Strategic Priorities 2020 - 2025
Des Moines Christian School's strategic plan focuses on deepening learning to maximize each student’s potential; expanding opportunities to accomplish more together through enrollment and philanthropy; and board and strategic governance. Our five-year comprehensive giving campaign, Impact Tomorrow Today (ITT), establishes the goals to achieve our plan through tuition and philanthropy. The five priorities include:
Our Faculty—Debt Retirement $2.5M
Retiring our debt allows us to invest in faculty compensation. The campaign raises our current average faculty salary from 77% to 90%, of the average of Des Moines metro schools.
By investing in our faculty, we will deepen learning as we retain and attract the best teachers, and add faculty to teach dual credit courses. Additional staff will also provide more academic and mental health support for students.
Our Campus—Capital Projects $12.3M
There are several capital projects planned in the ITT campaign. Each project is student centric and provides spaces that align with our strategic academic plan, equip faculty to purposefully teach students how to become passionate apprentices of Christ, allow students to create memories through co-curricular activities, and encourage our families to build friendships with each other.
The first and largest project is the Middle School/High School addition and renovation. The addition provides flexible, collaborative learning spaces that allow us to expand academic programming. With the addition of 13 classrooms, we can begin to increase the number of dual credit courses offered to our students. The addition will allow enrollment capacity to grow by a total of 105 students in grades 6-12. A dedicated 300-seat chapel will be a place of significant spiritual formation. The renovation of the gym and updates to our entrance, lobby and security are also included as part of the five year capital plan.
Our Students—Lion Fund $6.7M
Gifts to our annual fund, the Lion Fund, allow DMC to provide exceptional student life experiences. This includes new academic tools to deepen learning including technology, programming, and classroom updates.
Our Families—Tuition Assistance $3M
Needs-based tuition assistance allows DMC to be accessible to families of all income levels.
Our Future—Endowment $5M
Endowment gifts are invested permanently to provide financial stability for DMC for generations to come. It’s our responsibility now to ensure DMC will continue to provide faith-based education for future students and families. Our Legacy Circle recognizes donors who are making this special type of gift to DMC.