CBN reports that with all the controversies engulfing public schools in the US, Christian schools are seeing a marked increase in applications.
Since Cornerstone Chapel’s Senior Pastor Gary Hamrick announced the church would be setting up a private Christian school in the fall of 2023, it has received over 2,500 applications for its 500 elementary and middle school positions.
The church, based in Leesburg, Virginia, is located in Loudon County which has become the battleground over parental rights in public schools.
However, the problems don’t seem to be isolated to Loudon County, as the school has also received applications from 27 other states. As well, over 450 teachers have already applied for jobs.
The multimillion-dollar project is Hamrick’s response to what’s playing out in public school systems across the country.
Loudoun is considered the face of the nation’s culture war, for more than a year, parents have railed against everything from sexual assault on campus to critical race theory and transgender policies.
Teacher Tanner Cross’s dismissal for refusing to call students by preferred pronouns became the last straw for Hamrick.
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Christian schools staring in California
California pastor, John McArthur, announced that his church, Grace Community Church, will be launching two elementary Christian schools this fall. They will follow a hybrid model that will combine 14 hours of in-class instruction with 16 hours of homeschooling.
In making the announcement in early April, McArthur, whose church is based in a Los Angeles suburb, said ‘Public Schools Are Dangerous.’
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Homeschooling seeing similar increases
And it is not just Christian schools that are becoming popular, there has also been a rapid rise in the number of parents who are choosing to homeschool their children.
The surge started during the pandemic, but even though it is largely over, the number of parents deciding to homeschool continued to dramatically increase.
ABC reports that a study of 18 states revealed that the number of parents choosing to homeschool their children in the 2020-21 school year increased by 63%. The numbers increased by another 46% in the 2021-22 school year.
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