Christian schools as a genre have been around since the 1950's. Recently a subset of Christian schools known as classical Christian schools has become popular. This seems to have come about because standards in public education have steadily fallen. Many parents simply will not tolerate shoddy disciplinary standards, sloppy dress codes, violence in our schools and underachievement and low expectations. As a result they start their own schools.
A classical Christian school proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It also adheres to the principles of a classical education as set out by educators such Dorothy Sayers, John Milton Gregory, St. Augustine and Douglas Wilson. Parents and students enroll in a classical school because they too embrace the mission and teachings of the school. Teachers are required to sign a statement of belief as well. The result is a school community which is tightly focussed on its aims and objectives. Put another way, if you cannot subscribe to these beliefs, then you need to look elsewhere for your child's education if you are a parent.
You won't find computers and fancy technology being used in classical Christian schools. They use the trivium (grammar, rhetoric and logic). A classical Christian school seeks to produce excellent students well-schooled in their faith.
Teaching Boys Why teach boys in a single sex setting? The answer to this question and several others here.
Special Needs Schools Do you think your son has a learning disability? Not sure what to do? A special needs school might be the way to go.
The Oldest Schools The oldest American private school is Collegiate School in Manhattan founded in 1628.
Progressive Schools Progressive schools have been around since the early 1900's. Some educators think that progressives are rebels against traditional rote learning. The progressive educators like to think of themselves as reformers. The truth is somewhere in the middle.
Lab Schools What is a lab school? It's a K-12 school or school with some variation of those grades which is operated by a university or college.
Military Schools Military schools offer structure and discipline as well as a top-notch education.
Why Waldorf? Vicki Larson provides detailed answers to my questions about Waldorf schools.
Hockey Schools Got an aspiring hockey player in your family? Many American private schools enjoy a great reputation for excellent hockey teams as well as superb academics.
Schools with Non-traditional Approaches Categorizing schools is not a neat process. But there are several educational approaches and philosophies offer some alternatives to traditional schools. Here are some pros and cons about alternative schools.
Classical Christian Schools Classical Christian schools combine strict adherence to Christian beliefs with classical principles of education.
How Diverse Are Private Schools? Decades ago private schools could have been accused of being elitist. You had to have money to attend. The student populations were fairly homogeneous. Fortunately that has changed.
5 Things Every Parent Should Do Every private school parent is encouraged to help the school in whatever way he can. Here are some things you can do to make a contribution to your school.
Private Schools Jargon and Terms Private schools have their own jargon just like any activity or affinity group has. Here are some of the more common terms you are likely to encounter as you explore private schools.
Seattle Area Schools The Seattle area is home to many fine private schools as well as to major companies such as Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks.
Boston Area Schools The metropolitan Boston area offers a wide range of academic and cultural activities. Just as impressive is the area's selection of private schools.
Directories A list of directories of private and independent schools.
Guides To Private Schools Do you prefer to peruse a book rather than going online to find private schools? If so, there are some excellent guides to private schools available.
National Associations As you research schools, check the national and state associations. Is the school you are considering a member? If not, why not?
Regional Associations Some states do not have their own private school associations. Schools band together across state lines forming regional associations. These associations have the same purpose as state associations. More here.
State Associations Do the schools you are researching belong to state independent school associations? If not, find out why not!
Litchfield County Schools Litchfield County, Connecticut, is home to a couple of dozen excellent schools catering to just about every need. The setting about 90 miles north of New York City is convenient to one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.