Any parent can understand the desire to give their children all the advantages he/she may not have had in order to set them up for their best future. Mr. Mahfood is no exception to that.
Weighing Public Vs. Private Schools
Originally from Ohio, Mr. Mahfood attended a small-town public school but went on to a
private college. When he got to college, he noticed how ahead of the curve his classmates who had attended private school were. When it was time to decide where his daughters should go to school, he wanted them to have that same advantage. A friend from the Greek Orthodox Church where the Mahfoods attend suggested that they look into CCES.
“We evaluated both private and public school; I think it’s on a case by case basis per kid and what you as a family think is best-suited for your child. For our family, we thought this road was the best option for both of [our girls].”
“They’re not spoon-feeding the kids, they’ve taught them a level of independence for learning and studying.”
“It’s easy to teach someone how to memorize and get a good score or check off all the right boxes,” said Christ Church Episcopal School parent Anthony Mahfood, “but they’d leave not knowing how to do anything. “[At CCES,] they’re learning how to do things.”
“They’re not just memorizing; they’ve taught our girls how to think.”
CCES Offers Challenging Academics, Sports, and Arts Programs
The Mahfoods are confident in the decision for their girls to attend Christ Church Episcopal School. As part of the IB program, the Primary Years Program (PYP) sets up young children to be curious and compassionate learners.
And although the overall curriculum is what originally got their attention, the Mahfoods feel that at CCES there’s much more to the children's’ education than what they learn in the classroom.
CCES students are exposed to and able to participate in performing arts like music and theater productions, a highly developed visual arts program, and competitive and challenging sports programs. Children are able to participate in activities of their choice, but there’s “a little bit more exposure and balance than what I had available--it’s not tilted one way or the other” towards sports or art. Pairing a strong academic curriculum with a versatile liberal arts program is what gives CCES students an edge.