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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 HEAD of SCHOOL Christian Schools International Covenant Day School www.csionline.org 800 Fullwood Lane Contact: Larry Kooi Matthews, North Carolina 28105 CSI Consultant 704.847.2385 t: 410.562.7801 www.covenantday.org Lkooi@csionline.org 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 internationally. 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). Governance: 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) Technology: 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 Athletics: 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. Service: 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 LKooi@csionline.org 410.562.7801 We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:5 Academic Excellence. Biblical Worldview. Unsurpassed.
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