Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Karen Ingle

Second Advisor

Dr. Janet Deck

Third Advisor

Dr. Donnie Peal


The Christian education movement has suffered in recent decades, as hundreds of schools have closed. Many more schools are losing students and are not experiencing growth. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how three mid-size Christian schools were showing positive student enrollment growth. The collective case study methodology was used to examine the phenomenon in three private Christian schools. During the course of the study, three administrators and 15 parents from three private Christian schools were interviewed regarding the topic of Christian school growth. The results of the study showed that schools who had a biblical worldview, a strong environment of community, and exemplary academics and programs experienced growth in their student enrollments. Further, the research showed that schools which possess a strong community of environment may be able to facilitate school growth by employing authentic admissions processes and word-of-mouth marketing. Possible factors of growth also identified in the study included location, tuition, and small class size.