Mike Huckabee spoke @ the NHCA annual banquet last night and re-affirmed for me why I have my children in this school. In his words 'most high school graduates could not do what these 6th graders did here tonight.' There in NO school in Grand Rapids that does education as well as North Hills.
There isn't a better Classical Christian school in Grand Rapids! Our children have thrived here for years. We love it that they are surrounded by staff members who love them, love God and are experts in their craft! The gifts and talents of each of our children have been drawn out and embraced.
Our family has been so impressed with the loving, caring teachers our children have learned under. Each teacher has nurtured God's gifts in each of child...and they are all different! What a blessing. We have been very impressed with the strength of administrative leadership and their steadfast commitment to Biblical truth. Our family has been blessed and our children have been very successful here, academically and spiriturally. We love the respect and discipline that is expected and encouraged in children. Come here if you truly want Classical-Christian education for your family.
As the author of the very first Parent Review for NHCA I thought it fair to check in. While still enamored of the significant virtues of classical educaton, we have come to understand that classical education is a component in the upbringing of a child rather than that the child is a necessary component in the execution of classical education. If one prefers the latter, NHCA is the place to be. With overwhelming conviction, NHCA is singularly dedicated to classical education and the pursuit of perfection thereof. When educational methodology so subordinates those it presumes to help, however, high turnover results, and turnover at NHCA is disproportionately high. Providentially, classical Christian education has begun to flourish in the GR area and alternatives exist. We continue to HIGHLY recommend classical Christian education and and its virtues extolled in my original post. We wish those well who decide to stay at NHCA!
We feel so blessed that our child is now attending his second year at NHCA. We have found classical education to be at best stellar but we feel even more impressed by the character the student are encouraged to display during their school days. The staff has loved on our family in and out of the school and we feel that God is present at NHCA. We couldn't ask for better models for our child and we strongly encourage everyone to come in and see the blessings God is giving to children in the halls and classrooms of NHCA!
I attended North Hills from fourth grade through 12th grade. I knew when I got to college that I had been more prepared academially than my peers but, as each year of college passes, I am more and more thankful for my education at North Hills. Most importantly, I am thankful for the example that my teachers and Dr. Vande Brake set for me as a Christian. Take some time to visit North Hills and really get to know the staff, you won't find a better education or a stronger Christian community for your children.
After some years of involvement in this school, I decided to take my children out. I believe that the school can work very well for other families, though. There are several resources you can check out and questions you can ask to get a fuller understanding of this school: You should definitely visit the school yourself at least once to see what they offer.
Though the teachers were qualified, they were often required to do things that were just not possible. For instance, teaching three different grades all in one period. Unfortunately, the children suffer. The headmaster was arrogant, and difficult to talk to. Overall, it was just a bad experience; which is sad because I truly like the classical method.
As a parent of a kindergartner, I can tell you that I have nothing but wonderful things to say about NHCA. I had agonized over so many aspects of my child's education. I wanted excellent academics, but more importantly, Christian character development. After much research, prayer, analysis, and visitation, I could not shake the pull I felt toward Classical education, in general, and North Hills, in particular. My husband and I have had not one moment's regret at our decision. Our child is thriving, the staff and families are beyond wonderful and caring. We love that our child is reading, adding, subtracting, memorizing Scripture and the Nicene Creed. We have five teachers in our extended family, and not one can believe the kind of work our child is doing. He is not only being exposed to concepts far beyond what most kindergartners learn, but mastering them as well.