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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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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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Posted Saturday, 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


Posted March 20, 2014

My colleagues and I agree that this school is a great place to work and a great school for our own children. It's had setbacks like all organizations do but things were really starting to turn around when they hired the new Superintendent. Now we are uneasy about everything moving forward.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2014

My fellow teachers and I agree that our teaching staff is getting stronger at all grade levels. Our middle school has experienced some challenging times, but from what parents and students have told us, those teachers that are gone in the middle of the school year were not a good fit and did not respond well to parent concerns. Many of us on the teaching staff are happy with the changes in the faculty (but I think it could've gone better). There is a good reason why those teachers are no longer at King's Way, and common sense tells us why and, as a teacher, it is insulting when people make uninformed comments because great teachers are still at our school. We are not a perfect school but we are making so many improvements with our leadership team and change does not happen overnight. Our teaching team is happy to be at King's Way because we believe in our superintendent and principals because we are moving in the right direction spiritually and with academics and they listen to our hearts. What I hope is that we can all be on the same team and support one another the way Jesus wants us to.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 13, 2014

So sad that this school has problems. Not small but BIG! What is sad is good teachers are leaving. What do you do as a parent my kids have friends there and the parents are great people who want the best for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

Our kids absolutely love it at King's Way! We have had nothing but positive interactions with the leadership and staff. The Superintendent has been so encouraging as we have had to walk through some learning issues with our child. The academic support team has been amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2014

I have a daughter in the middle school, and she loves King's Way. She has good friends at the school that love and accept her. The principal and superintendent have been very supportive, and we believe the school is in the right direction. We were shocked by a handful of parents that have harrassed us over their personal issues and tried to pull us in a direction that we felt was not God-honoring. If these are the families that are leaving, then it's probably best for both them and the school. The way we were treated by those parents was not Christian. I am glad that the administrators stand up for what is right. We are excited about our daughter's future at King's Way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

Elem is great, but after that it's a huge down hill ride. Teachers being let go mid year. Teachers without teaching degrees or classroom management skills, church side not holding administration accountable and parents not having a voice. Folks, you can get all this in the public schools for free, don't bother paying for it at KW. Enrollment is down in the HS and next years numbers will show the disfunction of the new administration. My kids have been there for 9 years, and we are gone after this year. Just because the word "Christian" is in the school name, don't assume it flows around the entire building. Think twice before sending your kids here, ask around, get a handful of perspectives, look beyond the elem side. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT and a lot of money that could have been put into our college accounts. Good luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

We've been at Kings Way for 6 years, wonderful teachers, friendly & supportive atmosphere, kids thriving, not perfect but well worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

I pulled my daughter out for extreme bulling !!!!! I might add she is in the full day kindergarten..... They did NOTHING about it!!!! I am a very well read Christian and I am telling you they do NOT teach Christian behavior. The best thing I have ever done in mylife was taking my child out of kings way!!!!! I believe in my heart that this school is only about money.... Best of luck finding a school for your child. God Bless
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2013

King's Way is an amazing school. This year Middle School is starting a Student Government. They are planning a lot more student activities . The teachers are great. They help students learn more about the school standards, but more importantly about morals and how to be a good example. The leadership has been amazing, they have made new decisions that are best for the students growth. I love King's Way not only because of their education, but also because of the athletics program. The coaches provide time for your child to understand the sport and exceed in it. I love King's Way and everything about them. One Way His Way, Always King's Way.
—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
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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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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