“From day one,” she said, the school has maintained great communication with the parents and given students the academic skills needed to be successful. Any problems they’ve had have also been fixed quickly, DeVault said, adding parents “don’t get that sort of feedback” from many other places.
“This is a huge investment for us,” she said, with the family not using any vouchers. “But it’s the type of investment with immediate return and immediate growth. Otherwise we wouldn’t be spending the money.”
Other changes at the school include more one-on-one instruction between students and teachers, like mentor groups at the secondary level and church volunteers helping with tutoring after school.
That one-on-one time is one of the things the Rev. Darnell Williams, of New Purpose Ministries, likes best. He and his wife moved their son, Elisha, to Indiana Christian from the Anderson Community School Corp. this year for a couple of reasons: the Christian experience and the fact Highland Middle School received an ‘F’ grade from the Indiana Department of Education last year.
But Williams doesn’t lay all of the blame on ACS as they still have two children at Anderson Elementary School and are pleased with their education there. “ACS has great teachers,” he said. “Anytime a school fails,” Williams added, it’s not just on the educators but the parents who should be more invested in their children’s education.
They chose Indiana Christian because they’d “heard a lot of good things about the curriculum and small class sizes,” and Williams said the school made them feel welcome while assuring them a teacher could help Elisha with the challenges he faces in math.
And so far, ICA has done as stated, Williams said, adding that they checked out other private schools but waited to “make sure it was a great fit” before settling on Indiana Christian.
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