March 31, 2010
As you know, Caleb is preparing to graduate, and Jared is well into his first year at Northwest Christian. I'm writing to give you one parent's perspective on the impact Northwest is making on students.
An obvious asset for us is the positive atmosphere. I'll never forget what Caleb said in his first weeks at school, "Even the mean kids are nice!" At Northwest Christian, my children are surrounded with students who share their values and who are making godly choices. Of course, the student body is not perfect . . . would we place on these teenagers expectations we ourselves cannot live up to? But I have consistently felt comfortable with the students my boys are with at school, during school activities, and in their free time as they socialize.
I also feel that Northwest Christian is effectively preparing students for post high school life. Thanks to a solid course of study at Northwest, Caleb scored high enough on his SAT to qualify for presidential level academic scholarships at the colleges of his choice. Based on the English curriculum he received, he was able to score well enough on an A.P. composition test to place into a 200 level writing class next year. Also, he has earned two full years of college credit by taking Spanish for concurrent college credit.
I recently asked Jared who his favorite teacher is. He replied, "I love them all. They each have their own awesomeness!" I'm wondering, if you polled high school students in public and private schools in our area, how many of these enthusiastically affectionate answers you would receive. The faculty and staff at Northwest have demonstrated commitment to not only the academic achievement of students, but also their emotional, spiritual, social, and recreational well-being.
Finally, I have appreciated the size of the school. It's big enough to have a lot of extra-curricular offerings, but small enough to allow a sort of "big fish -- small pond" experience. Caleb and Jared have thoroughly enjoyed the sports, theater, and student government activities. Through these programs they have gained leadership skills and grown into young men that I'm very proud of.
Sincerely and with much appreciation,
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