Why You Should Act Quickly for Private School Registration

In some markets, the best preschools fill up so fast that parents are practically forced to put their children on the waiting list before they’re even conceived. Regardless of whether that’s the case in your area, it’s still important to register early; most children spend 6 hours a day or more at school, and the community values they learn at school will likely be a big influence in their lives. Here’s what you should know about registering for private school.

Finding the perfect fit

After thinking long and hard about it, you’ve decided that sending your child to a private school is the best decision for your family. This first step is a difficult one, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the hard part is over. It’s normal to be left with many questions about which school is right for your child. Parents are often drawn to sending their children to private schools because they feel that their values or philosophies align with those of the school. Additionally, some private schools offer more academically advanced curriculums that can better prepare children for competitive schools later in life. These factors can sometimes make the deciding process difficult, so it’s important to reach out to schools and ask questions early.

Ask The Right Questions

One of the benefits of starting the school search early is that it gives you plenty of time to do your homework and check your prospective school’s credentials. For example, if you have a young child, it’s important to make sure that the school you choose is accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Having the right credentials can impact which schools your child is eligible to attend later in life, so it’s well worth the effort to find a school that meets these requirements. Accredited schools also have a tendency to fill up quicker, so it’s important to start the process sooner rather than later.

Tours are important

When you’ve narrowed down your choices to your top two or three schools, the next step is to sign up for a tour. Be sure to ask questions about each school’s teaching philosophies, student-teacher ratios, and ways that the teachers keep parents informed about their child’s daily activities. A tour is also a great opportunity to introduce your child to the layout of his or her new school, and possibly even meet some of the staff before the school rush begins. A child will often feel a little less nervous about their first day if they’ve been there before.

Don’t delay the application process

When you’ve found the perfect match, you’ll know it. Sometimes it’s hard to face the fact that your little boy or girl is growing up and it’s easy to put off registering them for preschool right away. Be warned, however – delaying the application process can cost your child a spot at your dream preschool, so it’s important to begin the application process as soon as possible. Most private schools will have waiting lists whether they’re in competitive markets or not. This is especially true for private Christian schools, which often fill up quickly because they offer advantages like fostering lasting relationships and nurturing a child’s faith.
If you’re forced to send your child to your second or third choice school because you didn’t register quickly enough and were placed on the waiting list, there are two possible outcomes. Either you’ll decide to keep them in your second choice school (while wondering if maybe they’d be better off in your first choice) or, once a spot opens up in your first choice, you may decide to transfer them there. If the latter is the route you choose, know that there might be an adjustment period as your child gets used to their new routine. They might be confused about why they’re leaving their friends and teachers for a new school. Getting the selection process started early is a great way to prevent this from happening, and you’ll be more likely to get your child placed in your first choice school!

To learn more about enrolling your child in a private Christian school, contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Preschool at (702) 939-5050 to schedule a tour!

Singing the Praises of a Christian Education

As parents, we want the best for our children, especially when it comes to their education. That’s why it’s so important to find the right school for your child. A Christian education can help build a strong foundation that will last a lifetime. Here are just a few of the advantages of a Christian education.

Great Academics

As it turns out, it’s not just a stereotype that private schools are better equipped to prepare students for higher education; The National Center for Education Statistics released a report suggesting that students who graduate from private schools are more likely than their public school counterparts to complete an advanced degree by their mid-20s.

Values

Less red tape isn’t the only benefit of choosing a private, Christian education for your children (though it’s a great perk!). Private schools are allowed to instill certain values that are often banned or left out of public school curriculum. Many parents choose private schools because they know that their children will be fully allowed and encouraged to exercise their right to practice their religion freely in a supportive environment. Teachers in private, Christian institutions are not just tolerant of Christian values; they practice the teachings of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives and love sharing the teachings of scripture with their students.

Community

You can feel great about the friends your child makes at school and what they’re learning both in and out of the classroom, since it’s quite likely that their friends are being raised with similar values at home (and in school). Instead of dreading PTA meetings and other school functions, many parents at private, Christian schools actually look forward to them since they know that each parent, teacher, and administrator at their child’s school cares about the same things that they do: raising happy and successful children by using the winning combination of great academics and Christian principles.

Smaller Class Sizes

Many parents of children in public schools might feel like their child is treated as a number, and that their teachers and school administrators don’t make an effort to get to know them as the unique individuals that they are. Private schools often have smaller student/teacher ratios, and teachers often choose to teach at private schools because they truly care about their students and believe wholeheartedly that instilling Christian values is vital to a child’s development. More individualized attention means that fewer things go unnoticed.

Lasting Relationships

Unlike most public school systems, private schools provide the unique opportunity to stay and grow within the same academic community from preschool, all the way up to middle school. That means your child will build lasting relationships with both their teachers and peers that they will cherish well beyond graduation.

At Cornerstone Christian Academy & Preschool, we understand the importance of balancing academic strength with a Christian curriculum. To learn more about Christian education, or to schedule a tour of our school, contact us at 702-939-5050.