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What is Excellence in Education?

February 27, 2012
By Terry Kok


Calvin’s mission statement ends with the phrase, “providing children from Christian families with an excellent education for a life of Christ-centered service.”  So what is excellence at Calvin Christian?  This is something we wrestle with regularly.  In our strategic plan we listed defining “Excellence in Education” as a task we wanted to accomplish.  We did this not just to have a document but also, to go through the process.  At a school that is intentionally Christian in its perspective, excellence means academic achievement but also much more.

After some discussion we decided to define “Excellence in Education” through our Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs).  These same results are evaluated by our accreditation body when they look at our performance as a school.

After much work at the Education Committee level, which involves parents, teachers, administrators, and board members we have come up with a completed document.  You can find it on the school website in the Academic section.  Take a look.  Calvin continues to strive and be excellent in all areas to meet our mission of providing an excellent education for a life of Christ-centered service.

Mark Steenstra says:
February 29, 2012 01:03 PM CST

Articulating what is meant by an "Excellent Education" is an important step for our school. We've set high standards for ourselves. We covet your prayers as we strive to deliver an excellent education for Christ-centered service.


Mark Steenstra, Teacher and Technology Director, Calvin Christian School