What is our Measure of Success?
by Wendy Hofman, Head of School
If we want to truly understand the quality and value of a Lansing Christian education, the first question we need to ask ourselves is, what kinds of skills and dispositions do we want to equip LCS students with if we are preparing our graduates to engage the world and transform it for Jesus Christ?
In the world of business, in non-profit work, and in education, leaders are expected to understand how their organizations measure success. As a Christian school with a vision of equipping young men and women to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ, we too need to understand our measure of success with students now and post-graduation.
LCS has a comprehensive curriculum that meets State of Michigan graduation requirements and includes nine different AP course offerings. Our test scores out-pace Michigan public schools, and nearly 100% of LCS students attend colleges and universities all over the country. Is this a measure of success? While this kind of academic credibility in our community is important and certainly a measure of success, as a Christian school with a viable mission we are called to so much more.
Student learning at LCS is moving away from a focus on just mastery of content to focus also on learning experiences that give students an opportunity to develop important skills across the curriculum and engage in authentic learning and real work that forms self and shapes the world.
Over the last year, the LCS Leadership Council, comprised of lead teachers and administrators representing each level of the school, worked to develop school-wide learner goals.
These goals cross all grade levels and areas of curriculum, and they reflect the kinds of skills and dispositions we believe students need to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ.
School-wide learner goals are transforming the student learning experience and contributing to the spiritual formation of our students. You will read about learning that encourages our students to look inward, acknowledging who they are as image bearers of God, endowed with unique gifts and abilities. We encourage our students to look outside themselves, exploring the world that God created in new and relevant ways, and engaging in learning experiences that promote service to others and to the world.
Click here to see the LCS School-Wide Learning Goals that will help shape the kind of learning experiences LCS will continue to advance for the purpose of forming young people that love God, love others, and engage the world for Jesus Christ. This will be a measure of success in the years to come.