Author: Brian Smith
This week’s blog is part 2 of a 3 part series on the future of GCA. There are a few things we are seeking God’s help for in building the GCA of the future:
“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Pr. 16:9
Last week, we introduced the upgrades we are anticipating at GCA. Like a pregnancy awaiting delivery, we are anticipating both joy and labor in the following areas:
- A more robust, gospel-centered student experience
- A location sufficient to accommodate our growth
This week we’ll look more closely at the first key “upgrade.”
Robust Educational Experience
In the brief 6 years we have existed, our students have enjoyed a challenging academic experience. As they have proceeded to other schools or universities, they have excelled in their ability to learn, think, and represent the Lord. We will strive to continue the legacy of our “love of learning” atmosphere, but want to add other features that enrich our students’ experience.
First, we will be seeking to introduce technology in age-appropriate ways into our curriculum. This year, we have taken baby steps towards starting a mobile computer lab, and we offer several technology-based classes. One of these courses provides college credit to our high school students. Our plan is to “beta-test” these classes to determine if we could provide additional distance learning options for the future.
For the K-8 students, we are considering how to introduce computers or tablets in a supplementary role in the classroom, as well as online components at home. Research has shown that pen and pencil is still most effective for younger students, but that technology can be used to reinforce and expand their learning.
In addition to academic richness, we would like to expand our student life at the school. Academics are the raison d’etre of any true education, but non-academic activities and events provide the “spice”, and encourage the community in which learning grows. Activities also provide a context in which we can live out the gospel.
Lastly, a Christian education should not only teach a student how to think about academic subjects, but also about life in, and after, college. We are in the brainstorming stages of developing programs for our high school students to discover how God has “wired” them, and to encourage them to pursue leadership, entrepreneurialism, STEM, and the arts.
All of these programs need funds to support the qualified people necessary to run them. Our 30-30-20 plan is the framework by which we seek to support these improvements and advance the initiatives of our school!