Are parents’ concerns about what is being taught or communicated to children in our public schools justified? Having taught in a suburban public school system for several decades, I believe these concerns are valid. Just a few years ago, I was told that I should use the term friends when referring to my students rather than boys and girls. That’s when I knew it was time to retire; I could no longer deny the steady decline of reasoning that was happening in our schools.

In Chapter 6 of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he writes, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, authorities and powers of this dark world.”

There is no place where this is more evident today than within our school systems. Polished, beautiful buildings teaming with young people house a system that is subtly communicating false ideologies to our children. It’s no wonder that the very first piece of spiritual armor Paul urges us to put on is the belt of truth.

The problem is that our kids are swimming in a cultural sea of lies, perhaps the most fundamental being that we are made in our own image rather than God’s image. Consequently, messages such as you are not good enough engulf our children. Often those who try to take a stand against these lies are ill prepared and crumble on the deck of secular thought or struggle against the tide of criticism found on social media.

Recently two high school students enrolled in Riverstone. Both shared that they felt like they were not known at their previous schools. Can you imagine feeling that way?

At Riverstone your teenager will be known and given an opportunity to engage with truth on a daily basis. We believe that Jesus Christ transforms lives and instills a sense of purpose. His truth becomes the anchor students need in order to stand on turbulent seas with confidence and proclaim, I am a child of God.

Riverstone United Christian Academy is enrolling students in grades 6 – 10 for the upcoming school year. We will be launching from Providence Church on September 7th. With a powerful, Christ centered curriculum, affordable tuition and scholarship opportunities, we invite you to learn more about Riverstone at an upcoming Open House or by scheduling a one-on-one visit with our administrative team.

Eileen Roche, Academic Dean

Eileen Roche, Academic Dean


Mrs. Roche served for 35 years in the public school system. After earning a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design from Penn State, Mrs. Roche went on to obtain her Principal’s Certificate.


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