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Update on Roseville Christian School

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Michelle Nutting @ the Warren County Newswire has posted a good piece on the new Roseville Christian School.

I was rather critical of the idea of a private school opening up in Roseville when the idea first floated.  The anger underlying the criticism in that post stems from my belief that private schools take away from public education.  The passion in that anger stems from my belief that quality public education is essential to the success and well-being of our country.

My anger has cooled with time and the knowledge that there have not been major shifts in local school enrollment.  I was correct in my assumption that the initial interest in the new school was largely fueled by the anger over District 238 closing Roseville Elementary.  While over a hundred residents showed up for the initial informational meetings, only three students were enrolled when the school first opened (per the WCN post linked above, enrollment is now up to four).  I’m sure that the reality of paying thousands of dollars in tuition annually made a lot of Roseville residents realize that the 14 mile bus ride to Monmouth isn’t so bad.  Some students at United & other nearby rural school districts spend 2-3 hours on the bus every school day!

I also know that for one Roseville Christian student, the small class size & personalized educational environment has been a true blessing.  For that student’s sake, I hope this educational experiment succeeds.  However, I wonder how it can possibly be sustainable with so few students.  We’ll just have to see what the future brings for Roseville Christian School.


Written by Matthew

January 26, 2011 at 5:01 am

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  1. Greetings! Just an update, as of tomorrow, enrollment is now up to 6 students; doubling the original enrollment. There has also been rather extensive interest in enrollment for next year with inquiries coming from the Macomb area as well.

    I would like to address one issue that was raised here, and has been repeated elsewhere as well. While I have no doubt that a large portion of those that attended the very first informational meeting were indeed spurred by the closure of RES, Matthew I can assure you that for those of directly involved with the school, that was NOT a driving factor in our decision to see RCCS open. For us, this was simply a matter of choice; being able to provide an educational experience more attuned to traditional values and able to provide much more of an individualized learning experience with one-on-one instruction being the norm as opposed to the exception. I too share your conviction that a viable quality public educational system is vital to the needs of a community, and will always be the educational vehicle for the majority of families. For those who prefer something different however, we would like to think that we provide an option that bridges the gap between traditional public school and home schooling.

    My apologies for not commenting earlier; this is actually the first time I stumbled upon this posting.

    Comments and suggestions are always welcomed; most of you know how to get in touch with me already, and the official RCCS website should be online very shortly.

    Thanks to all in the ocmmunity for your support, it is greatly appreciated. Be sure to attend our Open House to be held at the school from 3:30 – 7:30 on April 28th.


    john tenenbaum

    April 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    • Thank you for your comment & information, John. I’m sorry that it took me a while to approve your comment, but I’ve been on vacation.


      April 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

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