Sweethaven Christian Academy 3yo Preschool - 12th Grade college preparatory school in Portsmouth, VA
Contact Us | Faculty Email | Faculty Login |757-484-4067
5000 W. Norfolk Road, Portsmouth, VA | Directions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. What are the Starting / Dismissal times?

A. Pre-school 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Academics stressed 8:30-12:00; Academics reviewed in the afternoons)
K5-2nd grade 8:10-3:05
3rd-6th grade 8:10-3:10
7th - 12th grade 8:10-3:15

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Q. Do you provide transportation?

A. No, we do not provide transportation to or from the school.

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Q. What is the cost of your tuition?

A. Tuition and Fees can be found here.

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Q. Are you affiliated with a specific church or religious group?

A. Yes. We are a direct ministry of Sweethaven Baptist Church. We teach Baptist doctrine in our bible classes.

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Q. How do I contact the administrator?

A. Our administrator, Mr. Lenington, and our preschool director, Mrs. Borkert, are happy to speak with you by phone or in the office by appointment. Contact the school office during business hours at 757-484-4067.

You may also email Mr. Lenington at mlenington@sweethavenchristian.org and Mrs. Borkert at yborkert@sweethavenchristian.org

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Q. What's the status of the school's accreditation? How does not being accredited affect the students' ability to get into colleges?

A. Currently, there is no move on our part to achieve accreditation. This is by choice. Even if we did begin the process, it would be through NACSAA (North America Christian School Accreditation Association) which is recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia, but is not a state organization. The importance of high school accreditation is often misunderstood. While you should be concerned about the level of education your child receives, high school accreditation does not necessarily affect college undergraduate studies. In fact, a large number of public schools across the U.S. are not accredited for one reason or another. This does not inhibit their students from attending universities. Several universities within the state university system have confirmed that they are only concerned with GPA and SAT scores. Harvard College's admissions counselor stated that while they would look into the reasons why a high school was not accredited, that would not disqualify a student from being admitted. Their main concerns were also the GPA and SAT scores.

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Q. Did the majority of the seniors have the necessary grades/SAT scores to apply to the bigger colleges?

A. Yes, the majority of our students do have the necessary SAT scores to apply to larger colleges. Many of them do choose not to. We do emphasize the importance of a Christian education all the way through college and do encourage our students to go to Christian colleges. The Lord has provided many Christian colleges that are strong in the liberal arts. Here are some links to those colleges.


bju.edu - Bob Jones University
clearwater.edu - Clearwater Christian College
mbbc.edu - Maranatha Baptist Bible College
pcci.edu - Pensacola Christian College

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Q. Does Sweethaven gear its academics towards the math and science careers or is it geared more towards mission-based careers?

The goal of education at Sweethaven is to develop the whole person. Being a Christian to the fullest extent means using all of the faculties the Lord has given us. There is an unfortunate absence of Godly individuals in all career fields of our world today. Our mission is to train students to be able to go to any career field and be a witness for Christ in that field. I Peter 3:15 tells us "to be ready always to give an answer to every man of the hope that lieth within us." We want to develop students that could approach any career field with a Godly perspective, and we will educate them toward that end.

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Q. Do you offer honors classes?

We view ourselves as a college preparatory school. Therefore, all of our classes are geared to preparing each child for a rigorous college education. We do offer help classes to those who fall behind and our teachers are prepared to give little challenges to those who can handle the work. For this reason, honors classes are not necessary.

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Q. What Christian colleges do you recommend?

bju.edu - Bob Jones University
clearwater.edu - Clearwater Christian College
mbbc.edu - Maranatha Baptist Bible College
nbbc.edu - Northland Baptist Bible College
pbc.edu - Piedmont Baptist College
pcci.edu - Pensacola Christian College
westcoastbaptist.edu - West Coast Baptist College

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