The Culture plank of the Strategic Plan encompasses our faculty and staff culture as well as our broader school community. Our vision is to nurture a vibrant culture and community that attracts a wide range of missional faculty and staff and families, commits to care for all members as made in God's image, and establishes The Bear Creek School as a recognizable community asset in Redmond and the local community.
The following strategies will help us achieve this vision:
- Refine our current internal (faculty and staff) culture to deepen our values of mutual trust, innovation, predictability, and support, which translates into continually improving student experience and satisfaction.
- Train faculty and staff in developing a leadership mindset to value cultural outcomes and systems of execution and accountability.
- Implement the No Ordinary People plan that intentionally supports student and community health, wellness, and care for each other as imago Dei (made in the image of God).
One of the recommendations of our NAIS re-accreditation process was to create a written plan for our commitment to care for our community. The No Ordinary People plan is firmly grounded in the affirmation that each person unconditionally deserves love, dignity and respect because:
- Each human being created by God is intended to be a unique and individual bearer of His image. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.),
- Each human being shares a common fallen nature before God and is graciously offered redemption and restoration by confession and faith through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.).
All humanity has been created imago Dei and is one in that common creation. God has also created each of us as an individual, with different gifts, perspectives, and ways of being in the world, and we honor God’s creative and gracious diversity through exercising our unique individualism. In light of both of these truths, despite our common fallen nature, every person is inherently worthy of dignity and respect.
Further, the Scriptures command us to love the Lord and to love our neighbor, which encourages us to be wise and aware of the unique cultures He has created, to be compassionate by engaging diversity with dignity and respect and by courageously centering our identity in Christ.
To implement these affirmations into our commitment to care for our community, the No Ordinary People plan includes the following strategies:
- Invest in parent volunteer training, workgroups, committees, presentations, and events and activities that provide avenues to learn about one another more deeply and celebrate the diversity of imago Dei in the school community.
- Expand our Community Partnership programs as part of our commitment to care and show compassion for others as made in imago Dei — whether they are in our backyard or on the other side of the world.
- Develop faculty and staff professional development for student care.
- Implement student life curricula which train students to think biblically about loving one's neighbor and showing dignity and respect to people in word and deed.