In 2018, CCS spearheaded Called to Cultivate — a five-year vision to improve our classrooms, culture, and campus by reinvigorating the commitment to our founding principles, removing practices that inhibit growth, and driving a new spirit of innovation and passion into our school. Each year we focus on the guiding principles required to progress this vision forward:
YEAR 1 (2017-18)
CALLED TO CULTIVATE
Launch a five-year strategic plan and organize leadership to implement it.
YEAR 2 (2018-19)
Develop and present an actionable plan to pursue the uniqueness of each child and invest in our teachers.
YEAR 3 (2019-20)
SHEPHERDING HEARTS & MINDS
Develop and implement a strategic pursuit of more through the student-teacher relationship and the cultivation of our 6 Key Habits.
YEAR 4 (2020-21)
Implement the habits and wisdom of classical scholé rather than the ideology found in modern school.
YEAR 5 (2021-22)
PREPARED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME
Complete construction of spaces built for community, academics, arts and athletics.
We are prepared to offer more.
Let’s pursue more together!
Thirty years ago, parents, convinced that modern education was a failed experiment, began to start schools based on an ancient model of education. Now, classical and Christian schools exist all over the country with Cary Christian School standing as one of the strongest and largest schools in the movement.
They focused on truths that other schools ignored.
We not only teach Scripture, we rigorously focus on learning the truth, or the “grammar,” of every subject. Few schools delve deeply into the study of history. Few schools introduce students to the great books of literature. Most schools have even abandoned the study of math facts.
They developed skills that most schools had forgotten.
The classical and Christian movement was an early innovator in the return to a skills-based approach to education. While it has become trendy to teach critical thinking, only the classical and Christian movement takes children through the rigorous regimen of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Others may want to teach kids how to learn, but only classical schools offer children “the tools of learning” and seek to cultivate life-long learners.
They expected a morality that other schools rejected.
Thirty years ago, we wanted our kids in schools where morality would still be taught. Now, schools not only allow deviant behavior, they revere it as courageous.
A STRATEGIC ANALYSIS
Prepared to Offer More
The classical model, as it has throughout history, has proven itself again.
- 2/3rds of our 2019 graduates will score within the top 8% on the ACT.
- They will earn admission into select schools.
- They will accept millions in scholarships.
- They will have experienced an excellent classical education founded upon a biblical worldview.
Cary Christian School is positioned to do something extraordinary.
- We have an experienced Board and seasoned leaders.
- We have master teachers and former graduates in our classrooms.
- We have the cultural and financial strength to unearth the wisdom and the eloquence found in this ancient model of education:
- The wisdom that built the Greek and Roman Empires
- The wisdom that started the Reformation and Renaissance
- The wisdom that fueled the American Revolution
We need to learn to execute with a strategic focus.
To improve our classrooms, culture, and campus, we are reinvigorating our commitment to founding principles, removing practices that inhibit growth, and driving a new spirit of innovation and passion into the school.
Together we will pursue a five-year vision for a thriving Cary Christian School.
OUR STRATEGIC PLAN:
Together We Will Thrive
Together we will pursue a five-year vision for a thriving Cary Christian School
By leveraging our Learning-Community Mindset, we will develop a more strategic and intuitive implementation of our mission in every area of the school.
Year 1 (2017-18): Called to Cultivate
The Board launched our five-year strategic plan and organized leadership to execute.
Year 2 (2018-19): Pursuing More
The development and presentation of an actionable plan and a call for a Pursuit of More. May God continue to give us the mindset and the readiness for action to pursue an extraordinary outcome for every student.
Year 3 (2019-20): Shepherding Hearts and Minds
The development and implementation of a strategic Pursuit of More. May God grant us His wisdom and skillfulness to guide students toward goodness, strength, and freedom, leading them to cultivate right habits that shape the character of their souls.
Year 4 (2020-21): Cultivating Scholé
The intuitive and skillful implementation of the habits and the wisdom of classical scholé rather than the ideology found in the modern school. May God root us deeply in our mission so that we will prepare each student to flourish through Christ in the future and find joy in becoming a life-long learner.
Year 5 (2021-22): Prepared for Generations to Come
We will construct new spaces for our learning community in the areas of academics, arts, and athletics. May God provide us a place to bless future generations with an excellent classical education founded upon a biblical worldview where scholé permeates every classrom, conversation, and area of our campus.
Join us in our vision.
A creative branding strategy or charismatic charm will not move our school forward. We need a community ready to invest in the future of our school. We need advisors. We need volunteers. We need donors. We need you.
Together we grow. Together we thrive. Together we discover God’s beautiful plan for Cary Christian School.
- We need a strong contingent of parents and grandparents who see the “more” our mission promises.
- We need families who are willing to imagine together a mission-driven vision for the future.
- We need individuals who are ready to pursue our Called to Cultivate vision.
Together we pursue a five-year vision for a thriving Cary Christian School
We desire for every student to experience the best of the classical Christian education model. This will come to life through a robust curriculum delivered by loving teachers passionate about helping all students learn in the best ways possible.
We seek to cultivate a vibrant community where students thrive in their faith and knowledge. We will grow together in our devotion to Christ, our love for one another, and our commitment to classical Christian education.
We envision the development of spaces to enrich learning, innovation, athletics, the arts, and the fostering of relationships.
Cultivating a Learning-Community Mindset
6 Areas of Improvement:
We have established a culture and an organizational structure to keep a consistent focus on driving these three standards through every area of the school. While we hope that you will see steady improvements in the following six areas throughout the year, we will provide a regular report according to the following calendar.
Teacher Development: A Society of Teachers
Mastering the Teacher/Student Relationship
November – December 2018
– A Society of Teachers: Summary Chart
– A Society of Teachers: Teacher Development Program
Student Development: Goodness, Strength, and Freedom
Choosing to Pursue an Extraordinary Outcome
January – February 2019
Parent Development: Navigating Excellence
Mastering the Parent/Teacher Partnership
March – April 2019
Curriculum Development: Inciting Inquiry and Discovery
A Well-Developed Path to an Extraordinary Outcome
May – June 2019
Co-Curricular Development: Leveraging the Arena that Matters
Mastering the Coach/Player or Director/Actor Relationship
July – August 2019
Facility Development: Preparing for the Next Generation
A Better Space for Academics, Community, Athletics, and the Arts
September – October 2019
Maintaining Stability: Consistently Improving Mission-Consistency
Maintaining Academic, Cultural, and Financial Stability in the Midst of Change