ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WDBJ7) A child's education is a major priority for most parent. Several schools in across the Roanoke and Lynchburg area recognize National School Choice Week. The campaign is an independent public awareness effort to promote various education options like homeschooling, online learning, private academics, or faith based schools.
Across the country there are 32,000 events scheduled to promote school choice. Schools like Christina Heritage Academy and Roanoke Catholic School have seen an increase in enrollment over the past year.
"You know everybody and you get to know everyone on a more personal level, " said Joshua Ehrat, a senior at Christian Heritage Academy. "I love the smaller class size," said Samantha Connelly, who attends Roanoke Catholic School. "The spiritual aspect for my family and me was very important," said Jacob Novak, a junior at Christian Heritage Academy.
School leaders recognize tuition and funding can be a concern for some. "I think a lot of it does center around funding," said Tony Quist, Christian Heritage Academy. " That's what people seem to get the most nervous about. When it comes down to it, the important thing is the education of the child."
Roanoke Catholic School notes they have raised more than $800,00 for their tuition assistance program. The school will hold an open house during Catholic School Week, which starts January 29th. However, advocate want parents to know about the alternatives that are available.