Our Core Values
We work towards this by expressing our Core Values in our daily work.
1. WE APPLY GOD’S TRUTH IN OUR DAILY LIVES.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
2. WE EMBODY A PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
3. WE CHOOSE TO SERVE OTHERS EVERY DAY.
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”
4. WE EMBRACE DIVERSITY AND VALUE EVERY STUDENT.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
5. WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF LOVE AND GRACE.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The Academic Crest and the Target Graduate
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
A coat of arms is a heraldic visual design. The coat of arms forms the central element of the full heraldic achievement, which in its whole consists of shield (armor of God), supporters (parents, teachers, community), crest (cross and crown), and motto (Isaiah 40:31).
The Landmark Christian School Coat of Arms was created by Ms. Kathy David (first Guidance Counselor at Landmark) and Mr. Kevin Harkey (Founding Head of School).
The image, seen on the pillar walking into the front of the main campus entrance, used a shield shape as the base to symbolize the armor of God. In the upper left, the lyre represents all the arts; it represents the artistic goals we have for our students.
In the upper right, the winged sandal over the olive branch symbolizes running, speed, and progress: the emphasis on physical development we place in our program.
The lower left image depicts a basin, pitcher, and towel; an image meant to evoke the model of foot washing and servant leadership that Christ provided believers. In the same way, this shapes our social goals for our students as they grow in love and service towards others.
The crest depicts an oil lamp in the lower right, symbolic of wisdom, the light of knowledge. This symbol is an homage to our emphasis on academic excellence.
As Ms. David shared, the phrase “Wings as Eagles” came from Isaiah 40:31. “The Eagle was chosen as our mascot- as it is often a symbol of noble nature, protection, fearlessness, tenacity. The eagle at the top was designated that position as our noble and fearless mascot. I feel the eagle’s qualities and the Isaiah verse played into that mascot choice— it certainly did for the position on the crest.”
At the center of the crest is the cross and crown, appropriately placed as the centering common element of our pursuit: a life lived in submission to Christ. Ms. David shares the imagery is meant to remind us of “Jesus bringing us from death to life and Crown, our risen Lord reigning victoriously, as the King of Glory; His sovereignty.” - Ms. Kathy David.
It is not just coincidence that our revised language around the Target Graduate echoes the order and display of our founding vision; it is a return to the original wording and vision of the school leaders, and it serves as the perfect visual reminder of what we are trying to accomplish and why.
Our guiding visionary goal is for each Landmark Christian graduate to be prepared to impact the world for Jesus Christ by being equipped spiritually, academically, socially, artistically, and physically.
Luke 2:52: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
The Landmark student . . .
• follows Jesus Christ
• reflects Christian values and principles
• defines and articulates a Christian worldview
• demonstrates thorough knowledge and understanding of the Bible, submitting into accountability with other believers and applying God’s truth in everyday life
• commits to God’s Truth as revealed in His Word and the lifelong pursuit of wisdom and knowledge
• serves others both in community and congregation
• Desires knowledge and so perseveres in the learning process
• Creates, collaborates, communicates with excellence
• Practices intellectual humility in hospitality of other viewpoints without necessarily adhering to them
• possesses the necessary skills and learning strategies for successful transition into a four-year university
• establishes original connections out of a framework of transferrable intellectual and life skills with authentic curiosity and ownership of one’s education
• approaches problem-solving strategically and with the courage to take calculated risks, doing so in a confident, persuasive, and respectful manner
• Humbles the self in the service of others, having the same mindset of Christ
• Lives as a Christ-like servant-leader in family, church, and community
• Demonstrates Christ-like love for all as a person of faith, character, and integrity
• Practices good sportsmanship, teamwork, preparation, and discipline
• Embraces each person’s value in being a unique reflection of God’s image
• Appreciates, experiences, and seeks moments of beauty in every subject and in the everyday
• Discovers one’s giftings and creates as a form of worship
• Risks and perseveres through the creative process
• Participates within a community of appreciation for art, built upon a genuine love of truth, goodness, and beauty
• Honors one’s body as a gift from God and a temple of the Holy Spirit,
embracing the daily discipline of sacrifice and desiring the greater reward
We accomplish this in our daily work by engaging students in a rich, relevant, and rewarding course of study.