Monday, April 5, 2021

Take Heart

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33 ESV

The resurrection as a verifiable, historical event is the center point of the Christian faith.  Without a resurrected Christ, there is no forgiveness of sin and no reconciliation to God.  That's exactly why the power of the enemy was so concentrated on that time and place, sealing Jesus in a tomb behind a stone with a detachment of soldiers to guard it.  But the power of God was also concentrated on that time and place, so much so that the earth shook, the temple curtain--symbol of the boundary between the presence of God and the souls of humanity--was ripped in two, it got dark and graves were opened (Matthew 27:52)and their occupants resurrected.  

Even so, on Easter Sunday, the sermon I heard in a friend's church was another review of the historical facts of the resurrection contrasted with the world's attempts to make it unbelievable.  What else would you preach on Easter?  But discrediting the historical accuracy of the resurrection is doing the same thing that the Roman soldiers did to Jesus on Calvary.  It separates humans from the very thing they need to forgive their sin and reconcile with God.  So pastors stand in their pulpits on Easter Sunday and affirm the historical accuracy of the scripture because that opens the door to an understanding of truth that leads to salvation of the soul.  

Many of the theories that have been brought forward to attempt to discredit the historical accounts of Jesus rising from the dead aren't really plausible arguments.  The tomb was being guarded by soldiers who would have been executed if they allowed the body to be stolen.  Then there's the idea that Jesus simply fainted from loss of blood and from having a spear thrust into his side and revived when he got into the cool tomb where, after being severely beaten and hanging on a cross, was able to roll a massive stone back from the inside and somehow walk out without being seen.  The claim is also made that the women who went to the tomb simply went to the wrong one.  Those claims, while they represent attempts to explain away a miracle in the world's terms, are not really plausible or believable.  

The most powerful argument made by the world against the resurrection of Jesus is a reliance on intellect.  Humans do not rise from the dead, according to the intellectual argument, hence such stories are legends built by Jesus' disciples, his followers who vented their frustration by creating the Jesus of the gospels out of the character of the itinerant Jewish rabbi to whom they attached themselves.  Somehow they persuaded Paul to join them, inventing--according to their perspective--a dramatic and intense conversion experience to go along with the legend they were building.  It was Paul who took the simple gospel account of Mark and turned Jesus into world savior and legend, a myth as compelling as the stuff the Greeks imagined, according to the perspective of human intellect.  

Factually, there are a lot of holes in that argument.  Paul, along with several of Jesus' original twelve disciples, met death by execution because of their testimony to the truth of Jesus' resurrection.  It's not very likely they would put their lives on the line for something they invented and didn't really believe.  Nor would the literally thousands of Christians who met their death at the hands of an executioner because they would not deny their belief in the existence of God, that Jesus was his divine and human son and that he was sacrificed as an atonement for sin.  By any accepted historical standard, the written account of the crucifixion and the resurrection were historical, not fictional. 

But the main fight against belief in God, and the specific means by which he chose to forgive sin and redeem his human creation today is the intellectual argument that relegates "religious beliefs" to some kind of mystical, unexplainable domain and simply make a statement by setting it aside and leaving it out of education altogether.  Children in our culture are compelled to attend school until they turn 16 years of age or they finish the eighth grade, and a specific curriculum of core subjects is required, along with minimum standards of achievement.  What message is sent when the Bible is rarely mentioned and when it is, only as an example of ancient poetry or literature?  Students get the message from the educational establishment that what is taught in school is important, and what is not taught isn't.  And that is reinforced by curriculum objectives which contradict Biblical truth.  

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.  And this is the spirit of the antichrist of which you have heard that it is coming and now it is already in the world.  I John 4:2-3 NRSV

That's why we exist. The education that is provided at Midwestern Christian Academy not only includes and integrates Biblical truth in its curriculum, including the confession that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, its whole philosophy rests on the foundation of the Bible's revelation of God to humanity and his redemption of us by grace through faith in Christ.  The education of a child is not complete without it.  


 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Demolishing Strongholds

"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."  2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV

It's that time of year when parents of MCA students give consideration to another year of Christian school.  Having been in Christian school education for a long time, I know that for many families, most in fact, there are always circumstances that must be taken into consideration before a commitment is made.  Sometimes, there are situations beyond our control that will have an impact on the ability of a family to send their children back to their Christian school.  

"Be sober minded, be watchful.  Your adversary the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world."  I Peter 5:8-9 ESV

We have an adversary and it doesn't suit his purposes to have children gathered together every day under the instruction and care of Christians who are engaged in a discipleship ministry aimed at making more disciples and preparing them to become disciple-makers.  There are already obstacles around which we have to navigate in order to provide a Christian school which supports and undergirds the work of Christ's kingdom and around which parents must also navigate to provide it for their kids.  We need to be aware of the adversary's work from the inside, as the scripture says, demolishing arguments that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.  

MCA isn't perfect, but neither is any other educational institution.  Our commitment is to do our best with what God has given us to give to our students so that they develop into mature followers of Christ who make a difference in the lives of everyone around them.  And as the scripture says, we do not fight with the weapons of the world.  We are taking something that the world is using to have influence and bring about social change according to its own human intellect and thinking, and using it to make disciples who will change the world by pointing it to God through faith in Christ.  And we hope that we have helped give them enough spiritual "weapons" to fight the battles they will face and overcome them by faith.  That's the main reason we exist.

That isn't all we do.  Like almost all of our fellow Evangelical Christian schools around the world, students at MCA also get a solid academic foundation, measurably more successful from an academic perspective than the education that the "world" provides.  Academics are important.  Though educational philosophy varies from school to school, Christian schools are successful because they link Biblical truth and Christian educational philosophy to the way they approach instruction and learning. When our academic progress is measured by the same standards used by most of American public education, MCA students show scores which place more than 90% of them in the top two academic quartiles, with average percentile ranks falling right at the dividing line between the first and second quartile.  

There are reasons for this, inherent in our basic educational philosophy.  I'll share a few: 

  • During a seven-hour school day, between 5 1/2 and 6 hours is spent on instruction in core subjects.  We replace the time that public schools spend on "social" education with our Biblical studies classes and corporate worship in chapel. The rest of the time is spent in core subject instruction supplemented with classes that promote cognitive development like music, art and physical education.  Add that up and it's over 1,000 hours in a school year, compared to an average of 880 hours in most schools in Illinois.   
  • We emphasize development of basic skills in reading, language arts and mathematics in the lower grades, actually starting in Pre-K3.  We use research-based methods that have proven records of success. We teach things like phonics, grammar, math facts and writing.  
  • We pray in class.  Our staff prays for the success of their students.  
  • The primary qualification for our teachers is that they have the spiritual gift of teaching.  But all of them have a degree, certification and are keeping up with re-certification requirements.  And they have all had training in Christian school educational philosophy  
  • We will work as hard as we can and do as much as we can to add some extras for students to expand their interests, including more extra-curricular activities and some in-school enrichment. 
There are some questions and comments that are pretty common at registration time and for most of these, my response to parents is to simply consider the potential influence of the alternative, and decide if you think it is worth it. 

I'm concerned that there is only one other (boy or girl) in my child's classroom and the opportunity to make friends may be limited.  

That's not as uncommon as you may think.  But limited options in this regard might be a blessing in the long run. We have done things like combine the girls or boys from smaller classes with the same gender for PE or elective courses.  In a small school sometimes it happens but it can just as often be a good thing.  

There's only one class on each grade level, so I can't pick my child's teacher. 

Even when there are multiple choices, not all schools let parents choose.  And the fact of the matter is that no two teachers are alike, teach alike, or manage students alike and through as many as 14 years of elementary, middle and high school, your child is going to have many different teachers with many different teaching styles and methods of classroom management.  You'll love one or two, like about half the rest and not really care for everyone else.  That's OK.  Handle it in a Christlike manner and you'll find that it was not as bad as you thought it was going to be.  The bottom line is the expected outcome for your child.  And know this.  Your child is still in a Christian school and your child's teacher will love them, care about their experience and do their best to produce the expected outcome.  

My son wants to play football and the Christian school is too small to have a team. 

Some Christian schools do have football, and offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities.  Along with that, you must consider that these options are not included in tuition and parents must bear the cost of their child's participation which can be high.  It is a trade-off.  At MCA, as we look at post-pandemic planning, our goal for extra-curricular activity is to provide wholesome activities which help students build relationships and through which we can show students how to practically apply their faith.   

It costs a lot for me to send my child to a Christian school and it's a sacrifice. 

One of the enemy "strongholds" is the fact that tax dollars go to support the public education system and other than charter schools, which operate under the same secular philosophy of education, the public schools monopolize tax dollars.  Parents have a "choice" in theory, but they can't use their own tax dollars toward education to make the choice.  Those who now hold the stronghold have made it virtually impossible for most families to choose an educational alternative other than the public system.  

But the sacrifice is mutual.  Our teachers, knowing that this involves sacrifice, are willing to accept a salary that is well below what their public school counterparts make in order to keep the cost low.  Your tuition bill would increase more than $2,000 a year per student if we paid our teachers the lowest annual salary offered to a Chicago Public School teacher.  And our teachers have to meet higher qualifications.  Midwest Bible Church provides the facilities and support and also contributes from its church budget. That's worth another $1,500 a year to our families.  We believe in what we are doing and are willing to sacrifice to make it happen.  It's a partnership and we ask you to join us.  

There aren't many alternatives.  Home schooling is one, but not very many people in our society are either equipped for it or can do it because of the time demands.  Charter schools may be mission driven, but they are still public schools and in some cases are even more aligned toward using schools to bring about social change as the public school system.  On-line education, which does not offer the academic quality, is still public school if it is publicly funded and there is not a high level of accountability.  Private on-line education charges about the same amount of tuition and fees as we do.  

Christian schools are one of the weapons we have "to demolish strongholds."  We have them because parents like you choose to send your children to us.  Our responsibility is to do as well as we can in order to earn your trust and have you bring them back.  Your responsibility is to take what God has given you, listen to his voice and support us.  



Sunday, February 21, 2021

ISBE Introduces Standards for "Culturally Responsive" Educators in Teacher Training

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has introduced a set of requirements in teacher licensing and certification training that are aimed at producing "culturally responsive educators and educational leaders."

A "culturally responsive educator", specifically, is one who will "critically think about the institutions in which they find themselves, working to reform these institutions whenever and wherever necessary," as well as one who will “assess how their biases and perceptions affect their teaching practice and how they access tools to mitigate their own behavior (racism, sexism, homophobia, unearned privilege, Eurocentrism, etc.).”  These are now being included as part of the requirement for getting a teacher's certificate in Illinois.  

In addition to this new requirement, approved by the legislature in the past week, last year Illinois public schools mandated "sexual orientation and gender identity" objectives for students with the goal of promoting understanding and acceptance of gay, lesbian, transgender and transsexual lifestyles.  These objectives had previously been in the sex education curriculum, where parents could opt out of having their children involved in the instruction but in 2019-20, they were moved into the "core" curriculum where they became part of regular, daily instruction and where parents are not aware of when the objectives will be introduced and discussed and cannot have their children "opt out" of participation.  

We also found out this week that only 37% of the third graders in Illinois public schools are able to demonstrate "proficiency" in meeting the benchmarks of the reading and language arts curriculum and only 41% are "proficient" in mathematics.  So if the majority of our students are not meeting the minimum expectations in these two core subjects which teach essential skills, then why is the ISBE adopting a whole new set of curriculum requirements related to a social agenda which will take time away from core skills subjects?  And if only 37% of third graders are meeting the minimum benchmarks in English-language arts, how are they going to read, understand and interpret the content of a social agenda course?   

And your tax dollars, and mine, are paying for this.  

The Blessing of a Christian School

First of all, we believe that education and training in "social issues" is a parent responsibility, not a school responsibility.  Our core curriculum includes daily instruction for each student at MCA in Bible and a weekly gathering for worship and teaching that has, as its goal, undergirding and supporting the Christian values that are taught in the student's home and at their own church.  Our teaching emphasizes the redemptive message of the gospel of Jesus, acknowledging him as Lord and Savior.  

Our students inevitably encounter the world, even while they are still in elementary school.  It is difficult to shelter them from all kinds of worldly philosophies, ideas and lifestyles because they are everywhere and the electronic age not only facilitates our students access to the world, but it also facilitates the world's access to our students.  The public school system has rapidly become one of those access points where the world's ideas and philosophies are taught as "options" and "choices" to the students.  It makes it very confusing and difficult for parents who are trying to help their children focus on Biblical truth and redemption through Jesus Christ.  That's why we exist.  Your children spend seven hours a day at school and that time should be a refuge and a shelter, yes, I said shelter, focusing students on life skills for success and shielding their minds so that their parents, and their Christian community in the church, can prepare them for the inevitable day when they will face the world and its choices. 

So our instructional time focuses on the development of basic skills in the early grades and the practical application of those skills as they advance to the middle grades.  We also offer physical education, art and music, which all contribute to intellectual development.  We do not waste time on a social agenda.  On average, our students spend 20% more of their school day in core subject instructional time than their public or charter school peers do.   

As a result, over 90% of our students on any given grade level at MCA are not only proficient in English-language arts-reading skills and mathematics skills, but they exceed the state minimum benchmarks.  The longer a student has been at MCA, the higher the likelihood that their achievement goes well beyond the state's standard for being "proficient."  On our last national standards based test, MCA's students collectively did better than 70% of the students who took the same test.  

Did you need a good reason to re-enroll your child at Midwestern Christian Academy for the fall?  There's one. 

Getting Past the Obstacles:  Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition according to the elemental spirits of the universe and not according to Christ.

It is not a requirement for teachers in private schools to be certified by the state.  The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) of which we are a member and who will provide us with accreditation has a teacher certification program for Christian schools which, in addition to the requirement of a Bachelor's degree with the required education-based coursework, also requires six credit hours of college-level Biblical studies and a written, personal philosophy of Christian education, including their faith testimony, in order to be certified.  We do not consider the state's requirements as adequate in certifying our instructional staff.  

With most Christian schools dependent on tuition income for their operations, it is sometimes difficult to appear competitive when it comes to extra curricular activities, technology development and all the bells and whistles that parents expect and hear about being offered elsewhere.  Not every kid who goes through Christian school will develop into the mature Christian making wise choices that their parents might hope for, but the odds are certainly in favor of it and so are the results.   

As a Christian school administrator, I can show you what my school will do for your student, in real numbers that reflect its academic strength and in the content and integration of Biblical truth into the curriculum which your child will learn every single day they are here.  We have, at least when there's not a viral pandemic, a scattering of extra-curricular activities that we can provide.  We are able to put an electronic device in the hands of each student, show them how to use it to achieve an academic goal and provide instruction that leads to discernment and good choices when they have their own tablet and are making their own choices.  

I can show you that even without a full blown athletic or fine arts department, a fully equipped science lab or all of those other bells and whistles that our students achieve at a far greater level than their peers in schools which do provide the "bells and whistles." My hope, and prayer, as a Christian school administrator is that you, as a parent of a student or students are able to see how much better off they will be here, in spite of what you might think they are missing, than they will be spending 7 hours a day where the world has their attention and their interest.  And I can join you in the hope and prayer that their being in this school will make the kind of difference in their lives that you are hoping and praying for.  

Deceptive philosophy is not always easy to see.  Sometimes, it doesn't get noticed until a student is making choices which demonstrate that they've been influenced by it.  But next to your home, their school classroom is the place where your children spend most of their time and the atmosphere is one in which they are influenced by their teachers and their peers at least as much as they are influenced by their parents, especially after age 6 or 7.  Would you rather they have a "culturally responsive" educator in charge of their classroom every day or a "Christ-responsive" teacher who sees their instruction as a partnership with you, not a conflict of interest?  










Monday, February 8, 2021

The Value of a Christian School Education: What You Get For Your Tuition Dollars at MCA

Christian schools are the only place where parents can choose an education for their child where the objectives of each academic subject is connected to Biblical truth and a Christian worldview.  Since the public school system is "religiously neutral," in theory if not necessarily in practice, parents must invest tuition and fees in order to be able to choose a Christian school for their children.  

While our main purpose is to provide a comprehensive education for students which integrates Biblical truth into academic content, we also provide an excellent education with expected student outcomes exceeding minimum state expectations.  Even though we are a small school with limited resources, over 90% of our students exceed the expected benchmarks in core subjects, compared with an average of just 40% of their public school peers, and our students score in the 70th percentile nationally on standardized achievement tests.  So even though we charge tuition and fees, your are getting excellent return and value for your sacrifice.  

Tuition and Fees Compared

The base tuition rate per student at MCA is $5,150 for the 2021-22 school term.  However, we give multi-child discounts and offer financial assistance to families who qualify, so the average tuition paid per student at MCA is about $4,425.  

The per-student, per year cost for public education in Illinois is just under $14,000 per year.  In Chicago, it is slightly higher, at $15,000.  Of course, that is taxpayer funded and inclusive of all services.  It's really an apples and oranges comparison, though in our section of Chicago, most public schools struggle to get 40% of their students to the state minimum benchmarks in math and reading while at MCA, we have more than 90% of our students meeting or exceeding benchmarks.

The average annual tuition at a private school nationally is $12,350 per students.  In the state of Illinois, is a little lower than that because many private religious based schools are Catholic or church-operated Evangelical schools.  In the city of Chicago, average private school tuition is $14,400 per student, because the city has a number of exclusive academies known for their academic success.  If you just consider church-based private schools, that figure drops to about $10,000 per year.  

In our area of Northwest Chicago, among the religious-based schools in our area that include 5 Catholic schools and 2 Lutheran schools, along with MCA, the average tuition rate is $8,150.  Comparatively, all of the schools offer similar programs, electives and activities, with MCA coming in at the lowest per-student rate of $4,425.  

So What's the Difference? 

Comparatively, our standardized test scores, 8th grade NWEA scores and high school admissions shows us coming in a little bit higher than even the other parochial schools in our part of town.  We also offer similar activities for our students.  So what keeps our costs low by comparison? 

Teacher Salary "Scholarship" Subsidies--If we paid our teachers a minimum $45,000 per year salary, which is at the low end of what public schools pay, it would increase tuition $2,275 per student per year.  So your teachers, who are all born-again Christians and who work here because they want to make a difference in the students' lives, not for the money, help make MCA affordable.  Noting that all of our teachers have a degree, certification and several have advanced degrees, they contribute to a sizeable savings for parents.  

Use of Facilities--MCA is a ministry of Midwest Bible Church.  As such, we are able to use the school facility, which includes the gym, without paying a lease.  We do cover utilities, which are really minimal next to what a lease or mortgage could run.  And unlike many church-sponsored Christian schools, our students have access to most of the church facilities as well.  Including the gym, about 40% of our space in any given year is shared.  Use of facilities combined with a lack of indebtedness on behalf of the school saves parents an additional $1,000 in tuition costs per child.  

Early Registration and Enrollment--We offer parents the opportunity to lock in a lower tuition rate and save over $500 by enrolling prior to March 31.  In exchange for a non-refundable enrollment fee and one month's tuition, MCA discounts the tuition by $500.  

Referral Scholarship--MCA families can reduce their tuition by $500 each time they refer a family to our school who winds up enrolling their children.  There is no limit to the number of these scholarships that a family can receive.  The $500 is applied to their account when the other family pays their enrollment fee.  

A Neighborhood Comparison

Each of these schools, which I have labelled "school A" and "school B" is a private, church-based school in our general neighborhood.  I am comparing the tuition and fees with MCA. 

                                    BASE TUITION     2nd CHILD DISCOUNT        ED FEE/ENROLLMENT

MCA                                $5,150                        $1,300                              $250 by 3/31, $350 after

SCHOOL A                      $5,720                        $1,240                              $625 non-refundable

SCHOOL B                     $6,450                         $1,000                        $850 fundraising, $350 enr. 

At MCA, you are certainly getting your money's worth.  Register or re-enroll today! 


                                                                                                                   


Monday, January 25, 2021

Looking Ahead to 2021-22: What MCA has to Offer Your Child

Midwestern Christian Academy started providing students with a Christ-centered, discipleship oriented educational experience in the mid-1950's.  Literally thousands of students have passed through these hallways and classrooms over the years.  As we instruct students in a way that connects the objectives of their core subjects in mathematics, science, social studies and language arts to their developing Christian worldview, we are providing them with discipleship that will help their faith grow and mature and which will help them fulfill the purpose that God has for their life.  

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  Colossians 2:8, ESV

What Makes Us Unique

MCA is a distinctively Christian school.  Our educational philosophy is based on Biblical truth.  We believe that education is the process of connecting the objectives and skills students learn in the classroom to a Christian worldview which is revealed to us by God in his written word.  In addition to the Biblical truth integrated into all subject areas, our students have a Bible study class every school day and once a week, we worship together.  

All of our teaching staff, in addition to having a degree and being certified, are born-again Christians who can testify to a time in their life when they trusted Jesus as their savior and received the grace of God's salvation.  They aren't here just because it's a job and for the money, they are here because they believe God called them to do this at this time in their life, and they are being obedient to him.  Your children benefit from their skill and their commitment.  We see our role as being in a partnership with parents to assist them and support them as they fulfill their God-given responsibility to make sure their children are raised "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." 

Christian discipleship is a natural part of a child's education, so having it as part of the school day and integrating it into the curriculum helps undergird and support the mission and ministry of their family's church and points them in the direction of discovering God's purpose for their life.  Students who spend at least five years in a Christian school environment are far less likely to drop out of church during or after their college years.  

Academic Excellence

Even though we are a small school, the focus of our curriculum is on core subjects.  In the early grades, the development of language and reading skills begins in Pre-K3, and mathematics skills begin in kindergarten.  We commit 90 minutes a day to language arts, phonics, reading and math.  The other core subjects we teach, including science, social studies and Biblical studies, are also part of every school day.  We offer P.E., vocal and instrumental music, art, band, computer skills and Spanish as electives or specials across the school day.  

We leave instruction in social issues up to the parents.  By focusing our time on skills in core subjects, our students demonstrate their academic achievement on standardized tests at a level well above their public school peers.  MCA students take a variety of nationally-normed, standardized achievement tests each year.  Our students generally score in the 70th percentile rank in mathematics and language arts which means they do better than 70% of the students who took the same test at the same time.  On high school admissions tests, most of our students score above the 80th percentile. 

We have a long list of recent graduates who are doing very well in local high schools, including selective enrollment schools, charter schools and other private, Christian schools.  Yes, it is a simple curriculum but we have a staff that is committed to providing a high quality education in a Christian atmosphere with a set of expected student outcomes that aim our students at higher than average goals.  I like to think that being in a school which prays, worships together and glorifies God also has something to do with our academic success.  

Accreditation Candidacy and Continuous School Improvement

MCA has just successfully completed a three-year candidacy for full accreditation through the commission of the Association of Christian Schools International.  ACSI's accreditation process is a rigorous one, using the same protocols and standards of the regional accrediting agencies.  In fact, ACSI accreditation is recognized by Cognia (formerly Advanced Ed), North Central/CASI and Middle States for dual accreditation status.  We are awaiting the visiting team observation and report and the final recommendation for approval.  

Accreditation is a seal of excellence.  It's not an arrival, it is the beginning of the journey.  Continuous observation and improvement is the end result of the accreditation process as the school sets goals to achieve beyond the standards it initially worked to meet.  

Choose Us, and Recommend Us! 

Like almost all other private, Christian schools during this pandemic, MCA has had to negotiate losses of students, and since we are private and tuition supported, revenue that supports our instructional program.  There are improvements we would like to make in both academics and in activities offered to students for enrichment which budget constraints will not allow us to consider at the present time.  So we are asking you, our faithful families, to assist us this year.  There are a couple of ways you can do this.  

1.  Re-enroll prior to March 31.  This will give us a good idea of what to plan for, but it will also benefit your family.  Tuition is going up, but if you enroll prior to the 31st of March, you can lock in the lowest tuition rate and save $100 on each child's registration fee.  

2.  Refer a family and get a $500 scholarship.  Word of mouth is one of the most effective means of promoting our school.  If you are having a good experience that means your friends and fellow church members might also like to give MCA a try.  We give a scholarship of $500 for every family you recruit whose children wind up enrolled in our school.  If you are blessed by having your children here, would you be willing to be our ambassador in recruiting other families?  That would be fantastic. 

A Legacy and a Future

Next to home and family, the school is the largest single influence on your child's character development, personal growth and way of thinking.  Christian schools exist because the "religiously neutral" atmosphere of the public school system includes operating under an educational philosophy that does not acknowledge the importance or influence of Biblical truth, but which instead considers human intellect as the highest power in the universe and education as the means by which humanity solves its problems.  Where would you prefer that your child spend 7 hours a day, five days a week?  In a school where teachers share your faith perspective and help your child connect Biblical truth to the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the world, or where teachers instruct from a philosophical foundation which teaches that there is no God and that right and wrong is a matter for them to decide for themselves?  

MCA has been a ministry since 1954.  We have many graduates who spent time here who have now gone out into the world and are serving the Lord in a wide variety of career options.  Some are pastors and missionaries, but most are just part of the body of Christ in his church where they serve.  We lost 21 students from last year whose families wanted them to return, but whose encounter with the COVID virus prevented them from being here, not counting new students who couldn't come because a parent was laid off or lost their job.  So we need your help in returning and recruiting.  If this is a great place for your kids, it is also a great place for their kids.  

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. 

Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will. be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways. 

Proverbs 2:6-15 ESV