I hope your summer is going well. I also hope that things are beginning to get back to a measure of normalcy for you and your family. We are working through plans for next year. We plan on being in session, in the building on Friday, August 21st. However, we are not sure if there will be restrictions imposed on us. Yesterday you received an email with a link to a poll to get your thoughts on the 2020-2021 school year. Please take time to submit your response to the poll as your input helps us plan for next year.
At the end of every school year, we send out a survey. I would like to share the results with you. I should say up-front, I’m sorry for the length of this post, but I wanted to give you a complete picture of the results. I am pleased with the results and your comments were helpful. I am proud of our students, faculty and the mission of Calvary Christian School. We do have some areas to address and our goal is continuous improvement. There were 10 statements on the survey and we received 76 responses to the survey.
For the following statements every response was “Strongly Agree” or “Agree”:
Statement 1: I have a good understanding of Calvary Christian School’s mission and purpose.
- Strongly Agree: 76.3%;
- Agree: 23.7%
Statement 3: I trust that the CCS Headmaster has my child’s best interest in mind when decisions are made.
- Strongly Agree: 72.4%;
- Agree: 27.6%
To this statement, I want to thank you personally for the vote of confidence. I am not perfect and my decision-making can be and has been flawed at times. Certainly when I make any decision, I know that there will be a certain percentage of the school body that disagrees with the decision. But please know, my ultimate concern is the safety and education of your child(ren).
We asked 3 statements regarding NTI. If I am honest, I expected us to take a little hit here. We were undertaking something that we had never done before and teachers were only given a weekend and 2 school days to prepare for this. Here are the results to these statements:
Statement 4: The faculty and staff at Calvary Christian School were knowledgeable, competent, professional and polite during our time of NTI (Non-Traditional Instruction).
- Strongly Agree: 48.7%;
- Agree: 32.9%;
- Neutral: 14.5%;
- Disagree: 3.9%;
- Strongly Disagree: 0%
Statement 5: The purpose and expectations for class assignments were clearly stated by the teacher during our time of NTI (Non-Traditional Instruction).
- Strongly Agree: 38.2%
- Agree: 42.1%
- Neutral: 11.8%
- Disagree: 7.9%
- Strongly Disagree: 0%
Statement 6: I feel CCS functioned effectively during this time of NTI (communication, access, educational processes, etc.).
- Strongly Agree: 39.5%
- Agree: 34.2%
- Neutral: 15.8%
- Disagree: 10.5%
- Strongly Disagree: 0%
If I were to characterize the comments on these statements, they centered on the platforms used, the volume of work, email communications between faculty, students and parents and technology limitations. We understand the difficulties and restraints. We also understand the speed with which we tried to get up and running limited our effectiveness. I understand my responsibility in giving too much flexibility in the platforms used and not giving a clear vision for what we needed to accomplish during this time to the faculty and staff. Almost all of our staff members worked longer hours into the night, answering emails and trying to work technology issues and assignment problems with individual students. If we ever have to do this in the future (we hope we never do), we will use one platform for all classes and teachers will be given guidance on the volume of work and timing of due dates.
We next asked for some financial input:
Statement 7: I feel the education and opportunities my student receives at Calvary Christian School is worth the tuition I pay.
- Strongly Agree: 34.2%
- Agree: 43.4%
- Neutral: 10.5%
- Disagree: 6.5%
- Strongly Disagree: 5.4%
Statement 8: I appreciate the fundraising efforts/events at Calvary Christian School.
- Strongly Agree: 21.1%
- Agree: 42.1%
- Neutral: 28.9%
- Disagree: 6.0%
- Strongly Disagree: 1.9%
Statement 9: I understand the need for the Imagine Tomorrow Campaign and I have/will support it.
- Yes: 84.2%
- No: 15.8%
Most of the comments in this section revolved around seeking donations after paying tuition, the types of fundraising events we hold and the strength of the academics in middle and high school. On the first two, believe me when I say, I wish we did not need money over and above the tuition collected. The reality is our teachers’ salaries are well below their public school counterparts. We function in a building that, while very nice, is approaching 50 years old and will have issues, ie.: $41,000 plumbing issue that prevented us from attending school for three days this year. One of our limitations is due to our biblical stance on creation, pro-life and marriage, we are not eligible for many public grants. So we must ask for donations. Our current Annual Campaign is less than 5% of our budgeted income, which is good. Even with missing the final fundraiser we almost made our Annual Campaign goals and that is while raising almost $280,000 toward our additional learning space. Your giving over the last two years purchased a new bus, HVAC in the elementary classrooms and the new STEM labs that are being built right now. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.
The other area is the academic strength of our middle and high school. I will address that more after the next question.
Question 10: Would you recommend Calvary Christian School to other Christian families?
- Yes: 90.8%
- No: 9.2%
I’m sure there are a variety of reasons why 9.2% would not recommend CCS to other Christian families. It could be the cost of tuition. It could be leadership. It could be a faculty member. It could be the number of extracurriculars we offer. One of the reasons mentioned that I referred to above is the strength of the education for middle and high school. I’ll be transparent here. I don’t get this. The data speaks for itself. Let’s just look at this year’s senior class (which is consistent with past senior classes):
- The average composite ACT score was 26.4. Our scores are consistently well-above the state and national averages.
- These 35 graduates earned 66 merit scholarships amounting to more than $2.9 million (not including the thousands earned through the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship – KEES).
- The average GPA for the class of 2019-2020 was 3.87.
- 34 of 35 will be enrolled in the college of their choice in the fall.
- The class of 2019-2020 earned 439 college credits while they were still in high school through our dual credit classes and partnerships.
- We taught 6 dual credit courses here on campus last year. For 2020-2021, we will be adding two dual credit science courses: Environmental Science 110 and Biology 120 through NKU and hopefully college Spanish.
- We do not have this year’s scores in yet, but 94.7% of our AP students in the 2018-2019 school year passed the AP exam. This is a phenomenal number.
- 89% of the Senior class participated in sports, performing arts or other local and state leadership development and academic programs.
- We have had an ACT Prep course as a High School elective for the past two years.
Additionally, when we see a graduate we routinely ask them if they felt ready for college. Almost always it is an enthusiastic, “Yes!”
Every year we look for ways to bolster the academic program at CCS. While certainly there are areas to improve (we address them each year with individual teachers), the MS/HS academics at CCS are strong and getting stronger. We are excited about beginning the year with two new STEM labs. Additionally, I will be offering a couple of on-line history electives on top of the dual credit courses I currently teach.
You may have noticed that earlier, I skipped Statement #2: I use the Calvary Christian School App. 32.9% of you said “No.” I encourage you to download this free app. It has everything you need for CCS. Plus, we have the ability to communicate with you instantly via app notifications. As I said, it is free.
I am sorry for such a long post, but I wanted to share the results of the survey with you. We have heard you and will strive to keep your confidence in the future. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. I will continue to communicate with you regarding the 2020-2021 school year.