There are advanced honors course teachers that push students and there are directed studies teachers that give help to ensure success. The classes are very small so every student is known and I think most teachers make every effort possible. Our teachers communicate well with us.
The teachers are not bogged down with public school bureaucracy and administrative pressures that our previous teachers were dealing with. They actually have the time to teach and use their time wisely. Our children get homework some days and some days none, or they finish it at school. That leaves time for them to go outside and just be kids.
They do a variety of community service projects monthly and annually and mission trips as part of the biblical servant-leadership goals. The older kids come down and mentor younger grades weekly. I've noticed them doing more now than they did when we first started.
Every year that we are at Mount Paran, we become more sold on our original decision to financially sacrifice and invest in a christian education for our kids, even after being in a good local public school. In the 3 different levels they are in (PreK, Lower, Middle) the teachers (who are all believers) are pouring into them with individual attention in small but challenging classes. My kids are learning the Bible in and out and are able to live-out their faith in our community often through the school. There are sports and music/drama offerings all under one roof that I never thought possible for them. My preschooler is even being mentored by senior football players!
It offers large-school opportunities and rigor in a well-rounded small school community that is like family. As i am sure every school out there encounters issues, I can say my children are thriving, happy, and have told me they don't ever want to go anywhere else. I have one chance to get this parenting thing right and Mount Paran is helping me raise smart kids with great character!
Love, love, love MPCS! There was a 1st day parent breakfast followed by a tour of the new stadium. Everything about Mt. Paran is top of the class. It feels amazing dropping my children off everyday, they are excited and joyful and we feel so blessed to be a part of the family!
We joined the Mt Paran family earlier this year looking for a true kind, spirit filled environment with real educational depth. We have loved every day since we got there! Our daughter comes home joyful and has made lots of friends. Her grades are flourishing because the teachers are interesting and present information in creative ways to their students. The teachers are engaged and loving. The kids in her grade are inclusive and kind. The Lower School Principal is incredible. We had to make a great many sacrifices to send our daughter to this school and every single one of them is worth it every single day! This school is full of love, life and God but it is not oppressive and rigid. It is uplifting and motivating and our daughter's school days are full of fun and challenge. We can't say enough great things about Mt Paran!
The campus is beautiful and there are some wonderful and some not so wonderful teachers at this school. The longer that we remained at this school the more clear it became that this school does not walk in the Christian way as they like to portray themselves to be. This is unfortunate and appears to trickle down from the top administration.