|Many people wonder what is behind the
Christian school movement. At CCS we want to provide
resources that help people think about what is important
about their children's education. The links and
information below are an attempt to look candidly at some of the
heart and soul of why Champion Christian School exists and some
common questions parents ask about education. Please
click on any of the following links to find helpful resources
involved in enrolling children in Champion Christian School.
We also love to
talk to people about these kinds of questions! Call us, or
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with CCS in the subject heading. There are many complex and
confusing issues for parents in today's culture. Let us
interact with you in ways that are helpful to you!
Merle Skinner, Administrator
Do your teachers have appropriate credentials?
At CCS, our teachers are required to not only have at least a
bachelor's degree, but they all are required to have either a public
or private academic teaching certificate in the state of PA.
We also require our faculty members to obtain ACSI certification
which requires additional continuing education in both
professional and biblical studies. All of our staff are
practicing lifelong learners! They are not just "allowed"
to bring God into the classroom, but they actively integrate and
challenge themselves and the students to understand God's
perspective on current issues, relevant topics, and much
more. We are actively engaged in understanding spiritual
formation as well as education!
Christian School Comment: Spiritual
Formation, Parenting, and Christian Schools by
Are the kids at CCS all "preppy" kids or kids that couldn't make it
in other schools?
It is interesting how people perceive Christian school
students. For the most part, our population at CCS reflects a
similar socioeconomic background of the communities we
serve. We have families that are affluent and those that
qualify for the Federal free and reduced lunch program. There
are students at CCS with learning disabilities, students who just
like all of us have things they are great at and things they are
working on, and students who are gifted. Our goals are that
Champion Christian School would be a place where God can work on
every student, and that each of the students would be trained to
become everything that God has designed and desired them to
How do students achieve academically at CCS?
Student achievement is a complicated thing, but the short answer is
in two important parts. When we measure our overall student
achievement, our students achievement scores are significantly above
national norms. That is really not the most important part of
the picture however. We also measure our students' achievement
in comparison to other students of their same ability. When we
do that, we find something we are very proud of; that two-thirds of
our students score in the upper third achievement tier for students
of their same ability! That means that they are learning
well. That is important for us to examine. We also need
to recognize that schools have a great deal of impact on students
performance, but so do things like families, environment, etc.
When we look at all of those issues, we are very excited about how
our students are turning out in terms of being ready to face the
academic challenges of post high school education and life.
Finally, we hear from our alumni all of the time that when they find
themselves in college and training situations they are surprised at
how their school experiences from CCS have prepared them for what
they are doing. They are our biggest compliment about
what God is doing here!
If my local pubic school is a good school, why should I send my
child to CCS?
There are lots of reasons to follow up with asking that question,
but the most significant has to do with World View. In the
links below you will find more detailed information regarding this
question, but we have to remember several overarching principles:
a. The Secular world is not the real world if you believe
there is a God who is directing your life. Read more in these
Christian Education? What are the Issues with Secular
Christian Education and the Postmodern
is the Christian in Christian Education so Important?
students and Christian teachers cannot BE Christian in a
secular school. Christian students and Christian
teachers in secular schools now operate in a hostile environment
that -- at best -- ignores God's existence and His ongoing work in
the world. Champion Christian School provides an opportunity to
teach and learn in a Christ-centered community Integration is a huge
part of learning to live out our Christian faith. If our only
goal is to try to keep from losing our faith, or hoping that we
might get a small chance to witness to someone, that is not growing
in our understanding of the complex and wonderful truths about
science, history, religion, sociology, math, and the rest of the
subjects that students need to learn about. You become what
you experience in many ways. Our staff and faculty struggle to
integrate Christian principles in everyday learning 30 + hours a
week, and we are always saying we don't have enough
time. Settling for secular education is a little like
saying I don't need to go to church to be a Christian. It is
true, but it is a constant challenge to figure out what is being
left out. Learning about an unimaginably immense
God designed world that includes information from nanoseconds to
Triceratops is hard enough with every Christian resource at your
fingertips, let alone handicapping ourselves by saying we can't talk
about the Designer in the process.
is the problem with Christian children involved in Secular
Christian School Comments: Does Worldview
c. Why should I pay tuition
for Christian schools when public schools are free? It is
an interesting thing, but I have NEVER heard a parent come back at
the end of an education and say they wished they had not spent the
money. The reverse has definitely been true. Finances
are a great way to invest in Kingdom principles. See more:
Is it Worth It?
article by ACSI Past President, Ken Smitherman
What is the overall Educational Quality of CCS and private
Check out the above section about
student achievement at CCS, and look at some of these interesting
articles to find out more.
Private School? Public School? Students Do
Better in Private Schools, Researchers
about a Quality Education?
Additional Resources can be found at:
The Association of Christian Schools International Website www.acsi.org
Our archived copies of Christian School Comments
Questions about things that involve decision-making for
we do or do not celebrate certain
holidays? We aren't trying to be
legalistic, but we think holidays are important times to help
students focus on what is really important in life. We do our
best to keep that our focus here at Champion.
does the process of re-enrolling in CCS take so much
energy? Education is an important
thing to consider. We encourage our families to look again
every year at what is important, and then try to help them in any
way we can to put those realities in place for them.
is happening with Tuition this year at Champion Christian