Q. When did New Life Christian School begin?
A. New Life Christian School opened for the Fall Term in 1998. It formed through the winter of and spring of 1998 as local pastors began to see the wisdom of God in combining the accumulated experience, staffs, resources, school sites, and students from two local Christian schools into a more efficient and effective single Christian school which would serve the Eel River Valley. Christian Life School had been offering excellent Christian Education since September of 1976. North Coast Community Christian School had been offering excellent Christian Education since September of 1986.
Q. How many of the graduates are attending college or taking some form of advanced training?
A. Of the high school graduates from the school, over 90% have attended at least some college, some have received advanced degrees. In general it may be said, that students are prepared to go wherever their leadings might be. Some attend secular colleges, but most go on to Christian Colleges.
Q. How active in their faith are these graduates?
A. In general our students are leaders in the youth ministries of the local churches. Once they graduate they usually continue these leadership patterns and bless the local churches where they attend. Again, over 90% of NLCS graduates are actively serving the Lord.
Q. How is NLCS organized?
A. The school is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of offering Christian education as an extension of the mission of the local churches to make disciples and to train the children of those churches. It is governed by an advisory board of the following local pastors: Pastor Marty Pronovost, Calvary Christian Center, Fortuna; Pastor Bob Hapgood, Redwood Christian Fellowship, Fortuna; and Pastor David Kilmer, Arcata First Baptist. The school board includes the above pastors and Anita Horner, Larry Brisbon, Karen Johnson and Mike Johnson.
Q. What criteria is used in the choosing of teachers for the school?
A. The teaching positions in our school are ministries, not “jobs.” Prayerful consideration precedes the appointing of any person to a teaching position. A potential teacher must be a Christ-like example, work well with children (I Tim. 4:12), have a gift of teaching (Eph. 4: 11&12), and be academically prepared. The selection of the staff for New Life Christian School is not taken lightly. The quality of our school depends largely on the quality of our teachers (James 3:1).
Q. What type of academic program do you have?
A. New Life Christian School uses a variety of educational materials at the different levels of instruction. Currently A Beka is the core curriculum. Curricula are selected which are God centered and fit the needs of the students and staff. Classes are small and individual attention is a priority.
Q. How can we know if our child is learning?
A. The nationally normed Stanford Achievement Tests are given to our students in the spring of each year. This is the Christian version of the same test given in many public schools throughout the nation.
Q. Can students transfer into public school from NLCS? Will the academic work be acceptable?
A. Yes, public schools will accept the academic work accomplished at this school. In general our students have a good reputation with local schools.
Q. Are certain denominational doctrines promoted in the school?
A. Our objective is not to emphasize a denomination, but to promote the fundamental truths of the Bible. Our goal is the promotion of the “Word of God” and not a denomination.
Q. What does NLCS have to offer over a public school with Christian teachers?
A. A Christian school is “Christian.” The Christian philosophy permeates every phase of our school: school work, physical education, discipline, administrative decisions, deportment, field trips, and every other part. Each situation is faced with an objective in view of obedience to God; therefore, every aspect of schooling is training in how to live in a way that glorifies God. Public school teachers are very limited in what they can do. The non-Christian philosophy of life is embraced by most of the people associated with public schools; the Christian teacher must counteract this influence. Some public school teachers do well, but most Christian public school teachers are not in the proper environment to effectively promote the Gospel (II Tim. 2:15, Deut. 6:17-18) and disciple Christian young people.