ERIC Number: ED244363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Parental Expectations of the Christian School.
Holmes, John C.; Hiatt, Diana Buell
A study was conducted of White, Black, and Hispanic parents with children enrolled in south Los Angeles County private Christian schools, in order to determine and compare their expectations of the schools. The increase in Christian school enrollment during the 1970's has been attributed to both white flight from contemporaneous desegregation mandates and dissatisfaction with the secular humanism philosophy of public schools. The increasing minority segment in the 44 evangelical Christian schools in this area has raised the question of whether minority parental expectations are different from white parental expectations. However, the interviews held with a stratified random sample of 147 parents found all three ethnic groups preferred the evangelical Christian school because of its Christ-centered curriculum, with no apparent significant difference in the expectations of the ethnic groups. Strong academics, a disciplined environment, and a caring staff were also important reasons for enrollment. Since religion was a major factor in attracting parents to the private Christian school, the offering of alternative education approaches by the public school system is not likely to bring them back. (DCS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Los Angeles County Schools CA; Secular Humanism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).