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Big Ideas to Consider:

1. There are basically two kingdoms: a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness. It seems strange to have those who walk in darkness educate children of light. It doesn't fit.

2. If Jesus Christ is Lord, then He is Lord of all. We cannot divide things into secular and sacred.

3. All truth is God's truth, and God's Word sheds light on our path. Only in His light can we see light. Education is not focused on possibilities but on certainties found in God's Word.

4. Deuteronomy 6 tells parents that, in all they do, they should provide a godly education 24/7.

5. Three key institutions that shape a child are the home, the church and the school. Children are served best when all three institutions point them in the same direction.

6. Only an education that has the liberty to address the whole child -- social, intellectual, emotional, physical AND spiritual -- reaches the possibility of excellence.

7. The best preparation for effective service is to be well grounded in one's mind before direct engagement of the culture.



Scholarship Opportunities

Resources for Children Attending

Urban Christian Schools in

the Philadelphia Region

Please check the websites of these scholarship funds for detailed and timely information.


Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF)

This is a national fund which has a local chapter in center city Philadelphia.  Parents apply directly to CSF Philadelphia for some 1500+ scholarships to attend any non-public K-12 school. They award two year scholarships (by lottery) to families that qualify for federal school lunch assistance. Website:


Black Association for Educational Options (BAEO)

The national organization also has a local chapter and one of their programs provides scholarships for lower income urban parents.  They have a national scholarship program and a local scholarship program.  They also provide assistance for locating other educational options for urban parents. Website:


Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI)

PFI is a Christian family advocacy organization.  This program receives funding through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.  Their Family Choice Scholarship Plan can be applied for through May 15 of each year.  Website:


Faith First Educational Assistance Corporation

This organization trains parents to seek scholarship funds from various sources and provides its own scholarships of $500 per family for those who receive an award from the funds it receives. Website:


Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

The Pennsylvania ACSI office sponsors a scholarship program funded by contributions received from corporations under the EITC program (see above).  Most ACSI schools will want families to apply through the school for these funds.  Website:


Children's Jubilee Fund

Does not accept applications from parents for scholarships but rather grants block grants to 21 member schools listed in the website (under schools).  These schools make scholarship awards at their own discretion to newly enrolled families whose family income is less than $36,000.  There is normally no application process for these specific funds at the local schools. If you are newly enrolled in one of these schools you could inquire as to whether there might be funds from Jubilee to assist your child.  Web site:


Note: Please verify this information with each scholarship source because we cannot guarantee that changes in policy or funding have taken place or that all this information is up to date and correct. This information is provided as a starting point.