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Our Mission is Clear
This past year, we embarked upon The King’s Academy’s first-ever strategic plan. As a part of this process, we commissioned a committee to rewrite the mission statement for the school. The original mission statement was an entire paragraph that was not easily recited or remembered. The team was instructed to come up with a shorter version that embodied all of the values of the original statement. It was critical that the school kept its identity during the whole process, and therefore, the team members selected were very important. The committee was made up of several long-term employees as well as founding members of the school. The resulting statement, The King's Academy is a Christ-centered school that inspires academic excellence, servant leadership, and enduring relationships, is the new mission statement of The King’s Academy.
In the past two years, we have seen the school increase our Advanced Placement (AP) offerings from 12 to 16 courses. We also began our one-to-one technology initiative this year, with full implementation expected in 2019-20. Lastly, we have placed an emphasis on adding more STEM classes. However, academics are just one important part of the mission. The last two parts of the mission statement, dealing with servant leadership and enduring relationships, are just as integral to the school, and those components are what I want to focus on in this post.
In the beginning, The King’s Academy was founded by a group of individuals from Young Life Ministries, and at their core, they believed that building relationships and spiritual development were central to the mission of the school. Over the past year, the administration has taken several steps to ensure that we never stray from the founders’ original vision for The King’s Academy. This past year, we hired a campus pastor, Rob Starke, to replace the position of Spiritual Life Director. This new position has the responsibility for overseeing the spiritual climate of the entire campus. Rob has renewed our focus on God’s word, making it central to all we do, including our chapel services.
The King’s Academy continues to emphasize our retreats and service trips. During our recent service week, our high school students were sharing the gospel on mission trips, locally and abroad. Students on our signature trip to Tecate, Mexico, built 16 homes, and other students served on the new overseas trips to Belize and Japan. These service trips and the retreats in the fall are so important to both the spiritual development and the relationship-building that the TKA founders believed necessary.
Our commitment to keep our students focused on Christ is just as strong today as it was in the beginning of The King’s Academy. We believe that you can have both strong academics and spiritual development. They are not mutually exclusive, nor should they be. As The King's Academy moves forward, we ask that you continue to pray for our faculty and staff as we seek to follow the mission statement’s three prongs of academic excellence, servant leadership, and enduring relationships.
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