The exceptional teachers and staff at King's Way Christian Schools have invested in our four daughters academic success as well as their emotional, spiritual and character development since 1998. We have throughly enjoyed being a part of the King's Way community for almost 20 years.
The school has dealt with this so effectively that no instance of bullying has come to our attention from any source. This is in stark contrast to his prior two "excellent" rated public schools, which had extensive bullying problems, some of which we experienced first-hand.
Because of the relatively small class sizes, teachers can work with students & their parents to address concerns. That said, I don't think there are special services to support children with exceptional needs.
The school reorganized its leadership in Middle School, so that the school's high school principal (John Griffin), is now the principal over both schools. We are very pleased with the change, and think that Mr. Griffin is an outstanding principal & leader.
King's Way's emphasis on the whole child - mind, body and spirit, are a hallmark of its program. Every day, in every class, there are opportunities to talk about character, and honesty, compassion and respect. The teachers try to live these values and bring out these values in the students.
Homework is used as a tool to master key skills, not as busywork. It seems like the school wants the students to have time each day for outside interests and sports, as well as family time, and so homework is kept to a manageable level.
We moved to the Vancouver area a year ago, and began looking for a private school for our then-7th grader. Like you, we were looking for strong academics, a safe place to learn and grow, and a caring community of students, teachers and staff. We considered CAM in Battle Ground, but found it a little too small, with too few options, for our son's interests. King's Way has met all of our goals for a school, and we are so glad that our now-8th-grader can continue there through high school.
My son (standing at my shoulder as I write this) particularly asked me to mention that the kids are really nice, and welcoming to new students. He said that the teachers help kids "no matter what situation they're in". We like the pretty broad selection of electives, and the easy communication with staff and teachers. We also found the teachers to be flexible -- our son came in with uneven prior math skills that placed him between 7th & 8th grade math. His math teacher designed a program specific to his needs, filled in the gaps, and helped him complete the 7th & 8th grade curriculum so he could go into 9th grade Algebra this year.
We also like the 5 hours of community service required each quarter - in whatever area of service each student feels called to do. The principal - John Griffin - has the leadership and vision needed to administer an all-grade school of this size, and seems to enjoy every minute he spends with students. For instance, he started and led a weekly "Outdoor Club" with special guest speakers so kids could learn about how to start a campfire, how to fly fish, and much more.
It's not that the school is "perfect" -- but it's just right for our family and we are very encouraged to see that it is on a great path.