Feature Family : Linden and Kristi Sommers


We have four boys.  Our two oldest children attended public elementary school for several years before we chose to move them to Christian education.  I grew up in public education. My wife grew up in Christian education. We are not wealthy and I was comfortable with my public school experience so public school seemed an easy decision for me. However, as our interaction with the school and other patrons grew, we became increasingly aware of an unspoken conflict that existed between the public school’s expectations and our own faith and lifestyle. This conflict began to impact our family life as we had to constantly be on guard regarding the materials the boys would bring home, the events they were invited to, the activities they were expected to participate in, and the relationships they were developing. The burden this balancing act placed on our boys was difficult to watch. We soon embraced the fact that Christian education would place our family in an environment where the school and the patrons shared the same foundation that our faith is based upon, where at least all would be in agreement that God's Word is the standard bearer for morality and truth. 

Being a single income family, finances were certainly a concern for us. As we considered the various Christian schools in the area, it was immediately clear that the tuition at LAMS was the most competitive. While the cost continued to feel overwhelming, we pressed forward with determination. We felt strongly that God was moving us in this direction, so we visited the school and applied for financial aid. We were pleasantly surprised with how much aid was available to us. In addition, we sought financial assistance from family members who shared a conviction for Christian education. 

We have been very pleased with our experience at LAMS. The quality of the staff and academics is outstanding. While there has certainly been a need for some financial sacrifice in our budget to make our attendance at LAMS possible, the return on the investment is incomparable. It's important to recognize that no education experience will be perfect. The school is attended by and operated by wonderfully flawed people; people that God loves and that Jesus Christ redeemed through his sacrifice on the cross. And that is what it always comes back to: the fact that the foundation of our faith is shared with that of the school's faculty, staff, and other patrons. It gives us joy and peace knowing we send our kids to an environment every day where the goal is one that our family shares: to bring honor and glory to our savior, Jesus Christ.

Dennis and Michele Saylor have been patrons at LAMS since 1998. Although they both graduated from public high schools they decided that their children should attend a Christian school. They continue to make this investment because they consider Christian education valuable in the lives of their children. They shared this about their experience at LAMS:

We decided on private, Christian school because we wanted our children to be educated in a setting that supported the values and beliefs that we were teaching them at home. We wanted them to be taught the truth academically and felt that subjects like science and history could not be taught accurately from a secular world view. We were involved with foster care at the time and knew that it was even more critical for children from this background to be surrounded by godly influence and teaching as much as possible. It was important to us that the teachers, who are with our children all day, are believers and are praying with and for our children.

We continue to remain at LAMS because of the positive influence it has had on our older children. As they moved out of LAMS, we found that the solid academics prepared them to excel in high school and college. More importantly, we see our children making godly choices in their lives based on the values and high moral standards that were reinforced throughout their years at LAMS. It has been a blessing to be a part of a community of believers where we can freely support and encourage each other on a spiritual level.
As we continue to raise children in an increasingly turbulent and sinful world, we are keenly aware of how important it is to give our kids a firm foundation so that they remain steadfast in their faith as they enter college and the workplace. We have been very thankful for the role LAMS has played, supporting us in our job of parenting. Our family has been blessed in countless ways by being part of the LAMS family!

Our daughter was going to a public elementary school before she entered LAMS. She was going to go into 2nd grade and our son was entering Kindergarten. We both thought that if we are going to make the switch to LAMS that this would be a good time to do that. Our son was in pre-K at LAMS and he was coming home singing songs about God, and we would do our family devotions at night and he would know everything about the story before we even started. It was so cool to see him light up and tell us about it. We decided that this was something that we valued so much. So we decided to take the leap of faith and send them to LAMS.

My wife, Kate, attended LAMS and had a great experience. Kate had felt like that was where we were called to send our kids from the start. I was a little more hesitant with the decision. However, seeing how much my son was growing with his knowledge of the Bible was so awesome to see. We knew that we both needed to feel that God was calling us here, so we spent a lot of time praying about it. God provided many signs that this was the right direction, so we stepped out in faith and listened to what He was telling us. LAMS is special because we know that our kids are getting the same type of spiritual lessons as they are at home. It is great knowing that they are being surrounded by Christian teachers, staff and peers. I love that they not only are getting a great education but more importantly they are being spiritually fed every day! Kate and I feel so blessed to be part of a wonderful family like LAMS. It truly is a school who cares and wants what is best for our kids. I want to see my kids’ knowledge and faith in Christ grow, and I know that at LAMS they are getting that and so much more. It's great to know that they are being surrounded by the same principles at home, school and church. We are so happy we took the step of faith and made the decision to send our kids to LAMS.