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The Longview Christian School Collaborative Education Program (CEP) for K-5th grades combines the benefits of a quality private education with advantages of at-home learning. Additional direct involvement gives parents the opportunity to teach students strong study skills and to further develop close family relationships. Collaborative education integrates the best of private Christian schooling and home schooling into one hybrid model. Hundreds of schools across the U.S. are teaching with a collaborative, blended approach. Collaborative schools are known by several names including hybrid school, blended model, and university model.
High Level of Parental Involvement
At LCS we recognize that the active participation of parents in a child’s life is a key factor for both academic success and character development. The Bible presents parent-led education as a mandate: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deut. 6:6-9)
Collaborative schools support a high level of parental involvement in two ways. First, parents share responsibility for instruction and are considered to be co-teachers alongside the professional on-campus teacher who acts as a team leader and works with parents. Second, the school relies on parents as volunteers and participants in field trips and various aspects of school life.
Three On-Campus Days per Week
Students are only on campus three days per week, however, the LCS collaborative program should not be considered a “part-time” schooling option. School does meet five days per week--three days at LCS, and two days at home. Parents guide students in completing assignments and teaching lessons prepared by the classroom teacher. This arrangement gives parents more time for imparting faith and values, offers flexibility in family schedules, and allows for a variety of activities to enhance classroom learning. The learning schedule during at-home days can also be adapted to a student’s particular learning style. At LCS, the on-campus days are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and the at-home days are Monday and Friday.
For more information about the LCS Collaborative Program, please call the school office (903-297-3501) to schedule an appointment with our staff. You may also send an email to email@example.com with questions. We believe this program is an answer to prayer for families who desire the involvement and expertise of professional Christian teachers in their child's education, but also want to have a more significant role in their child's life.
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