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Teaching and Learning

Finance and Marketing Faculty

Worthington Christian Schools

Facilities

Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Charting our course for the next five years.


Teaching and Learning

Finance and Marketing

aculty

Facilities

Mission

Worthington Christian Schools develops the mind of Christ in students through rigorous intellectual, creative and physical pursuits.

Vision

Worthington Christian Schools will pursue excellence in teaching and learning out of love for God and the world He has made. Our students will develop a curiosity about creation, cultivate a love for truth, beauty, and great ideas, and exhibit wisdom that reveals God’s kingdom.

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Dear WC Family and Friends The strategic plan that you are about to read is the result of a six month planning process that represents the best of the collective dreams and thoughts about what should be our school’s guiding principles over the next five years. The most direct input came from the 11 member planning committee, which met regularly over those six months, and from the school board, which gave final review and approval. But in a larger sense, I believe it also flows from the countless conversations and meetings the school leadership has had over the years with our broader constituency — students, parents, alumni, faculty, church leaders, and friends of the school. We are grateful for that and hope that this plan is a means to continue the conversation into the future. The plan represents the priorities and actions within our strategic planning but it does not necessarily specify how those priorities and actions will be implemented. This allows the school to maintain flexibility over the next five years in reaction to changing circumstances while still remaining committed to the principles within the plan. The plan is ambitious and will require God acting on our behalf in order to accomplish it. But what better thing to be ambitious about than the education and spiritual formation of our children? We believe God has called us to attempt and to accomplish great things for His glory and the benefit of our children. Would you join us in that process? Your prayers and involvement will play a vital role in any success we have in accomplishing this plan. “We are His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:23

Troy McIntosh Head of School

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Board of Directors Fred Sanders (President) Steve Betulius Dan Custer Dale Dunn Edward Kim Christine Mallory Troy McIntosh Karen White Mike Yoder Strategic Planning Committee Troy McIntosh (Head of School) Steve Betulius Tom Burns Tammi Evans Beth Hackworth Robin Hooper Dr. Buzz Inboden Dawn McMahon Jim Parrish Polly Shoemaker Karen White

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The essence of any school is teaching and learning, but the significance of teaching and learning in a Christian school is underscored by Jesus in Luke 6 when He says that a student’s learning is complete when he is like his teacher. Every operation in the school should be designed to improve and promote teaching and learning.

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Teaching and Learning Priority: Establish an academic

culture that prepares students to apply a biblical framework to their academic studies so they are able to thoughtfully address the important issues found in their future studies and vocations.

Action:

Restructure the curriculum committee and design process to address gaps in the curriculum, communication and implementation of the courses of study, developmental appropriateness, and student assessment.

Action:

Partner with a professional curriculum consultant to provide a complete audit and map of major content areas.

Action:

Review each course of study to determine how to best reflect biblical thinking in that subject’s content.

and g n i h c a Te Action: Expand college guidance services to better prepare students for admission Learning into the colleges of their choice.

Action:

Invest in the technology infrastructure and support services to provide teachers and students with technology suited for best practices.

Action:

Provide additional support for students “outside the norm” by continuing to restructure the Intervention Department and identify new and better ways to challenge gifted students.

Action:

Restructure into a two campus model consisting of a Lower School and an Upper School to better reflect research on learning, teacher collaboration and fiscal efficiencies.

Action:

Strengthen partnerships with area churches and underscore the imperative for school families to be involved in their churches in order for a Worthington Christian education to be most effective in developing thoughtful Christian students.

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The most valuable resource in any school is the body of people most directly charged with the instruction of its students. The quality of a classroom teacher is the factor most directly linked to student success.

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Faculty Priority: Recruit, retain, and develop a first-rate professional faculty

capable of mentoring, teaching, and leading our students.

Action: Provide faculty compensation packages –salary, retirement, health care,

and other benefits — that are competitive, that recognize the professional nature of the position, and that attract highly qualified teachers.

Action: Develop non-pecuniary policies and practices that draw potential

faculty candidates to Worthington Christian.

Action: Develop a Faculty Learning Program which encourages teachers to

do in-depth study and presentations about a topic within their disciplines that will; a) promote teaching as learning; b) improve instruction and student learning; and c) benefit the entire faculty through collegial interaction.

Action:

Create a coordinated, district-wide plan for professional growth by; a) defining what excellent teaching looks like; b) identifying goals for professional growth; and c) planning strategies and programs to improve instruction that are aligned with these goals.

aculty F Action: Promote professional involvement in the larger educational community

through professional memberships, conferences, graduate study, and other leadership opportunities.

Action: Expand diversity within our

faculty to better reflect the demographics of our school community.

Action: Review and revise job

descriptions and evaluation processes to recognize and promote excellent teaching.

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The facilities of the school must be appropriately sized and constructed to serve the needs of the school. Aging and inadequate facilities currently prevent the school from providing the kind of access, environment, and instruction that we wish to provide. Future investment in our campuses will be necessary to ensure that the school is capable of sustaining the next forty years of excellence.

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Facilities Priority: Launch a capital campaign that solves the current and future

problems that our existing facilities present and provide learning spaces that inspires students to the best of K-12 learning.

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s Action: Create a plan for facilities that will solve the following problems:

At the Elementary School • A location that no longer fits our demographic area and makes it difficult to attract students. • Inadequate physical education and library space. • Aging infrastructure that will require major renovation investment in the near future. At the Middle School • Modular units that are over 23 years old and not suitable for continued use. • Security issues related to students moving between buildings and a design that did not take into account contemporary school security needs. • A disconnect among the faculty and students created by the physical space between buildings. • Insufficient space for a library. • Lack of science lab space. • Limitations on expansion of enrollment. At the High School • Security and safety issues caused by the split between buildings on two sides of the street and a design that does not take into account contemporary school security needs. • Aging lab, media, and classroom space in need of renovation. • Space poorly designed for fine art instruction. • Limitations on expansion of enrollment. At the Athletics Complex • Insufficient stadium bleacher capacity and bleachers that are not handicap accessible. • Inadequate restroom space for guests. • Natural turf that cannot sustain ideal playing conditions due to the amount of usage it receives.

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Faculty

All school resources belong to God and have been provided to the school to accomplish the mission to which we believe we have been called. As stewards Facilities of these resources, we must allocate them wisely, righteously, strategically, and fairly. A number of factors play a role in our ability to do so, including the possible effects of rising tuition costs, an uncertain economic future, unpredictability in health care costs, future enrollment levels, costs associated with any new construction, and the mutual relationship between the school and Grace Polaris Church. A solid financial position and the promotion of the value of a Worthington Christian education are important to the future strength of the school.

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Finance and Marketing

Finance and Marketing

Priority: Create a responsible financial plan that provides full funding

for the school with no operating deficits, while wisely stewarding the resources of the school and school community.

Action: Significantly expand the promotion and growth of the WCS Foundation

and its endowment funds to provide a stable, long term source of revenue that is not dependent upon tuition.

Action:

Identify budgetary priorities on an annual basis and align the combined budget to provide for those priorities.

Action: Engage in a study to identify a sustainable level of tuition that is cost

sensitive to families while still adequately funding the level of services needed to fulfill the school’s mission.

Action:

Develop new ways to communicate the value of Christian education and the mission of Worthington Christian within the broader Christian community.

Action: Restructure the Development Department to become the Office of

Advancement to better meet its objectives of donor relations, alumni engagement, and school marketing.

Action:

Create a branding message that better communicates the value of Christian education and the mission of Worthington Christian to the families of potential students, alumni, and donors.

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