SCS Stories: Toerpe Family

What do you love about Sheboygan Christian School?
Whenever I happen to be in one of the two buildings during normal school hours, I am always amazed at the wonderful things that I hear and see: from precious little voices singing worship songs in unison, to teachers bent down at eye level lovingly instructing a child on the type of behavior God expects from them. I also see middle school students helping lunch workers carry groceries into the building, and a smiling high school student holding a door open for me and my toddler. I see these things and I say to myself, “This. This is why I love SCS.”

Why did you choose Sheboygan Christian School for your children?
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
I believe that teaching our children how to love God with their whole hearts is the most important thing we can do for them. In fact, God commands it! Sending them to a Christian school where they are free to talk about their faith, and where a Bible is open along with their text books as they discuss science, is a priority for us. In addition to the example we as parents set, I am so thankful that my kids see the example of Jesus in the teachers and staff.

In what ways have you seen your children grow in their faith as a result of their experience at SCS?
As a Christian parent, my goal for my children’s faith is that they know and love their Heavenly Father intimately. Incorporating God into every aspect of their lives- including their time at school- has taught my children just that! I am so proud of the personal relationship that my kids have with The Lord. The example that the teachers set and what the lessons consist of, reinforce the Biblical truths that we talk about at home and at church. From how they are disciplined when they make a poor choice to math, they are learning that God is everywhere!

In what ways have you seen your children grow academically as a result of their experience at SCS?
The teachers at SCS truly care about the success of each individual student. This has been made very clear to me when I see how the teachers have met my children exactly where they are at academically. At the end of the year, I look back at where they began, and then see how far they’ve come and my mind is blown. How the staff manages to teach a classroom FULL of young minds, and cater academics specifically to the needs of each individual child is beyond me and is one of the reasons why I love SCS.

One of our key values is partnership. How does SCS partner with your family to raise and educate your children?
Each and every time I have asked to talk with a teacher or an administrator because of something that needed to be discussed, there has never been any hesitation to meet with me. In fact, they welcome it! I love that I never feel like a burden or like my questions or concerns are an inconvenience. The staff knows that in order for my child to thrive, it takes effort and communication from both parties. I am so thankful that the teachers and I can work together to help my children learn and continue to grow in The Lord.

What sets SCS apart from other schools?
I have seen firsthand how the students become like “one of their own” to the teachers and staff during their hours at school. They truly get to know and love each child. I will always remember a very insightful comment on my daughter’s report card, and how it opened my eyes to a strength I never realized she had. It helped me to understand my daughter a little more, and made me realize how dedicated and engaged this teacher was to my child’s needs. We refer back to that comment often as we parent our daughter. I am so thankful for the thoughtfulness of all the teachers at SCS!

What would you say to a prospective family considering enrollment at Sheboygan Christian School?
If Christian Education is an area that God is tugging on your heart to pursue, Sheboygan Christian School is the place to look! It is an investment in your child’s education and in their faith, that I am confident God will honor.