Unlocking Success at Grace Community School

Unlocking Success
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What do you want most for your child? As parents, we want lots of things for our children. We want them to feel secure and loved. We want them to be healthy, and happy. We want them to have friends and social skills. We want them to be educated. In short, we want our kids to succeed. Success is an all-encompassing goal, and dependent on so many things. Some of these things are outside of our control as parents, but there are many things parents can do to aid success, and Grace Community School is here to help.

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Kindergarten at Grace Community School for $10 Per Week!

Dear Parents and Grandparents,

Each year, we at Grace Community School have the bittersweet task of bidding farewell to our extremely successful Pre-K graduates as they go off to kindergarten, often to the various public schools (including charter schools) in our area. We are sad to see them go, but happy that they have done so well in our program.

But this year, we would like you to reconsider. It is because your children have thrived in our school that we would like to make this special offer available to you:

Kindergarten Tuition at Grace Community School for $10 Per Week!

Why go anywhere else? Here’s how that works: before and after school care at a public school costs $55 per week. Lunch is $10 per week. Breakfast, snacks, and drinks are another $10 value. In addition to before and after care from 6:30 to 6:00 pm, Grace Community School offers extras like our weekly photo program and free annual yearbook. That leaves less than $10 out of Grace Community School’s $85 weekly charge going towards tuition!

Kindergarten for Less Than $10 Per Week FlyerThere are ways to pay even less for your Grace Community School tuition, like our referral program! Refer a student to any one of our nine locations, and you get $100. It’s that easy. You can even do this for multiple families – there is no limit to the number of referrals you can make. Refer two families, that’s $200. Three families, that’s $300! Don’t your friends, family, and coworkers deserve to know about Grace Community School? The Grace Community School financial aid program is yet another way to get a discount on your child’s tuition each week. More information about these programs can be found in your school’s office and here.

This Grace Community School student is graduating kindergarten tomorrow. She is very proud of her reading skills. We are, too! Do you see why College Can Begin at Two is much more than just a slogan?

Posted by Grace Community School on Friday, May 29, 2015

It is no secret that children who attend the public school don’t learn to read until late elementary school (if then), while our average Pre-K graduate is reading at least at a first-grade level. Tragically, a student who enters the public school coming from Grace Community School risks throwing away their substantial educational advantage. Even more important, the public school will not continue the moral and character development begun at Grace Community School, especially, that achieved through our Bible instruction program. Indeed, much of what is public schools teach will contradict what your child has learned at Grace Community School, as well as at home and church. The entire public school environment is debilitating to children accustomed to a Christian learning environment.

Even spending just one more year at Grace Community School will be an immeasurable blessing to your child and your family. With a price this low for kindergarten, there is no academic, spiritual or even financial benefit to sending your child off to public school. Won’t you stay a little while longer with us?

Sincerely yours,

Your Family at Grace Community School

P.S. Download a kindergarten registration form here!

Daycare or School: What’s the Difference?

Originally published in the September 2015 issue of The Whale’s Tale.

Sometimes when people call us on the phone they ask, “Are you a daycare or a school?” The short answer is that we are both. The long answer is that there are a lot of important differences between daycares and schools. These are differences that many people might miss, but are actually very important. What’s the big deal? Let’s go back to the beginning.

First Grace Community School in 1986Grace Community School was founded in 1986 to be something different. We stood out from the crowd. Southwest Florida had daycares, but what it was missing was a place where young children could come to get an uncompromising education – this was not available. An education that was focused on learning and actually taught reading, while at the same time being fun and inviting. What came about was an extraordinary learning center – a true school. Schools are traditionally educational facilities, but not all are created equal. There is a difference between “schooling” and “educating.” Grace Community School is a school in the traditional sense in that education is in the forefront. At its simplest, a school is defined as “an institution designed for the teaching of students.” The key thing here is “teaching.” What you teach the students, and how you do it, is extremely important. These days people use catch phrases and fancy-sounding terms like “early literacy,” “emergent literacy,” and “reading readiness.” These things may not mean what you think! Daycares do not teach reading. Believing in the abilities of our students, Grace Community School from the beginning has taught real, actual reading. Children are capable of so much more than some people give them credit for. The learning program at Grace Community School has expanded to become a whole-life curriculum including music, physical education, martial arts, non-denominational Bible study, individualized math instruction, and more. Nearly thirty years have gone by, and we are still different!

Girl with reading book
Kids who read are happy kids!

What about daycare? If school is about providing a real academic program, daycare is about babysitting and basic care. In daycare, education is optional. There are no requirements, for example, that daycares teach actual reading. Sadly most daycares skate by with some “reading readiness” and a lot of toys. We have to do better for our children! Daycare programs are designed to prepare children for the public school, at best – which does not require literacy. Grace Community School students often graduate pre-k reading at a third-grade level. There is a very good reason one of our slogans is “College Can Begin at Two”! Our bright kindergarten students graduate reading at the fifth-grade level. Every child can learn to read — you just need to give them the tools. What are these tools? Phonics, individualized instruction, practice, and more practice! Grace Community School Reading Circles break the alphabet down into smaller groups so the kids can master one level before moving on to the next. After the alphabet and its sounds have been learned, then come the books. The result is preschoolers who can read! You won’t see this at ordinary daycares.

Pre-K Math Circle Certificates
Math Circle certificates celebrate our kids’ achievements.

We now also have Math Circles at Grace Community School. Similar to Reading Circles, Math Circles help our students master mathematics one concept at a time, starting with basic geometric shapes and progressing to counting, one-to-one correspondence, addition, and more. Certificates are sent home for both Reading and Math Circles to celebrate our students’ achievements, and the names of these students are printed in this newspaper. We are proud of our students, and we know you are as well. That’s a lot of learning! Ordinarily, care and education at this level would cost more, but not at Grace Community School. Our low prices, special introductory rates, no registration fee, financial aid programs, and free food help keep costs reasonable. We know that is important for our families. Grace Community School has nine convenient locations throughout Southwest Florida. From Port Charlotte to Lehigh Acres and Golden Gate, there is a Grace Community School near you. Don’t forget about our referral program! Tell your friends and coworkers, and you can get $100 for referring a family to any of our nine locations. You can get more information about Grace Community School at www.gracecommunityschools.com, and why not start referring your friends today by clicking one of the share buttons below?