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Kings Way Christian Schools

Private | PK-12 | 911 students

KWCS is best known for its sense of community, vibrant growth and athletics.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $171,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $830.

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Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

My child now attends a different school and we are very happy with it. I will get to the point. We wanted some answers from the church board about some of their decisions and were told that we could not meet with them. We talked with other parents and tried to form a parent organization to have a say and to get information from the church but we were told that parents could not form a group. After attempts with the church pastors and the church board, we could not get the truth or any help. People in that church and school will say what parents want to hear but will not take action but just string parents along. And when people try to do something about it, they just get rid of the students, parents, or even their own staff that try to be part of the solution. Instead there is just cover up after cover up. Eventually we figured out why the school was making the parents angry, and everything pointed to the church. It just makes me sick to think that we wasted our time and money on that place. I guess the school may get better but it will take many years and getting new church leaders. We knew it would be a huge risk to have our child in the school, so we made a choice for safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2014

I had the pleasure to attend the chapel today at King's Way with my Middle Schooler. Mr Gillock presented today's message after worship. It was one of the most inspiring messages I have ever heard. We feel so blessed to be a family of King's Way, and have felt so accepted since enrolling our 2 kids in the school this year. Thank you for what you've done for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2014

My kids have attended KWCS since Kindergarten and there is far more good to focus on than bad. Unfortunately, in our society, bad news typically is the only news that makes news. It is extremely unfortunate some of the families commenting had bad experiences but no organization will be able to make everyone happy all of the time. And rest assured, the positives far outweigh the negatives when it comes to the school at all levels. I would even argue, some of the negative comments on this page, were the same person or persons commenting more than once. The school has had its challenges, no doubt. I am a firm believer that the changes made this year have made a huge difference as to the climate in the middle school and high school. My kids have thrived both in academics and with their spirituality. They won't and never will get the latter from public schools. This is a great school with a lot to offer. There have been bumps along the way as with any organization or institution. A final thought, for every negative comment on here, there are twenty positive ones that aren't on here yet. If you are considering sending your children here, pay the school a visit in person. R4.5
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2014

This is a great school and I highly recommend it to others! Yes it has it's ups and downs, but so does everything else in life. You can't expect everything to be done perfectly and I can see teachers and administration trying to make it the best school possible.


Posted October 4, 2014

It obvious that someone, perhaps the church side, lead all five of the reviews that just happened to land on the same day, Oct 3rd. Sneaky and misleading should be in KW mission statement. I pulled my child from KW Middle School after the unprofessionalism of last year. We were told time and time again to put our concerns in the hands of the Lord, we were told the right leaders were informed of the craziness.....thanks to a few parents who spoke up and were later punished. But the "leaders" did too little too late. I was shocked to hear and later asked myself to make sure it was true, that the Church Pastors never even met the MS bible teacher last year. Not a hello, not a shake of the hand, nothing, Please don't assume all is well when you see "Christian" in the title of the school. The church hides behind their four walls and brushes issues under their golden plush carpet.


Posted October 3, 2014

My children have attended KWCS since pre school. My son is currently a freshman and my daughter is a 7th grader. What a blessing it has been to have them surrounded my loving Christian teachers and friends. We have seen many changes in the school over the past several years, some we were pleased with others took some working through. The point is with God as the clear leader of this school, He foresees the bigger picture and has taken our school to a greater level this year where his presence is clearly evident. Our new high school principal is a true blessing and truly has a heart for building relationships with parents and students, but most importantly God. My son plays football and has the pleasure of playing under head Coach Gillock, my son came to me after two weeks of school and practice and said I feel like my walk with God has grown in these last 2 weeks just by being around coach. Then we found out Coach Gillick would be his new Bible teacher and campus pastor and we could not of been more pleased. This school year is only a month in and we are so pleased we chose to continue our sons high school education here as well as our daughters middle school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2014

We have 3 children attending King's Way Christian School an have been for a few years. During that period of time we have seen some incredible changes. The Athletic facility that was built for Soccer, Football and LaCrosse is FANTASTIC! We remember when it as just a pasture. Now our kids are using it for PE and lunch recess daily. Can't wait until they get to MS and HS and can play sports on it. We attended the first HS football game this year, along with 2000 of our closes friends and had a fun evening. Ms. Kipp is our Bible teacher this year(what a wonderful addition to the MS)and along with the other middle school teachers we look forward to a terrific year. We can't say enough positive things about KWCS, If you read this, please check it out for yourselves. Our kids and us just love King's Way. Truly a blessing ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2014

I have been part of King's Way for seven years, both as a staff member and parent. It is a great family to be a part of. Teachers have cared deeply about my children, and poured into them the love and knowledge of Christ. There are many activities offered and King's Way focuses on the whole child, not just the academics of them. My family has been blessed by being here, we have grown in who we are in Christ. I highly recommend King's Way to anyone looking for a positive learning atmosphere, where Christ is first for their child, K-12.
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Posted October 3, 2014

King's Way Christian Schools (KWCS) is not just about having your child experience a Christ-based education. KWCS is about a community of family, teachers, and administrators who reach out beyond their daily responsibilities to nurture the student's educational experience, to grow the student's relationship with God, and to cultivate a desire to serve those who are in need. My children go to to KWCS and I cannot imagine a place where we are more accepted, where our "family" reaches out to us in faith, any time we are down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2014

Two weeks into this school year, and it is a total mess. I thought choosing a private school means better service. Having regrets about choosing this school over two other schools. I should have listened to others and ask more questions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2014

New administration and AD in high school. Seem like terrific choices. AD got back to me asap. New principal friendly and out going. Kids really like them both. Me too. They actually have years of experience for their positions. WOW!! Refreshing. School still not perfect, but headed in the right direction. Church board I hope has gotten some backbone, and I hope holding employees accountible.. High school was great educationally last year for my child. Looks terrefic again. One thing that has been tolerated is the rude, disrespectful behavior of some students toward teachers. Those parents need to be held accountable and their child expelled if actions not changed. That would happen once in my classroom, and either the student would be gone, or I would. Onward and upward King's Way Christian Schools. A happier parent. I gave 4 stars, but very easily can give 5 for many teachers, employees, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2014

Wow. Why did I come back to this school when my friends are not there any more and it feels different. Not the same school. #dooverplease #wasteoftime #gotburned


Posted August 29, 2014

This summer has been the worst ever. Disorganized and confusing. My child does not have a complete schedule, and the school has not hired all the teachers yet! We have been left in the dark but now it's too late to change schools. I feel like we are wasting our hard earned money for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2014

This past year we had major issues with the elementary principal and lack of support (likes to take the easy way out and not make tough decisions). Our child will not attend this school for the upcoming year. It's not worth the money we pay for. We can save our money and have an extra $200,000 for our child to attend a Christian college down the road.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2014

When I heard from one of the parents that the church pastors have made 8 top administrator changes in the past 8 years, I knew that we did not want to stay beyond our short time there. I have worked as a company executive, and I can see that the problem is not with the school but with the church. From what I have also heard, the church board is not doing anything to correct the mismanagement of its pastors. I typically look into these matters with greater skepticism but my own children have told me disturbing things, particularly about the middle school. I seriously doubt the church cares and wants to listen to parents. So much for customer service; my children deserve better so we have moved on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2014

My entire family has been extremely disappointed with the school in the past few months. We are not well informed of next year's classes and teachers. Half a dozen teachers have left the high school since June. Other staff are being moved around like pawns. Emails from the church that are unprofessional and tactless invade our sense of trust in the people running that place. Friends in the elementary and middle school are also not happy with the lack of respect for parents from the principals. We thought the school was moving in a wholesome direction in the past two years with good leadership that is now gone. We recommended the school to our friends. Now we are ashamed that the school bears the word "Christian" and do not want to be a part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2014

I am giving this school a generous average of 3 stars. We have attended King's Way for 8 very long years. Most of the teachers love theses kids with their whole hearts and really know them by the end of year. The school is struggling with some major growing pains. Middle school is not immune. The administration hired unqualified teachers that could not manage the kids and therefore created a turnover rate similar to fast food. There is also the pure fact that there is zero communication until it is absolutely necessary. I would say if you are bent on private school, start when they are young and then leave after elementary. Dont waste time, money, or energy on the middle school or above.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2014

Kings Way has had unusually high staff turnover this year. Over half of my child's teachers we're let go or left. Now they have terminated someone else. The school academically is not challenging. The students are allowed bully and tease others (not very Christian like). This school was very disappointing in all aspects. Public schools offer more challenging classes, diversity and staff consistency!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

Horrible school for my young kindergartner ! They do not have enough supervision on the students that are bad.The school needs more teachers supervising the children in the lunch room and on the recess. The children didn't have enough time to eat and the kids that are bad ran the cafeteria! The children's recess was horrible while the two so-called teachers watching the kids talked to each other while children were misbehaving. I just regret not coming sooner to see how they run things. My child does not want to return next year and I don't blame him. I would not recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

We have been at King's Way for years and love the school. The teachers are amazing and kind and they really care about what is best for the students. It's like a big family, and we support the superintendent of the past 2 years and the direction he is leading the school with integrity and godly wisdom. Our children have thrived but unfortunately we may pull our children from the school because of the church and lack of wise leadership. We know a former church employee who told us things about church leadership that we can't even mention here, it's that bad. We talked with teachers to get more information and they said the same thing about the church but some would not go into detail because they want to keep their jobs. Most of the teachers do not even attend that church because of what they know. I am a Christian, and I want my children to be in a place where they feel safe and where I know they are safe. I trust the teachers and administrators. But I do not trust that particular church. If this is a place where teachers work in fear under a dark cloud of the church, then I am not convinced that it is healthy for me or for my children. Looking for another local Christian school...
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Black 1% 5%
Hispanic 1% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Two or more races 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Day trips to local industries
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mike Brown
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Church of god
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Flipped classroom (technology)
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
  • Service learning
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Day trips to local industries
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Band of Brothers
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Girls of Grace
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Campus monitoring (WatchDOGS)
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Vouchers accepted
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Financial aid offered
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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Day trips to local industries
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3300 NE 78th St
Vancouver, WA 98665
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Phone: (360) 574-1613

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