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Educating the Whole Child

Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” 

When it comes to learning, our multifaceted lives require a multifaceted approach, and at C.F. Richards Christian School  our aim is to educate the whole child. Education is not only about learning for the sake of intellectual growth. We believe in developing physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually, too. Ideally, education should change and cultivate every aspect of our lives, bringing us that much closer to what God originally planned for us to have and to be.

Educational consultant Joe Harkin said, “Education systems reflect the nature of the society in which they exist . . . In answering [the question on what constitutes a ‘good’ society] we cast light on what we would take to be a ‘good’ education.'” [1]

The Adventist education system reflects the heavenly “society” God intended for us. It gives us tools and resources to become wiser and healthier. It provides us opportunities to look beyond ourselves and to serve others. It connects us as friends, as partners and as a community. Most importantly, it helps us fulfill our potential of being “good” citizens, eagerly anticipating an eternity with the God who created us.

Adventist education is about teaching the whole child.

Excerpt from http://www.adventist.org/en/vitality/education/

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Private School Choices in Augusta County, VA

17634685_1489778174375114_1842701402006346194_n(5)Next Sunday, April 23 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm most of the private schools and many home school groups in the Waynesboro, Staunton, and Augusta County, Virginia area will be exhibiting at an open house at the Frontier Culture Museum Octagonal Barn. Families are invited to come and explore the variety of education options available in our area.

Schools include Afton, C.F. Richards, Grace, and Ridgeview Christian Schools, Stuart Hall School, Fishburne Military School and Raw Learning.

Private versus public

Some differences between public and private schools are obvious. But deciding what’s right for your child entails shedding light on the subtle distinctions many parents ignore.

Choosing the right school for your child is a process where there’s no such thing as too much information. A good place to start would be to eliminate all preconceived notions about private and public schools and knowing that’s it’s mainly about the best fit for a child. Private education is often more accessible than people think due to a variety of sources of funding. Of course, there’s no substitute to visiting every short-listed school.

  Private School Public School
Introduction An elementary or secondary school run and supported by private individuals or a corporation rather than by a government or public agency. An elementary or secondary school in the United States supported by public funds and providing free education to children of a community or district.
Government Private schools do not receive tax revenues, so they do not have to follow the same sorts of regulations and bureaucratic processes that govern (and sometimes hinder) public schools. This allows many private schools to be highly specialized, offering differentiated learning, advanced curriculum, or programs geared toward specific religious beliefs.

C.F. Richards Christian School is governed by a local school board made up of committed parents.
Our mission is to be a community of learners who love God and serve others.

Public schools are part of a larger school system, which functions as a part of the government and must follow the rules and regulations set by politicians
Funding Tuition, gifts, endowments, private corporations, fundraising events, Virginia Education Improvement scholarship.

C.F. Richards Christian School is supported by funding from local churches and the Adventist Conference, tuition, donations, and Virginia Education Improvement Scholarships. 

Financed through federal, state, and local taxes,
Education Decided by the school board and sometimes part of a larger school system with required standards.

C.F. Richards is part of the North American Division of Adventist Education, curriculum guides outline skills and concepts to be taught and evaluated to enhance student achievement.

Mandated by state curriculum. In Virginia, driven by the Standards of Learning.
Schedule Schedule is dictated by the school and often matches state requirements Schedule is often a mix of graduation requirements and electives
Teachers May or may not be certified but often hold a graduate degree or higher education. Some schools (Catholic, Adventist, and others) require state or other governing certification.

C.F. Richards teachers are certified, have masters degrees in Education or equivalent.

Teachers must meet all state-mandated requirements and be highly proficient in their subject area (i.e. have at least a BA with a major in their subject). Most teachers have Masters Degrees.
Technology Depends on the school.

C.F. Richards uses current technology regularly to enhance learning.

Depends on the school; can be very modern or relatively outdated.
Testing Private schools may have standardized testing, but are not required to administer the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments.

At C.F. Richards, students take the nationally normed Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Results are used by teachers inform instruction and measure student growth. 

State required testing.
Accreditation Agency Some private schools are accredited by private accreditation agencies.

C.F. Richards is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools, Virginia Council of Private Education (accepted by the Virginia Dept. of Education and  Adventist Education.

State Board of Education.
Admission Criteria Not determined by student address. Anyone may apply to attend a private school, there is no zoning based on the students address. However, granting admission to a student is up to the school authorities and is based on tests and other criteria. School zoning determined by student address. Public schools have to adhere to the curriculum charted out by the district, and cannot deny admission to any child within the residential school zone.
Purpose Depends upon the school philosophy.

C.F. Richards’ mission is to be a community of learners who love God and serve others. Preparing students for the 21st century world and helping them develop a personal relationship with Jesus.

To teach children and spend money provided by the community through taxes and bond initiatives
Denial of admission School reserves the right to deny admission a student if s/he does not meet the eligibility criteria as decided by the school. School cannot deny admission to any student within the designated geographical area of the school.
Transportation Provided by school or to be arranged by student

C.F. Richards supplies transportation from Waynesboro.

Provided by school within designated area
Class size Roughly 16 occupants or less. Very rarely more.

C.F. Richards maintains small class sizes, this allows for differentiated learning and more 1 on 1 teacher/student interaction.

About 20-25 per room.
Social life Students and families develop close relationships.
Opportunities for sports, clubs, community service  and other after-school activities. In a faith based school, families have similar religious beliefs.C.F. Richards has a family atmosphere. There are many school social activities, sports, and service projects within the local community throughout the year.
Larger pool of people allows for more social interaction. Opportunities for sports, clubs, community service groups and other after-school activities.
School Calendar Set by school or school conference Decided by district for all schools in the district
Bullying Handled by the principle or dean of students. Teachers are trained to intervene. Parents, teachers and students work together to solve problems. Teachers are trained to intervene, and most schools now have cameras to help deter bullying. However it is hard to manage classrooms with 25 students and in a litigious society some teachers avoid conflicts.
Special Education Private schools do not have to accept children with special needs. As a result, most private schools do not have special education programs or teachers trained to work with that student population.

At C.F. Richards classroom teachers work to meet the needs of all the students. 

Due to special education laws, public schools must educate all children and provide the necessary programs to meet their special needs. This means that all school districts have special education programs and teachers who are trained to work with special-needs students.
Religious Affiliations Can have religious affiliations

C.F. Richards Christian School is a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

None
Curriculum May create own curriculum or use curriculum based on state or conference standards.

C.F. Richards is part of the North American Division of Adventist Education, curriculum guides outline skills and concepts to be taught and evaluated to enhance student achievement.

Common Core standards; State standards
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HOW DO I LOOK INTO A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR MY CHILD?

boys jumpingThinking about private school for next school year?

Now is the time to visit schools and enroll. There are many school choices in the Augusta County area, parents want to find the best fit for their children.

Call C.F. Richards Christian School for a tour! We are accepting applications for next school year. Visit soon, available spaces for students in some grades are filling up!

If you would like for your child(ren) to have a Christ-centered, value-driven, quality education in a safe environment, please call 540-886-4984 or email our principal, Jennifer Hackley at jhackley@cfrichards.org to arrange a site tour and education consultation. We have limited openings throughout the school.

Financial Aid is available for qualified families.  Don’t wait, connect with us for more information. We are one of the best private schools in the Shenandoah Valley!

Be sure to visit us at the School Choices Open House on April 23rd at the Frontier Culture Museum. This open house will showcase private schools and homeschooling.

Located in Staunton, Virginia, C.F. Richards Christian School is a Christ-centered private school serving students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

GirlsHuddelLookingDownIntoCamera_w-152_h-125What makes us unique: 
* Christ-centered, student-focused school
* Individualized instruction
* Quality curriculum that supports a biblical worldview
* Play-based learning in Pre-K (3&4 yrs.)
* Family atmosphere, small classes
* Experienced, dedicated & certified teachers with Masters Degrees
* Weekly Chapel & Weeks of Worship
* Summer FLAG Camp, July 11–15
* Lego League Robotics
* Hand-bell Choir, music, PE and Art
* Field trips and study tours, outdoor education
* Problem-based, STEM education
* Affordable tuition
*Scholarships and Financial Aid available

SCHOOL CHOICES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY, VA – Open House

LOCAL PRIVATE SCHOOLS HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE FOR THE COMMUNITY.

On April 23rd, 2017 local private schools and home school groups in the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County area will be exhibiting an open house at the Frontier Culture Museum from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The event will take place in the museum’s Octagonal Barn.

www.cfrichards.org-staunton-virginia-va-24401-christian-schools-alternative-to-public-school
Did you hear the news? Private Education is awesome!

The purpose of the event is to inform our local community about alternatives to public education and to help people find an educational best fit for their children. Each of the schools will have representatives available to talk with parents and information for them to take home. In addition, there will be presentations regarding the following topics:

• What are the benefits of going to a private school?
• What are the resources and networks available for homeschooling?
• How can we afford private school?

As of now, the schools involved in the open house include Afton Christian School, C.F. Richards Christian School, Fishburne Military School, Grace Christian School, Stuart Hall School, Raw Learning, Ridgeview Christian School, and Staunton Montessori. As other schools commit this list will be updated.

An area survey conducted by the Percept Group for the Waynesboro Seventh-day Adventist Church showed that one of parents’ top concerns is the education of our children. When the community services committee of the church examined the results of the survey they wanted to help meet this need. The committee approached the principal of C.F. Richards Christian School, Jennifer Hackley, and after some brainstorming and research; the idea for the open house was generated.

In addition to the schools present at the open house, sponsors of the event include the Frontier Culture Museum, Sheetz, Staples, Augusta Sign Company and the Waynesboro Seventh-day Adventist Church.

For more information contact Jennifer Hackley via email jhackley@cfrichards.org or at 540-886-4984 or visit the School Choices In Augusta County Facebook page at http://fb.me/schoolch.

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Pool Party at C.F. Richards Christian School

This Saturday – Education Sabbath for all grades and Pool Party!

Join us this Sabbath for a special service presented by the CFR kids in grades K – 8. We will be at the Waynesboro SDA Church , 1700 Lyndhurst Drive. The service begins at 11:00 am. Participating students and families are welcome to attend church school at 9:30 and need to be at the church no later than 10:30 am. A delicious lunch will be served at the church after the service.

Pizza and Pool Party!
7:15 pm at the Staunton YMCA,
bring a friend or two! Parents need to be with their kids for insurance reasons.

Hosted by the C.F. Richards Christian School Home and School Committee

Hope to see all of you on Saturday!

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Staunton Christian School Receives Full Accreditation Once Again

Fully Accredited for 6 More Years!

Praise the Lord!
On February 7th and 8th C.F. Richards Christian School was evaluated by members of the Adventist Education Accreditation team and a Middle States Accreditation representative. I am pleased to report that the visiting team is recommending that C.F. Richards Christian School be fully accredited for the next six years. This is the highest level of re-accreditation awarded. After their report goes through a vetting process, we will receive our formal accreditation in July. This accreditation will also renew our accredited standing with the Virginia Council of Private Schools which reviews accreditation for the Virginia Department of Education.

Accreditation is an external, objective evaluation of school quality and student achievement. It ensures that our school is meeting high quality standards in many areas including instruction, curriculum, student achievement, leadership, safety, technology, and community outreach. Along with many commendations, the team also gave us several constructive recommendations for us to implement as we continue to grow and improve.

Thank you to everyone that helped the school prepare for this renewal process.

A big thank you goes out to our students!
The visiting team was very impressed by our kids as they expressed their love for our school, appreciation for their teachers and peers, and gratitude for the individualized support they receive. Best of all, they spoke of how their relationships with Christ are growing by attending CFR!

The students, once again, remind me of how blessed we are at C.F. Richards Christian School. We truly are a growing community of learners who love God and serve others!

Very Humbly yours,
Jennifer Hackley
Principal
Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.
Proverbs 16:3

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Are you looking for an alternative to public school?

Loving God, Learning Together & Serving Others

Now accepting applications for 2nd Semester Transfer Students.  

Second semester begins on January 3, 2017. If you would like for your child(ren) to have a Christ-centered, value-driven, quality education in a safe environment, please call 540-886-4984 or email our principal, Jennifer Hackley at jhackley@cfrichards.org.  Limited seating in certain classrooms is available on a first come, first serve basis.  Financial Aid is available for qualified families.  Don’t wait, connect with us for more information. We are one of the best private schools in the Shenandoah Valley!

Located in Staunton, Virginia, C.F. Richards Christian School is a Christ-centered private school serving students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

What makes us unique: 
* Christ-centered, student-focused school
* Individualized instruction
* Quality curriculum that supports a biblical worldview
* Play-based learning in Pre-K (3&4 yrs.)
* Family atmosphere, small classes
* Experienced, dedicated & certified teachers with Masters Degrees
* Weekly Chapel & Weeks of Worship
* Summer FLAG Camp, July 11–15
* Lego League Robotics
* Hand-bell Choir, music, PE and Art
* Field trips and study tours, outdoor education
* Problem-based, STEM education
* Affordable tuition
*Scholarships and Financial Aid available 

 

www.cfrichards.org-staunton-virginia-va-24401-christian-schools-alternative-to-public-school
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VIRGINIA TAX CREDITS SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM and CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

At C.F. Richards Christian School we are working to reach out to children in our community. To that end, being able to offer scholarships to students makes it possible for children whose families cannot afford full tuition to still attend one of the best Christian Schools in Staunton.dollars

Twelve students at C.F. Richards Christian School are receiving partial or full scholarships due to this effective, low cost program. Additionally, the burden on our churches to supply worthy student funds has lessened with this additional source of scholarship money. Last year we raised $32,000, this year we need $50,000. Won’t you consider helping us? The tax credits and deductions available when your next taxes are due, make donating to the fund for C.F. Richards an easy way to contribute!

VIRGINIA TAX CREDITS SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM

The Virginia Tax Credits Scholarships Program provides state tax credits for persons or businesses making monetary or marketable securities donations to approved scholarship foundations that provide scholarships to eligible students for qualified educational expenses incurred in attending eligible nonpublic schools.

POTOMAC CONFERENCE EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The Potomac Conference Education Foundation is a scholarship foundation approved to participate in the Virginia Tax Credits Scholarships Program. The Foundation’s emphasis is on using funds donated through the Virginia Tax Credits Scholarships Program to provide scholarships to financially eligible students so they can attend Adventist schools. At C.F. Richards, 12 children are able to attend our school due to this scholarship. Learn more today by going to potomacef.com 

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Looking for an alternative to public school?

Looking for an alternative to public school?

C.F. Richards Christian School, Staunton, Virginia

Our Mission Statement:   

We exist to be a community of learners who love God and serve others. 

13722251-3913x49131Our Philosophy

C.F. Richards Christian School wants every learner to excel in faith, learning, and service; this is done by blending biblical truth and academic achievement to honor God and bless others.

 

At C.F. Richards Christian School, we value:

* Each person’s journey in developing a relationship with Jesus Christ

* Having a community focus and becoming passionate stewards of humanity

* Partnering with families and churches in preparing learners for responsible citizenship

* Developing students to become life-long learners that are grounded and confident in their beliefs

* Encouraging learners to become critical thinkers and problem solvers

* Fostering growth through vigorous independent and collaborative learning

What we offer:

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Christ-centered education and academic excellence in a diverse, safe, and loving environment are the cornerstones of C.F. Richards Christian School, a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We are one of the best private schools in Staunton.

Contact us: 540-886-4984       http://www.cfrichards.org     cfr@cfrichards.org

 

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End of September News

Thank you for your support!

Dear Church Members and Donors,

I want to thank all of you that gave your funds and time to C.F. Richards last year. The funds raised helped to provide scholarships for 8 low-income new students at our school! For those of you who gave to the Potomac Education Foundation’s Scholarship last year – the names of the contributors are kept confidential – please know we appreciate you!

This year enrollment at C.F. Richards has grown by 35%!
God has brought many new students to us this year, and with that we have a larger need for scholarship funds. If you contributed to the Potomac Education Foundation’s Scholarship last year, please do so again. If you did not, please consider doing so this year.

After I participated in the scholarship program last October, I received 95% of my donation back in the form of 2015 tax credits and itemized charitable deductions! It is an easy way to support Christian Education at very little cost. It was easy, I looked at what I had paid in state taxes the year before and donated that amount! All I had to do was fill out and send in one form and then my deposit once I received approval from the state.

Individuals and Businesses are eligible to contribute. Won’t you please enroll this October and contribute before the end of the year? To begin the process or to get more information, please read below. We are on our way to raising $25,000 for this semester and need your help.

I appreciate your prayers and consideration. Please contact me if you have questions.If you want to contribute to C.F. Richards in another way, please donate to our Worthy Student Fund.
Thank you.

Yours in Christ,
Jennifer Hackley
C.F. Richards Christian School
Principal

P.S. As a former public school teacher, I recognize the vital importance of Christian Education. With your help, we can give more children the opportunity to have an excellent education in a safe, Christ-centered environment. 

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Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over,will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38

HELPING CHILDREN OBTAIN A QUALITY CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
PLEASE DONATE TODAY!

Individuals and Businesses earn Virginia Tax Credits and Deductions!

If you’re looking for a way to put your money to work for kids while giving you an exceptional tax incentive, you’ve found it—through the Virginia Tax Credits Scholarships Program run by the Potomac Conference Education Foundation.

Click here to get started! Thank you!

WHAT IS IT?
The Virginia Tax Credits Scholarships Program provides Virginia tax credits to individuals or businesses making donations to approved scholarship foundations that provide funding to eligible students to attend private schools. The Potomac Conference Education Foundation is a scholarship foundation approved to use funds donated through the Virginia Tax Credits Scholarships Program  to  provide scholarships for financially eligible students who want to attend Adventist schools.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Your actual cost to participate in the Program—after receiving tax benefits— is minimal. Donations are generally deductible against taxable income as a charitable donation on both federal and state income taxes, and you also receive a tax credit against your Virginia taxes equal to 65% of the amount of your donation.

Click here to get started!
Thank you!