What does it mean to partner with parents?
At Samuel Fuller School, this means that we are in covenant with one another, and with God, in a shared vision and mission. This partnership is at the very core of who we are as a community of faith and learning.
Covenantal partnership is more than involvement and volunteering - it means that we share principles and objectives; that we commit together to do the hard work of honest, timely, and biblically-guided communication; and that we will strive to model those things that are true, good, and beautiful for the children entrusted to our care.
Our partnership with Christian parents whose faith is growing within the care of a church ensures that the minds and hearts of students are cultivated not only at school but at home and church as well. We are convinced that if we are truly aligned on the major objectives, walking shoulder to shoulder in the same direction, we will not only avoid much distraction and division but will give our children a profoundly formative academic, social, and spiritual education.
Both school and parents have a clear picture of the desired outcome of a classical Christian education - our Portrait of a Graduate. Families enroll their children at Samuel Fuller School with the end in mind.
In addition to defining the Portrait of the Graduate, we strive to clearly communicate our core beliefs as a Christian and classical school. Our core beliefs include our Mission and Vision Statements and our Statement of Faith as well as our classical distinctives such as instruction in Latin, Greek, Logic, and Rhetoric; pursuit of students' hearts along with their behavior; the study of great literature; integration across disciplines; cultivation a love of the true, good, and beautiful; and a commitment to Christian theology and standards of morality.
Partnering well requires healthy, biblical communication from everyone in the community. The school must communicate the goals and priorities mentioned above; teachers must communicate students' academic and social progress; parents must communicate questions, concerns, or helpful information about their children
A key to healthy communication is understanding the power of the tongue and taking our words seriously. The tongue is a tool that can cause great good as well as great harm. As Christians involved in gospel community with one another, we should take great care that our words are life-giving, full of grace, and a source of encouragement.
"Engagement" rather than "involvement" is the best way to describe a parent's role at Samuel Fuller School. Parental involvement - volunteering, attending school events, helping with fundraisers, etc. - is very important and necessarily fluctuates with seasons of life. However, parental engagement is vital, both with children and their studies and with other adults and families of the Samuel Fuller community, providing strong support for students as they learn and socialize with classmates.
To be part of Samuel Fuller is to partner not only with the school but also with the other families God has brought together in this important work.