Advancing the 2015-20 Strategic Plan
by Wendy Hofman
In May of 2015 the Board of Trustees approved a five year strategic plan for Lansing Christian School. During the 2016-17 school year we were able to make progress on strategic goals in each of the areas of priority, all for the purpose of advancing our vision to equip young men and women to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ.
Advancing the LCS Vision
Planning for the financial sustainability of our school is a strategic priority 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.
With the introduction of Variable Tuition in 2016, enrollment of new students at LCS is up 20%. 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.
The Annual Fund plays an important role in helping LCS continue to provide excellent academic, athletic, and creative arts programs for PreK-12 students, while also helping to keep tuition affordable for families.
In 2016-17, the Annual Fund goal of $765,000 was met, with a 12% increase in parent participation from the previous year.
Connection with Alumni
A monthly E-Newsletter was developed for the purpose of informing and staying connected with LCS alumni.
An Annual Report was developed to communicate how LCS alumni are living out the vision of Lansing Christian School and how annual financial contributions are utilized to equip LCS graduates to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ.
Student, parent, and church ambassador programs are being implemented for the purpose of welcoming and engaging new families at LCS.
LCS was named #1 Best Christian School in Michigan in 2016 by Niche. LCS was able to utilize this award as part of our marketing strategy this year.
An inbound marketing strategy was implemented with the objective of attracting mission-focused families to the LCS website. Social media, a word-of-mouth and web-based marketing strategies, and an increased presence of the LCS brand online have played an important role in accomplishing this task. The LCS website is a responsive and interactive website. www.lansingchristianschool.org
Excellence in Student Programs STEM
During the 2016-17 school year LCS implemented a comprehensive K-12 science curriculum review for the purpose of promoting science and engineering practices
New Programs implemented in 2016-17 include:
Middle and High School Career Day
7th/8th grade project-based STEM elective
Preschool STEM enrichment
K-12 STEAM Night
Middle School Science Olympiad team
STEM summer camps
In our efforts to develop a comprehensive, PreK-12 athletic program at LCS, a new Pilgrim Play program, with a focus on skill development, participation, and play was implemented.
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 partners with Lansing Christian coaches and varsity student athletes in soccer – volleyball – basketball – baseball/softball. 113 PreK-3rd grade students participated in at least one sport this year.
Student Athlete Faith Development
A new 3D Coaching program designed to develop faith and cultivate Christian community with Lansing Christian coaches was introduced for the purpose of mentoring LCS student athletes.
Recruit, Grow, Retain High Quality Teacher and Administrators
New LCS Teaching Statement
The new teaching statement was adopted for the purpose of defining how LCS teachers will teach in order to equip students to engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ.
Professional Learning Teams
PreK-12 cross-grade level Professional Learning Teams were developed as a way to put into practice ideas represented in the LCS teaching statement.