Portrait of a Graduate

The Portrait of a Graduate reflects Des Moines Christian School’s desire for each student in kindergarten through grade 12 to be impacted by the educational experience. God is never done working in us, and graduation is not an end but another beginning.

Servant-Hearted Leaders

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

  • Love and serve their families, friends, communities, and the world with passion, care, and empathy
  • Give generously of their time and talents within their relationships, churches, and communities
  • Collaborate with others and impact team efforts with creative ideas, actionable suggestions, and hard work
  • Show perseverance, tenacity, and resilience in the face of difficult tasks and adversity

Critical Thinkers and Effective Communicators

“The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.” Proverbs 16:21,23

  • Think critically and analytically through a faithful and Biblical perspective
  • Understand and respect all cultures as created in God’s image and value differing perspectives
  • Listen first to understand, resulting in the ability to connect with empathy, thoughtfulness, and confidence
  • Articulate and stand firm in their faith and a biblical worldview

Accomplished Learners

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

  • Recognize, pursue, and maximize the potential of their God-given gifts and callings
  • Solve problems with confidence, humility, and courage
  • Set goals, meet expectations, and diligently work to prepare for college, career, and beyond
  • Embrace and commit to lifelong learning

Passionate Apprentices of Christ

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

  • Demonstrate confidence and security in their identity as a child of God
  • Seek, discern, and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit
  • Embrace that they are saved by grace, demonstrate ability to learn from mistakes, and give grace to others
  • Live and act in faith with boldness, joy, and authenticity