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Experiences from another Sterling Family

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The following is from Claudia Prado about her family's experience here at Sterling.  Her daughter (Gia, 5th grade) is beginning her second year with us.

"Aside from the fact that it's a classical, Christian education, we chose Sterling because it allows Gia to stay at home for a longer amount of time.  This has allowed us to experience Gia as a student and enjoy her a little longer than we have had before with the traditional school schedule.  It also opened up the topic of the college/university model, and we felt this would form productive habits from an early age.

I love that the curriculum is heavy with project-based learning.  The students are allowed to be themselves; their nature is to be independent.  Gia's classmates are kind and caring all on their own.  They interact beautifully and build each other up.  It's truly a pleasure to sit back and listen to how they treat each other.

For Gia this has been a great fit because she doesn't feel pressured to speed through her work and education.  She is creative and likes to take her time on her work.  This model allows her to question, infer, and associate.  That is what learning is all about and this model fosters that.

Gia loves Latin.  She says, "I've noticed that Latin helps me understand words that are not in Latin."  She also loves her classmates, whom she calls 'great friends', and her kind teachers.

Gia has grown and come out of her shell during the last year.  She is more confident and therefore participates more, even outside of school.  At Sterling, she is surrounded by the same kind, productive, and independent children."

Experiences from a Sterling Family

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The following is from Lisa Graves about her family's experiences at Sterling.

"Jonathan and I knew we wanted our kids to attend a Christian school.  We had looked into some local full time classical Christian schools, and although we appreciated the academic excellence they offered, we also wanted to maintain balanced lives for our kids.  We couldn’t stand the thought of a child going to school 40 hours a week with an additional 10 hours a week of homework.  We felt like there was no time left for church, family, hobbies, or just time to be a kid. 

We stumbled upon the university model of schooling and were pleasantly surprised when we toured Sterling and saw that it was run like a full-time school with classrooms, athletics, and other extra-curricular opportunities.  We also were pleased with the emphasis on academics, the prestigious schools to which recent Sterling graduates had been accepted, and the strong sense of community at the school. 

We love the high quality of teachers and the support we receive, not only when the kids are at school, but on home days as well.  Without any wasted time spent doing busy work, my kids are able to efficiently get their work done on their days at home so that we rarely have homework evenings or weekends.  They love seeing their friends and teachers while at school, and also love their days at home when they get to learn in a more relaxed environment and still have time for supplemental activities and outings. 

They also enjoy the hands-on approach that Sterling takes when it comes to learning.  We feel like we’ve found the perfect place for our family and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.  We know our kids are loved, hugged, taught Scripture, are getting a leg up academically, and are being taught life skills such as respect and integrity while at school, and we get to play a huge role in their development with the time spent at home. 

Sterling Classical School is the perfect balance we were seeking!"

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