GOAL 1: Recruit, hire, develop, and retain excellent teachers and school leaders.
Why This Is Important: TKA will recruit and hire teachers who are highly qualified to teach the classes they are assigned at TKA. Additionally, the school will provide the professional support and leadership necessary for teachers to continuously improve in their craft. Teachers will be encouraged to demonstrate innovation in their approaches to teaching and learning. TKA will promote effective collaboration within and across academic departments, strengthening the overall academic program and student/teacher experience. Personnel will be available to mentor and coach new teachers as well as veteran teachers who may need coaching.
Why This Is Important: All courses will be aligned to state or national learning standards. Curriculum will be vertically aligned. Teachers will collaborate within departments to ensure vertical alignment of curricula is planned, implemented, and continuously reviewed and updated.
GOAL 1: Clarify what support services for learning differences will be offered.
Why This Is Important: The acceptance of students with learning differences aligns with the value of having a diverse student population and the desire to see each student reach his/her full potential. Students with learning differences can contribute greatly to the entire student body, giving students opportunities to learn empathy, inclusion, and diversity. TKA is a college-prep school, and we expect our students to be successful and reach their highest potential in a mainstream environment with limited or no support services. Current practice ideally limits students with learning differences in each grade. Additional quantities of students with learning differences would significantly impact the quality of education that TKA can provide to mainstream students, given resources and staffing available.
GOAL 2: Improve professional development and training for teachers.
Why This is Important: To better serve students with learning differences, teachers need to be taught specific strategies to support these students.
GOAL 1: Ensure a broad socio-economic mix within our student population.
Why This Is Important: A broad social and economic mix of families in TKA’s school community aligns with the mission, vision, and core values of The King’s Academy. A quality Christian education is not a commodity reserved for one particular stratum of society. Rather, it should be available to all interested and qualified students regardless of socio-economic status. Christ commanded His followers to go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to all nations (Matthew 28:20). Ministering to a broad social and economic mix of students enables TKA to abide by Christ’s command. A more exclusive school community would deprive students of the opportunity to learn from, and directly influence, peers from varying backgrounds and life experiences.