Christian School to Open in New Hampton in Fall
by Michelle Stallsworth
New Hampton will again be home to a school, when a private school begins offering classes to area students in grades first through 12th this fall.
The New Hampton Christian Center, formerly the public elementary school, has been the place for Christian conferences, regional prayer meetings, an after-school program, and family movie nights. And now the center houses a brand new tuition-based school, the New Hampton Christian School.
“This school is a Christian learning center, not a classroom-based school,” said Charlene Browning, supervisor, or teacher, for the new school.
“It’s another option to public schools.”
The curriculum uses Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) materials that emphasize bible-based and character-building lessons. Reading is phonics-based.
“It’s a proven program that has an excellent reputation,” said Browning. “We’re excited about this opportunity to aid children in the area.”
According to the ACE website the program adapts to the speed of students, allowing child to progress independently through the curriculum as a group.
At the beginning of the year, each child is given diagnostic test to determine academic ability and to identify any learning gaps within subjects. Students are then placed in the curriculum at his or her academic performance grade level in each subject.
Students must master a minimum of 80 percent of the material before advancing.
Paul Drummond is the senior pastor for the program, with Kern Peters serving as administrator.
Peters has a lot of enthusiasm about the program and its home-school connection.
“Christian schools offer various avenues to minister to the needs of children,” said Peters.
“These opportunities have not appeared before in this area. We can provide a place of assistance
and enrichment for home-schoolers and a facility tailored to producing academic excellence, all with a biblical foundation”
A public meeting will be held at 7p.m. the New Hampton Christian Center on Monday, August 7, for questions and information about enrollment in the program.
The first day of school is set for the day after Labor Day, on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Bethany Republician Clipper Article Aug. 2nd 2006