A child’s school has a profound impact on his future success. From the classroom to the ball field, every activity should be designed to foster healthy growth. When school teachers, coaches, and staff work together to cultivate this growth, a unique environment is created. At Lansing Christian School (LCS), we call this a “learning community.” It’s more than a school made up of facilities, teachers, and students. It’s an environment of collaboration and engagement that supports whole-child development and promotes positive outcomes year after year.
The Learning Community Explained
Simply put, a school is a place where parents send their students to receive an education. A learning community, on the other hand, is a place where students are engaged members of a larger family — a community of lifelong learners. This doesn’t happen naturally, but when such a culture is built, everyone flourishes. Consider the following characteristics of a learning community:
When a group of people share core values and beliefs, their learning is not limited, it is enhanced. The LCS learning community acknowledges the Bible as the source of all knowledge and truth. There is a common thread for the pursuit of wisdom which creates unity in the classroom and beyond. Shared Christian values make a real and positive difference in all students’ lives.
Recognizing that fellowship with God is the basis for fellowship with others, students develop lifelong friendships in an inclusive environment. Student-teacher relationships are also emphasized. Teachers know and care for their students and mentor them throughout the years. In fact, many students maintain these valuable relationships long after graduation.
Sense of Belonging
Most importantly, a community is a place where students feel that they belong. When a school partners with parents and keeps families involved in the educational process, students know the learning community is an extension of their home. This, coupled with a commitment to individualized attention, gives students the conviction and confidence they need to thrive.
Teachers in a learning community have the unique advantage of unwavering support from their colleagues. Whether it is collaboration around classroom activities, knowledge sharing, or emotional support, the benefits are felt by veterans and new educators alike. This reduces the risk of burnout and fosters a community of teachers who maintain a passion for what they do.
Nothing fosters a learning community like hands-on activities. When relevant projects are an important part of the curriculum, teamwork skills are developed and inspiration is sparked. Through a variety of project-based learning opportunities and cross-grade level learning experiences, students develop creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking skills alongside their peers.
Experience The Learning Community at LCS
Lansing Christian School invites you to see firsthand what makes our learning community unique. Whether you have an incoming preschooler or a high school student, the benefits of a learning community can make a lifelong impact on your child. Schedule a tour now.