Calvary Schools of Holland
Calvary Schools of Holland (CSH, formerly known as Calvary Baptist Schools) is a private Christian school located in Holland, Michigan. It is affiliated with near-by Calvary Baptist Church, CSH educates students ranging in age from K-4 to 12th grade at 2 locations, and is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) as well as the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.
Calvary Schools has officially committed itself to building Christian character and to developing servant leadership in its students within the context of a quality education.
Calvary Schools became a member of Abmbleside Schools International in 2015. They implemented the curriculum for Kindergarten-3rd grade at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. They plan to implement it for 4th-6th grade for the 2016-2017 school year.
Calvary Schools receives 85% of its funding from tuition and 15% from donations, individuals, foundations, businesses, and churches. While it maintains its 501(c)3 status through Calvary Baptist Church for purposes of Michigan incorporation laws, it operates under its own board of directors. The school has a strong balance sheet, with well over $1,000,000 in debt-free buildings and property.
Calvary Schools field multiple student teams which are divided into male and female groups with each group assigned to a staff member. These groups are known as PowerPlus teams and are meant to habituate service-learning. The PowerPlus program is a service-learning form of education which is experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students work with others through a process of applying what they are learning to community problems and, at the same time, reflecting upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves. It is an interactive character-building program that is distinctively hands on, taking students from 6th – 12th grade out of the classroom and placing them face-to-face with the service needs of their community.
This program won the ACSI Exemplary School Program award for 2004/2005 School year.
Calvary Schools recently built a new secondary-student only campus in Holland in addition to their elementary campus, for space purposes as the elementary and high school grew in numbers.
The current Executive Director is Bryan Walker.
- . Holland Sentinel. 2015-04-27 http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20150427/NEWS/150429158. Retrieved 2016-03-15. Missing or empty
- Christian School Education, Volume 8 Number 4, pg. 38
- Official Website
- Staff Directory
- Official Website
- Calvary Baptist Church Website
- Association of Christian Schools International Website
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