Excel Christian School

The Basic Building Blocks

Excel Christian School – The Basic Building Blocks

Philosophy: “We develop a loving, nurturing environment that through relationships, we minister to the whole person: spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially.”

Vision: “To raise up passionate, Christ-centered leaders who are fully equipped to impact their homes, their communities and the world.”

Mission: “Motivating students to find joy in the pursuit of spiritual, moral, relational, and academic excellence.”

Core Values: 

Spiritual Excellence – 

Students are encouraged to know God as a person, not just a doctrine.

Staff motivates students to find joy in the pursuit of knowing God as they model their own joyful relationship with Him.

  • Bible curriculum is chosen for its emphasis on knowing God.
  • Students are taught that God desires us to experience an abundant life of joy in union with Him who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
  • The goal of the chapel program is to draw students to an experiential encounter with God’s Spirit through worship and the Word.
  • Denominational distinctives are not taught. Excel integrates both charismatic and non-charismatic beliefs.
  • No one church has any more influence over Excel than another.
  • Part of Excel’s mission is to reach non-Christian students and families with the gospel of Christ, with the belief that it’s the love of God that draws people to repentance.
  • Reliable, understandable translations of the Bible are used.

 

Moral Excellence –

Students are to follow behavioral rules as they make the transition into manifesting the fruits of the Spirit from within.

Staff motivates students to find joy in developing a life of righteousness, as they themselves model a life of joyful righteousness.

  • Students are encouraged to hold themselves accountable in their relationship with God by taking responsibility for their own actions.
  • The condition of the heart is emphasized over behavior. Why a student does what he does is more important than what he does.
  • School leadership seeks to differentiate between biblical absolutes and cultural preferences in setting moral standards.
  • The dress code is based primarily on biblical guidelines of modesty and deference.
  • The study of social studies, history, and literature emphasizes how God’s moral law, or the lack thereof, influences our world.
  • The development of student leadership is encouraged so that students are held responsible for making moral decisions for their school.

 

Relational Excellence –

Students learn to relate to teachers, other students, and staff members with love and respect.

Staff motivates students to find joy in relating to one another in a godly way by demonstrating true Christ-like character in all their interactions, treating students and each other with the highest degree of respect.

  • Students are taught in an atmosphere of love and joy.
  • Conflicts are mediated in such a way that students learn the meaning of compassion and forgiveness.
  • The Excel “Principles of discipline” are followed by all staff:

Successful discipline:

1. is done in love, with patience and gentleness, yet with firmness.

2. deals with the why of the problem and what the proper behavior should be.

3. affirms the student’s worth in God’s eyes and does not demean the student.

4. is reasonable, not retaliatory, and is not done in anger or in haste.

5. is consistent, not erratic, and does not play favorites.

6. trains the student in accepting responsibility and making wise decisions.

7. is characterized by the student learning to act from a godly heart.

  • All students have the right to learn without disruption in a physically and emotionally safe environment.
  • Extracurricular activities of sports, music, dances, talent shows, etc., are promoted as being important for learning relational skills. To that end, Excel desires to be a large, full-service K-12 school.
  • Excel has a contemporary and culturally relevant environment, without compromising biblical absolutes, so that modern students feel their culture is valued.

 

Academic Excellence –

Students are given the opportunity to excel academically to the best of their ability, whether they are intellectually gifted or whether they are striving to overcome learning disabilities.

Staff motivates students to find joy in learning as they themselves model the joy of discovery.

  • The curriculum promotes critical thinking, wisdom, logic, and learning how to learn.
  • Current events and contemporary issues are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
  • Intensive phonics is the basis of all reading and spelling programs.
  • Cultural literacy is integrated throughout the grades.
  • Instructional methods include all modalities of learning:  visual, auditory, tactile/kinesthetic, group interaction, etc.
  • Hands-on learning takes preference over workbooks.
  • Unit studies take preference over straight textbook teaching.
  • Each aspect of the curriculum is carefully chosen by the teachers under the supervision of the administrator—the philosophy being that those doing the teaching should have the greatest say as to what works for them.
  • Curriculum choices are based on experience, research in proven teaching methods, and Excel Core Values.
  • The amount of homework assigned takes into account the importance of family time, church commitments, and extracurricular activities.
  • Students who try but fail will be given the opportunity to try again because our goal is that students will learn the material.

 

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Excel Christian School
850 Baring Boulevard
Sparks, Nevada 89434
Phone: 775-356-9995
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