Peace Academic Center Frequently Asked Questions
In the 2004-2005 46 students were enrolled in grades K through 6. This is a decrease from the previous year’s high of 65, which was up from 55 the year before. Cost is no doubt a factor in the decrease, since students can go to one of six free public elementary schools scattered throughout the reservation.
Most of the students are members of the Hopi tribe, with a significant minority who are Navajo, with a few other tribes represented. In a typical year, there may be one or two non-native students. Many parents are willing to pay their share of the cost because of the perceived added benefits: smaller classes with more individualized attention, teaching and modeling of Christian and moral values by the staff, largely volunteer, and a reputation for good academic quality.
Even though most of the families observe traditional Hopi religion and cultural practices, and have not been part of a Christian church, they are willing to have their children learn about the Bible and the Christian message. As suggested, some parents who were unable to pay the fees for the previous year did not enroll their students in the current year to avoid adding to their debt, in particular those who have two or three children in school and subject to the fees. Friends of the school are invited to assist with meeting this need; see next paragraph.
A learning environment shall be established which supports the mission of the school by:
- Demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ who is the Son of God, Creator, Lord and Savior.
Recognizing each studen as being created in the image of God.
- Providing a Christian Environment to enable spiritual growth through teaching and example, encouraging personal understanding and commitment,
- Accepting the knowledge and value that come from our students’ traditional cultures and beliefs, deserving of mutual respect.
- Recognizing every child’s physical, social, emotional, itellectual and spiritual potential in ways that develop a sense of self-worth and belonging.
- Establishing high academic standards with individualized attention that encourages the realization of maximum learning potential.
- Promoting life-long learning and preparation for future educational and vocational experience.
- Coordinating meaningful learning objectives for all students.
- Stimulating students’ awareness of their commuinity and the world around them.
Challenging family members to be involved in school activities and programs.
- Providing family members to be involved in school activities and programs.
- Providing a positive and safe environment.
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