Small classes = robust interaction
In a small class, teacher-student and peer interaction are essential to the learning process. Small classrooms foster lively discussion, debate, and interaction, rather than relying on lecture alone. These environments ensure that every student is consistently engaged, as well as helping students enjoy the learning process.
Small class sizes allow for individualized instruction
One of the key advantages of private education is the one-on-one attention allowed by small class sizes. With low teacher/student ratios, it becomes impossible for your child to fall through the cracks. Each student can receive the individualized attention he or she needs to flourish. Ideally, look for a student/teacher ratio of no greater than 10 to 1.
Small classes foster a love of learning
Nothing prepares a student for a lifetime of success like developing an enduring sense of curiosity and delight in learning. Fostering a lifetime love of learning is one of the most critical skills that any school can impart to their students. With small class sizes and educators who are excited about teaching, students are able to receive the most personalized, specialized, and delight-driven education possible.
Individualized attention supports character development
Private schools should focus not only on academics, but on the character development of their students. A successful graduate of a private Christian school should not just be a good student, but a good human being and contributing citizen of the world. Christian schools work hard to impart to their students:
- Leadership skills
- A servant’s heart
- A solid work ethic
- A global perspective
- A compassionate spirit
- And a heart for the marginalized
“Students who attend religious schools have fewer behavioral problems than their counterparts, even when adjusting for socioeconomic status, race, and gender.” That translates into fewer gangs, fewer drugs, and greater racial harmony in religious schools than in public schools. Why are students more successful in religious schools? Jeynes believes that such schools “have higher expectations of students and encourage them to take hard courses,” adding that religious schools subscribe to the notion that “students are often capable of achieving more than they realize.” -Council for American Private Education.