K-12 Education Spotlight – January 2020
Check out the profiles on the following schools:
Agassiz Christian School is so much more than books and paper (although we do love our new and expanded library). When you walk down our hallways, you will see backpacks and desks, papers and pens – but you will experience a family feel and a community that seeks to learn and grow together. Our classroom doors invite you to small classes, where students receive individual attention, meeting their unique needs. Our outside doorways open up to an experiential playground and gardens filled with indigenous plants – places students have the opportunity to explore and get their hands dirty with learning.
At Agassiz Christian School, our students:
DISCOVER all the amazing aspects of God’s creation.
GROW in knowledge, in abilities, in relationships, in stature, and ultimately in their wonder of God.
THRIVE as they learn to serve their Creator.
Come for a visit and experience for yourself what makes Agassiz Christian School special.
Community | Compassion | Christ
“It’s the warm family feel here that we like!”
Such is the common response during interviews when parents answer the question, Why do you want to send your child to BCCA?
One of the three distinctives of B.C. Christian Academy is its Community. Educating a child well requires solid, loving and supportive community. Our teachers know that training a child in the ways of the Lord means seeing that child through the eyes of his Maker and nurturing growth with every opportunity, whether in the classroom investigating animal habitats or the basketball court learning to shoot from the 3-point line. We encourage our families to take an active part in the life of our school and to partner with us in the educating of each child by getting involved, both at school and in the home.
Compassion is another of the traits we intentionally work to demonstrate in all our dealings with students and their families. While we make it a part of our regular routine to be supporting local and international ministries, when one part of our own community needs help, we dive in. Sometimes that looks like preparing meals for a single mom who is dealing with cancer and doesn’t have the strength to cook. Sometimes it means a hand up with tuition assistance when a parent is out of work. Compassion at BCCA often takes the form of prayer. The Apostle Paul prayed big prayers. He believed great things of God. ”…that He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit…” (Eph. 3:16)
So what compels us to express our compassion and to build our community at BCCA but the lavish love of Christ. It is for Him that we offer a distinctly Christ-centered education and commit ourselves to our mission of equipping students to impact the world for Jesus. From weekly chapels and daily devotions and prayer, to intentional integration of the scriptures across all our subjects, Christ is the centre of our school.
We invite you to a C-Our-Story Tour or one of our Pancake Breakfast Open Houses (January 18 and February 1) to come and experience the genuine family feel of BCCA, where every child finds a home away from home.
Come and discover the warm and nurturing community of BC Christian Academy! Join us for a “C” Our Story Tour! RSVP at www.bcchristianacademy.ca.
Delta Christian School is situated in the heart of Ladner. With a rich sixty-five year history, DCS is thriving as a vibrant learning community. Our teachers and support staff walk alongside students, encouraging a partnership between home and school. Students graduate from DCS with a strong academic foundation, but more importantly, an identity as image-bearers of Christ.
Our students are equipped with the skills to ask the questions today that will transform the world tomorrow through a Christ-centred perspective. Students are prepared to serve their community and develop a global perspective through service-leadership opportunities.
Prospective families are invited to visit the school to see all the great things taking place. The school community is made up of families from Delta and surrounding communities. Transportation services are available to Richmond, Ladner, and North Delta.
DCS graduates have priority placement into Richmond Christian School for grade 8. Admissions applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now being accepted.
Every Student Thrives
Every parent wants their child to thrive in high school, and so do we! High School is a big transition. You want to find the right fit that nurtures the needs of your child and launches them into an exciting future.
At Maple Ridge Christian School, we work with parents like you to provide education for the whole student—heart, soul, mind and strength. This holistic approach means that your child will graduate with more skills than just head knowledge. Our goal is that they will be problem solvers and critical thinkers. They will know how to work in teams and relate to people of all ages. Here are some quick facts about our high school:
Your child is known. Our small size means your child receives individual attention and support to reach their goals. Over 95% of our alumni successfully enter the post-secondary school of their choice.
Course selection: We can offer your child an array of innovative programs (including trades and work opportunities) that are tailored to your child’s needs and interests. We offer over 80 courses and our graduates are required to have a minimum of 90 credits.
Cross-grade experiences: The High School Camp in September is an overnight experience that builds community and jump starts the school year. Squads on select Friday mornings host activities that include pumpkin carving, Christmas decorating contests and the occasional story time (Timbits included). Christian mentoring: At the heart of it all, our high school program is committed to teaching from a Biblical worldview and providing an innovative Christian education. We believe in your children and in what God is doing in their lives. For more information about our mission-minded community and our open house on Thursday, January 23 from 4 – 7 pm.
Please visit mrcs.ca.
MEI Schools prepare young people to live a life of excellence through service to God’s kingdom and society as faithful disciples of Christ. Our mission informs our approach to development of the whole person – socially, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Our unique academic structure integrates the BC curriculum with a Christian perspective. This equips students with practical skills and knowledge, as well as essential character traits and values for a well-rounded foundation in preparation for post-high school life.
The Ministry of Education has emphasized the importance of K-12 Career Education in the recent changes to curriculum. In response, MEI Secondary has created a Careers Department. The purpose of this department is to provide our students with experiential learning opportunities that will help them bridge the gap between their secondary and post-secondary experiences. In the Career Education courses offered at MEI Schools, students will explore how their past experiences shape their current stories, as well as their future success and failures in life. Through the initiatives of the Careers Department, the diverse student body at MEI Secondary will be connected with work placements or volunteer experiences, enabling students to make connections with the greater community and set them on a possible future career path. In addition to experiential learning, students will explore the importance of mentorship. Through this program, students will be connected with a mentor who can encourage their strengths and support their areas of growth.
Also, Students in the new agriculture program will be educated in sustainable agriculture practices, and will connect with alumni who are now leaders in the industry, while growing produce for the good of the community.
MEI’s chapel ministry is an intentional approach to the growth of the next generation of worship leaders, and to cultivating a worship culture in the greater student body.
MEI’s caring and qualified professionals are committed to creating a nurturing and supportive environment that is conducive to student learning and growth. Service learning is an integral component of the MEI experience and is fostered through a variety of outreach initiatives in which students are mentored to humbly and effectively serve others. Sports, drama, fine arts, and other extracurricular activities round out the MEI offering; students discover who they are while making lifelong friendships in a diverse community.
We invite you to explore all that the MEI experience has to offer students in preparation for a life of impact and influence.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Pacific Academy seeks to create an inspiring community of Christ-centred learners, equipped to lead and serve. Providing a top-rate education for children of all ages is at the core of everything we do. But to truly deliver the finest academic experience, we believe it’s essential to also interweave a spiritual component into students’ daily lives.
We are unabashedly Christian to the core and emphasize the life-changing importance of a relationship with Jesus Christ in all that we do. We believe in living out that commitment by integrating an exciting outreach program into our curriculum.
Outreach runs deep at Pacific Academy, nearly 90 percent of new families cite PA’s outreach efforts as the reason for wanting their child/children to attend and over 80 percent of graduating students report their outreach experience as dramatically impacting their lives.
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by Darryl de Boer, Director of Learning,
Surrey Christian School’s vision statement is bold – Fully Alive in God’s Story! One of the attractive aspects of this statement is that it speaks of the present, the right now, and not about our students’ future, after graduation.
To be fully alive in God’s unfolding story is the explicit vision for our students as they study grade 2 science, grade 7 socials, and grade 11 PHE. This means that every subject area at every grade level, from September in kindergarten through June of grade 12, is kingdom building work!
Our students have very important work to do when they enter Surrey Christian School – right here, right now! So, how can teachers ensure that our curriculum requirements and daily learning experiences are rooted in this grand narrative of God’s story? It’s not a simple task; however, it is not only an imperative responsibility, it is also their deep hope. One way that we are rooting out curriculum and leaning into the story is through the practice we call ‘Storyline.’ The fundamental purpose of a class storyline is to connect the learning, and learners, to God’s story. Teachers choose age-appropriate language to connect the learning with God’s invitation to join Him in ‘making all things new again.’
As you walk our hallways, you will encounter storylines like ‘Instruments of Change’, ‘Flourish’, ‘Risk your status quo’, ‘Listen for Unheard Stories’ and ‘Nourish to Flourish’. The language of a storyline bridges the classroom learning with our calling to be agents of restoration in building God’s Kingdom. Once a class has settled on their storyline, the exciting and challenging part of the ongoing learning begins as students discover how their storyline fits into God’s story.
Visuals and artifacts are posted in the learning spaces to capture and represent the learning journey. The visual documents show evidence of learning targets while providing students and teachers with opportunities to further reflect on their journey of learning. These also act as a constant reminder of why we are studying science, socials, and PHE at Surrey Christian School in the first place – to become Fully Alive in God’s Story.