5 Questions Christian Families Should Ask When Choosing a High School
As a parent, you know that high school will be a critical time in your teen’s life. During these four years, your son or daughter will become more independent, form their own beliefs, and start to live out their values. You want them to be surrounded by positive role models, meaningful friendships, and opportunities to have fun in their final years of grade school. At the same time, college is right around the corner, and planning for the future is at the top of your mind.
You may be wondering if your child’s current school offers the right environment for these ever-important years. As you explore your options and search for the right fit for your family, here are some key questions to ask:
Who will be teaching my child?
The influence that teachers have over their students cannot be overstated. Even teens who look up to their parents will begin searching for additional adult role models with unique life experiences and perspectives. As you explore school options, ask questions about what the administration looks for in teachers. See what you can find out about their beliefs, values, and personal stories, as well as how they invest in their students’ lives.
What opportunities will my child have to grow in his or her walk with the Lord?
You’ve spent years sharing biblical truth with your child, but you know that they cannot take your faith as their own. You want them to experience spiritual growth and a personal walk with Jesus. This is accomplished by taking Scripture and Life classes, having meaningful discussions with spiritual mentors, worshiping in community with other believers, and serving as the hands and feet of Jesus.
How will my child be influenced by peers?
No parent can guarantee that their child will never experience negative peer pressure; however, you can talk to school leaders, other parents, and members of the community about the social atmosphere at each school you’re considering. Look for an environment where your child can build authentic friendships based on shared interests, rather than being distracted by popularity contests or unhealthy cliques.
What tools will my child be given to prepare for college?
College admissions are becoming more and more competitive, with the best schools looking for excellence in academics, involvement in extracurricular activities, and evidence of community service. A good high school will have a solid guidance department and advanced curricular opportunities or dual enrollment. There will also be a system in place to help students balance both academic and extracurricular commitments without becoming overwhelmed.
How will my child be equipped to live in today’s complex world after graduation?
Teenagers have big questions and need to be surrounded by adults who can help them make sense of the world. When biblical truth is integrated into all subject areas and activities at school, students understand how God’s word is living and active, and can be applied to life’s challenges. During a season when so many teens walk away from their faith, developing a strong biblical worldview provides a strong foundation for life beyond high school.
Learn More About Concordia Academy
Now that you know the questions to ask, we'd love a chance to answer them for you! Please download a copy of our Parent Info Packet to learn more about our Christ-centered high school program, extracurricular opportunities, and college prep. When you’re ready, we’d love to talk with you and help plan your visit to campus. Email us or call 651-796-2679 to set up your tour!