HEAD of SCHOOL - Christian Schools International by linxiaoqin


									         The Mission:

 To assist the Christian family by
 providing an education marked
by a biblical worldview, academic
  excellence and affordability so
that students are equipped to be
   salt and light for God’s glory.

                                     OPPORTUNITY PROFILE
                                        for the position of


                                             Christian Schools International
      Covenant Day School
       800 Fullwood Lane
                                                        Contact: Larry Kooi
 Matthews, North Carolina 28105
                                                            CSI Consultant
                                                          t: 410.562.7801
                                                                           Covenant Day School Head of School

The School:
Established in 1989, Covenant Day School opened in the facilities of Christ Covenant Church, a young
congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The committee prayed for 75 students to enroll that
first year, yet the Lord brought 149 students to start in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The school expanded
with a vision to include a high school, which was begun in 2003. CDS celebrated its first graduation in May,
2006. In just 22 years, CDS has created a caring environment with strong academic standards, maintaining an
ethos that has helped foster spiritual and social development of the students and faculty. The school offers a
broad spectrum of curriculum throughout the lower, middle and high school grades.

Today, Covenant Day has remained true to its original biblical commitment to educate the whole person
(spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical) in the whole counsel of God as revealed in both nature and
the sacred scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. CDS graduates are active citizens. Our students are well
prepared for college and university studies and are accepted and matriculate to schools both nationally and

Covenant Day School is accredited
by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools (SACS), Christian
Schools International (CSI) and the
National Council for Private School
Accreditation (NCPSA). CDS is a
member of the International Society
for Technology in Education (ISTE)
and the North Carolina Association of
Independent Schools (NCAIS).

      Covenant Day School is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of parents, officers of the
      church and members of sister churches with involvement in the school. The Head of School
      reports directly to the Board of Trustees. This Board is given spiritual oversight by the Session of
      Elders of Christ Covenant Church. The senior pastor of the church is a voting member of the Board
      of Trustees. This governance helps avoid “mission drift”, provides resources for the school and
      maintains the strong collaborative and positive relationship that exists between Christ Covenant
      Church and Covenant Day School. Covenant Day School enjoys the support of Christ Covenant
      Church in a variety of ways and this positive relationship between the two entities is considered a
      unique strength of CDS.

                                                         Academic Excellence. Biblical Worldview. Unsurpassed.
                                                                            Covenant Day School Head of School

  Strengths of the School:                       Academics:
                                                 Covenant Day School’s high academic standards, innovative
  Full scope of academics with                   teachers and challenging curriculum give students the
  competitive and award-winning                  opportunity to maximize their abilities. The secure and
  athletics and arts                             nurturing environment, complemented by small class size,
                                                 encourages students to become leaders. In the high school,
  Supportive, nurturing community, warm          students follow a challenging college-preparatory program
  student-teacher relationships                  with numerous opportunities for individual and group work.
  Excellent quality of teaching with             In addition to the college preparatory courses, CDS offers
  dedicated, talented, outgoing faculty          35 Advanced Placement and Honors courses. All students
                                                 enrolled in AP courses sit for their respective AP exams. Last
  Beautiful community of Matthews with           year, 76% scored a 3 or higher. Students in the middle school
  close proximity to Charlotte, NC               cultivate and examine a variety of interests while preparing
                                                 for the demanding curriculum in the high school.
  Strong college placement with
  individualized college counseling              Students enjoy special programs, from Doulos Day to
                                                 Grandparent’s Day, unique events like our annual celebration
  State of the art technology to support         of Community Heroes and enriching opportunities such
  teaching and learning                          as sponsored trips to France and Spain to missions trips to
                                                 Costa Rica and Haiti. Competitions include National Level
  Service and outreach to the local and          exams in Latin, French, and Spanish in addition to our own
  international community                        Justice and Mercy Oratory debate. CDS students have been
                                                 recognized for their achievement at the state and national
  Highly respected within the Charlotte          levels. Over the past five years, CDS has had one Morehead-
  academic community                             Cain Scholar, nine National Merit Finalists and 24 National
                                                 Merit Commended students.
  Strong financial foundation

  Committed support from Christ
  Covenant Church

  Exceptionally high retention of faculty
  and staff

  Very high rate of retention of students
  (94% for 2010 academic year)
  Generous endowments                           Covenant Day School provides access to sophisticated
                                                technology through two computer labs and through our
  Active involvement of committed               innovative tablet laptop program. In lower school, computer
  parents to all areas of both activities       instruction focuses on teaching basic familiarity with
  and classroom needs                           computers and essential keyboarding skills. In middle school,
                                                instruction builds upon the skills gained in the lower school
and applies computer technology to real world situations. In high school, all students participate in our tablet
laptop program. The tablets are seamlessly integrated into our core curriculum. The campus-wide wireless
network enables students to turn in projects and papers directly to the faculty members.

                                                         Academic Excellence. Biblical Worldview. Unsurpassed.
                                                                           Covenant Day School Head of School

Covenant Day athletes have a tremendous opportunity to develop and exercise
Christ-centered behavior. The athletic program seeks to develop spiritual growth
while also training the physical body in a competitive environment.

CDS fields 40 teams and has captured numerous titles and accolades. We compete
as a 3A school in the North Carolina Independent State Athletic Association
(NCISAA). CDS won three consecutive Wachovia Cup Championships within the
school’s first five years of competing at the varsity level. Covenant Day has claimed
13 state championship titles and more than 20 conference championship titles
since 2004.

Teams include Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming,
Cheerleading, Baseball, Golf, Softball, and Track and Field. Warner Park, a 27 acre
development project, is nearly completed, and offers four new fields (baseball,
softball and soccer). A quarter mile competition grade track will be added to surround our primary game field. Six
lighted tennis courts and a newly added tennis pavilion complement our sports facilities. Plans for a larger weight
room have been unfolded and approved as our next improvement for student-athletes.

                                                         The Arts:
                                                         An excellent, well-rounded and comprehensive education
                                                         includes training children to worship and honor God
                                                         through the fine arts. At Covenant Day, we offer a broad
                                                         range of classes and extra-curricular activities throughout
                                                         the grades to achieve this goal, including lessons in violin,
                                                         piano, guitar, and voice, as well as a praise dance troupe.

                                                          Lower school students take general music, choir and
                                                          band. Visual arts are also a part of the curriculum,
                                                          including painting, sculpting, drawing, and textile arts.
Enrichment classes in fourth and fifth grades include sewing, cooking, drama, and photography. Fine arts offerings
continue through middle and high schools, with such choices as speech and drama, band, choir, theater, studio
art, culinary arts, graphic design and interior design. Theater students stage productions each year, and band and
art students participate in local and juried competitions.

Community Service is a key emphasis within our school. This manifests itself differently at the various stages
of a student’s life. Serving the community has included, but is not limited to, praying for the needs of others,
fundraising for charities and those less fortunate, gathering material donations for local help centers, investing
time for tutoring, serving others within our community and visiting other cultures to see God at work around the
world. Students are encouraged to demonstrate lives of service as to be salt and light for God’s glory. High school
students are required to commit 25 hours annually to service projects of their choice. Many students far exceed
this requirement. We encourage both a local community and an international focus. El-Shaddai ministries in
Haiti has been a consistent annual outreach since 2009. Faculty and students have traveled throughout Haiti,
bringing supplies and serving over 1,000 orphans.

                                                         Academic Excellence. Biblical Worldview. Unsurpassed.
                                                                             Covenant Day School Head of School

The Position:
Covenant Day School in Matthews, NC is seeking a Head of
School to lead a community of 830 students, 73 teachers,
and 49 staff. Founded in 1989, the school is affiliated with
the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and encompasses
grades TK-12.

Located in a beautiful and vibrant suburb of Charlotte, NC,
Covenant Day School is blessed with passionate and dedicated
faculty, enthusiastic students and strong parental support.            Covenant Day at a Glance:
CDS benefits from the invaluable leadership from its Board
of Trustees and its association with Christ Covenant Church,
                                                                       Grades: TK-12th grade
located on the same campus. The next Head of School will
                                                                       Current enrollment: 830
find a community dedicated to the mission of providing an
                                                                       Faculty: 73
affordable education that is marked by academic excellence
                                                                       Faculty with advanced degrees: 48%
with a biblical worldview.
                                                                       Operating budget: $7,226,460
                                                                       Indebtedness: $1,447,000
Dr. Marni Halvorson, the current Head of School, will be
                                                                       Endowment: $1,083,000
stepping down from the position she has held since 2002.
                                                                       Annual giving 2010: $521,000
Over the last ten years, enrollment has increased by 30%, a
                                                                       Capital giving 2010: $338,000
high school was established, endowment has been increased,
                                                                       Parent participation in giving: 70%
athletic opportunities and facilities expanded, and regional
                                                                       Financial aid budget: $485,000
accreditation was received.
                                                                       Tuition 2011-2012: $4,690-$11,390
                                                                       Students receiving need based aid: 20%
Matthews is a large suburban town of Charlotte, located
                                                                       Church financial support: $500,000
in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Charlotte has an
estimated population of 1.5 million residents and is home
to several large corporation headquarters,
including Bank of America, Lowes, Harris
Teeter, and Family Dollar. Charlotte’s climate is
characterized by mild winters and hot, humid
summers. It is a convenient distance (3 hours) to
the mountains or the beach. Matthews boasts
its own public library, farmer’s market, and
community playhouse. Its beautiful and historic
downtown is just a few minutes’ walk from the
campus of Covenant Day School.

The Opportunity:
The next Head of School will lead an outstanding Christian school at an important time in its history. The
school has benefitted from excellent leadership and is enthusiastic about continuing to fulfill its mission. The
new Head of School will be able to build upon the strong foundation put in place by the two previous Heads
of School and will profit from the forward thinking and strategic planning that has been implemented by the
Board of Trustees. A committed Board, faculty and staff are ready to support the new Head of School.

                                                          Academic Excellence. Biblical Worldview. Unsurpassed.
                                                                               Covenant Day School Head of School

Experiences and Qualities Desired:
A person who...
Understands, embraces, and promotes the reformed faith
and worldview

Is passionate about Biblical education, instills and personifies,
in both actions and words, the God-glorifying importance of
life long learning

Exemplifies inspiring, collaborative leadership, embracing and
supporting the current mission and vision of Christ Covenant
Church and CDS

Is able to provide a seamless transition, building upon
achievements of the previous Heads of School

Demonstrates excellent communication skills, with the ability
to be an articulate, passionate spokesperson for the school

Has successful fundraising experience

Is able to work with and develop the faculty in the lower,
middle and high schools

Possesses a strong sense of integrity and academic leadership

Is skilled to establish long-term relationships that foster
                                                                        Application Requirements:
support for the school
                                                                        To apply for this leadership opportunity,
Is willing to embrace and actively support the church-school            candidates should send a letter of
ministry relationship                                                   interest and current resume to the
                                                                        following address:
Possesses a record of leading constructive change
                                                                        Larry Kooi
                                                                        CSI Consultant
                                                                        Christian Schools International
                                                                        3350 East Paris Ave. SE
                                                                        Grand Rapids, MI 49512


                                                We are taking every thought captive to the
                                                    obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:5

                                                              Academic Excellence. Biblical Worldview. Unsurpassed.

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