1:5™ Circles of CARE

Village Christian has created an innovative, research-based initiative to surround our students with the caring adults they need to thrive in their adolescence and to emerge into adulthood emotionally healthy, convinced of their positive identity, and living a strong faith. The 1:5™ Circles of CARE initiative seeks to flip the normal student-to-teacher ratios to one student surrounded by five non-parental, caring, and accessible adult mentors.

Research shows that one of the most important assets a contemporary adolescent student needs is a network of caring and attentive adults who have that student(s)'s best interests at heart. In addition to parents, these adults provide a circle of care providing answers to three foundational questions:

  1. Who am I?
  2. Where do I belong?
  3. Do I and my choices matter?

Furthermore, research in faith development shows that students with access to spiritually authentic adult mentors demonstrate a higher likelihood for developing a faith that sticks with them into adulthood.

VCS faculty, administrators, and staff will wisely take the initiative to seek out students and invite them into relationships of care. Students will be encouraged to develop relationships with adult mentors through Bible-centric curriculum and other classes, as well as special events like retreats, Ignite, and Illuminate. Parents will be educated on the importance of partnering with adult mentors and will assist in the process of identifying and inviting mentors into the lives of their students.

Beginning in middle school when most students enter adolescence, the 1:5 initiative will provide the structure, tracking, events, education, and training to build circles of care around every student as he or she approaches and moves through the high school years. The school will partner with parents, mentors, churches, youth groups, and other organizations as this effort goes well beyond our campus and into the lives of our students.

If you would like to learn more about how to become involved, please contact George Ratchford, Spiritual Life Director.