Deciding to send your child to a religious school has many benefits that are not just religious in nature. There are academic, spiritual, social, and emotional advantages that come with attending a religious school environment.
Once-per-week religious education classes can’t match the everyday exposure your child will have by attending a religious school. Academics will intertwine with religious teachings and vice versa, which gives your child a unique and strong understanding of his or her faith. Issues of social justice, moral, and ethical responsibilities and other topics of religious and spiritual importance will be a facet of everyday life and learning when your child attends this type of school. General academics and faith-based learning will intertwine for the ultimate learning experience.
A Strong Sense of Community
Students attending a faith-based school will have religion as a foundation for friendship building as soon as they are enrolled. As an extension, you as parents will also have that foundation with fellow parents, oftentimes building treasured friendships among adults and families and forming lifelong bonds. Parental involvement in the school and community-building events are a great way to get to know other families with which you likely have much in common.
Many of these types of schools, including Gilmour Academy, provide stability that other schools cannot. Attending the same school from early childhood straight into high school allows students to feel comfortable and secure in their school environment, and hopefully feel like they are part of not just a school but also a family. The comfort and care that these kinds of schools can provide for your child is priceless.
High Quality Academics
Religious schools often offer higher quality academics than surrounding public school districts. Many religious schools offer a dual-curriculum or integrated curriculum model where students have a rigorous general studies schedule as well as time or classes for religious instruction and prayer.
Religious education can provide advantages well beyond a strong sense of faith. Highly rated general academics, a community of friends, teachers and clergy with the same moral base, and a stable environment in which to learn, grow and thrive all make for a positive and inspiring school experience.