Campus Initiatives

Santiago Institute operates within the combined campus initiatives that define SCS school culture. Each initiative introduces students to the principles of Jesus and challenges them to follow Him more closely, building on the previous one. These initiatives experienced in succession augment the holistic training and experience necessary to impact individual students and their expanding spheres of influence.

Social-Emotional Curricula

Love and Logic is a teaching philosophy based on love and logic – both gifts of God. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic places teachers in rightful control, trains students to take responsibility for themselves, and prepares developing leaders to live in the real world, with its many choices and consequences. The Responsive Classroom intentionally teaches children to care. Caring is the precursor to living justly. Through day-by-day, moment-by-moment modeling and training, even the youngest students at SCS are learning the social skills they need to become better learners, better classmates, and true servant leaders.

Advisory Groups

Beginning in grade 6, advisory groups meet two mornings a week for small-group student discipleship. Faculty advisors serve as mentors who speak into the lives of students, showing them the person and work of Jesus through guided instruction and meaningful discussion. Students are given an opportunity to ask deep questions, offer their perspectives, and engage in mutually-respectful dialogue with their faculty advisor.

Students sign the Honor Code for the first time in grade 6, so advisories focus on understanding the ramifications of a life lived with integrity in which promises are kept, where yes is yes and no is no. Grades 7 and 8 explore the principles of servant-leadership according to the teachings and example of Jesus. Grade 8 transitions students toward and prepares them for the expanding opportunities of high school leadership, encouraging them to imagine the kind of leader they hope to be. In high school, the focus shifts to current issues and appropriate responses in the light of Biblical justice. Students learn that the justness of a society, according to the Bible, is evaluated according to how it treats its weakest members.

Service

Across the grades as part of the Bible curriculum, students are engaged in service opportunities in which they become aware of the needs of others and practice generosity. Younger students are shaped by giving donations and praying for the weak. Older students grow through increasing access to disenfranchised persons and to the organizations that address their needs. Also across the grades, students are involved in stewardship opportunities that teach them to care for all that God has given them. These opportunities inspire students to think strategically about their role as consumers and preservers and the impact of their lifestyle on the well-being of others.
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