There should be quality education for children of all ages and group levels. Unfortunately, the public school system of Duval County has not been successful at maintaining academic standards for students. The purpose of this article is to inform you of this writer’s experience at the Potter’s House Christian Academy.
The school assigns students as safety patrols when parents drop their child/ren off in the parking lot. Parents are always welcome to bring their children inside directly to their classrooms as well. My Godson’s teacher greets her students every morning with a hug before they enter her classroom. The uniform policy is strictly reinforced, so therefore, students cannot have their coats visible, except for their sweaters that goes behind the seats.
Do you want to know what goes on inside the classroom? Once they were settled, the students and the teacher said the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, the Christian Flag and the Bible. When the class was done, the students immediately worked on their penmanship to write their names in cursive.
Once the students completed their assignments, the teacher reviewed the phonics used to sound out the letters and the alphabet. Numbers are also involved with grouping and portions. The class is divided into two teams of boys and girls. The leaders of both teams take turns doing the recitals/dictations. If the team leaders recites them correctly they get a treat.
It was time for lunch and the students received fresh meals, desserts and drinks. If you are a volunteer you’ll receive a complimentary meal as well. As soon as lunch was over, the lunch helpers cleaned up all the trays and trash off the tables. The students are allowed to use the restrooms, reinforce their uniform dress code to avoid penalties for uniform violation and form two lines in the hallway. When all tasks has been completed, the students are allowed to have recess on the playground.
In the meantime, the teacher called out some students to quote scriptures. A little while later, everyone comes back inside the classroom to take a nap on their pillows covered in their blanket with the lights turned off and classic music playing at the same time. What a luxury!
Meanwhile, the teacher has completed a daily evaluation of all her students for their conduct reports with grades A+ through F. The conduct sheet must be seen and signed by the child/ren’s parents everyday. Wow! Want to know how your child is doing in school? Be sure to attend the Honor Roll ceremony honoring students for their behavior, services, attitude and progress.
If you are convinced and decided to enroll your child, but cannot afford it…just know that Step Up For Kids scholarship programs provide qualified grants for low-income families. Be sure to visit the school’s website at www.phcalions.org. Godspeed on your child’s academic success.