We take the long view approach:
focusing not only on short-term goals, but considering how everything we do forms a person’s character for life.
The School is proud of its reputation for scholastic excellence, but a Providence education provides more than academic results alone. Our end goal is a mature, wise, faith-thriving, purposefully-living adult. We desire that our graduates have a curiosity about the world, a hunger for knowledge, and a desire to humbly serve others in whatever vocation the Lord has planned for them. We want them to wrestle with their beliefs, see connections beyond the curriculum, and develop perseverance so that they leave Providence with the ability to understand and tackle the complexities and challenges life will bring.
It is also important to have a picture of what we are striving towards. Several years ago, members of our community gathered together to form the “Portrait of a Providence Graduate.”
The Portrait of a Providence Graduate
The Providence graduate serves others out of genuine concern for their well-being. He exhibits honesty, humility, respect, integrity, and obedience to Jesus Christ in a life characterized by prayerful discernment. Well-mannered and gracious, this student has cultivated an intrinsic love of learning. He appreciates the masters of literature and fine arts, is knowledgeable in history, and is grounded in the fundamentals of math and science. He is a lifelong learner and pursuer of wisdom. He engages the great conversation of the Western tradition and gives articulate oral and written expression to his thoughts. The graduate is physically active and fit, committed to a healthy lifestyle. Confident, independent, self-disciplined, and responsible, the biblically-grounded Providence graduate stewards his gifts for God’s glory above all else. Equipped for leadership, prepared to discover his vocation, and dependent on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, this student seeks knowledge and understanding in the fear of the Lord.
We recognize that there are no guaranteed outcomes, nor is there any one person who embodies all of those qualities. Our job is to create conditions that are favorable for the flourishing of our children in virtue, wisdom, and the way of Jesus Christ. While we as a school are called to be faithful to parents in ways that honor the Lord, we also trust in a sovereign God for the outcome.