In Genesis 1:26-27, God created humanity in His own image and gave them dominion over the earth. Christian Academy Schools provide students with an excellent education in a Kingdom-focused environment. Recognizing that God has created individuals in His image, Christian Academy values and cherishes the uniqueness and dignity of each person, believing a diverse community creates a dynamic school.
Christian Academy opposes all forms of racism and prejudice that may cause anyone to feel undervalued and unworthy of human dignity. We pledge to intervene if we see moments in our classrooms, meetings, conferences, discussion boards or students’ work that may threaten and/or harm through stereotyping or silencing fellow image-bearers.
Diversity in our student body, families, staff and community builds a school environment where all are respected, valued and appreciated. A diverse community at Christian Academy supports sensitivity to ethnic backgrounds, feelings and individual physical characteristics of others, while developing appreciation for the God-given talents and abilities of those encountered throughout the world.
The Christian Academy beliefs are based on Galatians 3:28 that we are one family in Christ, enhanced by embracing the differences God has designed in all of his creation.
Christian Academy School System will work collaboratively to enhance our schools’ culture, curriculum and training while displaying unity, love and transparency.
Our diversity committee consists of Christian Academy School administration, staff, board members and parents. The committee is led by Darin Long, our system Superintendent, and Moe Lundrigan, our Executive Director. Members of the 2020-2021 committee are Lorrie Baechtel, Jason Chambers, Adrienne Crosby, Alma Gutierrez, Shamonne Hilliard, Brian Hinton, Anna Hinton, A.J. Hubbard, Tammy Hubbard, Courtney McClellan-Brown, Rico and Salima Perkins.
Christian Academy School System Definition of Diversity
G.R.A.C.E. (Gender, Race, Age and Ability, Culture, Economic Status) – We strive to embrace a community that is loving and unified with a focus on Christ.
Christian Academy is committed to becoming an environment that is diverse and inclusive in a way that reflects all cultures. This committee will use “fresh eyes” to build a plan that celebrates diversity and unity on all four campuses. God has designed us to look, think and act differently across cultures and to support each other. It will focus efforts blending cultures that reflect a Christ centered atmosphere where all feel comfortable and welcome.
Through the lens of a biblical worldview, our curriculum will promote unity by addressing topics that embrace ethnic and racial diversity. Our intent is to reflect the Body of Christ through content that values and celebrates all people as image-bearers of our Creator God. With the support of curricular resources, we will expand opportunities for students to engage in a range of celebrations of minority heritages and cultures and promote awareness of people of color.
Click here for a calendar created to both be a resource to our teachers in planning their lessons and to our families as a reminder of important celebratory events/dates for the myriad of cultures represented at Christian Academy.
The committee will focus on changing the hearts and minds of our educators while recognizing the sensitivity of current events and this requires compassion for our students in the spirit of oneness. Our goal is to transform thoughts and actions and honor every student as a child of God.
Discipline: No Tolerance Policy
The school will administer discipline for racial infractions and will immediately address issues as they arise. We will encourage our students not to be “bystanders” when they hear comments that are insensitive. The courage to speak out, it can go a long way to diminish the person doing the offense.
Diversity Designated School Representatives
Safe people and safe places will be identified to include teachers, principals and counselors that will be designated for students to confide in for help with social issues.
The Keeper’s Guide Newsletter
The purpose of this newsletter is for teachers and staff to identify and implement best practice and provide resources for ongoing training of our team to value cultural differences and raise awareness of current issues.
Biblical Basis for Unity
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Ephesians 2:14-18
Accomplishments to Date
- Created a diversity statement
- Communicated to all parents the school system’s stance on diversity and unity
- Established a Diversity Council consisting of board members, system leadership and parents
- Developed three working sub-committees from the Diversity Council focused on curriculum, professional development and culture
- Revised discipline standards for racial intolerance
- Created a Diversity webpage
- 100% of all teachers, staff and coaches completed equity training before school began
- Created a quarterly “Keeper’s Guide” for teachers focused on diversity, unity and biblical justice
- Review and discussion on all policies and procedures
- Hired a diversity consultant
- Established a diversity tuition assistance program
- Scheduled Diversity Professional Development day for February 2021
- Contracted with a national minority teacher recruiting service
- Schools have invited multiple speakers to faculty meetings and school chapels to discuss diversity and unity