Parkside Christian Academy: a different choice
Owens, Jossie Etta
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The purpose of this study was to discover why African-American parents, traditionally supportive of public school education, are seeking private schooling for their children in growing numbers. In particular, this study addressed the question of "What are the factors, variables, or conditions that contribute to African-American parents selecting Parkside Christian Academy as their school of choice?" Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to find out how and why African-American parents select schools for their children. The findings of this study suggest that parents make choices regarding their children's early elementary school years many times based on the parents' own personal school experiences. As a result ofthe interviews and the survey, a new model called the Parent Concern Model was created. This model has ten dimensions that correspond to factors that might influence the way parents select schools for their children. The ten dimensions that emerged from the twenty qualitative interviews shape and affect the way African-American parents think and select schools. The ten dimensions, identified as the Parent Concern Model were financial concerns, performance concerns, equity concerns, self-esteem concerns, transportation concerns, safety concerns, displacement concerns, teacher concerns, parental involvement concerns, and emotional distress concerns.
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