Why Choose Us?

5 Reasons to Go to Abba Independent Learning Day School lays out some of the popular reasons why parents look at private school as an education option for their children. This list offers some other reasons why you should consider private school. Choosing a private school is kind of like buying a house or finding an apartment. There are certain basic features you must have - bedrooms, bathrooms, a dining room, etc. - when you buy a house. But what really cinches the deal are other considerations such as location, the view, the neighborhood and so on. That's what this list does. It looks behind the basic reasons why you would send your child to private school. Here are 5 more reasons why you should consider private school.

1. Individual Attention
Most parents want their children to have as much personal attention as possible. After all, you spent enormous amounts of time nurturing them when they were infants. If you can make it happen, you want them receiving as much individual attention as possible in the preschool and primary years.

If you send your child to Abba ILC day school, she will be in a small class. Independent schools have class sizes in a range of 10-15 students. Parochial schools have slightly larger class sizes which are typically in the 20-25 student range. With those kinds of low student to teacher ratios a teacher can give each student the individual attention she deserves.

The other factor to consider is that discipline is not usually a problem in Abba Day School. There are two reasons why: most students are in private school because they want to learn and, secondly, the codes of conduct by which we operate, are enforced. In other words if a student misbehaves or breaks the rules, there will be consequences.

2. Parental Involvement
Abba day school expects parents to be actively involved in their child's education. The concept of a three way partnership is an important part of the way our day school works. Naturally the degree of participation and involvement will probably be greater if you have a child in preschool or elementary grades than if you are the parent of a child in high school.

What kind of involvement are we talking about? That depends on you and the amount of time which you can devote to helping out. That also depends on your talents and experience. The important thing to do is to observe and see where you can fit in. If the school needs a gifted organizer to help with the annual fundraiser, then help out as a good fellowship member for a year or two before offering to take on a bigger responsibility. If your daughter's teacher asks you to help chaperone a field trip, that's an opportunity to show what a great team player you are.

3. Academic Issues
Abba day school does not have to teach to a test. As a result, we can afford to focus on teaching your child how to think, as opposed to teaching her what to think. That's an important concept to understand. In many public schools poor test scores can mean less money for the school, negative publicity and even the chance that a teacher could be reviewed unfavorably.

Abba day school doesn't have those pressures of public accountability. We must meet or usually exceed state curriculum and graduation minimum requirements. But we are accountable only to our fellowship members. If the school does not achieve the desired results, parents will find a school which does.

Because Abba day school classes are small, your child cannot hide in the back of the class. If she does not understand a math concept, the teacher will probably discover that pretty quickly. She can address that learning issue, of dyslexia, irlen syndrome, or autism on the spot, rather than waiting weeks or months to fix it.

Abba day school uses a teacher guided approach to learning so that students discover that learning is exciting and full of possibilities. Since Abba day school offers all kinds of educational methods and approaches ranging from very traditional to very progressive, it is up to you to choose a method, an approach and a philosophy that meshes best with your own aims and objectives.

4. A Balanced Program
Ideally you want your child to have a balanced program in school. A balanced program can be defined as equal parts academics, sports and extracurricular activities. Abba ILC tries to achieve that kind of balanced program. In our program everybody takes part in sports.

Our Physical Education program operates like cross training. We have different activities for different days. Regardless of the scope of our PE program, what is really important is that every child is required to participate in some athletic activity.

Extracurricular activities are the third component in a balanced program. Like the compulsory sports students must participate in some extracurricular activity.

As you begin to explore the school website, review the physical activities and extracurricular activities as carefully as you review the academic curriculum. Make sure that your child's interests and needs are properly met. You should also note that physical activities and most extracurricular activities are coached or supervised by a fellowship member. That's part of the job description in our school. Seeing your math teacher coaching the ball team and sharing the same passion for the sport that you have, well, that makes a huge impression on a young mind. In our day school teachers have the opportunity to be exemplars in many things.

5. Religious Teaching
Public schools have to keep religion out of the classroom. We can teach religion, but try to keep it nondenominational. If you are a devout Lutheran, or Pentecostal we operated the day school so that your Christian beliefs and practices will not only be respected but they will be taught on a daily basis. The same is true of all the other religious denominations. All you have to do is find a class which meets your needs.


Last modified: Thursday, 24 January 2013, 04:59 AM