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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.

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

There are a number of ways to locate a school for your child. Some of the most common methods are:

  1. Checking to see what schools are near your home, and

  2. Finding out where your friends’ children go to school.

But do you really want to adopt another family’s standard for your child, or do you want a school that supports your family’s morals, values, and expectations? 

The first step is to determine whether you are willing to accept public education as the standard by which your child will be trained. Keep in mind that public education is based upon revisionary practices that rewrite history, teach “new” math, and erode our moral standards to make almost anything okay.

If you want more for your child, the right private school will be more likely to meet your need. However, even private schools vary in the quality of their curriculum. Some use a time-tested program, which is not compromised by some secondary popular new standard. Others combine two or more curricula, which may present little or no improvement over the public school system.

Here are a number of Google search phrases that will help you find schools with a good background. These are search phrases that other parents have used to look for schools for their children.

  • Abeka School El Paso TX

  • Best Christian School(s) El Paso TX

  • Best Christian Elementary School(s) El Paso TX

  • Best Christian Middle School(s) El Paso TX

  • Best Private School(s) El Paso TX

  • Christian School(s) El Paso TX

  • Private School(s) El Paso TX

Once you find a couple of schools that seem to fit your search criteria, your next step will be to schedule a school tour and meeting with the principal. See how we measure up by visiting www.cfcsonline.org, and then 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.

All schools are not the same

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If you’re looking for a private Christian elementary or middle school with a moderate tuition schedule and an amazing track record, you need to know more about Community of Faith Christian School.

We have promoted academic excellence for 38 years as evidenced by a history of 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. Acceptance is limited to the first 15 qualified students in each class — grades K2-8th.

Learn more about CFCS on our website and call (915) 584-2561 today to book a campus tour and a meeting with our principal in preparation for 2019-2020 enrollment.