Lamplight, which recently moved to 780 Lincoln Way next to the Sparks Marina, will be opening its doors Aug. 25 to start a new school year, offering private schooling for kindergarten through eighth grade.
School administrator for six and a half years Paul Jachimiak said the move has been a beneficial one. The original school location, he said, had been at part of the Calvary Baptist Church on Plumb Lane and Harvard Way next to Wooster High School.
“This gives us a chance to be on our own as a school,” Jachimiak said, regarding that the school now stands alone apart from a church. “They’ve (Calvary Baptist Church) donated books and supplies to us. It’s been a very good moving away from each other.”
Lamplight, which originally opened in 1992, is a non-denominational Christian doctrine school, Jachimiak said, which has been accepted well in the Reno-Sparks community drawing from a variety of church congregations.
“We have an enrollment from a wide span of different churches,” Jachimiak said, “but we also get a lot of kids that have been home-schooled as well.”
School curriculum is much of what drives parents to Lamplight, Jachimiak said, as subject matter closely adheres to the Bible and its interpretations.
“We have a Christian world view,” Jachimiak said. “It comes through in our lessons. When we teach about Christopher Columbus discovering America, for example, we also teach about his religious faith.”
The Lamplight curriculum uses A Beka and the Bob Jones Bible, both Christian textbooks and accompanying classroom materials. Jachimiak said the lesson plans challenge students with rigorous coursework that he believes surpasses public education standards.
“Our pace and material is very tough,” Jachimiak said. “Our kids really need to stay on it as we hold them at very high academic levels.”
With five classrooms, the grade levels are combined, Jachimiak said. First- and second-grade are held in one classroom, third and fourth in another, fifth and sixth in another and junior high grades, seventh and eighth, are together. Kindergarten is in a separate classroom and the school day for all grades last from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Recent enrollment has reached 42 total students, and Jachimiak said he is hoping for at least 45 students this year.
“We generally keep 15 students in a single class,” Jachimiak said. “If it’s two grades, we have no more than 20. Our teacher to student ratio is low.”
Since space is a concern for the 2,400-square-foot building, Jachimiak said the school uses a strict application process. Entrance exams for all grades are conducted and personal interviews are scheduled for seventh and eight graders.
“I do it for the child’s benefit,” Jachimiak said. “I want to make sure they want to be here, otherwise it might be like their parents dragging them to church.”
For students who are admitted, Jachimiak said every school day begins with Bible teachings, spiritual singing and prayer.
“We’re here to develop the students’ spiritual maturity,” Jachimiak said. “We’re based in a loving atmosphere.”
This loving atmosphere, Jachimiak said, might be jarred by the recent sexual assault at the Sparks Marina, which has prompted Jachimiak to take extra safety precautions before opening the school.
“I think we’re pretty safe-minded here,” Jachimiak said, explaining that he will not leave the school premises until all teachers and students have left. “I have surveillance cameras and am very strongly involved with the students. We have a very safe environment.”
Tuition costs $3,600 a year for kindergarten through sixth grade, and $3,800 a year for seventh and eight grades. Books are additional expenses and monthly payment plans can be arranged.
For more information, visit the Lamplight Christian School Web site at www.lcsreno.com.