Why We Do What We Do

Every school can tell you what they do. They have bullet points outlining what they offer as an educational institution. Most schools (including ours) can even tell you how they do what they do, how they go about accomplishing those bullet points.

But that’s nominal stuff. That’s expected. The real bottom-line thing each of us needs to know—that we each innately long to know—isn’t what or how.

It’s why.

So let me share why we do what we do at Alta Loma Christian School. The reason why is because:

We love Jesus.
We love kids.
We love families.
We love each other.
We love Christ-centered, Christian school education.
We love learning, teaching, creativity, innovation, scholarship, and a spirit of entrepreneurship.
We love envisioning our students’ finest futures.
We love making a difference, then watching our kids make a difference as they become the next generation of change agents in the world.
We love transformed lives and those seeking transformation.
We love being used by God to make an impact for eternity.

And we love you.

So why do we do what we do? It’s simple, really.

Love. It never fails, and is the greatest why of all (see 1 Corinthians 13).

So the next time you look at a bullet-pointed list of what and how, let me encourage you to keep remembering why we do what we do. Keep love in mind, and we’ll see you around campus.

For the Glory of Christ and the Good of Our Kids,

Dr. Vance Nichols
Head of School
Alta Loma Christian School

Dr. Nichols (BS, MS, EdD) also serves as an adjunct professor of education and on the MSEd Specialization Advisory Council at California Baptist University, and on the Private School Advisory Committee for California State Assemblyman Marc Steinorth. He recently completed a three-year term as commissioner and chair of the ACSI Southern California Regional Accreditation Commission, and was an educational researcher, organizational leadership theorist, and 2015 Innovation Scholar at the University of Southern California. His most recent published research—“Schools At Risk: An Analysis of Factors Endangering the Evangelical Christian School Movement in America”—can be accessed online via the USC Digital Library at: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15799coll40/id/294584/rec/82