IS A CHRISTIAN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION WORTH PAYING PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION?
The elementary school years are the most important in a child's intellectual and spiritual development. It is universally understood that children who, in elementary school, receive a solid foundation in reading, writing, math, science and history are equipped to excel during the remainder of their academic careers. What is often overlooked is that, during these same years, each child is learning and internalizing the values and beliefs that will shape and determine in large part his or her faith and character in adulthood. St. Ignatius Loyola said that if he had primary authority over a child during these formative years, the child would “think as I do forever.”
As Christians, we know that faith and character have eternal as well as temporal consequences for our children. Our greatest responsibility as Christian parents is to pass on our Christian faith and values to our children so that they develop their own personal relationship with Jesus. [Deut. 6:6-9; 2 Tim. 1:5]
All of the Board members and faculty at SMCS are well-educated and place a high value on academic achievement. The excellent record of our students on national achievement tests and their high acceptance rate at private middle and high schools are objective evidence that SMCS provides an outstanding education as measured by secular standards. Above all, however, we want our students to have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. [2 Tim. 3:14-17]
The money you spend on tuition for a Christian elementary education is an investment in your child’s eternal future. The reality of modern life is that school, sports, playtime, dinner, homework, and chores occupy about 98% of each day. It is more important than ever that our children be taught the Scriptures, Christian values and a Christian world view during the best hours of the day—those 6-8 hours a day, 5 days a week that they are in school.