Enrollment grows due to voucher students

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BELOIT - Enrollment at Rock County Christian School (RCCS) continues to grow, with increased numbers of voucher students.

This fall there will be 200 students in RCCS's K-12 programs. The school has a Beloit campus at 916 Bushnell St. for middle and high schoolers. Its Janesville campus, 5122 S. Driftwood Drive, is for kindergarten through sixth graders.

"Some classes have filled up, which has not been the case for more than a decade," said RCCS Head of School Tim Befus. "We are excited to receive many more families this year and see what God has in store for us."

Out of 200 students in the school this year, 141 of them are school choice students using vouchers. Of this year's 141 voucher students, the majority of them come from the School District of Beloit.

Of the newest choice students coming this fall, 26 are from the School District of Beloit, nine are from Janesville, two are from Beloit Turner and three are from Elkhorn.

Befus said the most common reasons Beloit parents have told them they are switching is a concern for safety due to bullying, too large of class sizes and the desire for a Christian-based education.

"They don't blame the teachers, but feel the teachers have too many kids in the class and their main goal is maintaining order," Befus said.

Rock County Christian School increases its voucher students each year. Four years ago, there were 26 choice students.

Many of new voucher students come with individual education plans. Befus said they are often kids who aren't thriving in their schools and may be behind in math and reading.

"We realize we get students who will challenge us, but that's why we are here," Befus said. "I see the increase in students and families as a challenge and an opportunity for our school to make a larger impact for Christ in the Stateline Area."

To qualify for a voucher, families have to be within 185 percent of the poverty level. For example, a family four would have to make less than $45,000.

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