Purpose and Philosophy
It is the purpose of New Life Christian School to provide a sound academic education integrated with a Christian view of God and His World. We believe that each child is uniquely created by God, and is equipped by him with a unique set of talents, gifts, and challenges. We strive to meet the needs of students who may have learning differences through our academic support program. The goal of this program is to work together with all stakeholders to meet the academic needs of a variety of students who may learn differently.
Through classroom accommodations and guidance from academic support personnel, we are often able to meet the needs of neurodiverse students with specific learning disabilities, including but not limited to, ADHD, auditory and visual processing difficulties, and ASD. Enrollment for students with these challenges is considered on an individual basis. We will only admit those who we believe we can serve with excellence.
For students who have these documented challenges, we work to provide a plan for accommodations to the general education classes for which they are enrolled. We have a well equipped resource room and trained personel who provide help in implementing those accommodations. By meeting with individuals or small groups, we are able to reinforce classroom learning and provide help with organization and study skills. We will provide support and direction for parents if they are interested in pursuing educational testing to identify learning strengths and weaknesses or to diagnose learning difficulties.
REA stands for Recommended Educational Accommodations. This is a formal written accommodation plan developed by our Director of Academic Support. The purpose of an REA is to support the student’s academic needs, communicate those needs and accommodations to all stakeholders, and to monitor student progress.
For students who are advanced, we offer opportunities for more challenging coursework at the middle and high school level. For example, if the family, teachers, and students determine it best for the child, an 8th grader may enroll in Honors Algebra I with 9th graders. Our high school course offerings for academically advanced students include Honors Literature courses, Honors Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus and AP classes in Literature, Language, Government and Mathematics. AP offerings may vary from year to year depending upon demand. In addition, we allow students to take college courses through Liberty online earning dual credit. Some upperclassmen may also leave campus to attend classes at Frederick Community College.