March 6, 2009
We developed our Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs) with input from administrators, teachers, students, and parents, as a part of our WASC/ACSI/ACTS accreditation process.
A. ESLR Purposes
1. ESLRs define the most essential things that our students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate from MVCS.
2. ESLRs represent not only what students should know, but also how they will approach their learning, and how they will relate that knowledge to the world around them.
3. ESLRs are embedded in each course that students take, and provide a focus and continuity for the students' learning experience.
4. ESLRs express Monte Vista Christian School’s core values as outcomes that all students will accomplish by the time they graduate.
5. ESLRs provide the understanding, caring, and critical appreciation of ideas needed to succeed as a Christian in a global society.
B. ESLR Criteria
1. ESLRs include all students.
2. ESLRs equip all students with the knowledge, competencies, and orientations needed for success in a thinking, meaning-centered curriculum.
3. ESLRs enable teachers to implement programs and conditions that maximize learning success for all students in a thinking, meaning-centered curriculum.
4. ESLRs provide schools with a means to restructure pedagogy in ways that facilitate student success in a thinking, meaning-centered curriculum.
5. ESLRs are aligned with the school purpose and philosophy.
1. Spiritual ESLR
Graduates of Monte Vista Christian School are able to articulate a comprehensive understanding of reality based on the teaching of the Bible. At the time of graduation, Monte Vista students:
a. Have accepted or been challenged to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and express a commitment to ongoing spiritual development.
b. Are able to describe the character of God and can articulate what it means to be a Christian through an oral or written assessment given yearly.
c. Invest themselves in the ownership of their school and create solutions fitted to their generation based on Biblical principles.
d. Serve in the local and global community through missions and humanitarian service.
e. Have a core knowledge of the Bible, and can interpret current world events through a historical and Biblical perspective.
f. Exhibit knowledge and understanding of other religions and belief systems.
2. Intellectual ESLR
Graduates of Monte Vista Christian School exhibit mastery of a four-year college preparatory curriculum and have developed intellectual skills that go beyond academic excellence and requirements for college entrance by integrating Biblical principles and a Biblical worldview. At the time of graduation, Monte Vista students:
a. Demonstrate the ability to access and synthesize information from diverse sources, test hypotheses, solve problems, and form conclusions based on relevant, reliable data and information based on principles from the Word of God.
b. Identify and assess problems and find solutions using complex reasoning processes such as comparison, classification, induction, deduction, analysis, synthesis, investigation, inquiry, and invention in real life situations.
c. Demonstrate effective written, oral, technological, and collaborative communication skills and possess the foundational knowledge necessary for successfully pursuing an academic discipline in advanced education.
d. Express themselves creatively through art, drama, foreign language, music, or sports.
e. Demonstrate personal responsibility in the learning process.
f. Consistently test at or above grade level in all core academic subjects as measured through tests of nationally recognized merit.
3. Self-Management ESLR
Graduates of Monte Vista Christian School exhibit a healthy lifestyle and wise decision-making. At the time of graduation, Monte Vista students:
a. Set and apply appropriate goals for hygiene, nutrition, and physical, and mental health.
b. Accept and can explain consequences for life choices.
c. Identify and use personal strengths.
d. Demonstrate reliability, time management, organization, and self-discipline.
e. Develop personal goals for academics, career, family, and community life.
4. Character ESLR
Graduates of Monte Vista Christian School exhibit confidence and integrity in their interpersonal interactions and leadership. At the time of graduation, Monte Vista students:
a. Demonstrate an ability to influence others in a way that promotes justice and Biblical values.
b. Listen actively with empathy and understanding, and respond appropriately to the social and academic context.
c. Make decisions that are principled and ethical.
d. Demonstrate understanding, respect, and cultural sensitivity in a diverse environment.
e. Utilize technology in an ethical manner.
f. Demonstrate responsibility in environmental issues.
g. Contribute purposefully, constructively, and creatively to the group or team.