LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — At least two D.C. private schools that teach Creationist ideas receive federal funding in the form of scholarships for low income students.
The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program awards need-based annual scholarships to eligible District children to attend participating private schools of their parent’s choice.
Two participating schools, the Calvary Christian Academy in Northeast and Dupont Park Adventist School in Southeast, teach Creationist themes as part of their curriculums.
The program has been operating since 2004. Congress voted to extend the program for five additional years beginning in the 2011-12 school year.
Calvary Christian Academy’s website says it uses Abeka, a publisher that “provides curriculum and textbooks that concentrate on instilling Christian values and education to Christian Schools.”
The site also says that “each child, grades K-8, is assigned a homeroom where they study and learn about the wonders of God’s living and non-living world.”
Dupont Park Adventist, meanwhile, says science classes “explore and interpret evidences for the Genesis Flood and the Ice Age” and health classes “describe God’s plan for sexual relationships.”
Officials from Calvary Christian Academy and Dupont Park Adventist School say students currently enrolled at the schools are scholarship recipients.
The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program’s website says 1,638 District students had received scholarships for the current school year as of Oct. 30, 2013.
Out of 52 participating schools, 46 are currently teaching students who have scholarships from the program.
This story was first reported by Slate.com.