Sarasota Christian School
5415 Bahia Vista St
Sarasota FL 34232
Mission
The mission of Sarasota Christian School is to honor God by developing academic abilities and broadening educational experiences while deepening Christian faith through partnership with the home, the church, and the community.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey A. Shank
Board Chair Rodney Shrock
Board Chair Affiliation Custom Air CFO
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1984
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $3,522,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,417,000.00
Impact Statement

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Spiritual/Service
  • Spiritual Life: On the first day of school, students had the opportunity to strengthen friendships through team building experiences where they also learned problem-solving skills by identifying their strengths and working through their weaknesses during each team challenge.  The daily chapel program in middle and high school was re-designed and expanded, the integration of Biblical concepts into all subject areas was improved, and the Olweus bullying prevention program was launched school-wide.
  • Bible Knowledge: In addition to daily prayer and devotion time, elementary students study scripture and have weekly verse memorization. At the culmination of their elementary school years students are able to recite Psalm 23, the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes and the Armor of God. In middle school, students have in-depth study during their yearly Bible class and can also recite scripture verses such as Matthew 5-7. High school students dig even deeper into the Word during their four semesters of Bible classes; Old and New Testaments, Faith in Practice, Church History and Conflict Resolution.
  • Service: The school is committed to teaching students the importance of giving to others as Christ taught us. This year the entire school participated in the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Food Drive, collecting an astounding 97 boxes of food.  The eight grade class had a three-day service trip in Miami, the entire high school (140+ students) volunteered at 13 local non-profits during a community service day, which was started this year by students, and seniors will have completed 150 service hours each by graduation.
Academic
  • Accreditation: Accredited by: Florida Council of Independent Schools, Florida Kindergarten Council, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Mennonite Education Agency.
  • Programs: Increased Advanced College Education Program offerings; Learning Support Program; and English for Speakers of Other Languages Program to meet needs of diverse learners.
  • Enrichment: An 11th Grade Odyssey of the Mind team ranked 4th at the World Competition! This was the team's 7th appearance at Worlds. In each of the past three Odyssey seasons, the team has consistently ranked first in the State of Florida, won the coveted Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award, and placed as one of the top 4 teams in the world.
Technology & Facilities
  • Master Planning: We are currently working with donors to raise the funds needed to begin building new facilities as outline on the campus master plan. 
  • Technology: We have begun implementing our long-range technology plan by updating our infrastructure for becoming a "bring your own device" campus.   Beginning this school year, all 6th-12th grade students will be required to "bring their own device".  This will allow us to enhance our curriculum by utilizing digital textbooks, learning management systems, web-based and cloud-based applications, and global collaboration.
GOALS
  • To collaborate with schools around the world, build relationships and enhance curriculum.
  • To increase endowment and campus master plan funds to prepare for the future of the school.
  • To increase enrollment and broaden the mission of the school.
Needs Statement

Adopt-a-Class

  • To purchase enhancement materials for individual classes. "Adoption": $100-$250/class
Tuition & Program Assistance
  • To provide need-based tuition assistance. Gifts start at $100; average student receives $2,300 per year.
  • To provide need-based financial assistance for students in Learning Support and/or ESOL programs. Cost: $1,440-$3,300/student
Technology
  • To update employee computers to improve work and efficiency. Cost: $800/computer
  • To outfit two classrooms with live-stream distant-learning abilities. Cost: $15,000/classroom
Professional Development/Support
  • To hire a part-time campus pastor to direct and support student spiritual development. Cost: $18,000
  • To enable faculty to attend conferences and continuing education courses and offer more on-campus training. Cost: $25,000
Campus Master Plan
  • To replace portables with new elementary and high school buildings. Cost: $5.5 million
  • To meet athletic/performing arts needs and plan for future growth by building an additional gym and new auditorium. Cost: $3.7 million
Background Statement

Sarasota Christian School was established in 1958 by a group of Mennonite parents who were interested in having their children educated in an educationally excellent, Anabaptist-Christian atmosphere. For more than 50 years now, Sarasota Christian School has been providing an academically advanced, Biblically-integrated curriculum to its students who come from a variety of upbringings and backgrounds. The school has shown steady growth from its small beginning of 15 students on the first day to over 420 students representing more than 60 local churches today. The fully-accredited independent school provides Pre-K through 12th grade education on a 25-acre campus. 

Sarasota Christian School provides a positive environment in which students can grow and thrive. Students enjoy small class sizes and individual attention from accomplished and caring Christian faculty. Classroom concepts are linked from Pre-K through 12th grade through curriculum mapping, which exceeds Florida state standards. In addition to core subjects, Sarasota Christian School offers courses in the arts, business, technology and more. Teachers utilize such tools as the school’s iPad lab to enhance learning experiences.  


Sarasota Christian School offers an accelerated college education program and an on-site dual enrollment program that gives high school students the opportunity to earn up to 27 college credits. Sarasota Christian School students achieve ACT and SAT scores that are higher than state and national composite scores.


But Sarasota Christian School is about more than just academic excellence: the school is also focused on nurturing students’ spiritual and personal development. Students are invited to join in a variety of enrichment programs, FHSAA athletics, and performing arts. They receive daily Bible instruction through regular chapels, classroom devotionals, Bible classes, or small group meetings. The school participates in an annual service project with school employees, students, and families; and high school students serve 150 volunteer hours before graduating—double the state standard. 


Sarasota Christian School provides a safe environment where students receive outstanding, well-rounded academic instruction in a Christian environment and are encouraged to grow through broad educational experiences. Sarasota Christian School: experience the difference. 

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Religion- Related
Keywords
SCS, Sarasota Christian, Private School, Children, Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Programs
Description

The mission of Sarasota Christian School includes honoring God and deepening Christian faith through partnership with the home, the church and the community. Students of all levels are nurtured spiritually through things like daily devotionals in class, regular chapels, small group meetings, Bible courses, and more.

Through words and practice, students are taught that community service and mission outreach are an important aspect of one's faith. The school community participates in local and global service or giving projects annually, and individual classes may perform their own service projects. In 2012-13, Sarasota Christian School began a partnership with Global Family, Mennonite Central Committee’s international education sponsorship program.  Each grade provides financial support, integrates program countries into the curriculum, and builds relationships with program schools and students.

Budget $75,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
  • elementary students will recite Psalm 23 (K), the Lord’s Prayer (1st), and Beatitudes (2nd), Armor of God (5th)
  • middle school students will be able to recite from memory Matthew 5-7.
  • At least 25% of chapels will encourage students to think beyond themselves.
  • 17% of high school students will conduct community service activities above the required amount for graduation, with a goal of a 3% increase. (SCS's requirements are already double the state standard.)
  • High school students volunteered over 7600 community service hours last year.
  • High school students will participate in an annual retreat where many may begin or deepen a relationship with Christ.
  • High school students will participate in a day of service to give back to the Sarasota community.
  • SCS will participate in a school-wide local service or giving project each year.

 

Long Term Success

Sarasota Christian School has developed a graduate profile that, in part, defines how the school anticipates students may have developed spiritually as a result of their education.

It is expected that a graduate of SCS is a person who: 

  • is growing in relationship to Jesus Christ and a faith community
  • values and accepts the authority of Scripture
  • lives a life of discernment, spiritual growth, and the discovery and development of gifts by asking questions and seeking answers
  • through the practice of spiritual disciplines, the counsel of other Christians and the church has a faith centered in Jesus Christ as the final revelation of God
  • knows he/she is loved by God and shares this love with others by word and deed
  • cultivates a Christ-centered worldview informed by an Anabaptist theology in a warmly ecumenical way" 
Program Success Monitoring The success of this program is monitored through regular reporting on initiatives as defined by the school's strategic plan.  Graduating seniors are also asked to complete a survey that coordinates with the school's graduate profile.
Program Success Examples

High School Service Day

In December 2013, 140+ high school students participated in a day of community service.  SCS seniors planned a service morning for the entire high school to bless the Sarasota community.

Seniors researched local agencies that provide helpful services to Sarasota residents with needs.  Students selected 13 agencies to serve and planned their on-site service.  They also taught in chapel after their visit concerning their holiday giving experience. 

Students washed airplanes, sorted food donations, sang to nursing home residents, organized libraries and baby supplies, painted rooms, cleaned stables, raked leaves and washed windows for elderly residents, and much more.

The agencies included:
Agape Flight Ministries
All Faiths Food Bank
Bethesda House Ministries
Community Haven
Everyday Blessings

Family Promise
InStride Equine Assisted Therapy
Pine Ridge Mobile Home Park
Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center
Save Our Seabirds
Southeastern Guide Dog Center
Sunnyside Retirement Village
The Salvation Army
Description

The mission of Sarasota Christian School includes developing academic abilities and broadening educational experiences.  SCS is committed to providing academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment to help students discover their full potential, ignite a lifelong passion for service and equip them to become spiritual leaders and transform the world.

Classroom concepts are connected from Pre-K through 12th grade through curriculum mapping, which exceeds Florida state standards. In addition to core subjects, SCS offers courses in the arts, business, technology and more. SCS also offers an accelerated college education program and an on-site dual enrollment program that gives high school students the opportunity to earn up to 27 college credits in small classes under the tutelage of qualified, caring faculty.
Budget $0
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
  • On average, elementary and middle school students score in the top third of the nationally-scored Stanford Achievement test.
  • SCS students achieve SAT scores that exceed local, state and national levels.
  • ACT college readiness results indicate that our high school students are more ready to successfully complete a freshman year at college than local, state and national students.
  • 100% college acceptance rate.
Long Term Success

Sarasota Christian School has developed a graduate profile that, in part, defines how the school anticipates students will develop academically as a result of their school experience.

It is expected that a graduate of SCS is a person who: 

  • infuses a Christ-centered faith into learning and understanding
  • has a love for learning and has developed skills that enable her/him to be a lifelong learner with the ability to solve problems, think critically, and to work collaboratively with others
  • exhibits competency in the basics, knowledge in the academic disciplines, the arts and workforce skills 
  • communicates effectively through speaking, writing and listening
  • incorporates technology appropriately and has the ability to access information
  • has the knowledge and skills for success in his/her personal life, management of money, relationships, and self-understanding
  • has a love for God’s creation
Program Success Monitoring

To ensure that the highest educational standards are maintained, the total program from Pre-K through 12th grade is regularly evaluated internally and by accrediting agencies. Last year, Sarasota Christian School was fully re-accredited by:

  1. Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
  2. Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
  3. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  4. Mennonite Education Agency (MEA). 
Academic programs are also reviewed regularly against the school's strategic plan and by the school's administrative and guidance teams.  
 
Program Success Examples

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate.

This year the Regional Competition was held in March, and four of the school’s teams advanced to the State Competition in April. The 11th grade team earned first place in their problem and division at States, advancing them to the World Competition held in May, and putting these young students in a category with the best and brightest in the world.  At the World Competition the team finished in 4th place! This was the team's 7th appearance at Worlds. In each of the past three Odyssey seasons, the team has consistently ranked first in the State of Florida, won the coveted Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award, and placed as one of the top 4 teams in the world.

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Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey A. Shank
CEO Term Start July 2009
CEO/Executive Director Email jshank@sarasotachristian.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Dawn Graber Director of Academics
Larry Litwiller Director of Business Services
Amanda Stutzman Director of Advancement and Communications
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 51
Part Time Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % 77
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 250
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
  • Sarasota Christian School is supported by four local Mennonite churches: Abundant Life Church, Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, Bay Shore Mennonite Church, and Bethel Mennonite Church. Representatives from these four churches make up the school's Board of Directors and Corporate Board.
  • Sarasota Christian School partners with Sunnyside Village, a neighboring non-profit senior citizen community and health center. SCS and Sunnyside Village representatives regularly visit each other for field trips, games, learning experiences, volunteer opportunities, and more. SCS looks forward to continuing to build this relationship in years to come.
  • Sarasota Christian School partners with local, national and international giving partners to help spread Christ's love throughout the world by supplying food for the hungry, water for the thirsty, clothes and supplies for the needy, etc. SCS also has a school-wide partnership with Mennonite Central Committee's Global Family program in which each grade sponsors an international community-based education program. 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Mennonite Schools Council (MSC)
National Honor Society
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
Mennonite Education Agency (MEA)
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
One World AwardSarasota Sister Cities Association2012
All Star Award for Ranking Top 10% in Constituent CommunicationsConstant Contact2012
Best Private SchoolGulfcoast Family Living Magazine2012
Best Private School FinalistSRQ Magazine2014
Best Private SchoolGulfcoast Family Living Magazine2014
#1 Athletic Program in State - Class 2AFHSAA2014
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 7
Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2008
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Rodney Shrock
Company Affiliation Custom Air CFO
Board Term Nov 2013 to Oct 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Emily Campbell Campbell Cabinetry Designs, Inc.
Mr. Mike De Graaf R & M Development, LLC
Dr. Shirley Good Alliance Counseling Services
Mr. Benji Kauffman Shue-Kauffman, Inc.
Mr. C.J. Mayer Mayer Construction Inc.
Mr. Darrin Miller eCom Systems
Mrs. Kathy Otto Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Mr. Rodney Shrock Custom Air CFO
Mr. Rich Shue Shue-Kauffman, Inc.
Mrs. Nancy Yoder Retired Teacher
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 89
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Education
Finance
Nominating
Personnel
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $3,522,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,417,000.00
Endowment Value $339,772.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose In order to better execute all aspects of our mission, meet the challenges of a 21st century education, remove aging stand-alone portables and grow enrollment, several new facilities are essential. The Building on Tradition, Expanding Possibilities Campaign includes a New High School Building, New Auditorium, New Gymnasium, New Elementary Building, Athletic Complex Expansion, and Endowment.
Campaign Goal $16,400,000.00
Campaign Dates Feb 2012 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$170,530$124,863$208,460
$0$0$0
$3,361,202$3,193,967$2,985,802
Investment Income, Net of Losses$93,735$48,187($1,027)
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$191,281$231,978$244,311
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$8,631
Other$78,390$73,245$56,925
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$2,485,675$2,353,591$2,181,517
Administration Expense$1,112,959$1,143,872$1,163,495
Fundraising Expense$60,539$68,293$53,766
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.031.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%66%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%19%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$4,070,514$3,849,354$3,906,805
Current Assets$877,514$847,061$1,042,597
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$885,129$899,934$1,063,869
Total Net Assets$3,185,385$2,949,420$2,842,936
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition and Registration $3,160,605Tuition & Registration $3,000,078Tuition and Registration Fees $2,815,345
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $191,281Fundraising $231,978Fundraising $244,311
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $170,530Contributions, gifts, grants $124,863Contributions, gifts, grants $208,460
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.990.940.98
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the financial statements.  Financial figures were taken from the financial reviews as the nonprofit is exempt from filing a Federal tax return.
Nonprofit Sarasota Christian School
Address 5415 Bahia Vista St
Sarasota, FL 34232
Primary Phone 941 371-6481

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