As most of you know, the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS) partners with Sevenstar to provide online courses through SBACS Virtual Academy. Today's blog post was written by the members of Sevenstar's blogging team! We hope you'll find this information useful since so many schools are dealing with Summer School and Credit Recovery right now.
Keeping the Faith in Summer School: A Christian School Solution
Every school—public or private—will have students fall behind. It is the schools that recognize the problem and find a solution that truly make a difference in education. Traditionally, when students fail a course they are required to recover their credits in summer school. Credit recovery means a student will not fall behind his or her classmates come fall. For too long, Christian schools have either avoided offering summer school or settled for referring students to non-Christian options for credit recovery. In both cases, Christian schools miss out on the opportunity to fulfill their mission with their current students and reach new families with Christian education. It is understandable; summer school is expensive, summer staffing can be difficult to secure, and of course, there is the question of access to adequate facilities during the summer.
A model for a Christian summer school
Summer school instilled with Christian values is about accountability, opportunity, and ministry.
The online summer school solution
The pros outweigh the cons when Christian schools offer an online summer school program. Until now, implementing a summer school program has been challenging for Christian schools. Because of staffing, finances, or space concerns, students often are sent to a public summer school. This gap in a Christian education can be filled with online learning. With online learning, Christian schools have found that they can quickly, easily, and cost-effectively deliver a summer school program that raises the academic bar, improves school competitiveness, and expands the ministry of Christian education.
The benefits of online learning for Christian summer school programs
Let SBACS Virtual Academy and Sevenstar help you provide more summer school options for your students without adding additional costs to your budget! Contact us today!