Date Approved

5-7-1997

Embargo Period

8-29-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Assemblies of God; Church schools

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

This survey study identified reasons why families in New Jersey chose to send their children to Assembly of God day schools. Once these reasons were identified a survey was sent to 17 Assembly of God schools in New Jersey. The survey included a Likert scale which enabled respondents to prioritize their reasons for selecting one of these private evangelical schools. Nine reasons were listed on the scale which would be ranked in order of importance by the families who were responding.

The analysis of collected data revealed that families ranked their nine choices in the following order, from most important to least important, as follows; spiritual environment, academic achievement, quality of teaching staff, disciplinary policy, physical safety, classroom size, quality of facility, quality of equipment, and racial concerns.

The data also demonstrated that there was a difference in responses between families in northern New Jersey and families in southern New Jersey. Although there was consensus on the issues of spiritual environment, academic achievement, quality of facilities and equipment, and racial concerns, there were distinct differences in the areas of physical safety of students, disciplinary policy, classroom size, and quality of teaching staff.

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