Do Christian Schools Produce Good Citizens?

A graduate of Providence (class of 2011) Katie currently works in Malawi with hopes of one day helping fight human trafficking.

As parents, we desire our children to have well-rounded relationships and meaningful experiences with peers. This is a worthy goal. Such relationships help our children to prepare for life as adults in a world of great diversity. Perhaps in the back of our mind we may sometimes fear that choosing a private Christian school might hinder this goal. After all, the world is not a private Christian world. There are atheists and secularists in the world. There are people of various religious traditions and moral assumptions. How will my child fare in an environment far different from that of a private Christian school? Will they really be prepared to flourish in the wide-ranging world as citizens contributing to the benefit of society?

What we have witnessed at Providence is further confirmed by recent research conducted by the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative at the University of Notre Dame: far from ending up isolated or withdrawn, students graduating from private Christian schools tend to flourish in society — a society of great diversity. In addition, they tend to do so in a way that maintains commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ without compromise. This is a blessing of the Lord, a blessing that should encourage families who have children enrolled at Providence and other private Christian schools.

Mr. Jonathan Mattull, Headmaster