Why Parents Should Refer New Students
Each morning as I greet parents and students coming to school, I am often asked, "What can I do to help the school?" Usually my mind goes to one of the many special projects or programs I can visualize that parent using his or her special gifts in a way that allows a contribution to be made to the school community. As I have prepared projections for next school year in the area of "enrollment", I have concluded that my answer should have a second part: "Tell your friends about CCS!" This may seem obvious, but there are three reasons why every parent at the school should become active in helping the school's administration increase enrollment.
Other Families Need What We Offer
As parents experience what a Christian education is about at
Many Christian parents are looking for exactly this type education. Usually, these parents have a strong faith in God and understand the profound impact that faith in Christ leads one to view the world far differently than what is a norm within our society. Christian parents need a partner like
Not all families come to Calvary Christian with a Christian worldview in mind for their children. This is OK. This is the evangelism aspect of the school. Many times parents who are young themselves with very young children need the encouragement and direction that an experienced teacher can offer. For these families,
It seems that there are more single parents today that ever before. In the difficult day-to-day life these parents live,
Yes, students need the outstanding academic education that is offered at
When parents of students currently enrolled at CCS refer a family to the school they are pointing them to something that is needed.
Parents Have Input In the School Culture
At some level, a referring parent also screens the children who are potential students at CCS. This helps because the referring parent wants their own children to have great classmates. This screening helps in the area of discipline and order within the school community. While we accept students who need some help in following standards, it is obvious that the more unity there is within our student body in observing school standards of conduct, the healthier the school will be over time.
As more parents refer families to
More Resources are Available to Accomplish God's Calling at CCS
There are two types of resources that increase as enrollment increases- money and talents.
The economics of a Christian school are similar to any business. Dollars must come in and expenses must be paid. The main difference is that as a not-for-profit ministry, excess dollars are not paid in dividends to shareholders; rather, all excess dollars are put back into the programs offered by the school.
A technical discussion of school finances would include concepts such as marginal, fixed, and variable cost. The final conclusion of any discussion would be that once the expenses related to administrating, maintaining, and staffing a classroom of students have been covered, the tuition income that comes from every additional student is then available for improvement of the school.
For example, if 16 students in a classroom represent the number of students needed to meet all expenses related to the total operation of that class, then when an additional student is added to that class, those tuition dollars are available to improve the program of the school as a whole. This is an immediate benefit to the students who attend the school and the entire school community.
At the present time,
Each additional student means additional parents. These parents bring skills, talents, and special gifts that can be put to use within the school community. As the school grows, many parents are finding special roles that allow them to have a ministry within the school. This process leads to a stronger school community and a healthier school.
It is my hope that this brief article will lead each reader to consider his or her role in helping
By John R. Wallace, Jr., Senior Administrator, Calvary Christian School, February,2006