Planning for the Future
In May of 2016, the Board of Trustees approved the 2015-20 Strategic Plan for Lansing Christian School. Over the course of nine months, more than fifty people participated in the strategic planning process. The focus of the strategic planning process was in four large areas of priority, which now include a number of strategies that will help to advance the vision and mission of LCS in measurable ways during the next five years.
LCS Strategic Plan Priorities
Advancing our vision and mission internally and externally through effective communication, marketing and community relationships.
Communicating our vision to equip young men and women to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ is the foundation for all the new programs and initiatives we will be working to advance during the next five years.
Exemplifying the vision in everything we do in the context of equipping young men and women to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ is important and foundational work for all of the new programs and initiatives we will be working to advance during the next five years.
We have determined that strategically working towards growing enrollment that includes both a retention rate of 90% and above and 1% annual growth over the next five years, will help our school to thrive in the future, while graduating more students that are equipped to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ.
Pursuing excellence in Prek-12 academic, athletic and creative arts programs.
The number of U.S. students pursuing careers in STEM is not sufficient to meet the demand for high skilled workers. These careers require students who are problem solvers, critical thinkers, innovators, communicators, and collaborators. At LCS, we are planning to provide opportunity for all LCS students to be prepared for future careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
STEM programs to be implemented in 2016 -17
- LCS Summer Camps with STEM focus were implemented in June, 2016
- A new 7th and 8th grade STEM Project-Based elective
- Middle School Competitive Math opportunities
- STEM Career Day for Middle and High School students implemented in the fall of 2016
- STEM Exploration Day for Elementary students to be implemented in the spring of 2017
- New Innovation Lab is created for student collaboration and hands-on learning
- K-6 Science curriculum evaluation and update with new Next Generation Science Standards
- High School Science and Math teachers lead school wide STEM programs and curriculum work, including work in elementary science and math classrooms
- During the 2016-17 school year, we are evaluating the role of Creative Arts at LCS and in conjunction with our STEM initiatives
- A new Creative Arts inter-disciplinary course is being developed for implementation in the 2017-18 school year.
As we work to develop a comprehensive, PreK-12 athletic program at LCS, we are pleased to announce the creation of a NEW PreK-3rd grade athletic program called Pilgrim PLAY (Positive, Learning, Active, Youth!)
The goal of Pilgrim PLAY is to encourage Christian community through a cohesive school-wide athletic program that introduces fundamentals and play to students at a young age. Pilgrim PLAY will partner with Lansing Christian coaches and varsity student athletes.
Coed teams will be formed in the following sports:
- Soccer – Fall
- Volleyball – Late Fall
- Basketball – Winter
- Baseball/Softball – Spring
Planning for the financial sustainability of our school is a strategic priority during the next five years so that LCS can thrive in the future and serve more families in the greater Lansing community in the years ahead.
Growing enrollment is the best way to ensure the long term financial sustainability of LCS and it is the best way to keep tuition accessible for families over time.
- The Variable Tuition Program was adopted in 2016 to help make tuition more accessible to current LCS families based on demonstrated need, and to attract new families who may not have considered LCS as an option in the past because of affordability.
- With the introduction of Variable Tuition, inquiries at Lansing Christian School were up nearly 50% from the previous year. LCS enrolled more than one hundred new students in 2016-17, 18% higher than the previous year.
- It is our hope that making an LCS education more accessible to families will help us grow enrollment at LCS and, most importantly, graduate more young people who are equipped to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ.
Increase Annual Fund participation
- LCS is charged with raising more than $700,000 annually in order to meet operating expenses. Contributions to the Annual Fund help to close the gap between what we charge for tuition and what it costs to educate a student. No family at LCS pays more than 85% of what it costs to educate a student.
- Contributions to the Annual Fund help us to advance the mission of the school while keeping tuition costs down for all students, making a quality Christian education accessible to more families in the greater Lansing area.
- The 2016-17 Annual Fund Campaign includes:
- Annual Fund 5K Run/Fall Fest
- End of Year Gift
- Black and Gold Celebration
Recruiting, Growing, and Retaining High Quality Teachers and Administrators
As we seek to build new programs and grow enrollment, recruiting and retaining the very best Christian teachers will continue to be a priority. Recruiting outstanding teachers that bring expertise and vibrant faith will be of utmost importance in our efforts to develop new programs and initiatives.