Private schools include range of religious options

By Stover E. Harger III, Columbian neighborhood news coordinator




Bright Futures Christian School, grades preschool to primary, 717 S.E. Everett Road, Camas, 360-833-0558.

Camas Montessori School, grades pre-K to K, 1004 N.E. 4th Ave., Camas, 360-834-7434.

Cascadia Montessori School, grades 1 to 8, 10606 N.E. 14th St., Vancouver, 360-944-8096.

Cedar Tree Classical Christian School, grades K to 12, 20601 N.E. 29th Ave., Ridgefield, 360-887-0190.

Columbia Adventist Academy, grades 9 to 12, 11100 N.E. 189th St., Battle Ground 360-687-3161.

Cornerstone Christian School, grades pre-K to 8, 7708 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver, 360-256-9715.

Firm Foundation Christian School, grades pre-K to 12, 1919 S.W. 25th Ave., Battle Ground, 360-687-8382.

The Gardner School of Arts and Sciences, grades pre-K to 8, 16413 N.E. 50th Ave., Vancouver, 360-574-5752.

Good Shepherd Montessori, grades pre-K to K, 805 S.E. Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, 360-892-7770.

Hosanna Christian School, grades pre-K to 8, 4120 N.E. St. John’s Road, Vancouver, 360-906-0941.

King’s Way Christian Schools, grades pre-K to 12, 3300 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver, 360-574-1613.

Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School, grades K to 8, 18717 N.E. 109th Ave., Battle Ground, 360-687-5121.

Our Lady of Lourdes, grades pre-K to 8, 4701 N.W. Franklin St., Vancouver, 360-696-2301.

Pacific Crest Academy, grades pre-K to 8, 324 N.E. Oak St., Camas, 360-834-9913.

Riverside Christian School, grades pre-K to 6, 463 N. Shepherd Road, Washougal, 360-835-5600.

Seton Catholic College Preparatory High School, grades 9 to 12, 811 N.E. 112th Ave., No. 200, Vancouver, 360-258-1932.

Skinner Elementary Montessori School, grades pre-K to 6, 5001 N.E. 66th Ave., Vancouver, 360-696-4862.

Slavic Christian Academy — Vancouver, grades K to 8, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver, 360-896-2602.

Spanish with Sarah, grades pre-K to 2, 2204 N.E. Birch St.., Camas, 360-990-1585.

St. Joseph Catholic School, grades pre-K to 8, 6500 Highland Drive, Vancouver, 360-696-2586.

While they’re not all religious, most private K-12 school options in Clark County provide parents an opportunity to give their children an educational experience rooted in faith.

The county’s private education landscape, which teaches thousands, has shifted in recent years with a few school openings and a handful of closings.

The 2011-12 school year was the last for both Vancouver Christian High School and Mountain View Christian School in Ridgefield, which shut its doors after 31 years. Those closings followed the shuttering of the Faith Lutheran School in Vancouver in 2010 and the end of Woodland Christian School in 2009.

U.S. Census Bureau statistics show a slow, but steady, decline in the last decade in K-12 private school enrollment.

In Camas, Spanish-immersion school Spanish with Sarah was certified in 2011. Seton Catholic College Preparatory School opened in 2009, and more than doubled its enrollment, to 82, for the 2010 school year.

With many educational options available, both private and public, families scrutinize their choices before making a decision that will directly influence their child’s futures.

There is flexibility: Athletes who attend private schools where their sport is not offered may compete for a public school.

Private schools need not follow Washington testing guidelines, so parents should ask what assessments the school does administer. They also would be wise to talk to other school parents and to meet the principal, to gain confidence in their final choice.