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
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
- Who am I?
- Where do I belong?
- 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.