Diversity

Walk the halls of Central Christian School, and you’ll quickly discover there’s something different about our school. The variety of faces, complexions and styles of dress represent a beautiful array of personalities, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures, and Christian churches.

Our diversity is one of our school’s most precious gifts, and as we celebrate the differences with which God has blessed us, we also seek to steward this gift well. Because all men and women, boys and girls are image-bearers of God, we discover facets of God’s character by getting to know each other. We serve a God of creativity, passion, order, strength, and tenderness. Because He created us, we too reveal these different qualities. Diversity at Central is not tolerance or simply learning to work with each other. Rather, we believe our diversity creates opportunities for learning from and being sharpened by one another as together, we grow into the image of God’s Son.

The eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you,nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.” …But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 1 Corinthians 12:21-27

With this in mind, we continue to ask questions about how our diversity should inform our practices as a school. Research indicates that by being exposed to varied outlooks, students and educators are challenged to think more critically to enable them to navigate a changing world. Thus, our faculty has participated in Cultural Responsiveness Training in which they began to examine how their own cultural experiences impact how they think and as a result, educate children. Our Director of Curriculum and Instruction helps teachers examine lessons and instructional practices to identify whether they truly honor the unique experiences and perspectives of all our school’s image bearers rather than only those in the majority. Our Director of School Culture assesses and helps develop faculty’s knowledge of the diverse make-up of the Central community and its implications on the school culture by providing relevant resources to school faculty on culturally responsive practices. She examines also examines student success to determine whether or not we are educating all students equitably, regardless of race and ethnicity. Our parents are choosing to utilize our diverse community by gathering in groups to discuss history, current events  and how their differences inform our local, school and family cultures.

As we remain mission-focused, instilling in our students a passion for God, a love of truth, and a zeal to serve, we continue to teach our students the undiluted truth of God’s Word and how to discern that truth from the error they will inevitably encounter, but we also desire to equip them to recognize the difference between truth and perspective…narrative and counter-narrative. By being exposed to varied outlooks, students and educators are challenged to think more critically and thus engage with a changing world. We strive to teach them to understand themselves and their uniqueness, while simultaneously seeking to understand the perspectives and needs of the “other” in their classroom, neighborhood, city and the world.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me...
to
proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind..." Luke 4:18

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations.Ephesians 2:14-15