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Strategic Plan: Flourishing Christian School Model with Dr. Swaner

By: Dan Steinfield, Head of School

This edition of the HOS Blog features an interview with Dr. Lynn Swaner, Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer and DC parent of three students. ACSI uses an instrument known as the Flourishing Christian School Instrument (FCSI) which provides a roadmap for Christian Schools to flourish. Delaware County Christian School was a founding partner of this cutting edge research in 2019, and our current strategic plan was influenced by our school data report. In the video link, Dr. Swaner shares some of the most current research on flourishing Christian Schools and the correlations to DC’s 2020-23 strategic plan.

Lyn Swaner Interview

May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children (Psalm 115:14). This banner verse for the Flourishing School Culture Instrument (FCSI) reminds us that God’s design and desire for Christian community is flourishing. Research revealed the following 5 domains for flourishing in a Christian School: purpose, relationships, teaching & learning, expertise & resources, and well-being. These domains create a holistic picture of how everyone within the school can flourish together.

Survey data, gathered through the FCSI instrument, revealed DC strengths to be a shared sense of ownership for delivery of school mission, a strong biblical worldview and commitment to developing students academically, spiritually, and emotionally, collaborative leadership, and alumni who continue to grow in their faith-walk as a result of attending DC. Key growth opportunities include better engagement with the surrounding community, increased instructional coaching with faculty, cultivating an abundant mindset and casting strong vision, and a focus on student and employee health and well-being.

Our DC Promise and Strategic Plan actively address the components of school flourishing. As we continue to implement our strategic plan over the next two years, the results of the survey will be at the forefront of our decision making so that we are providing the very best educational experiences for our students and faculty.

You can learn more about the Flourishing Christian School Model at

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