How will you select the right school for your children?

Some choose a school based on proximity to their residence, others select a school where their children’s friends attend, and still others decide based on tradition.

While these all seem to be legitimate reasons, they overlook the fundamental element for selection of a school — the student success rate. In other words, how well does the school measure up in teaching?

Community of Faith is a private Christian school with a moderate tuition schedule, a 38 year history of academic excellence as evidenced by consistently posted student SAT scores 1.5 to 3 grade levels above the national norm, and students who are well grounded and equipped to address life’s challenges with wisdom and confidence?

Call (915) 584-2561 today to schedule a campus tour and meeting with our principal. Tuition information will be provided during your visit.

You can pay me now, or you can pay me later

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The economy of academic excellence in education is much like that of the Fram Oil Filter commercials which began in 1972. 

The ad usually involved a mechanic working under a car. He would talk about the relatively low cost of an oil filter in relation to the estimated $2,000 cost of repairs he was doing on the car that didn’t have its oil filter replaced.  He would hold up an oil filter and say, “You can pay me now” and then hold up a piston and say, “or you can pay me later.”  The ad makes a great point: Not properly doing the small things typically leads to greater expense.

Students that receive an education based upon a sound curriculum and the promotion of academic excellence usually do well in high school, college, and beyond. The financial return on a good educational foundation often eliminates the expense of remedial course work at the college level.

Learn more about our solid history of academic excellence and call (915) 584-2561 today to schedule a campus tour and a meeting with our principal.

Storms of life produce perseverance

Storms of life produce perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 5:3-4 NIV paraphrased

Going through things you never thought you’d go through will only take you places you never thought you’d get to. — Morgan Harper Nichols

Now in our 39th year, we have completed a 38-year history of promoting academic excellence as evidenced by consistently posted student SAT scores 1.5 to 3 grade levels above the national norm by students who are well-grounded and equipped to address life’s challenges with wisdom and confidence.

Book a tour online or call (915) 584-2561 today to schedule a campus tour and meeting with our principal in preparation for the 2019-2020 enrollment. We look forward to serving your family.

How to find the right school for your child — "The Enrollment"

This is part 3, where we talk about “The Enrollment” process. If you missed the first two posts in the series, you can read part 1 “The Search” to learn what criteria parents typically use for their search and part 2 “The Tour” to learn what questions to ask during a campus tour.

One of the most important questions that a family can ask, relative to private school enrollment, is HOW MUCH? But, unless the answer is qualified by what you are paying for it’s really meaningless.

Let me give you a couple examples.

  1. Let’s say that you go to a local automobile agency and see a great looking SUV. You like the make, it’s a current year model, the body style, and color is exactly what you’ve been looking for, so you ask How Much? The dealer says “this little beauty is only $4,000.00 as is”. Now, a $4,000 price tag for a current year auto should send up a RED FLAG and the “as is” should be a deal breaker. What the dealer didn’t tell you is the vehicle doesn’t have an engine or transmission, and the wheels and all interior components are extra.

  2. Schools often receive phone inquiries wanting to find out how much the tuition is. They fail to ask what their child would be receiving in return for their investment.

The enrollment process depends upon an open exchange of information. This is most easily accomplished in a scheduled face-to-face meeting. If the parent is unaware of the basis for cost, there is no sense of value. When an open exchange takes place during a scheduled meeting, the enrollment fees and process can be fully explained for mutual benefit.

Private school enrollment is an investment in your child’s future. Reasonable expectations are most frequently based on the history of academic achievement by current or former students of the school. When students historically post SAT scores 1.5 to 3 grade levels above the national norm, there is cause for reasonable expectation of a solid return on your investment.

We hope you found this information helpful. Please call (915) 584-2561 to book a campus tour and a meeting with our principal. We look forward to serving your family. Visit our website for more information about CFCS. Thank you for reading our post.

How to find the right school for your child — "The Tour"

This is part 2, where we talk about “The Tour” of the school’s campus. If you missed the first post in the series, you can read part 1 “The Search” to learn what criteria parents typically use for their search.

Most schools will provide the opportunity to tour the campus, often accompanied by the principal. 

The tour will enable you to gain a “feel” for the surroundings or environment in which your child will be taught. If accompanied by the principal or another senior staff member, you will be able to experience how staff personnel relate to parents and other family members.

Whether stated or not, the school relationship with your family should be a partnership. The school becomes an extension of the family, promotes fundamental values for the development of good character, and provides training for the pursuit of academic excellence.

Here are some questions you may want to ask during your school tour. You will probably think of other questions, but this will get you started.

  1. What is the school’s mission statement?

  2. Is student academic achievement a sound reflection of the school’s mission, and if so, how?

  3. What curriculum or curricula is used throughout the school?

  4. Ask to see the scope & sequence for your child’s grade level.

  5. Is instruction based on secular world views or the Christian world view?

  6. Does the school have a Parent-Student Handbook?

  7. How is student success measured?

  8. Does the testing platform conform to local public education standards, or does the testing system measure students on a higher academic & national level such as the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT)?

  9. What is the Student-Teacher Ratio?

Once you find a school that has satisfactorily answered your questions and seems to fit your search criteria, your next step will be to discuss the enrollment process and finances. Visit us at www.cfcsonline.org or call (915) 584-2561 to book a tour of our campus and a meeting with our principal. 

Thank you for reading our post. We hope you found this information helpful and that we’ll see you again soon. Look for more in our next post.