The decision to send a child to school is an important one, wrought with many small decisions along the way. Most parents or guardians do their research before making that momentous decision on which school(s) to apply to. Everyone wants to send their child to “the best private school”, but what if we told you that “the best school” is not always the right school for your child?
When looking at research comparing schools, articles are generally providing data collected from the school and students based on test scores, college data, and other sources. Niche is a website that devotes itself to helping users discover where they want to live and raise their family. The data that they collect also provides users with comparisons of K12 public and private schools and where they rank – according to data collected. Niche, like other K12 data gathering sites, uses this methodological system of rating school systems:
The 2018 Best Private K-12 Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. Additional data is also collected from schools directly.
It is an extensive data collection system that can help you learn some qualities that make up the best private schools, yet there are some elements of a child’s education that are not considered in the data, such as the distinctives at the right school that are not quantitative on a measurement scale.
Parental involvement is crucial to the success of the child.
Every student’s excellence is achieved through the partnership of parents and school faculty. When all parties are working toward the same goal, of the child’s success in education, everyone succeeds. At Hope Academy, we are serious about our commitment to you, as parents and the partnership that we share, thus we sign a covenant with parents to display that commitment.
Beyond test scores
The truly best private schools will educate the whole child — mind, body, and soul. That’s why we integrate God’s Word and his principles into every aspect of our students’ day. Hope Academy believes in equipping our students not only to do exceedingly well in the rigors of their education and in their earthly lives beyond school, but more importantly to prepare them for eternity. We, at Hope Academy, desire to shepherd our students in the wisdom and truth of the Scriptures.
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:34-36 ESV
Character also matters
Test results matter, for the best private schools, when getting into a desired college or university. Degrees and experience matter when getting job or making a career change. Character matters in every area of life. We set high expectations of our students. We unashamedly follow through with those expectations and discipline. We desire to equip our students to academically achieve their goals, as well as working on areas of character that cannot be tested with paper and pencil.
Consistency is key
Double-standards can cause apathy or frustration in children, which is why we are just as concerned about the character of parents and teachers. We hold the standards the same across the board. We want our students to see godly character modeled throughout their life. We firmly believe in accountability in every area of education.
Ranking systems are beneficial in comparing prospective K12 private and public schools, but they do not reveal all that a school offers. There are much deeper and beneficial traits that a school can offer that cannot be collected through data reporting. Hope Academy’s unique qualities reach beyond those to work with you, the parent, to reach those goals that are beyond the ranking systems. Schedule a tour today to learn more.