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What To Ask When Considering a Christian School

July 26, 2021
By Diana Schmidt

If you or someone you know is considering a Christian school, the following are questions I recommend you ask the Principal and staff.

Academics

School exists first and foremost to educate your child. What are the school’s test scores? How do they measure up to state standards? Does the school have special programs for students with learning disabilities? If your child were to fall behind in class, how would the school handle it? These are all very important questions to ask any school you are considering for your child. We strongly believe our purpose is to educate students. What makes HCS unique is we also “equip and inspire your child to serve the world for Christ.” HCS has a 19:1 student/teacher ratio. This allows teachers to quickly and easily identify specific learning disabilities and challenges. At HCS we are blessed with a Resource Specialist who assists students to learn according to their particular strengths and interests.

Mission Statement:

What is the mission of the school? This is what makes the school unique and why the school exists! The mission at HCS is “To educate, equip and inspire every student to serve the world for Christ.” You can see this woven throughout our school and in everything we do. Ask the school you are considering for specific examples of how they are living out their mission statement. 

Re-Enrollment Rate

What is the re-enrollment rate? This is a great way to see current parents' satisfaction with the school! We have been richly blessed with a 99% re-enrollment rate at our school for next school year. And an incredible exponential growth in our preschool. Some years our re-enrollment rate fluctuates due to pastoral and military families moving in and out of the area. If you’re not happy with any school’s re-enrollment rate, ask more questions, and take into account how some families may have to move.

Teacher Retention

Along the same lines as re-enrollment, what is the teacher’s retention rate at the school? The turn-over rate can be a good insight into the health of the school as well. I, myself, taught Kindergarten at HCS for 15 years before stepping into the role of Principal. My love for HCS and Christian education runs deep. We have multiple teachers that have taught at HCS for many years. One teacher taught here for over 40 years!

Wherever you send your child to be educated is important and all parents deserve to be well informed. My prayer is that these questions can help assist you to ask the necessary questions when considering any school for your child!

 

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

-Proverbs 22:6

Month of the Military Child

April 09, 2021
By Diana Schmidt

 

Here at HCS we have the unique opportunity to have wonderful military families as part of our community and family. 

We recognize the unique challenges military families face. We are eternally grateful for the sacrifices they continually make. We are blessed to be able to rejoice when families are reunited after deployment and our hearts are saddened when we see them leave.

The month of April is “Month of the Military Child.” We honor each military student on our campus. At such a young age they are faced with difficult situations and many times have to move from place to place. It’s an honor to watch these young students on our campus. They adapt quickly, and we are blessed to be able to nurture them and watch them grow.

Please join me in honoring these brave young children. They deserve to be celebrated!

 

“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.”

Ruth 1:16

Praying For Our Schools & Our Nation

March 09, 2021
By Diana Schmidt

We continue to rejoice! We have been able to have in-person learning here on campus with little interruption! Will you please join me in prayer for the schools that have not been able to open their doors since the shutdown?

“Children absolutely need to return to in-school learning for their healthy development and well-being, and so safety in schools and in the community must be a priority,” AAP President Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, said in a news release. “We know that some children are really suffering without the support of in-person classroom experiences or adequate technology at home. We need governments at the state and federal levels to prioritize funding the needed safety accommodations, such as improving ventilation systems and providing personal protective equipment for teachers and staff.”

Our hearts are broken for the families who are still struggling with homeschooling, working and all the other financial burdens COVID-19 19 has brought on American families. As I flipped the calendar from February to March, I couldn’t help but reminisce on this past year. 

The parable of Peter walking on water toward Jesus has been a Bible story that I have heard since I was very young.  For those not familiar with the story Jesus called one of his disciples, Peter, to step out of the safety of a boat into the stormy weather towards Jesus. While Peter kept his eyes, focus, and faith on Jesus he was able to miraculously walk on water safely toward His Savior. However, as Peter began to become distracted by the threatening storm swirling around him, he switched his focus from Jesus to the troublesome world that was surrounding him. 

I myself have taken my eyes off Jesus at times throughout this past year. I have cried out to Jesus in desperation, I have doubted, I have questioned. But as soon as I put my FULL trust in Jesus and focus on HIM I am filled with indescribable peace and trust. God knew in March 2020 all the difficulties schools, churches and families would face in this coming year. I find my rest and solace in knowing there is nothing I can do that God will not be right there by my side.

So please join me in boldly praying for all schools across our great nation to be able to fully reopen. Please join me in praying for our nation. That God will guide every decision-maker and that they may lean on Him alone. Let us not take our eyes off our great and powerful God in the midst of this storm we find ourselves in. 

In closing, I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes, “If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.”  This past year was most definitely not how I would have planned it! And yet I know God’s plan for Hanford Chrisitian School and our country is better than anything I could dream of.

Why Christian Education? Is it Really Important?

February 10, 2021
By Diana Schmidt

It is vital for our children to understand and be surrounded by the truth of the Gospel. Throughout their lives the world will constantly send them messages that are contradictory to the way Christ calls for us to live. The Biblical foundation Hanford Christian School creates for our children equips them to be lights for Christ in an increasingly secular world.

At Hanford Christian School we live out our mission daily to:

“Educate, equip, and inspire every student to serve the world for Christ.”

 

Frequently asked questions:

Is there tuition assistance? Yes, please call the office 

What is the class size? For the 2020-2021 school year we estimate the class size to be approximately 20 students each

Can I tour the campus? Absolutely! Please call our office to schedule an appointment to tour our campus. We would love to show you around!

We encourage you to call our office with any additional questions (559-584-9207)! You can also visit us on Facebook & Instagram to see our school online!

Don’t take our word for how good a Christian education can be! Read the testimonial below from a new family!

Current HCS Family

Switching my children to Hanford Christian this past school year has been the biggest blessing to our family. Back in May after the initial shut downs it became very apparent to us that THE best option for my children to have the best chance at normalcy and an in-person experience in school was going to be to go private with their education. After considering multiple schools we knew the day we met Mrs. Schmidt, the principal, this is where we wanted to bring our kids. She was so organized, honest, and passionate about her role and getting these kids back to in-person instruction. We knew then the choice was made, we felt at home. Since being here my kids have flourished in their faith and connections.

 

We are so grateful for their teachers and the passion they bring to their education daily. I look forward to one day being able to help in the classrooms again but until then I truly know that my children are in excellent hands. 8th grade, 5th grade and preschool have been a huge success and we are forever grateful.

Erin Fretias, 

HCS Mom

New Beginnings

January 05, 2021
By Diana Schmidt

What do you want to do differently this year? I am so grateful that we follow a God who is all about second, third, fifth and twentieth chances. And I know I could use a bit of a restart in the new year.

I’m sure I don’t even need to reference all the stress of 2020, but here goes: No matter what you’ve faced this year, God is ready and waiting to help you make a fresh start. Whether you need help healing from loss or you’re trying to get a new career off the ground, He can help you move forward. Know that I’m praying for healing for you and all of the HCS family this week. Whether you’ve faced loss of loved ones, opportunities or just normal life.

May God bless our country, community & HCS family in 2021.

 

God’s Blessings,

Diana Schmidt

The Joy of the Season

December 20, 2020
By Diana Schmidt

What’s your favorite Christmas song? We’ve pretty much always praised the Lord through song. David wrote His Psalms, Miriam sang as the Israelites left Egypt, Mary’s songs of praise are recorded in detail.

There is so much joy in praising the Lord. We’ve talked about the peace and hope of the Christmas season, but this week we get to light the candle of joy. And what joy it is!

Many of the trappings of Christmas might feel frivolous, but joy - joy that is founded in the eternal goodness of our perfect God - is a gift.

This Christmas will probably look different for many of us. My family loves large gatherings, but we’re keeping it smaller because of the pandemic. I hope you can take joy wherever you find it this year, and I hope these meditations focused on the glory of Christmas songs help!

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

The Blessing of the Advent Season

December 01, 2020
By Diana Schmidt

Did you know that variations of the word “blessing” are used over 400 times in the Bible? It’s a powerful word, and one that’s used a few different ways. A “blessing” implies a one-time event, an action, but “blessed” implies a state of being. It’s not that a person was blessed once, end of story. Someone or something that has been blessed is always blessed.

Talk of blessing is perfect for the first week of Advent too. Yesterday was the first day of Advent - the day we lit the candle of hope. And our hope is as consistent as the Lord’s blessings in our lives. What a wonder.

How has the Lord blessed you? And how are you living in that blessing? There are so many ways to answer those two questions, but I hope they inspire you to count your blessings and then act on them.

"From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so." 

James 3:10

Advent is a special time for connecting with our children too. A good tradition to start as a family is to read a chapter of Luke every night. There are 24 chapters so it’s a perfect time to read about the life of Jesus throughout the month. 

 

God’s Blessings,

Mrs. Schmidt 

HALLELUJAH

September 04, 2020
By Diana Schmidt

GOD IS GOOD!!! I am filled with indescribable joy to have our students back on campus. Words don’t do it justice. I know you agree with me when I say I want to say, “HALLELUJAH!” 

As I reflect back on this year, and past school year, I think it’s important to remember our suffering, so we can acknowledge how God has grown us; in our faith.

He saw the disciples straining at the oars.” (Mark 6:48) 

God watched us all straining and striving this summer. He felt our pain. John 11:35 says, Jesus wept. Have you wept this year? Have you felt pain and disappointment and confusion? How humbling to think God himself not only took human form but understands our pain. God cares for our pains.

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job...And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” (Job 42:10, 12)

In the last seven verses of the book Job, “the Lord restored the fortunes of Job….and gave him twice as much as before.” Will you join me in prayer? Let us fall to our knees at His throne and pray for the schools of our community to also be granted the blessings of the waiver we have received. Let us ask Him to restore our country. God has done, and is doing, a mighty work of redemption and restoration. He is growing our hearts in Him through the struggles we face.

Happy Fourth of July

July 04, 2020
By Diana Schmidt

Happy Fourth of July!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9

As we celebrate our nation’s founding this Fourth of July, please join me in taking a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in the United States and remember the sacrifices that so many have made to protect and preserve our liberties. As President Ronald Reagan said, our nation must be preserved, protected, and passed on to each generation with great care. In the same way, at Hanford Christian School we are dedicated to love, teach, and serve our children for God’s glory so that they may leave our doors with a firm foundation as Christ followers, responsible citizens, and future leaders. 

Hanford Christian School is blessed to be surrounded by a wonderful military community and to call many military members a part of the HCS family. They, like our nation’s Founders, have mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to defend our great country. We are so grateful for our HCS military service members and the families that support them!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” - Ronald Reagan

The body is not made up of one part but of many

June 10, 2020
By Diana Schmidt

These last few days, weeks, and months have been a time of great concern for our country.  So much pain, brokenness, anger, and sadness has risen to the surface - we are aware that this is not how it's supposed to be. Our eyes have been opened further to the sinful and broken world we live in. More than ever, we are grateful that this is not our forever home.

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. ... Now the body is not made up of one part but of many” (1 Corinthians 12:12).

It is our goal to embrace what we are taught through God’s word and recognize God has made us uniquely different in so many ways.

Here at Hanford Christian School, we believe deeply in the power of prayer. We invite you to uplift our country, our leaders and our children in prayer. We believe in the power of "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:16).

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting 

Psalm 139:23-24

 

God’s Blessings, 

Diana Schmidt

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