Academic Excellence

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.

GOAL 2:  Optimize the classroom environment for learning, with a focus on technology.

Why This Is Important: All teachers and students should have access to the technology necessary for students to be digitally literate and media savvy. The school will have adequate personnel resources to support and educate teachers in education technology and to maintain the hardware and software for a 1:1 school. The classroom configurations and furnishings will be 21st century learning spaces.

GOAL 3:  Ensure that all students will consistently be held to high expectations.   

Why This Is Important:  Teachers will implement best practices in establishing high expectations for all students in their learning environments.  Professional development will be focused on this objective. Beginning in high school, students will have access to general, honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) level courses in core subjects.

GOAL 4:  Offer a curriculum that reflects high learning standards.

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 5:  Demonstrate TKA’s achievement of academic excellence with a variety of external measures.

Why This Is Important: TKA will make changes to school programs in order to increase chances for students to become National Merit Scholars and be recognized as Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars. Additionally, TKA will strive to achieve recognition as an excellent school through validation by an external agency.
Relational Ministry

GOAL 1:  Train all staff in relational ministry skills and practices.

Why This Is Important: It is imperative that TKA continue to hire staff who view ministry as their highest calling. Additionally, it is essential that the administration support such staff by allowing them adequate time and resources to be able to provide quality relational ministry. TKA will also strive to maintain manageable student-to-teacher ratios within classes in order to provide a more personal learning experience, thereby leading to more interactions between any one student and his/her teachers.

GOAL 2:  Identify, hire, and train new staff who understand, value, and demonstrate relational ministry.

Why This Is Important:  At TKA, relational ministry is critical to the school mission in two specific, intentional ways. The first is to bring those students who already know Jesus Christ as Savior into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Him. The second purpose is to help those students who do not know Jesus to encounter Christ for the first time.

Intentional and honest relational ministry builds accountability and trust as students see Christ-like qualities modeled by teachers and staff. Within the classroom, relational ministry by teachers reinforces TKA’s mission of providing academic excellence. Receiving positive encouragement and sacrificial love from teachers and staff builds student leaders who will then relate to their peers in a similar manner, thereby building impactful student-to-student ministry. This spreads outward, ultimately affecting those who go into student government and leadership positions, as well as those who choose to cultivate more “behind the scenes” supportive peer-to-peer relationships while at TKA. After graduating and entering college and/or the workplace, these students then go out into the world, modeling Christ’s love to others. When relational ministry is done well, it results in a community of staff and students who are interconnected as the living body of Christ.

Learning Differences

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.

Broad Demographics

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.