Why choose Christian education?

Students spend 15,000 hours in school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Decisions related to your child’s schooling are monumental in importance! Who will shape your son? Who will influence your daughter? How will God be portrayed?

School – its curriculum, its teachers, and its culture – will impact your child. We believe those 15,000 hours are best spent in a Christian school where your child will be loved thoroughly and trained biblically, while at the same time receiving an excellent education.

Why does a biblical worldview matter?

We all have a “lens” through which we view and understand the world. It is formed by culture, life experiences, and beliefs. A biblical worldview means that you examine, evaluate, and make sense of the world through the truth of the Bible. Christian schools teach from a biblical worldview. Christian teachers and coaches integrate biblical values into every aspect of the school.

History, science, the arts, every subject, every curriculum, and every teacher have a point-of-view. Humans are incapable of being completely objective and neutral. If a Christian viewpoint is not being exercised, then a non-Christian viewpoint is. Not allowing prayer, censoring religious holidays, and ignoring God’s involvement in history, are a few of the many examples of schooling which portray God as non-existent or unimportant when a supposedly “neutral” point of view is presented. Children are bombarded with non-Christian messages from social media, movies, music, and television. We believe that school should not be another source of non-Christian information, but rather, it should be instrumental in equipping children to understand all truth as God’s Truth.

A Christian school does not replace the roles of parent and church in developing a biblical worldview in students; the Christian school partners with them. Christian parents today too often feel as though they must battle an entire culture in order to raise godly children. Parents increase their effectiveness by widening the circle of influence to include other godly adults. Being a part of a Christian academic community will serve to reinforce the truths taught at home and at church. At a Christian school, like LCA, students are taught by faculty and staff who share the same basic values and beliefs as Christian parents. These relationships have a lasting influence on students.

Shouldn't Christians be "out in the world?"

A quality Christian school should never be an institution that shelters students and encourages a reclusive life. That is not the purpose of Christian education. In fact, the mission of Christian education is to do just the opposite: to serve the local and global community by equipping students to be transforming influences for Jesus Christ. Missions trips, international student programs, and community service are some of the ways students at LCA learn to engage and serve others in order to make a difference.

In addition, parents must ask themselves, “Is today’s permissive culture what I want for my child?”  The difference between a public or non-Christian school and a Christian school is not so much in the professionalism of its staff or the achievements of its student body, but in the goals of its education. Those goals greatly influence the school’s culture. In a Christian school, such as LCA, students experience a different culture – one that is soul-nurturing and Bible-believing. Students are taught by committed Christians. Students learn what is modeled by their teachers, coaches, and staff‑ members. Challenges and conflicts are resolved from a restorative biblical perspective.

What about academics?

Laconia Christian Academy is a college preparatory school with an excellent academic program. Our students have consistently higher average scores on the SAT exams than county, state, and national averages. More than 70% of our junior and senior students take AP or dual-credit courses. Over 90% of our graduates go on to college and graduate within four years. Click to read more about the Early Ed, Lower School, and Upper School programs.

What about important non-academic outcomes?

The Cardus Education Survey is the most comprehensive study ever done on the outcomes of K-12 Christian education. The study found that Christian school graduates, as compared to graduates from non-faith based schools, charter schools, and public schools, are more outwardly focused individuals with a higher commitment to family, church, and the larger society. These graduates donate significantly more money, are more generous with their time, and participate in far more relief and development services than their peers. They also feel more confident, are more likely to graduate from college, pray and read the Bible more often, and are less likely to divorce. Click here for more information on the Cardus Education Survey.

How does a family afford private school?

Paying for private school is an added expense to what might already be a tight family budget…but we encourage you to understand that LCA is an investment in your child – one that will pay dividends for the rest of your life and theirs.

LCA’s generous tuition grant program combined with funding from the new NH Educational Tax Credit Scholarship program could cover up to 80% of your child’s tuition. Click here for more information about grants and scholarships.