Answers to many commonly received questions can be found below. Click on any of the questions to read the answers. Please also contact us at anytime with any other questions or comments.
What makes your school different from other schools?
LHCS is different from other schools in these ways:
We strive to integrate faith and learning in a meaningful, age appropriate context. This is what we mean when we say we are Christ-centred.
Christian community is vital to LHCS. We enroll families at LHCS. Not only do children receive an education but parents are adopted in to a community which cares for one another in Christian love. This is what we mean when we say we are parentally supported.
The core values of lifelong Christian discernment and commitment to Jesus are consistent between home and school. This is what we mean when we say home and school are mutually supportive.
The belief that the Universe and everything in it belongs to God is at the core of our philosophy of education. We strive to see all of created reality through the “glasses of Scripture.”
What curriculum do you use?
Our curriculum resources come from a variety of sources. Approximately 80% of our materials comes form the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools and Christian Schools International. The remainder comes from a variety of both Christian and non-Christian sources.
How does the Bible fit into your programs?
We have a formal Bible curriculum taught in Bible class. More importantly we integrate the Bible’s teaching into all curriculum areas. Our math is not Christian because there is a Bible text at the top of the math sheet. Math is Christian when students understand that the world was created with order, pattern and inter-relatedness. Humanity did not create math, we unfold it according to God’s created norms.
Is the school involved in any kinds of skill testing?
We use the Canadian Test of Basic Skills as our standardized testing mechanism. The CTBS has tests in: Vocabulary, Comprehension, Language Skills, Science Skills, Math Skills, Research Skills. We administer these tests every 2nd year from Gr. 3 to Gr. 8. Our students score very well on these tests; the results are available on a school wide basis when requested. That request must be made in person.
Who operates your school?
LHCS is operated by the Kitchener Waterloo Christian School Society (KWCSS). LHCS is a community based, privately funded, parentally supported independent Christian School. It’s daily affairs are managed by an administrative team made up of the Principal and Vice-Principals. A Board of Directors sets policy and supervises the activities of the administrative team. A number of standing committees serve the Board. The Board and committees are elected or appointed from the members of the KWCSS. Membership in the KWCSS is open to parents and all those interested in the promotion of christian education. The membership has two official meetings per year and gathers more often for general information evenings.
Is your school run by a particular denomination?
We have over 50 churches represented in our school. Our roots are deeply embedded in the reformed tradition. The majority of our families come from Community Christian Reformed Church, Community Fellowship Church, Grandview Baptist Church, Waterloo Christian Reformed Church and Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly.
What is the tuition fee?
Our tuition fee is an incremental family rate. A portion of tuition fees are eligible for a tax deduction which makes the after tax cost of tuition very affordable. See our tuition payments page for more information.
Is transportation an additional expense?
Transportation costs are extra. LHCS operates a joint transportation system with an affiliated school, Woodland Christian High School. The cost for this service is set each academic year and is included on our tuition page. Families can choose a full use seat (am & pm) and a reduced rate for a partial use seat (seats on the bus are subject to availability). The rates for using the bus are a per family rate. A code of conduct applies to all bus users. After school supervision until the buses arrive is included in the cost.
Does your school receive any government funding?
We do not receive any government funding.
How long has your school been in operation?
LHCS has been in operation since 1967.