Why Choose a Christian Elementary School?
As your children prepare to leave preschool and enter into elementary education, it’s important to consider how best to nourish their young minds both academically and spiritually. Many studies have now found elementary school to be the most crucial chapter of a child’s education, shaping the moral fiber and intellectual ideals they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. For this reason, choosing a private Christian elementary school is one of the best things a parent can do to lay the foundation for academic and spiritual success.
The Importance of Elementary Education
According to a study by Fuller Theological Seminary, 60% of children raised in Christian households will eventually walk away from their faith. Thankfully, there is a lot we can learn from the 40% of students who remain strong in their faith throughout adolescence and adulthood—and part of that has to do with how they spent their childhood years.
A recent study by Cardus found that private schooling has a greater overall impact on a child’s ability to be “prepared for a vibrant religious and spiritual life” than parenting or homeschooling alone. And those that attended a Christian elementary school were more committed to their churches, attended more mission trips, volunteered more, and gave more money to charity than all other school graduates.
This shows just how important early childhood education is to spiritual formation in young adults, and especially how private schooling and Christian education pertain to it.
How a Christian Elementary School can Develop Strong Faith Formation
But how can private Christian education help equip elementary school students with lasting faith formation? At Eastmont School, we believe in providing a strong spiritual foundation on which academic scholarship can be built. As mentioned in the Cardus study, the more time a child spends developing spiritual disciplines such as prayer, reading scripture, or discussing spiritual tenants with mentors, the more likely they will be to pursue spiritual life later on.
As students develop their foundation in faith, Eastmont School strives to provide a challenging academic environment in which students can draw upon that faith to discover the richer meaning it might have in their lives. Studies have shown that students value and excel at their schoolwork when they can connect it to a higher purpose, especially when that purpose is connected with their communities at large.
At Eastmont School, we challenge students to get out into their communities. Associated with Eastmont Church, we provide students with local, national, and global service opportunities to become more culturally aware and compassionate human beings. By focusing on the spiritual, academic, and communal development of our children, our private Christian education equips elementary school students to develop a strong foundation of faith that will last a lifetime.
How Private Schools Develop Strong Academic Integrity
Children are best able to learn new skills and attain new knowledge before they reach the age of 12. For this reason, academic integrity is an important determining factor when considering your child’s early elementary school education.
From preschool to 5th grade, Eastmont School follows the Core Knowledge curriculum teaching courses in geography, health, history, music, science, technology, and visual arts. We also teach Houghton Mifflin Language Arts, Envision Common Core Math, Zaner-Bloser Handwriting and Association of Christian Schools International Bible curriculum.
Eastmont School is currently accepting new students for our elementary classes. Schedule a tour to learn more.