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Arborbrook Christian Academy3
Posted December 18, 2014
- a parent
Arborbrook is a young school, which brings some challenges. It can be disorganized and has a lot of continual change and follow up communication to clarify processes that were not fully vetted. The leaders have good intentions, yet there is a type of child that will do well, and those that may not. Quiet, submissive children are regarded highly. Children that question, challenge, or have alternative personalities are left feeling they're not accepted. A difficult aspect of the school is being on the outside of families that have been there for years; they do not actively help new families become part of the fabric. It is often said serving is how to connect, however, getting involved and serving regularly can still leave you feeling you're on the outside looking in as you observe the engagement among veteran families and are met with polite greetings that never go deeper. Arborbrook is wonderful for those that fit the mold. It is a very tight community among many of the families. If you are different, it may be a struggle for your family to fit in. A big plus is Christ is woven into all classes, emphasizing a Christian worldview, and they have a reasonable/light homework load.
I just arrived at this school, and I have to say how impressed I am. I am also an educator, and have taught everywhere from preschool to the University level for 12 years. When it came time to educate my own daughter, I felt I had no other option but to continue her homeschooling. And then I found Arborbrook. The gardens and nature trail, the closeness of the staff, and the teaching methodology and pedagogy don't just look good on paper, but really applies to the students. They learn about science outside, they learn about nature outside, and to see my daughter really live her education is priceless. Teachers receive a lot of time in training, strive to really know their students, and there is very strong support for and from teachers, parents, and students. Parents are really involved with the school, and really work hard to make it the amazing place that it is. I cannot speak more highly of this amazing little school.
As a former student I did not feel accepted for who I was. I felt judged and was often reprimanded for being a "normal" teenager. If you do not fit the "arborbrook mold" you are an outcast and are targeted by the teachers & administration. As a Christian I did not feel like I was treated or accepted in the way that Jesus would have treated or accepted others. It seems funny to me that I have found a more supportive and accepting Christian community outside of a Christian school.
We re thrilled with Arborbrook! Our family couldn t have hoped for a better school experience. Arborbrook strives to give children the best possible education. The key word here is EDUCATION, not teaching to a test. They use the Charlotte Mason philosophy; offering a variety of styles to fit children's learning needs & reinforce the material. They don't believe children should all fit one mold, but treat each child as a unique individual. They live their beliefs which are demonstrated in how they treat each family, each person so that the atmosphere is edifying, unifying & encouraging for all. They want & encourage parental involvement. They re not free, but keeping tuition as affordable as possible is a priority to them. We haven t felt nickel & dimed, everything is clearly listed & there re no small add-ons that just add up. As a covenant school that adheres to the Bible, Christ is present in everything they do; the day begins & ends w/a focus on God. We LOVE this part of it. Our child is thriving both academically & in her relationship w/Christ. Arborbrook comes along side of families to train our children in the most important aspects of life - academics, character & faith.
My school is the best kept secret in town. Our school is more than a school, it is a community and family. The small classroom setting helps each child get the attention they need to grow and learn. We spend lots of time outside exploring God's creation. Our school garden is such a wonderful way to learn god's perfect design in nature. the children are exposed to great artists and composers. the children read living books that are rich in vocabulary and content. The children learn mechanics of grammar, spelling and writing. It is a Christ centered school and you can sense God's presence all over campus.
As a former teacher, I know an excellent school when I see one. This is a place and a group of people who seek to glorify Christ in all they do. Jesus is first and foremost here. I'm also grateful to have such a loving faculty and staff who truly have my child's character and best interest at heart. There is no trying to fit a square peg in a round hole here. My children are loved and celebrated for their God-given uniqueness and talents. I love how the school ignites the fires of curiosity in my kids. They are truly students of the world. Often times, I am taken aback by the knowledge they bring home. They are not just learning facts and figures to be regurgitated. They are learning to be learners. As an educator, I know this distinct difference. Not one time in 5+ years, have either of my kids dreaded going to school. It is a blessing, a privilege, and an honor to be a part of the wonderful school.
Arborbrook Christian Academy is a beautiful, yet hidden gem in the Greater Charlotte Area. As a teacher & a parent, I can truly call it my home away from home. The Holy Spirit embraces me as I walk through our gardens, as well as our classrooms. The classroom is an extension of the home, adorned with inspired pieces of art and lit with lamp lighting. We begin & end our days in God's word during our Alpha & Omega times. The use of Charlotte Mason philosophy is taken seriously, providing an education that is rich in "living books", the arts and nature. Arborbrook is a gift from God to our family!
My four children have loved attending Arborbrook Christian Academy and have made such wonderful friends there. We are impressed with the amount of time their teachers put into planning lessons that engage the students intellectually and also help the subject material to truly "stick". We are thrilled to see them excited about what they learn and come home talking about it. As teachers share material in class, they require the students to retell and occasionally write about it too. Truly this approach allows our kids to "own" their subject matter and allows them a chance to develop deeper questions. We can't say enough about the fellowship opportunities Arborbrook has provided for our entire family. This week alone we will hear my Elementary aged daughter's musings about after-school Drama Club and her beloved Art Class, as well as the sounds of my Jr. High son's newest Band instrument, the trumpet, and the cheers of friends and family as we watch our school's beloved basketball teams. Go Falcons!
Arborbrook is a small school with a great big heart for children, parents, and education. Teachers and staff go out of their way to help a child learn, to encourage family, and to provide quality education while fostering a love of learning. Plus their graduates are being accepted to the colleges of their choosing! It's a place where I would want to go to school.