Key Features of the Best Christian Schools


If you are seeking the best Christian schools for your children, there are a few key features you need to look for. Not all private Christian schools are created equal. If you are going to invest your hard-earned funds into a Christian education, make sure it’s the best. Here’s how to find the ideal fit for your family through some key features that set great schools apart.

The best Christian schools have small class sizes.

One of the key advantages of a private education is the one-on-one attention allowed by small class sizes. With low teacher to student ratios, it becomes impossible for your child to fall through the cracks. Each student can receive the individualized attention they need to flourish. Look for a student/teacher ratio of no greater than 10 to 1.

The best Christian schools are top-ranked academically.

A fine Christian education is not just about moral values but about top academic achievement as well. The technology and facilities at the best Christian schools should be cutting-edge. Both the STEM and fine arts programs offered ought to be exceptional. Teachers should be highly educated and passionate about their jobs.

The best Christian schools teach authentically Christ-centered values.

In the very best Christian schools, religion isn’t just a label. It won’t just be a part of a mission statement. Christian values should be an integral part of the curriculum, and every teacher and administrator’s life. The faculty and staff should be madly in love with Jesus and reflect that love to their students every day. The Bible should be integrated into every subject, providing students with a well-rounded education from a Biblical worldview.

The best Christian schools will offer exceptional extracurriculars.

The finest Christian schools will offer their students a wealth of extracurricular activities, service opportunities, and athletic programs.

A great education isn’t just about academics; it requires a well-rounded approach that nurtures a student’s God-given gifts and talents.

Seek out a school that offers great programs in areas your student is passionate about, such as fine arts, theater, athletics, or technology.

 

To learn more about Fredericksburg Christian School’s academic programs, visit our academic page. Our curriculum is designed to educate and transform the whole person. We provide academic excellence while integrating a Biblical worldview into every lesson.

What Christian Kindergarten Does for Your Child’s Social Skills


A Christian kindergarten is a wonderful environment for a child to learn and grow. It’s a magical time in any child’s development, and social skills are a huge part of that. Perhaps more than anything else, kindergarten is about learning to interact with others in a healthy way. Here are a few key social skills that a Christian kindergarten can uniquely foster in your child.

Christian Kindergarten Teaches Empathy and Compassion

Kindergarten is often the first time that a child spends full school days interacting with their peers. This makes for an ideal training ground to practice empathy and compassion. While these concepts are critical in any kindergarten setting, a Christian kindergarten takes it to the next level. Since children spend each day immersed in the Word of God, compassion and love take on a whole new importance in light of the Gospel. There are perhaps no more important character traits to develop than empathy and compassion, so make sure that they are a priority in your child’s curriculum.

Christian Kindergarten Teaches Selflessness, Sharing, and Taking Turns

While these skills don’t come naturally to many children, kindergarten is a perfect time to learn. These skills are critical for healthy social interaction. Giving and taking with a good attitude is one of the first moral skills children learn. Kindergarten helps them practice through play, friendship, and imagination. Sharing and taking turns develops patience and kindness in young children, fostering a more selfless attitude.

Christian Kindergarten Teaches Resilience and Flexibility

The transition to kindergarten can be a challenge for some children. But the new environment can become a truly nurturing partnership between home and school. Kindergarten teaches resilience and flexibility through instruction, social interaction, and family support. It’s a safe place for children to try something new, fail, and try again. When learning comes through the lens of the unconditional, unfailing love of Jesus Christ, children can learn and grow without fear of making mistakes. They will learn that we all make mistakes, that it’s not the end of the world, and we can always try again.

Come see for yourself what Fredericksburg Christian School can offer your child!

Barna Research: FCS is Delivering What Parents Want


This just in: according to the latest research, Fredericksburg Christian School is delivering exactly what parents want. Barna has reported an exhaustive study of the top needs of parents when it comes to what they are looking for in a private Christian school. Number one was safety, followed by quality teachers, academic excellence, and character development. Here’s a breakdown of what the data found, and how Fredericksburg Christian School is meeting those needs with excellence.

A Safe Environment for Your Children

Barna found that “A safe environment is the most essential feature when choosing a school for parents of both current (98% essential) and prospective (94%) Christian school students. Safety can mean anything from a toxin-free building or a padded playground to bullying prevention. However, it can also include “cultural safety,” such as feeling safe to ask questions or express doubt, learning to work through differences or a general sense of belonging and respect.” Fredericksburg Christian School prides itself on making their students’ safety their top priority. From thoroughly vetted teachers and staff to a secure campus to an environment where opinions and worldviews can be heard in a safe space, FCS is leading the charge in school safety.

Quality Teachers and Philosophy of Education

Fredericksburg Christian School only hires the exceptional, caring, and highly-educated teachers. Our educators are the shining stars of our school; they are not only great at their jobs, but they truly love teaching. Only the best, most passionate educators will do. “Teachers who really care about their students” (98%) is what ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) parents are most likely to say is essential (tied with safety at 98%), followed closely by “accessible teachers,” which slightly fewer (94%) said was a necessity.”

Academic Excellence

Of course, academic excellence is at the forefront of Fredericksburg Christian School’s priorities. Our students are prepared for college and career by the finest, most thorough education available. Our students are given the tools to excel in whatever endeavor they choose. Barna research found that “Academic excellence is a top priority for parents of both current and prospective Christian school students. Nearly all current Christian school parents (95%) say it is essential. For prospective parents, that number is slightly lower, at 88 percent.”

Character Development & Spirituality

Above all else, Fredericksburg Christian School aims to produce students who love the Lord, exude a spirit of compassion, and work hard to make the world a better place. Fostering a loving knowledge of Jesus Christ is our top priority as an institution. Barna research found that this is essential to Christian school parents as well. “Current and prospective parents both give high priority to “intentionally developing children’s character” (current: 94%, prospective: 73%). But in addition, current parents especially desire spiritual development for their children. This reinforces the above findings showing how most current Christian school parents believe that character and spiritual development are among the ultimate purposes of education.”

The numbers don’t lie. Fredericksburg Christian School is exceeding the most essential needs of parents and students in our community, and we couldn’t be more proud.

Getting Your Preschool Child Kindergarten Ready


There are many ways to help your child be kindergarten ready. They don’t need to be reading by themselves, or capable of sitting for 8 hours, to be ready for the classroom environment! However, there are some key ideas that your little one needs to understand. Working at home or letting them develop skills in a curriculum-based preschool are both viable options for helping them grasp these concepts.

Social and Language Development

A child ready for kindergarten should have some awareness that they belong to a larger community. Their sense of citizenship, and their willingness to pitch in for the good of those around them, will help them have a better transition to a classroom setting. Encourage this concept by giving your child simple household chores, like making their bed or cleaning up after themselves. Preschool can also be a perfect way to help your child socialize and learn how to behave in a structured environment.

Language skills can be developed by identifying and writing letters and sounds. Read to them every day, and try to instill a love of reading. Ask them questions about what happened in the story so they can hone their comprehension skills.

A kindergarten ready child should be able to:

  • take turns
  • ask for help with a difficult task
  • follow two-step directions
  • listen during reading time
  • identify and draw most upper and lowercase letters

Cognitive Development

Talking about nutrition (fruits/vegetables), directions (up/down, over/under), and numbers (we walked 10 steps), will help your child be cognitively ready for their next stage of learning. The grocery store or garden is a wonderful place to teach your child about fresh food and healthy eating, and counting things you see throughout the day is excellent practice.

Preschool can also be a wonderful way to get past these more challenging cognitive hurdles. Preschoolers enrolled in curriculum based preschool, such as FCS, enjoy the benefits of a program that teaches reading, writing, math and motor development in fun and purposeful ways.

A kindergarten ready child should be able to:

  • write the numbers 1 – 10
  • sort things by color or shape
  • understand opposites, like big/little or short/tall
  • make patterns with color

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Time spent in front of a computer screen detracts from a child’s ability to develop fine and gross motor skills. While interacting with an iPad can be highly educational, make sure your child is spending plenty of time with crayons and paper. Let them draw, write, and color! To work on gross motor skills, like jumping and running, give them daily outdoor play. Learning to hold a pencil correctly, or balance on a beam, are more important than you may think.

A kindergarten ready child should be able to:

  • stack blocks
  • cut shapes with scissors
  • write their name, starting each letter from the top
  • run, jump, and skip

Creative Arts

Get creative with your child, letting them paint or do crafts. Also, imaginary play should be encouraged! Let them make believe, and occasionally join them in the world they’ve created.

A kindergarten ready child should be able to:

  • recognize the colors of the rainbow, or a basic crayon box
  • be inventive during craft time

How do you know if your child is kindergarten ready?

As a parent, you will likely see signs of your child’s readiness for kindergarten. If they can follow simple directions, sit still, use the bathroom by themselves, recognize some letters and numbers, and get along with other children, there is a good chance kindergarten is their next step. At Fredericksburg Christian School, we take time to assess each child to make sure they are placed in an environment where they can succeed. Learn about our admissions process, or call 540-373-5355 for more information.

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Preschool at Fredericksburg Christian

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