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Happy New Year! As the New Year gets under way for many it is already WLPHWRIRUSDUHQWVWRVWDUWSODQQLQJWKHQH[WVFKRRO\HDUuVHGXFDtion for their children. We all know how cruial education is for our FKLOGUHQuVIXWXUH This is why Valley Christian Magazine is excited to share this special advertising section of Rio Grande Valley Christian Schools. $VSHFLDOtWKDQN\RXuJRHVRXWWRDOOWKHVFKRROVDORQJZLWKWKHLU principals and team who worked so hard to make this possible! -VCM / 23 / /

$JDSH&KULVWLDQ6FKRRO “Fostering Godly Principles Every day�


International) activities. Spanish, art, music, computer and physical education are also offered to the students.

1401 E. 24th St. Mission, TX (956) 585-9773 Principal: Jane Eason

Daily Bible lessons and weekly Chapel services emphasize salvation, prayer, and Christian character. All classrooms share their discipleship with various service projects and programs. Parental involvement is encouraged.

Open Enrollment begins Jan 3, 2012 Agape Christian School has been making an eternal investment in the lives of Rio Grande Valley children since 1976. The caring, competent faculty sets high academic standards and uses a biblically based curriculum. Toddlers through sixthgrade students are challenged to grow in God’s love and word.

For a tour or more information call the school at 585-9773. “Train up a child in the way he should go and, when he is old, he will not depart from it.� Proverbs 22:6

Located on 5 acres, the campus includes 20 classrooms, ofÀFHVDSUD\HUJDUGHQDQGWKUHHSOD\JURXQGV6HFXULW\JDWHV and cameras keep the student body safe throughout the school day. In addition to basic core subjects, students in the elementary grades participate in ACSI (Association of Christian School

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Central Christian School;

the light of Christ with the love of families to work together for the good of our children.

956-687-2340 1320 W. Nolana McAllen, Texas 78504

Our goals are to work with families in providing a quality HGXFDWLRQSXWWLQJ-HVXVĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQHYHU\VLWXDWLRQ:HDUH in our 32nd year of serving families and we are centrally located in the heart of McAllen. Our standards in order RISULRULW\ZLWK-HVXVĂ&#x20AC;UVWDUH6$)(7<&855,&8/80 $ BEKA, Bob Jones University, & Association of Christian Schools International), and FUN.

a ministry of Central Christian Church

,Q+RXVH5HJLVWUDWLRQEHJLQV)HE 2SHQ5HJLVWUDWLRQEHJLQV0DUFK Pamela Voss - Director Tiffany Miller - Admissions Coordinator At Central Christian School we recognize that parents DUHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWDQGSULPDU\HGXFDWRUVRIWKHLUFKLOGUHQ This could be expressed as the color red, which stands for the unconditional love we pour into our children as parents. The ministry of the church school is expressed as the color yellow, where we show the light of the world, Jesus, to all who come to our school. Combining the two colors gives us the vibrant color of orange.

We feature Chapel services two times each week, physical education and recess daily, Music, Computers, Library, Accelerated Reading Program, tutoring, and Extended Day Care. With our membership in Association of Christian Schools International, we are able to participate in spelling bees, speech meets and science fairs. Our classroom teachers are all bilingual, committed to providing quality education and individualized attention. Please call for a tour of our facility and see how Central Christian School could be the environment you are wanting for your family.

We want to partner with our families to give our children

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ence lab, computer lab, and classrooms equipped with technologies granting all students enhanced learning experiences. Each student is instructed daily in Bible and attends weekly Chapel.

Covenant Christian Academy 956-686-7886 4201 North Ware Road McAllen, TX 78504 Principal: Milton Gonzalez Admissions: Stephanie Torres

$SSOLFDWLRQVDFFHSWHGEHJLQQLQJ-DQ Covenant Christian Academy (CCA), an independent school established in 1995, is dedicated to integrating %LEOLFDO3ULQFLSOHVLQWRDOOVXEMHFWV:HDUHQRWDIĂ&#x20AC;OLDWHG ZLWKRUĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOO\XQGHUZULWWHQE\DQ\VLQJOHFKXUFK denomination. The Holy Bible is our standard and we daily instill our motto into the hearts of our students. We provide a Christian worldview with the highest academics in a rigorous traditional background while encouraging young minds to think creatively and analytically. Every child in our 400+ student body is lovingly nurtured and our campus emanates an atmosphere of family.

The Pre-school Program (K3-K4) includes Abeka Curriculum, Perceptual Motor Skills Program, Computer, Spanish, Music, and Art. Our Elementary Program (K5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5th grade) features Abeka/Bob Jones/Saxon Curriculum, Core Knowledge, Accelerated Reading, Accelerated Math, Computer, Spanish, Art, Music, and Physical Education. The Middle School Program (6th â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8th grade) contains specialized subjects in Geography, History, Science, Language Arts, Accelerated Reading, Literature, Saxon and Accelerated Math, Spanish, Computer, Health, Music, Art, and Electives. Your student would be a welcome addition to our CCA Family. Call us at (956) 686-7886 to schedule your camSXVWRXUDQGGLVFRYHUWKH&&$$GYDQWDJHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDQG We look forward to partnering with you!

CCA facilities encompass a gymnasium, library, sci-

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Promote Community: To foster a partnership based on mutual respect and understanding among the civic community, church, school and home.

956-686-3651 1100 Gumwood Ave - McAllen Rolando J. Garza, Principal Joseph O’Brien, Asst. Prin.

To develop life skills that will encourage each community member to become a mature, responsible, and caring citizen of the world.

Open house for prospective students grades Pre-K3 to 7th grade on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 from 2 – 4 P.M.

To increase each person’s level of awareness, sense of responsibility and respect for global ecology.

We catechize the community of Our Lady of Sorrows to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through a Catholic education to ultimately share in God’s everlasting happiness in heaven.

3URYLGH$4XDOLW\(GXFDWLRQ To challenge each person to develop an open, inquiring mind that allows an appreciation and acceptance of each person’s uniqueness as a precious child of God.

Mission Statement: Our Lady of Sorrows School’s mission is to embrace Catholic faith, respect diversity, promote community, provide a quality education for all, and prepare us for a lifetime of service centered on Jesus Christ. (PEUDFH&DWKROLF)DLWK To empower each community member to become a living example of Jesus Christ through prayer and worship, scripture, and the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church. 5HVSHFW'LYHUVLW\ To provide a caring, loving environment built on trust, justice and peace where each individual is valued.

To provide a balanced teaching environment that ensures educational excellence while nurturing each person’s creativity, spontaneity, emotional stability and self-worth To create a safe and pleasant learning environment. To provide opportunities for each person’s total physical development and good health Our hope is that each member of our school community will be sent forth to love and serve God and neighbor in imitation of Jesus Christ.

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South Texas Christian $FDGHP\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mental Â&#x2021; Spiritual Â&#x2021; Physicalâ&#x20AC;?

South Texas Christian Academy 956-682-1117 7001 N. Ware Road McAllen,Texas Principal: Charles Castle Enrollment: Accepting applications for the new school year beginning Feb. 15, 2012 The South Texas Christian Academy family exists to show children Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to think, and empower them to serve. The Pre-K to 12th Grade Campus offers, among other things, AP and Honor classes, Jr. High and High School Athletics, SAT and ACT test preparation and after-school care. The school currently enrolls 330 students.

We respect His divine authority and recognize His intervention in human affairs. We believe that true education develops the spiritual, mental, and physical powers of each student; preparing them for the joy of service in this life and for the higher joy of service in the life to come. To achieve this goal, we encourage each student to: Â&#x2021;GHYHORSDSHUVRQDOUHODWLRQVKLSZLWK*RGDQGKLVIHOORZ men as stated in Matthew 2:37-39 Â&#x2021;PDVWHUWKHEDVLFDFDGHPLFVNLOOV Â&#x2021;YDOXHODERUSK\VLFDODQGPHQWDODVWKHEOHVVLQJ*RG intended. Â&#x2021;FXOWLYDWHSK\VLFDOĂ&#x20AC;WQHVVPHQWDODELOLW\DQGPRUDOSXULW\DV the blessing God intended.

South Texas Christian Academy is operated by the Seventhday Adventist Church to provide a spiritually oriented education for children. A belief in the existence of the Creator God is fundamental in the philosophy of Seventh-day Adventist schools.

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In addition to strong academic preparation, members of the St. John’s faculty bring a life-long love of learning, extensive knowledge and solid commitment to each and every child.

St. John’s Episcopal School A GOoD Place to Grow 956-686-0231 2500 N. 10th Street McAllen, TX 78501 Principal: Meredith Stanley

([SHULHQFLQJ6W-RKQ·VÀUVWKDQGLVWKHEHVWZD\WRIXOO\ appreciate our wonderful school.

Enrollment: Accepting Applications Feb. 1, 2012

Contact us at 956- 686-0231 and schedule your visit today.

St. John’s Episcopal School honors the trust that parents place in us and we embrace that responsibility as we prepare children for the future.

Open enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year begins on February 1, 2012.

We dedicate ourselves to challenging children in the classroom (2K-5th grade) and celebrating their accomplishments every step of the way.

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7D\ORU&KULVWLDQ6FKRRO â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taylor Christian School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Building for Eternityâ&#x20AC;?

Taylor Christian School provides:

Taylor Christian School Phone: 956-686-7574 Fax: 956-682-4945 2021 W. Jackson Ave McAllen, Texas 78501 Principal: Bill Tarr

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The primary goal of Taylor Christian School is to train children and youth to know and to serve the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, while in pursuit of academic excellence. To help achieve that goal, K-3 through 2nd grade use A Beka curriculum. A Beka lays a solid foundation for reading, handwriting, spelling, parts of speech, and arithmetic.

4XDOLĂ&#x20AC;HG7HDFKHUV Customized Curriculum Individualized Instruction Christ-Centered Education K3 through 12th Grades Music and Sports Programs

Taylor Christian School is a Ministry of World Gospel Mission Taylor Christian School makes every effort to keep tuition reasonable, making a Christian education possible for families on a budget. Quality Christian Education since 1948

Grades 3-12 use Switched-On Online, a web-based curriculum accessed through the Internet. Switched-On Onlineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cutting-edge curriculum was created to offer &KULVWLDQVFKRROVĂ H[LELOLW\FRQYHQLHQFHDQGTXDOLW\ academics, allowing teachers to customize lessons to Ă&#x20AC;WLQGLYLGXDOOHDUQLQJQHHGVDQGKDYHPRUHWLPHZLWK each student.

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)DLWK&KULVWLDQ$FDGHP\ The leaders of omorrow are here today

6W3DXO¡V/XWKHUDQ6FKRRO Securing Every Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future

Over 20 years of excellence Luke 2:52 â&#x20AC;&#x153;and Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and manâ&#x20AC;? Website: / Phone: (956) 581-7777 email: mail: 4301 N. Shary Road, Palmhurst, TX 78573-8346 Pre-register today Faith Christian Academy offers a college preparatory curriculum. With that goal in mind, we have set our academic standards high. Academic excellence is emphasized at FCA. Instruction is directed to the average student, yet it will challenge the exceptional student. Each student is expected to do his best regardless of his ability to perform. Faith Christian Academy has purposed to provide students with a college preparatory education. The curriculum is designed to be challenging to meet the academic, spiritual, social, and physical needs of the students. Our students are expected to meet the requirements of each course. The Elementary School program is taught in traditional, VHOIFRQWDLQHGFODVVURRPVE\ZHOOTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGWHDFKHUVZKR demonstrate love and concern for their pupils. The academic program is based upon teaching the students to be good readers, as without the ability to read, the ability to communicate is greatly hindered. Secondary students are taught in a traditional setting with a teacher for each subject. Class work is intended to prepare the students for college by teaching them how to think and how to study, in addition to teaching academic content. In order to reach our academic goals, we use materials that provide our teachers with the facts and information necessary to be effective communicators. Most of our curriculum is from A Beka Book Publications and Bob Jones University Press. Faith Christian Academy is a ministry of Faith Baptist Church.

St. Paul Lutheran School (956) 682-2345 300 W. Pecan Blvd., McAllen, Texas, 78501 Principal Name: Jeff Pool Erollment begins Feb. 1 Our Chrisitian Elementary School and Junior High are top quality and a part of the second largest private U.S. school system. It is the mission of St. Paul Lutheran School to provide a safe place where children can grow physically, emotionally, & intellectually, so that they can succeed in the next stage of life, while also developing as disciples of Jesus Christ in order to serve the community of McAllen and the upper Rio Grande Valley. The school is led by a Principal and 14 Full-time and Part-time Faculty, who are excellent educators and who teach from a Lutheran, Christ-centered perspective, up through 8th grade. The average student/faculty ratio is 12:1. In addition to computer skills, science, art, music and daily Bible study, St. Paul Lutheran School has a variety of extracurricular sports. Students are encouraged to participate in local, state, and national academic and athletic competitions, as well as weekend Christian worship services. The educational process is a creative and collaborative partnership between the students, parents, teachers, and church. Therefore parents participate in the development of their student through homework VXSHUYLVLRQVSHFLDOSURMHFWVĂ&#x20AC;HOGWULSVDQGIXQGUDLVLQJ which is coordinated by the School Board and the parent support group. St. Paul will be enrolling students for childcare, preschool, kindergarten and grades 1-8 beginning Feb. 1. For more information and opportunities to meet with the principal and staff, call (956) 682-2345.

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Valley christian schools edition 2012b  

A Special Look into the Private / Christian Schools in the Rio Grande Valley. a special advertising section