The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2013

March 2, 2013

Private endeavors

Enid, area schools offer strong religious-based education

Enid offers a variety of private Christian schools for parents seeking an alternative to the public school system.

The area’s private Christian elementary school options include Emmanuel Christian School, St. Paul’s Lutheran School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Bethel Baptist Academy and Hillsdale Christian School, which is outside of Enid in Hillsdale.

Bethel Baptist

Bethel Baptist Academy is a small school with 14 students in kindergarten through 12th grade this year. Bethel Baptist focuses strongly on academics.

“We are finishing up our third nine weeks,” said Bethel Baptist Principal Wesley Byrd. “If we continue our trend, it will be our seventh nine weeks in a row where we’ve had 100 percent of our students on the honor roll.”

Bethel Baptist Academy has been in operation for 36 years, and Byrd has been principal for 31 years. Byrd said the school’s methods are successful.

“It’s working,” said Byrd. “We haven’t made any changes.”

Bethel Baptist employs two teachers who work to fulfill the school’s motto: Training tomorrow’s leaders today.”

St. Paul’s Lutheran

St. Paul’s Lutheran School is a Christian school for students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.

“You don’t have to be Lutheran,” said Lois Nichols, principal.

St. Paul’s has 65 students this year and employs 11 teachers. The school has an all-day pre-kindergarten program and also boasts physical education classes five days a week for its students as well as music classes four days a week and library three days a week, Nichols said.

“We have lots of wonderful things going on,” she said. “First of all we are growing, and that is wonderful.”

In addition to growth and the pursuit of academic excellence, St. Paul’s will host summer classes this year.

Nichols said there will be summer classes for students going into pre-kindergarten through first grade. These classes aim to help children prepare for the coming school year.

Second- through sixth-grade students also will be able to enjoy summer classes at St. Paul’s this summer. These classes will include puppetry, pottery and gymnastics.

Nichols said anyone interested in having a child attend St. Paul’s Lutheran is welcome to visit the school.

“I would just encourage them to call or visit. Stop in, check us out. I’ll take anybody on a tour,” said Nichols.

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Progress 2013
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