RCS GRADUATE GOALS

GRADUATE GOALS

Identification of student outcomes can take a form from the very general to the very specific. We have chosen to create a vision for the kind of mind, heart, and behavior that we cherish for Rochester Christian School graduates. Although we find helpful the differentiation of head, heart, and hands, much of learning does not smoothly fall into these categories. The educational process is complex, even murky, making it unpredictable how knowledge, skill, and virtue settle into one’s life. In tandem with our Shared Commitments, we list our student outcomes, all the while working and praying that God will shape each life individually. In preparation for a life that loves, honors, and serves God, the following articulates the various outcomes teachers and parents encourage and students endeavor to achieve by the end of the eighth-grade year:

 

Biblical Literacy:

  • Demonstrate a solid knowledge of Biblical teaching

  • Understand the Bible as God’s revelation to humankind

  • See Scripture as central to faith and discipleship

 

Calling and Purpose:

  • Pursue, through planning and decision-making, distinct gifts

  • Demonstrate knowledge of self, having been created in the image of God

  • Discover self as members of the community, called to serve, using the unique gifts and experience that God has given them

  • Make purposeful decisions consistent with personal faith

 

Church:

  • Develop a biblical understanding of the Church

  • Analyze the biblical origin and theology of the Church, and see how God in His history has both preserved the Church and called it to do His work on earth

  • Understand the fullness of the Great Commission

 

History and Geography:

  • Examine history, world geography, locations, and regions and view self as part of a bigger world

  • Analyze the effect of geography on culture, politics, history, and economics, while avoiding the ethnocentrism and self-centeredness that marks many cultures

 

Leadership:

  • Recognize qualities of leadership in self and others

  • Exercise leadership skills to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities

  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and exhibit behaviors that advance the kingdom of God

 

Literature:

  • Appreciate great literature by comprehending and applying literary tools to its analysis

  • Evaluate literature for the power and beauty of its word choice and syntax

 

Media & Technology:

  • Acquire computer skills necessary for navigating with technology in the classroom and the real world

  • Integrate these learnings through multiple subject areas

  • Discover various media forms that can be used for effective communication

 

Music: 

  • Explore a variety of music and musical styles

  • Listen and perform both chorally and instrumentally in formal and informal situations

  • Develop musical gifts and be challenged to use them to honor God, worship the Lord and bless the church community

 

Numeracy & Mathematics:

  • Apply basic mathematical and computational skills necessary for real life 

  • Utilize tools that can be used in our technology driven world

  • Recognize God-given gifts in mathematics and explore opportunities for advancement

 

Physical Education/Health:

  • Understand that their bodies are to be used to serve and honor God 

  • Care for their body through an understanding of building and maintaining physical fitness and the fundamentals of living a healthy lifestyle

 

Reading and Literacy:

  • Read a variety of texts for purpose and meaning

  • Discern patterns and organizational strategies and both literal and figurative meanings of the written word

  • Decode unfamiliar words and phrases by discerning their context

 

Second Language: 

  • Complete Level I of a Second Language for the purpose of understanding world cultures and diversity, as well as effectively communicate with the global community

 

Science:

  • Understand the laws and processes of creation inherent in nature and science at the Middle School level and be prepared to use those understandings in High School and beyond

  • Appreciate both the immensity and intricacy of the creation, as designed by the Creator

 

Visual Arts:

  • Explore a variety of artists and artistic styles

  • Experiment with numerous mediums in order to develop both creativity and skill

  • See all of God's creation more clearly and colorfully through the integration of Art into all curricular areas

 

Worldview:

  • Navigate the major worldviews of our time, both world religions and other philosophies of life

  • Understand a Christian worldview as it bears on all areas of life and will seek to engage with culture as both salt and light in the world

 

Written Communication:

  • Practice the patterns of correct sentence structure and spelling

  • Write with clarity and purpose, using the written word to explain, argue, persuade, and create

 

GOAL EVALUATION

      The goals enumerated above are to be evaluated by a variety of means, listed below in part:

  • Renweb Gradebook

  • Teacher rubrics

  • Parent Conferences

  • MAP Testing

  • NYS Testing