NEWS RELEASE Contact: Suzie Medina
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2014
FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTIAN SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH INCREASE IN ENROLLMENT
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The halls of the three campuses of Fredericksburg Christian School (FCS) are a little busier this week as FCS is reporting a 10 percent increase in enrollment over last year. This is the first increase in enrollment the school has seen since 2008.
FCS Superintendent Rick Yost attributes this increase to several factors. First, FCS recently introduced a Variable Tuition Program which makes a private school education affordable for more families. With this program, tuition is based on the concept of matching tuition to a family’s income and expenses. “We recognize that a private school education is a luxury for most families, particularly in our tough economy, but with our new Variable Tuition Program, that education is now more affordable, and the response from prospective families has been incredible,” said Yost.
Building on the school’s reputation for academic rigor and success, FCS’ Christian-based education also provides students with a leg up when it comes to technology in the classroom. During the current fall semester all Upper School Students (grades 6-12) will receive an iPad for use in the classroom and at home through the school’s new One-to-One Technology Program. “This has created quite a buzz,” noted Yost. “We’ve had computers in our classrooms for several years, however, our parents recognized the importance of technology training and through their generous donations we were able to implement this program.”
Through the program, students will use the iPad to enhance research, collaboration and find creative solutions to problems. “We are focused on preparing our students for the world that will exist, not when they graduate but in 10 or 20 years,” said Yost. Because internet safety and responsibility are of the utmost importance, all parents of Upper School students are required to attend a technology information session where they learn how to implement security controls on an iPad.
In addition, FCS has called upon its many parent volunteers to assist with the recruiting process. These “Parent Ambassadors” do everything from giving school tours during open house events to making phone calls to prospective families to answer questions and give them a glance into the life of an FCS student. “Because a majority of our new families are referred to our school by current FCS families, the assistance of our Parent Ambassadors has been priceless,” noted Yost.
For those interested in an educational alternative for students PreK3 through high school, enrollment is still open at all three FCS campuses. For more information on PreK3 through 5th grade in Fredericksburg, please call (540) 735-1286, for PreK3 through 5th grade in Stafford, please call (540) 659-1286 and for 6th through 12th grades, please call (540) 735-1286 or log onto www.FredericksburgChristian.com
About Fredericksburg Christian School
With three campuses in Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg Christian School (FCS) provides more than 830 children, preschool through high school, with a Christian-focused education each day and has done so since its founding in 1979. Founders Gary and Andra Foss created an atmosphere for learning that promotes academic excellence in conjunction with strong Christian ideals and a commitment to service. FCS is also represented by 25 athletic teams for students, middle school through high school, and upper classmen also complete service projects each year, some overseas. FCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Virginia Council for Private Education. For more information, visit www.FredericksburgChristian.com.