare their children for success in the upcoming school year. I hope this helps your child have his or her best year yet!
As a parent, you have the option of sending your child to a public or private high school. There are advantages to both options. Public schools are cost-free, which can make them a tempting option. However, private schools have many benefits, especially for families who prioritize their religion. Here are facts that might help you decide to send your child to a faith-based high school like Peninsula Catholic High School:
1. Public schools have strict policies about religion in the classroom.
Due to federal laws, public school teachers and administrators are not allowed to promote or teach religion in the classroom. This can be problematic if you're trying to raise your child within your faith tradition. A faith-based high school is a private school, which means teachers are free to openly discuss Christianity with students. This allows for curricula focused on the Bible and other religious studies. Sending your child to a faith-based high school can allow their faith to bloom.
2. Many faith-based high schools offer financial aid.
If you're concerned about the cost of sending your child to public school, you should find out if Catholic schools in your area offer financial aid. Financial aid can help families with lower incomes afford to send their children to an excellent school. Scholarships and aid will reduce the overall cost of tuition, which may bring the price of a faith-based high school into your budget range.
3. School districts won't dictate your child's school experience.
Public schools serve families that live in their school district. Unfortunately, this means your child would have to change schools if you moved out of your current school district. Switching to a new school can be upsetting for kids of all ages, especially for teenagers who are at a point in their life when friendships are very important. When you send your child to Catholic school, they will be able to finish their educational career there, regardless of whether or not you move.
4. You can find a high school that serves your faith denomination.
Christianity is a religion comprising many denominations with varying beliefs. For many parents, it's important that their children receive an education that aligns with the tenets of their denomination. Fortunately, there are many faith-based high schools available, and many are founded by individual denominations. Whether you're a Lutheran, Methodist, or Catholic, there is a high school out there whose views align with your own.