By ESTEVAN MEDRANO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
In only its second year of operation, Christ’s Harbor Christian School (CHCS) in Laguna Vista has made remarkable strides in the education of its small student population. Compared the national average, CHCS tested in the top 6 percent, including the top 1 percent for kindergarten.
Director Esmeralda Cazares credits a conservative student-to-teacher ratio, all instructors being certified through the Association of Christian School International (ACSI), and basing curriculum pace on the individual needs of their young scholars.
“Just being able to teach in a fun, loving and caring way towards the children,” said Cazares regarding the reason for the private school’s academic success. “We are able to take time for each individual student and work on what their needs and wants are and having to teach them in a way that has them learning, instead just memorization,” she said.
This is the first year the students have been tested in this way to gauge their academic progress, but Cazares expects to continue the favorable development.
“As long as we have a small student-to-teacher ratio we are able to take time on these children to have them learn as much as they can. We should be able to keep up this success… One of the greatest things as a teacher I am very proud of is to know that these children are happy to come to school and happy to be here,” she said.
The nine month school teaches a kindergarten through third grade curriculum, offering summer programs as well.
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