RCS Rise Up Strategic Plan


"I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the King had said to me. They replied, 'Let us start rebuilding.' So they began this good work."

Nehemiah 2:18

Nehemiah Principles Redesign


A transformational education depends upon an extensive investment of resources. RCS will plan and provide physical environments conducive to learning and outstanding academic opportunities while attracting and retaining top-tier faculty and like-minded families. We will continue to practice diligent and responsible management of current resources while pursuing new funding sources.

Scriptural Foundation

"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."

2 Corinthians 9:8

"God provides resources."

Exodus 25

"God provides skilled craftsman."

Exodus 31


  • Develop & execute Capital Fundraising Plan
  • Updated 5-year Tuition/Enrollment/Operations Trend Roadmap
  • Develop a spirit of philanthropy (continue to broaden our donor base, endowments, alumni, and legacy makers)
    • Tools for fundraising
    • Events & processes
    • Explore networking & growth opportunities
  • Finalize remaining details for campus master plan

Staffing & HR

  • Target & hire key staff
    • Full-time Security Staff
    • Dean of the Student Life
    • Coordinator of Student Performance & Improvement
      • Address students with special needs as well as advanced learners
    • Assistant Superintendent of Academics & Instruction
    • Maintain competitive salaries & compensation packages


With a clear shift towards innovation-intensive activities in our world, there is a need to rethink existing vocational approaches to stay relevant. What is needed is a set of 21st-century skills, broadly categorized into learning and innovation skills; information; media; technology skills; and life and career skills. We desire to teach these skills and carefully procure the right technology and equipment needed to learn the skills necessary for today and tomorrow.

Scriptural Foundation

"...he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills..."

Exodus 35:31

"I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be."

Kings 3:12

Formalize & Develop STEAM Program

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Math

Adopt & Expand Out Technology Plan to Address

  • 21st Century skills
  • Technology integration in the classroom using SAMR or similar models
  • AI/VR/AR labs and collaboration areas
  • Cybersecurity
  • Design/fabrication approach

Spiritual Development & Transformation

As we seek to develop the whole student, we will focus on transforming the heart as well as the mind. Spiritual maturity through discipleship is the desired outcome of all curricular and co-curricular activities.

Scriptural Foundation

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever! Amen."

2 Peter 3:18

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well."

Matthew 6:33

"Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward into maturity..."

Hebrews 6:1a

Use Expected Student Outcomes to Strengthen Spiritual Development

  • Impactful, engaging, & relevant chapels
  • Strong Biblical integration and worldview inculcation
  • Focus on life calling vs college prep — "Not ready for college, ready for life."
  • Provide experimental opportunities to develop discipleship, servanthood, leadership, and relationship capacities
  • Recognize Biblical character traits and Christlikeness

Develop Strategies to Determine Spiritual Development & Growth of Students

  • The "Ezra Initiative"

Educational Excellence

Educational excellence is a foundational premise upon which our mission statement rests. It builds upon a robust and coordinated set of activities and programs that help all students develop and use their God-given gifts and talents to engage with a world beyond the classroom. We believe the knowledge contained in this world leads us to better understand Christ. We study the created in order to understand the Creator.

Scriptural Foundation

"Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

Colossians 3:17

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."

Colossians 3:23

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might."

Ecclesiastes 9:10a

Improve Instructional Quality & Teacher Development

  • Strong onboarding/orientation process for new teachers
  • Enhanced teacher evaluation and development/coaching systems
  • Enhanced processes to cultivate more academic & instructional leaders

Develop More Strategies to Encourage & Recognize Academic Achievement

  • Duke TiP
  • Meaningful awards, recognitions, and ceremonies
  • Create strategies to assess and move RCS toward achieving the following:
    • Increased ACT/SAT/AP scores
    • National Merit Scholar Finalists
    • Blue Ribbon Recognition

Review Schoolwide Academic Formative & Summative Assessments & Metrics to Assist in Data-Driven Decision-Making

Uniquely Unified

We recognize RCS is a diverse community within the larger body of believers. We will take every opportunity to promote fellowship and engagement. We will keep all members of the RCS family (parents, students, staff, and alumni) informed in order to connect all to our vision, mission, and one another.

Scriptural Foundation

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching."

Hebrews 10:24-25

"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship. To the breaking of bread and to prayer."

Acts 2:42

Create & Evaluate Volunteer Opportunities & Parent Gatherings to Increase Effectiveness & Involvement

"Value is added when engagement is increased."

Emphasize a Culture of Volunteerism, Contribution, Outreach, & Ministry

Continuously Seek the Most Effective Communication Strategies for Our Parents & Community

GRACE Training

  • Helping students have a proper, Bible-centered understanding of gender, race, ability, culture, & economic differences in our world.
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RCS is committed to creating the right set of experiences and opportunities to develop the child and fulfill our 3-fold mission. "Programming" encompasses all classes, courses, teams, events, and activities our school creates. These serve as the catalyst for change and growth in the hearts, minds, and bodies of our students. We will be purposeful and intentional, curating these opportunities in order to maximize the impact on the child's learning and development.

Scriptural Foundation

In Acts 6, the early church created programs to care for widows and orphans and distribute food.

In Nehemiah 3, Nehemiah creates multiple programs in which he assigns various groups and families to numerous spots along the wall, the gates, and other duties.

In Deuteronomy 1:9-18, Moses creates a leadership program that allows a better delegation of tasks in order to meet the needs of the people.


  • Continue deployment and development of Cougar Institute (HS)
    • Creative scheduling — online courses/hybrid scheduling
    • Internships
    • Symposia
  • Create "Winterim", "J-Term", or "Mini-mester" learning opportunities to pique students interests


  • Better onboarding and sustained training for coaches
  • Create a "Competitive Edge" culture and be a leader in our local FCA activities
  • Enhance nutrition and off-season strength & conditioning
  • Create new teams based on student interest

Fine Arts

  • More offerings for:
    • Instrumental
    • Vocal
    • Creative/Visual Arts
    • Dance
    • Tech Integration (graphic arts & design, AR/VR art shows & exhibits)

Portrait of a Graduate

Boldly Christian

It is our heart to help our students develop their faith in Christ, live out their faith, and share this faith with others. This is our philosophy in everything we do: classroom lectures, homework, athletics, clubs, and daily life. Students will grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and their sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, expand their biblical knowledge, and develop the ability to approach life from a Christian Worldview so that they can act ethically in any situation and evangelize their world influence.


Upward in Worship — Students who have committed hearts of DEVOTION (LT. "studium")

Academically Equipped

We help develop and nurture academic competence through learning opportunities that result in students who are competitive, engaged, and successful in the world around them. Students will expand their capacity to gather, retain, and apply knowledge and truth, using analytical problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills that they can utilize in their professional and personal lives. They will also develop a global perspective, including an appreciation for artistic expression in various historical and cultural settings.


Inward in Growth — Students who actively seek their own, personal FORMATION (LT. "formatio")

Globally Prepared

Students will develop the skills to communicate effectively in both spoken and written language and to interact within diverse cultures, professions, and social settings. They will gain an understanding of their obligations as service-oriented leaders who can make a positive impact on society — locally, nationally, and internationally. Further, students will develop an active awareness of the importance of living a balanced, healthy, and physically disciplined lifestyle.


Outward in Community — Students who are focused on CONTRIBUTION (LT. "conlatio")