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Ripon Christian Schools’ main office at 435 North Maple Avenue awaits potential new students and their families to an informational open house Thursday night at 7 p.m.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED March 19, 2013 1:24 a.m.

It’s a look into an educational future for prospective new families and potential Ripon Christian High School students who will take advantage of a special open house Thursday night in the large RC gymnasium at 435 North Maple Avenue.

Nearly 100 current students and teachers will welcome the newcomers into their fold as they enter the front doors of the facility, hoping to demonstrate the values of a Christian education by those who have already experienced its values.

There will be tables set up to answer questions from visiting parents and students including the high school, the middle school, and the elementary school as well as one for athletics and extracurricular activities.

The students and their instructors are planning to showcase their robotic talents that have produced robots that shoot basketballs and discs developed over the last two years.  A second robotics club has been extended into the middle school seventh grade classes as an explorative course.

RC Promotion Committee members plan to meet the new families at the door Thursday evening at 7 p.m. and arrange informational tours of the school and its rooms from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Ripon Christian Schools Superintendent Kerry Manus said families are charged about 86 percent of the actual tuition costs with the balance being raised through fund raisers by the School Circle and by sports boosters.

He added that a 501 (C-3) non-profit foundation, separate from the schools, also gives back monies based on the growth of the funds.

Manus said the school prides itself on small class sizes of no more than 25 or 26 students per classroom per teacher.  When they get more than that they add a new section to the curriculum, he added.  The high school this year has 130 girls and 118 boys for a total of 248.  There are 682 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The school has a fleet of six buses that transport students to and from Ripon over a 30-mile radius of the campus.  The first bus took to the road in 1928.  Over recent years RC students have received college scholarships totaling nearly $500,000 each year.

In addition to strong academics and class sizes, Manus noted the safe environment in what he described as a family oriented atmosphere in a Christ-centered education.  More than 60 colleges and universities have accepted graduates from Ripon Christian with nearly 100 percent of the students going on to colleges and universities.  Two joined the U.S. Armed Forces last year.

It has been more than 80 years in the making where Ripon Christian says it has been providing students with excellent academic training for careers and higher educational levels.  At the same time the school has offered opportunities and encouragement in significant spiritual growth.

“The heart of our mission is to prepare Christian leaders for the 21st century who will live out their faith in a sovereign God while humbly serving those around them as Jesus did,”  as part of the school’s mission statement.

The teachers at Ripon Christian have been trained and certified by accredited colleges and universities and have continued their professional development in their areas of specialties and in the task of teaching Christian people, it has been noted.

A Biblical foundation and approach is key to all the subject matter instruction on the Ripon campus.

The 25-member strong “Night Sounds” traveling choir is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming Oakland A’s game under the direction of high school Principal Eric Segaar.

Students are exposed to a “rich and broad curriculum” carefully planned at all grade levels to provide the best in science, math, language arts, music, culture and industrial arts.

Manus further noted that the high school faculty recognizes individual students and their academic strengths and weaknesses.  As a result the faculty can make plans for academic improvements and challenge students where appropriate.

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