Striving for Excellence

At Heritage Christian School we are actively working to become a school of excellence. I realize the word “excellence” comes across as rather subjective … any strong organization desires to be excellent. Before spelling things out as to what excellence means to us as a school, I would like to set a scriptural foundation. In I Corinthians 9:25-27, Paul compares the journey of life with one who is preparing for a significant athletic event. “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” Paul makes it very clear that we are to be very intentional in how we live our lives. If we don’t have a goal, if we don’t have a clear direction, if we simply drift along … we will never become what God desires for us.

In Colossians 3:23,24 Paul shares, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” What a reminder here … Christ is the one we are ultimately serving! It is His bar that we strive to measure up to. Heritage Christian School is His school, and He lovingly demands our best efforts in everything we do. Let me share a few specific thoughts on what I believe excellence might look like at Heritage:
  • We must be in the business of hiring the very best teachers we can. They are the ones who raise the bar academically, and they are the ones who become mentors and leave a lasting impact on our students.

  • We must hold our students accountable and teach them that respect for one another is expected from everyone in our school family. We want our students to recognize that attending Heritage Christian School is indeed a privilege.

  • As a board and administration, we need to not only deal with the day-to-day issues, but we must be forward in our thinking and proactive in setting vision and direction.

  • Particularly as a small school, we need our parents to step up and help out in a variety of different ways that they are able—not as an obligation of what they have to do, but because they buy into the vision of the school and our goals.

  • We must prepare our students for the next phase in their lives. They need to be challenged to think; they need to have a solid education so that they are prepared for university; they need to be well grounded in their faith; and they must be trained as leaders to make a difference in our world.

  • Finally, and most importantly, our students need to see Christ modeled by our staff and faculty. Loving on them and taking the time to let them know they are important will send a message that they are unique and loved by God. And, being a child of God, they need to see the part they are to play in His world by serving and ministering to others.
Serving Him,
Dave Entwistle

Mission To serve as an extension of the Christian home, encouraging godly character in a biblical, academically challenging environment.

Vision To equip our students academically, spiritually, and socially for life.

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