Christian school launched

New campus replaces other church school that closed this year

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Christian education in Juneau has been resurrected since the disbanding of the Juneau Christian School at the end of the past school year.

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Parents and teachers have joined together to open the Faith Community School based on Christian principles.

Juneau Christian School operated for 26 years.

"We are doing a whole curriculum renovation," said Angie Love, a teacher who is also on the FCS board. "We're not making a new Juneau Christian School that has moved - it's new."

The school is now accepting applications and will open Aug. 30. Love said the location has not been finalized, but that they are in final negotiations for classes to be held in the Auke Bay Bible Church.

Love, who taught at the Juneau Christian School last year, said school supporters expect to have five full-time teachers and a six-member school board.

"We're hoping to get 55 or 60 students, but, of course, we'll take more," she said.

The school will likely have a smaller enrollment than the Juneau Christian School, which had 93 students enrolled between kindergarten and eighth grade last year.

Ben Rose, a youth pastor at Juneau Christian Center, said the church decided to close down its school to better serve its mission.

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Faith Community School

Website: http://www.faithschool.com

By phone: Heidi Boucher, 789-0608

"We're dedicating that portion of the building to youth and children's ministries to better facilitate what we can do as a church," he said.

Rose said the church is in the process of renovating the section of the facility that used to house the school. He said there will still be children using the area.

"We're going to be providing after-school programs for junior high and high school (students)," he said.

Mark Morris, the president of the school board and father to three children who will attend the school, said it is difficult for one church to run a quality private school on less funding than public schools receive.

"It's very hard for one church to shoulder the burden of running a private school," he said. "So it's very exciting to see how one school can be supported by so many churches."

Morris said numerous churches have offered support in more ways than just with dollars.

"Being able to draw on lots of churches for that pool of teachers and parents and volunteers and pastors is going to be the greatest asset of the school."

Love said there will be some familiarities from the old school that will make the transition for the students smoother.

"We did get some equipment form the Juneau Christian School, so that was really generous and gracious of them to allow us to take some desks and some books," she said.

Some new books have also been purchased to help facilitate the new curriculum, Love said. Bible lessons will also be emphasized on a daily basis, she said.

"We're going to be teaching Bible every day, and we'll also be integrating it with the curriculum," Love said. "It's really an integration of the Christian world view throughout the entire curriculum."

The Faith Community School is not the only Christian school in the community, but will likely be the largest. Juneau Seventh-day Adventist Christian School had around a half-dozen students enrolled for classes last year.

Love said it was important to give the community the option of having a faith-based school for children.

"We just felt like God would really like the kids to have a place in Juneau where they can succeed academically and learn about God," she said.

The school requires an enrollment fee and has several payment plans that vary in cost depending on the length of time it takes to complete payments. If paid in full by Aug. 15 tuition is $3,500. The Juneau School District received approximately $4,900 per student from the state for the 2006 fiscal year.



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