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State of the School

April 12, 2012
By Terry Kok

On March 22 Calvin held its second annual State of the School meeting.  The evening is designed to share with all stakeholders the progress on our five-year strategic plan and keep constituents updated on what is happening at school.  Although a number of you attended and all of you are encouraged to attend in the future, I thought I would share a few bullet highlights of what was shared that evening.

  • The school finances are in excellent condition.  The total debt has been reduced to less than $300,000 and a balanced budget is being proposed for next year.
  • The proposed tuition increase for 2012/2013 of 3.8% is the lowest in eight years.
  • New curriculum changes in the elementary school include Singapore Math and adding second grade to the Spanish language program.
  • High school students will have options to take online elective classes during the 2012/2013 school year.  Calvin will be partnering with Christian Schools International to offer these classes that have a Biblical worldview throughout.
  • The annual fall drive was a big reason this year’s budget will likely balance despite a projected shortfall.  Nearly $280,000 was raised.
  • Calvin again received the maximum 6-year accreditation from WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges).
  • Service learning has expanded in all grades and is now more intentional and embedded in the curriculum.
  • The successful work of our new Director of Enrollment was highlighted.  We are anticipating an increase in enrollment for the 2012/2013 school year.

Don’t forget the Dutch Festival is scheduled for April 21, 2012 on the jr. high/high school campus!