Thursday, August 10, 2017

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Private School

The decision to enroll a child in a private school involves examining and evaluating some of the following issues:

Student-teacher ratio, individual attention, parental involvement, academic issues, program balance, class size, teacher dedication, innovation and the potential for innovation, teacher training and experience, productive climate culture, achievement expectations, assessment issues, discipline issues, educational leadership, monitoring/evaluation, student autonomy, co-operation/consensus, orderly climate, high expectations, opportunity to learn, time on task, homework, cooperative learning, feedback, reinforcement, differentiation/adaptive instruction, classroom and school safety, school climate, school policies, community environment, classroom resources, parental and school shared educational philosophy, character education, core values, leadership development, computer skills, technology, online classes, a Moodle site, life skills, reading literacy, mathematical literacy, scientific literacy, social scientific literacy, social responsibility and spiritual growth.

All of these are important.  Three issues encompass many of the above list:  smaller class size, no bureaucracy, and a high level of parent involvement.

Smaller classes - Students are more confident and teachers are more relaxed which make for a less stressful environment. No two children learn the same way. There is no "one size fits all" solution to education.  With smaller classes teachers get to know their students, match student learning styles and needs to lessons and have more time to address individual questions and concerns.  

No bureaucracy - Parents, students and teachers share the common goal of providing the most effective education to the students. With a bureaucracy comes authority based decisions, division of labor, explicit rules and impersonal interaction. These conditions create a perceptual discrimination and aversion to change. In a small school parents and students interact with the teacher to develop decisions based on common goals.

Parental Involvement - Private schools are built around open communication between parents and teachers. Private schools create a community that directly accountable to both students and parents.  

The Office of Innovation and Improvement of the United States Department of Education published a 52 page booklet in 2007 titled Choosing a School For Your Child. First, write down five things that are most important to you as you consider the choice of a school, and then take the following four steps:
1. Consider your child and your family.
2. Gather information about schools.
3. Visit and observe schools.
4. Apply to the school(s) you choose.

This printable free book is also available on the Department’s Web site at:

Monday, May 4, 2015

8:52 AM 5/4/2015

Lee Horton, Marketplace Mission Learning Center's four year Art teacher, loaned me a copy of the movie,  "Julie & Julia" which I watched yesterday afternoon.  Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie Powell give outstanding performances in this story by Nora Ephron. The mission the frustrated office worker, Julie Powell, sets for herself is to make all 524 recipes found in Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year and blog about the experience. The movie parallels Julia Child's struggles to learn French cooking and to write and publish the famous cookbook with Julie Powell's struggles to make all 524 recipes in one year and blog about the experience.

How do you help students come to see life as a set of missions?  How do you help students come to see the power of the mission engine in your life and how life changing setting missions can be?  This movie may be a first step.

Mission and vision statements differ.  Mission statements are written in the present tense, define a purpose and set primary objectives. They are short, clear and powerful. A vision statement defines your purpose but focuses on goals and aspirations in uplifting and inspiring ways. A vision statement may be the same throughout a lifetime.  Julie Powell set a mission statement that defined a task - make the 524 recipes and blog about the experience and defined a time frame to complete the task. What emerged from the experience was that Julie Powell began to develop a life changing vision for her life.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Are you thinking about pulling your child out of public school?

More than 150,000 people have read Lynne Rigby's letter addressed to Florida Governor Rick Scott and the the Seminole County school officials.  If you are questioning your child's education, please read this letter.  A mother of five children aged 4 to 16, a college graduate and a kindergarten teacher, Lynne Rigby discovered the profound disconnect between success in the classroom (A's and B's), success with homework, never struggling and a low score on the Discovery Education tests. Her happy, third grade son was now suddenly pulled out of his third grade class and sent to remedial programs because of his test scores. The disconnect is the validity of the test and the test's connection to the curriculum.  Now the elephant enters the room - Common Core.  Won't it be wonderful argue some politicians, some college professors and test and teaching material producers if all students in the United States in the same grade are on the same page learning the same material every school day.  Workbooks and worksheets day after day dedicated to grinding out some myth of accountability measured by tests. 
A documented study concluded that if state and national testing were eliminated, some school districts could add 20 to 40 minutes of instruction each school day and in more competitive school districts students could gain an entire class period of instruction each school day.  Additionally, school districts would have $100 per test taker to purchase other services and goods to improve student learning. See Problems With Standardized Testing from for more information.   

Marketplace Mission Learning Center (MMLC) offers a one room classroom for seven students with the teacher of the online course work in the classroom.  MMLC offers parents who wish to homeschool access to 180 courses for grades 3-12.  Instruction on using the course work and support are a text or phone call away. With 40 years of teaching over 5,500 students, Mr. Hill is available to address your education questions and concerns.  

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bread Sale Report

Bread Sale Report for Winterberry Christian Academy

Bread Sale Report For 2/6/11
Note:  64 loaves baked on Saturday, 2/5/11 - 20 loaves donated to Heather Francis for Well Drilling Fund Raiser -  at Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco Island.
43 Loaves for sale
38 loaves sold
3 given away
2 given as muffins in the Well
(10 loaves donated 2/6/11 to St. Matthew's House for a $50.00 donation)
$220.00 minus $66.00 (30% donated to Well Drilling Fund Raiser of Heather Francis as per Pastor Aaron's permission for 5 weeks of bread sales)
$154.00 for Bread Sale
$100.00 special donation to Winterberry Christian Academy
$254.00 total for 2/6/11 for WCA

12/5/10             $81.00       (11 of 19 loaves sold)
12/12/10           $86.00       (15 of 19 loaves sold)
12/19/10           $105.00     (13 of 18 loaves sold)
1/2/11               $115.00     (19 of 19 loaves sold)
1/9/11               $115.00     (16 or 25 loaves sold)
1/16/11             $200.00     (29 of 45 loaves sold)
1/23/11             $165.00     (28 of 40 loaves sold)
1/30/11             $252.00     (36 of 48 loaves sold)
2/6/11               $154.00     (38 or 43 loaves sold)
2/6/11               $100.00     Special Donation

Total to Date     $1,373.00  (167 of 233 loaves sold)

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Private School

The decision to enroll a child in a private school involves examining and evaluating some of the following issues: Student-teacher ratio...