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A sampling of New Hampshire religious schools and their curricula

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Here is a constantly expanding “inventory” of New Hampshire’s religious schools in a form that is easy to scan to see what they’re about.

The Bethlehem Christian School, an unaccredited K-12 school with 22 students and 2 teachers in Bethlehem, says that it “was founded in 1997 as a ministry of Bethlehem Christian Center, with the original intent of supporting the Christian churches of the North Country by providing a superior, Bible-based education for their children.”  Tuition is $2,500.  Bethlehem relies heavily on the ACE curriculum, saying, “our doctrinal statement very closely parallels the Statement of Faith of our accrediting, supervising, curriculum provider – Accelerated Christian Education Ministries.” Creationism is integral to the curriculum.

  • From a typical science:”True science will never contradict the Bible because God created both the universe and Scripture…If a scientific theory contradicts the Bible, then the theory is wrong and must be discarded.” 
  • Social studies: “The New Deal programs were based on the humanistic, socialistic philosophy that the ‘end justifies the means.’ To achieve FDR’s goal of halting the depression, Congress was willing to spend more than it had. Because of this overspending, the government raised taxes.”

Brentwood (Lighthouse) Christian Academy, an unaccredited preK-2 and 9-12 school with 8 students and 4 teachers in Brentwood, says that it “is a private entity and a ministry of Grace Ministries International.”  The say their goal is “to prepare students to be leaders in their world. The foundation of the educational program at BCA is the Word of God. We have found that students learn more effectively, understand their world more completely, and will change their world more powerfully when they view every aspect of their lives through the lens of God’s Word.”   Tuition is $4,500-$6,500.  BCA is  a member of the Association of Christian Schools International ( ACSI) and uses the ACE curriculum.  Biblical teaching is integrated into each course.

  • A sample science text says, “Biblical and scientific evidence seems to indicate that men and dinosaurs lived at the same time…. Fossilized tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas, also give evidence that men and dinosaurs existed simultaneously. Fossilized human footprints and three-toed dinosaur tracks occur in the same rock stratum…. That dinosaurs existed with humans is an important discovery disproving the evolutionists’ theory that dinosaurs lived 70 million years before man. God created dinosaurs on the sixth day. He created man later the same day.”
  • The social science text says, for instance, “South Africa’s apartheid policy encouraged whites, Blacks, Coloureds, and Asians to develop their own independent ways of life. Separate living area and schools made it possible for each group to maintain and pass on their culture and heritage to their children….Blacks in South Africa earn more money and have higher standards of living than Blacks in other African countries.”

The “purpose” of Calvary Christian School, an unaccredited K-12 school with 42 students and 7 teachers in Plymouth is “to provide Christian education by integrating Biblical principles throughout the curriculum.”  Calvary uses the A Beka Book curriculum as a basis throughout the school.  Sample teachings include:

  • A high school text, describing President Bill Clinton’s administration, says “The First Lady announced that she would personally lead the effort to implement a plan for socialized medicine in the United States.
  • An economic text says that global warming is a theory that is “simply not supported by scientific evidence…..Global environmentalists have said and written enough to leave no doubt that their goal is to destroy the prosperous economies of the world’s richest nations.”

The Claremont Christian Academy, an unaccredited preK-12 school with 64 students and 8 teachers in Claremont, says the it is “a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church.” The Academy says that it believes that “education should: Begin with a concern for the student’s relationship with God through Jesus Christ, Guide each child to think biblically, Teach each child to integrate biblical principles into all of life, Train children to become Christian servant leaders, Lead to a life of loving God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and their neighbors as themselves. (Colossians 3:16.17; Mark 12:30)”  Tuition is $4,200-4,800.  CCA says that A Beka Book is its “major curriculum” for the elementary grades. They also use ACSI‘s and Bob Jones University Press curriculum.  For instance:

  • Concerning slavery in America, a Bob Jones high school text states, “To help them endure the difficulties of slavery, God gave Christian slaves the ability to combine the African heritage of song with the dignity of Christian praise. Through the Negro spiritual, the slaves developed the patience to wait on the Lord and discovered that the truest freedom is from the bondage of sin.”
  • A Bob Jones civics teachers’ guide says, ” [Homosexuals] have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists.”

Christian Bible Church School, an unaccredited 1-12 school with 14 students and 1 teacher in Nashua, requires its students to sign a “Student Pledge of Christian Conduct,” in which the students “reaffirm that [they are] born-again Christian[s] striving to live [their lives] according to the Bible,” and promise that they will “faithfully and consistently attend the services of the Bible believing church which [their] family attends.” Tuition is $3,000 per year.  As with most of the smallest unaccredited religious schools, all curriculum elements are ACE.

  • The Wisdom supplement to its English text says, “The substance of truth, ideals, and absolutes is on the right. Evil does not have substance: it is a departure from, and absence of the substance of, good. The left is the farthest extreme from that basic substance… Men on the left cannot walk in wisdom….The closer government is to God’s absolutes, the more righteous it is. The farther it is to the left, the less righteous it will be.  Politicians who reject God’s absolutes and believe in extensive government regulations are called liberals. They are way over on the left and are very humanistic.”  
  • Its social studies text says, “Although [President Kennedy’s] New Frontier sounds good, it was as socialistic as the New Deal and the Fair Deal had been.”

At Community Bible Academy, an unaccredited K-12 school with 30 students and 3.5 teachers in Berlin, “[a]ll subject matter is presented in light of the Scripture with a Biblical view of God and guiding principles to equip the student for life.” Tuition is $2,500-$2,700 per year.  About its curriculum, the Academy says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.  At Community Bible Academy, the Word of God is the foundation of our school program of instruction and is diffused throughout all our subjects (2 Timothy 2:1). All subject matter is presented in light of the Scripture with a Biblical view of God and guiding principles to equip the student for life (2 Peter 1:3).”  The curriculum is  the Alpha Omega LIFEPAC  (homeschooling curriculum) and Ignitia, “a comprehensive, Bible-based curriculum”

At Concord Christian Academy, a preK-12 schools with 175 students and 12 teachers accredited by the Christian school accreditor, ACSI, their commitment is that “students learn to see the world through the lens of God’s Word. The CCA education is Bible-vision in full color as students are taught comprehensive Bible curriculum from Genesis to Revelation. The spiritual life of the school is integrated into every facet of the curriculum and daily instruction.”  CCA uses the A Beka Book curriculum in the early years and a variety of curricula in the upper grades.  Dean Whiteway of CCA testified before the Senate Education Committee in support of the education tax credit program.  Tuition is $8,200 to 9,500 per year.

At Cornerstone Christian Academy, an unaccredited K–8 school with 35 students and 5 teachers in Epsom, the “purpose” of the school is “to be an extension of the Christian home and church . . . and thus to provide a continuity of training for Christian young people.” CCA says, “Curriculum for most subjects emphasizing a Biblical worldview”  The school is a member of ACSI

Dublin Christian Academy promulgates a “Statement of Faith” that professes that “the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively”; that “all animal and plant life were made directly by God in six literal, twenty-four hour periods”; and that “any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.” This Statement of Faith also condemns all forms of abortion, including for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

  • About their high school history course, they say, “….Special emphasis is given to the founding of our Christian republic, the Constitution, and the guiding principles which brought God’s blessing upon our nation. An up-to-date knowledge and understanding of current events is emphasized throughout the year.”
  • For the high school world history: “…The approach to history is Biblical in its attempt to discern God’s working in all periods of history to accomplish His will. The student also studies current events in order to correlate historical lessons with the society of today. “

Grace Christian School, an unaccredited preK to 6th grade school with 27 students and 6 teachers in Bedford,  is sponsored by the Bedford Foursquare Church.  The schools says, “As a Christian school providing an alternative to humanistic secular education, we endeavor to teach that all truth is God’s truth and that Jesus Christ and His teachings are central in all truth and knowledge. This is revealed in the Bible and also in history, science, art, music, recreation, and in all the universe around us.”  Tuition is $3,300-$5,200.  A GCS parent testified before the Senate Education Committee in support of the education tax credit bill and the school integrates the program into its web site on the tuition financing page.  from Grace tells parents, “Any parent seeking scholarship funds from Grace Christian School, must first apply to the New Hampshire Choice Scholarship Fund below (also through FACTS) before they can be eligible for a scholarship from Grace Christian School” and goes on to tell them how to do it.  The curriculum is based on  A Beka BookACSI and Bob Jones University Press materials such as,

  • From The Lessons of History: “We can without hesitation present political conservatism as the Christian’s proper response to America’s glorious heritage because of our Biblical perspective. The Christian teacher should teach the Scriptural principles upon which America was founded and instill within the students the desire and the intelligence to remain true to those principles which establish political and religious freedom through republican self-government and separation of church and state. Only as our citizens understand these principles and order their lives in light of them can we continue to progress as a people and retain our religious and political freedoms. Only as we teach the freedom and dignity of the individual under God can we produce responsible citizens who can be a just authority for future generations.”
  • “The A Beka Book Science Program presents the universe as the direct creation of God and refutes the man-made idea of evolution. Further, the books present God as the Great Designer and Lawgiver.” (A Beka marketing materials)

The mission of Heritage Christian School, an unaccredited K-11 school with 78 students and 8 teachers in Ringe, is, “…to prepare and equip students to be qualified ambassadors for Christ….we educate through a Biblical view that focuses on what God expects of each student. Our academics are geared to providing each student with the tools to maximize the talents God has invested in each student. ”  Tuition is $3,700. They use the A Beka curriculum.  Here are two examples of A Beka teachings

  • The economics text says
    • “Some of [Milton Friedman’s] practical ideas include the abolishment of the United States’ public school system and Social Security Program.”
    • “…many of the ‘crises’ on the environmentalists’ agenda are simply not supported by scientific evidence….and are promoted by environmentalists for destructive reasons.”
    • “True world peace will only be possible after Jesus Christ comes to rule and reign” (photo)
  • An eighth grade civics text, under the heading “A Liberal Supreme Court,”: “The Supreme Court made several liberal decisions in the 1970s, indicating the moral decline of the nation as a whole.”

At Holy Family Academy, a Catholic school with 71 students and 10 teachers in Manchester for grades seven through twelve, accredited by the National Association of Private, Catholic* and Independent Schools, the members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff must “make a profession of faith and sign an oath of fidelity to the Roman Catholic Church.”

The Infant Jesus School, an unaccredited Catholic elementary school with 225 students and 19 teachers in Nashua, requires all students, “regardless of the[ir] religious affiliation,” to “participate in all liturgies, classroom prayer, and other aspects of the spiritual life of the school.  The teaching of Religion is a content subject in which all students must participate.”

The “Community Life Statement” of Jesse Remington High Schoolan unaccredited school with 50 students and 6 teachers in grades 9-12  in Candia, contains a section “renounc[ing] . . . sexual immorality such as premarital intercourse, adultery and homosexual behavior.”  All school employees and board members must be in “complete agreement” with the Community Life Statement; if they disagree, they “may be asked to separate from Jesse Remington High School.” Students or families who take “public issue” with the Community Life Statement may also be asked to leave the school.  Tuition is $7,200 per year.  Jesse Remington is a member of the Creationist association, ACSI  and uses the SevenStar online curriculum which integrate Biblical teaching into every lesson.

Laconia Christian School, an unaccredited preK-12 school with 91 students and 13 teachers,  “has been a significant ministry of Laconia Christian Fellowship Church for more than 30 years.”  Rick Duba, LCS Principal, and Alan Granster of LCS both testified before the Senate Education Committee in support of the education tax credit program.  LCS does not disclose its tuition but markets the education tax credit program on its financial aid page.

The Lighthouse Christian Academy, an unaccredited 2 to 11 school with 14 students and 3 teachers in Rochester is “a ministry of the Harvest of Praise Church of God.”  LCA’s one page web site says, “LCA collects General Mills Box Tops For Education & Campell’s Labels For Education. If you would like to help, you can clip and mail them to: Lighthouse Christian Academy, 17 Heaton Street, Rochester, NH 03867-2714. “

Mount Zion Christian School, a preK-12 school with 155 students and 15 teachers in Manchester, says in its Philosophy Statement that, “The Bible is not an add-on but is woven into the very fabric of the curriculum.”  It goes on to say, “All subjects in the Christian school are presented to ultimately glorify God. Mathematics is taught to show the precise orderliness of God’s world. Science is taught to show the creative handiwork of God. History is presented as “His story”. Language is taught so we can better communicate the love of Christ and build His kingdom. Music is presented as a means to praise and glorify God….If young people are to stand firmly against the prevailing winds of evil and conflicting philosophies, they must receive Christian education early when patterns of thought, attitude toward God, obedience, and many other elements of personality are being formed.”  Tuition is $5,500-$7,500 per year.

Mount Zion is accredited by ACSI and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and uses A Beka Book and Bob Jones University Press teaching materials that integrate political and religious views with educational subject matter.  Here’s what Mr. Zion says about its high school curriculum

A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE IN SUBJECT AREAS

The underlying strength of our program lies in developing the student’s ability to integrate all facets of life with a faith rooted in God’s truth. The program is predominantly college preparatory, with a Biblical perspective that permeates all instruction and activities. From a science teacher discussing the design of the circulatory system, to a coach reviewing lessons learned in the heat of athletic competition, to a music group performing on stage, education at Mount Zion is Christ-centered and God-exalting.

Here is a sampling from the text book publishers Mt. Zion uses:

  • The A Beka world history and geography book says, “Only about 10% of Africans can read and write.” (The actual figure in 1999 was 57%)
  • The Bob Jones Biology book says, “Some babies die very soon after birth as a result of genetic disorders. It appears that God designed into the genetic mechanism of humans (and most organisms) a genetic screen that eliminates many greatly deformed individuals, preventing major genetic disorders from continuing.”
  • “…President Roosevelt..wrote..saying that a United Nations could help people by using ‘scientific’ methods and…’live together, in the same world, at peace.’…but peace comes from a kind of understanding that science can never bring.  Roosevelt did not understand this….Unfortunately the United Nations failed to end wars and bring about world peace…Over 1 billion people have been slaves under Communism…The United Nations has not been able to preserve the rights of these people.  Many people think it has actually helped to spread Communism.  (6th grade: New World History and Geography, A Beka Book, 4th ed, 2010, p. 240)
  • “General McArthur wisely recognized that the greatest need of the Japanese was to hear the gospel….At his request, the Pocket Testament League distributed 10 million Bibles in Japanses…President Truman later sent McArthur home because McArthur wanted to pursue the Communists into China.”   (6th grade: New World History and Geography, A Beka Book, 4th ed, 2010, p. 239)

At Salem Christian School, an unaccredited K-9 school with 133 students and 12 teachers  “[a]ll grades incorporate Biblical principles in all subjects and also have regular Bible study classes” every day of the week except for Wednesday, which is when the weekly “chapel service” is held. SCS is a member of ACSI.   Tuition is $5,500 per year.  The school uses Bob Jones University Press and ACSI Purposeful Design text books.

  • A Bob Jones science text has a chapter called “Biblical Creationism,” claiming that evolution cannot be a part of science, since it can not be observed and must be accepted by faith.  It goes on to say, “From a Christian standpoint, there are only two worldviews from which to choose — a Christian worldview or a non-Christian worldview. The most important beliefs in a Christian worldview are the beliefs that the Bible is the Word of God and the only completely reliable thing in this world.”
  • A life science text suggests that sedimentary fossils were formed in Noah’s flood. One and a half pages are dedicated to the possibility that the Bible refers to dinosaurs and closes with the warning, “Bible-believing Christians cannot accept any evolutionary interpretation. Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years.”

At Tabernacle Christian School, an unaccredited preK-12 school with 189 students and 18 teachers in Litchfield, the “principal, teachers and other staff are employed in a ministry” of Tabernacle Baptist Church.  The curriculum uses A Beka Book and Bob Jones University Press materials.  For instance,

  • From the Bob Jones life sciences text: ”Bible-believing Christians cannot accept any evolutionary interpretation.  Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years.”
  • A Beka says, in Some Thoughts on Thinking: “The Godgiven ministry of Christian schools is to lead young people to Christ and train them in the Bible, Christian character, language, and traditional subject matter. Today’s students need to be taught the accumulated wisdom of the past from God’s point of view and trained in the way they should go (Prov. 22:6) so they will have a firm foundation from which to evaluate the present and make proper decisions for the future….the basis of critical thinking is the ability to come to well-reasoned judgments supported by biblical principles.

The mission of the Somersworth Tri-City Christian Academy, whose 340 students and 19 teachers make it the largest unaccredited Christian school in New Hampshire, is “To advance the dual propositions that Jesus Christ is Lord over every area of life and thought and that man’s chief end is to ‘glorify God and enjoy Him forever,’ Tri-City Christian Academy strives to instruct students in academic excellence and in Christian character maturation, as these aspirations are derived and articulated from the Word and Sacrament ministries of the Church Universal.”  They go on to say that, “all subjects are consistently and thoroughly based upon Christian presuppositions.”  This philosophy is faithfully carried out in Tri-City’s curriculum.   Tri-City says that, “Memorization of Scripture verses (King James Version) will be an integral part of Bible class in all grades -Kindergarten through High School.”  Here is the kindergarten memory assignment, and for elementary school, and for high school.  Classwork is constructed around the A Beka Book curriculum and the SevenStar online curriculum.  Both curricula integrate Biblical teaching into every lesson.

Tri-City played a significant role in passing the voucher law and is working assiduously to benefit from it.  Here is further information on Tri-City and its anti-public education philosophy.


11 Comments

  1. geauxteacher says:

    Bill – and Zach

    Zach Kopplin has become somewhat of an expert on the voucher /creationism connection. Maybe Zach could help your cause in some way – webinar, research, interviews etc. -and vice versa.

    http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/01/16/creationism-spreading-in-schools-thanks-to-vouchers/

    Zach, see Bill’s other recent blogs on the voucher movement in New Hampshire.

    https://anhpe.org/2013/03/03/religious-school-curricula-a-potent-mix-of-religion-and-politics/

    https://anhpe.org/2013/03/03/meet-the-tri-city-christian-academy-epicenter-of-new-hampshires-creationist-tax-credit-program/

    Lee P. Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT Secondary English, Journalism, Gifted Asst. National Director – Save Our Schools 178 Abita Oaks Loop Abita Springs, Louisiana 70420 985-789-8304 http://www.geauxteacher.net

  2. it is important that you present this information to the public so that we can understand the anti American threat that these religious institutions constitute.

  3. Seth T. says:

    Scary stuff here. Unaccredited schools receiving educational vouchers from my taxes makes me very uncomfortable.

  4. tina w says:

    HELLO!!!! THE TOWNS OF Nashua and Merrimack have gotten my tax dollars since 1985 and my two grown children never set foot in the public schools. Who got my taxes? I got nothing for them but am very thankful that was able to afford the tuition to a much better education they received in the Christian Schools I chose to send them to.

    • Bill Duncan says:

      Yes, I agree. Lots of people in Nashua and Merrimack – the elderly and others without children – have paid taxes and not sent their children to the public schools. They willingly pay for your neighbor’s kids who do go to the local public school. We have no way to pay for government on an a la carte basis.

      And its great that your kids got the education you wanted in a Christian school. That’s just how it should be done.

  5. […] religious schools is not going to improve education for New Hampshire kids. The religious, often creationist, schools that dominate the voucher tax credit program are fine for the families that want them. […]

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