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James Island Christian School5
Posted April 08, 2014
- a parent
My oldest son will graduate from JICS this year and has been at the school since the first grade. My youngest son is in the first grade now and will also graduate from JICS. Choosing to send my children to this school is the best decision I have made as a parent. My senior has been prepared academically, spiritually and athletically. He has been accepted at every college to which he has applied including state and private universities and colleges. I would recommend this school to anyone who asks.
Great school with strong leadership, excellent faculty who care for students needs, tremendous extracurricular (athletic, academic, arts) and strong emphasis on the development of Christian morals and values.
Our son has been at JICS since K5 (almost 10 years now). My wife and I love the school, the leadership and the faculty and staff. The school also has a sound academic program and a strong athletic program with solid coaches. We really love the schools mission: partnering with parents, to disciple children to influence their generation. JICS is an integral part of helping us raise our child. Through the partnership that is created between the school, me and my wife, we are able to provide for our child an education that is centered on a biblical world view. From the core subjects to the extracurricular activities, the school is centered on the Gospel. The Gospel shapes the way subjects are taught, and it complements what is being reinforced and taught at home. This partnership is then used to disciple our child and helps him grow in his understanding of the the Gospel. As he grows in his understanding of science, history and math, he also grows in his knowledge of the Word and how to apply that understanding in his own life. From there, we are trusting that God will use this solid foundation in the Gospel to shape a young man that is able to influence his generation.
James Island Christian School We love the staff at James Island Christian! They are educated, patient & loving with the students. Our children are given one on one time with the teachers because of the smaller class sizes which has been very beneficial especially with reading! They are teaching our kids character & life skills that go beyond what you will find at other schools. The school has a family atmosphere that we enjoy as well!
Once in a while something truly exceeds expectations - for us, the JICS experience does. We have 7 children that now attend JICS - ages 4 to 13. They were adopted from afar and near: China, Ethiopia, Panama, and New York State. This is the third year since the first of our children enrolled at JICS - in less than 4 years we will have 2 more children there. We are extremely pleased with the school. From the principal, the administrative staff, teachers, and coaches, we have been treated as family. The school's Christian values brought us to the school - the work ethics of the school's teachers and staff keeps us there. We have been extremely pleased with not only the school's curriculum but also with the individual attention each child receives. A couple of our kids are truly gifted in art - there is no better art program in the country than what exists at JICS. Do we consider JICS tuition to be a good deal? The fact that we have 7 students there and will have 9 before the oldest graduates answers that question.
We have had one or two children attending JICS since it opened in 1994. Our experience has been overwhelmingly positive. The Christian worldview is taught and lived out here. The school supports our family's efforts in discipling our kids, as well as teaching academic subjects they'll need in life and college. Our oldest completed his entire K3-12th experience at JICS. He was accepted by several colleges, and graduated from the SC school he most wanted to attend. The athletic program is well-supported, and because the school is smaller, both kids have played on whatever sports teams they were interested in. The art teacher is gifted at pulling out whatever talent your child may have; JICS students' artwork is amazing. We have had many JICS teachers whose sincere interest in our children's success was both touching and encouraging. The faculty and staff are a huge part of why JICS feels like family. There are pros and cons to a small school. We have found mostly that the pros (class/teacher ratios, individual attention, sports participation, family feeling), outweigh the cons (limited extracurriculars). Uniformed marching band? No. Great teachers dedicated to kids success? Yes!
We moved our three kids here because we wanted a school for our kids that matched our Christian values. Come here if you are a Christian who cares about discipling your child, wants a good education for your child, wants an excellent sports program, and wants to participate in your child's education.
No, do not send your children here. They are not professionals, my teen has not been happy here, and is not getting a education. It does not get you really to go to college, and some kids end up at a community college, because they have flunked out. The only good thing is the student body. They are nice kids, and loving to each other.
JICS is a school with a new athletic director and headmaster; new programs for K-12th grade. Academically it will not only prepare your child for college but life. It is also a school that now desires to minister in character and Integrity. This is a school that is developing into a real christian environment in all areas.