Vicki and Jeff Rogers were looking for the perfect fit when their family moved to the Dominican Republic in 2013. As the parents of two deaf children (Raena and Sophi), they wanted to choose a school as committed to their daughters' success as they were. And that is when they found SCS.
Today, Raena (10th grade), Sophi (10th), and Ella (5th) are thriving members of the SCS family thanks to the unique partnership between parents, faculty, and administration at our school. Vicki shared about how blessed she feels to have found a school community where "even though my girls have some unique challenges and there aren't laws in the Dominican Republic to protect them, we've got the love of God. The teachers, the administrators, and the staff at SCS have the love of God in them and that is more powerful and valuable than any law."
As missionaries, it was important that Vicki and Jeff find a school that shares the same vision for their kids' wholistic flourishing, academic and spiritual. Because of the unique mission of SCS, which welcomes families of all different faith backgrounds, students have the opportunity to hear the gospel and be discipled. According to Vicki, "Academic success isn't the only thing that matters to us as parents. That is important, but our kids are also learning how to love well, how to face challenges, how to be people of character." For this family, it is the teachers that makes an SCS education so valuable. "SCS offers great academic programs, especially considering the quality of their faculty. But faculty at SCS care about so much more than just the academic success of their students, and that's what sets it apart as a school and makes it a family."
Jeff shares Vicki's gratitude for the faculty at SCS, saying, "the uniqueness of the culture at SCS is hard to measure. The faculty are family to us, and they are at SCS on mission, to shepherd hearts and form minds for Christ." Throughout their time at SCS, Raena and Sophi have overcome many challenges through this partnership and have benefited from the breadth of programming and opportunities that SCS has to offer. "At SCS, our kids can do anything they set their minds to because the faculty see the same potential in my children that I see in them. When my girls who are deaf wanted to audition for the musical, the directors and leaders were all in! They said, 'if you think your daughters can do it, we think they can do it!' and they found a way. So, my girls have been earning parts in the musicals every year since. Last year they even competed in the Model UN conference in Harvard." Raena and Sophi are members of the National Honors Society, the soccer team, the Santiago Outreach Program, and the Chapel Band.
Santiago Christian School is thankful for every family that chooses to partner with us. "Academics is the tip of the iceberg; the way that faculty shepherd the hearts of their students is what makes the investment worth it." SCS exists to form personas íntegras who reflect Jesus in character, wisdom, and influence, and every staff member is a part of that calling.
Shaping the lives of those that will shape the nations.
Vicki and Jeff are sure that an investment of SCS is worth it because "the students at SCS will be next leaders of this nation and they will have global influence. SCS is preparing each individual for global leadership for Christ. Why not invest in that? An investment in future generations will never come back empty."