School Improvement Plan
Covenant Christian Academy
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” Psalm 90:17
Covenant Christian Academy is first and foremost a ministry of the Body of Christ. All of our plans and goals are submitted to his Lordship. We humbly ask for his blessing in our endeavors. This five-year strategic plan will guide our decision making process as we continue to examine our school’s strengths and needs, and as we seek wisdom from the Lord moving into his plan for our future together. The plan will be revised each year, using data collected from a variety of sources with input from all stakeholders. The plan will undergo major review and revision in 2020.
Strategic Goal #1: Receive full accreditation from Christian and secular accrediting institutions and partner with like-minded organizations.
- Receive and maintain NAUMS certification.
- Apply for, receive and maintain AdvancED accreditation.
- Join ACSI and participate in one or more regional activities each year.
Strategic Goal #2: Build community between teachers, students, parents and administrators
- Provide two opportunities each year for all members of the community to serve in outreach together.
- Offer at least one spiritual growth opportunity and one social event each year for students, staff and parents.
- Increase and maintain student participation in extracurricular activities to 80% of student body participating in at least one CCA sport or activity.
- Launch and grow teams staffed by trained parent and staff volunteers to provide practical support for the schoolwide community (for example: Parent Teacher Fellowship, Family Ministry Team).
Strategic Goal #3: Integrate character development, family ministry, spiritual formation and discipline
- Regularly invite students to commit and/or recommit their lives to Christ during chapel and at other appropriate times.
- Focus on heart issues in discipline policies and procedures at school.
- Equip parents to evangelize and disciple their own children at all ages.
- Provide devotions and worship that focus on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and grace-based character development.
Strategic Goal #4: Grow enrollment to 200 students by 2020
- Add one grade level each year, with the first class of seniors graduating in 2019.
- Design all marketing materials to attract like-minded families and reflect school distinctives. Use parents’ words, students’ words, and data whenever possible.
- Equip parents to become active school promoters by offering specific tactics and encouragement/incentives.
- Add 30 new students each year and retain 80% of students each year.
Strategic Goal #5: Ensure the use of instructional best practices to support academic performance
- Hire and retain qualified teachers and provide mentoring and training for the implementation of best practices in every classroom.
- By 2020, 100% of core teachers will meet minimum requirements of a bachelor’s degree plus teaching experience OR a degree in their content area.
- Retain 80% of teachers each year.
- Target one or two best practices each school year (2015-2016: student engagement, 2016-2017: digital learning/technology integration and data-driven instruction)
- Utilize instructional strategies and materials to support multi-sensory, interactive learning with an appropriate balance between memorization and higher-order thinking in every classroom.
- Offer an advanced track option for every core class in high school by 2020. By graduation, 80% of all high schoolers will have taken at least one advanced class option (honors, AP or math advancement) and of those students taking advanced options, 20% in each grade level will take two or more advanced class options (2016-2017: math advancement, science honors, English honors, history honors).
- Improve K-8 math scores (70% at or above NPR by 2016, 75% by 2017, 80% by 2018, 85% by 2019, maintain 85% for 2020).
- Improve high school expository writing skills
- Gradually increase percentage of students in grades 9 & 10 scoring 3 or above in all 3 domains to 85% (75% in May 2016, 80% in May 2017, 85% in May 2018, 85% in May 2019) and 85% of students in grades 11-12 scoring 4 in all three domains on the Virginia Department of Education high school writing rubric in May of each year.
- Integrate IEW writing curriculum 6th-12th to ensure year-on-year continuity, reinforcement, and vertical alignment. Train secondary English teachers on inter-rater reliability using the VDOE high school writing rubric and share rubric with high school students and parents.
- Offer as wide a variety of high-quality high school electives as our model can support.
- Train new teachers on implementation of the University-Model. Train returning teachers to collect and use data to drive instructional decisions, and encourage goal-setting based on data and/or evaluator feedback.
- For the classes of 2019 and 2020, 80% of graduates will be accepted at one of their top three colleges of choice.
Strategic Goal #6: Provide facilities to support a full range of school activities
- Raise funds to build or lease an expanded, updated facility with adequate classroom, administrative and meeting spaces.
- Provide outdoor space including sports fields, playgrounds and blacktop by 2020.
- Increase teacher access to instructional technology including online learning platforms and classroom projection.
- Provide an up-to-date mobile tech lab for student and teacher use.
Strategic Goal #7: Ensure the school reflects the diversity of the Body of Christ
- Recruit like-minded families and staff from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
- Recruit like-minded families from a variety of economic backgrounds.
- Accommodate as wide a range of academic abilities as our model can support.
- Differentiate instruction, primarily focusing on the needs of average and above-average learners, and providing some limited standard accommodations for special needs, primarily in the satellite classroom.
- Add targeted learning supports on campus for reading in grades K-3 and math in grades 6-8 by 2020.