Engaged families are critical to building a vibrant Habersham community. Much of current culture works in favor of individualism and against the idea of community. Yet, our faith in Christ and our shared experiences as Habersham families unites us toward a common mission and offer rewarding opportunities to grow together and support one another.
Partnering with Christian parents who are growing in their faith, in the care of a local church community, means that the minds and hearts of students are cultivated not only at school, but also at home and church. We pray that in each setting, our students are being established and equipped to bear much fruit – for the glory of God and the good of others.
This partnership is foundational to who we are as a community of faith and learning. We unite around a shared vision and mission. Thus, the relationship between parents and school must be strong for us to be successful. As such, the Habersham partnership philosophy is based on three main ideas.
Three Partnership Principles
Shared and Agreed Upon Goals
With a clear mission, commitments, intellectual virtues, and portrait of a graduate, we have begun with the end in mind – having designed an end goal and the path to attain that goal. Everything we do flows out of our mission. Thus, in joining the Habersham community, families are agreeing on the purpose and outcomes.
Partnering well requires healthy, biblical communication from everyone in our community. The school has to communicate clearly the goals and priorities, teachers must communicate how a student is faring – academically and otherwise, and parents must communicate if they have questions or concerns. We ask everyone to commit together to the standards and philosophy of communication.
Gospel-Centered Conflict Resolution
The Gospel is clear: we are all sinners, fallen short of God’s glory. While not the defining experience of our life in community, conflict is neither abnormal nor to be avoided, but rather a welcome opportunity to examine our hearts, our desires, and how we seek their fulfillment. Because we believe the Gospel’s indictment of our own hearts, we are neither shocked nor disheartened when conflict arises at school, but we stand ready to open a conversation that moves beyond symptoms to the root cause.