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About MRCS

We’re different.

Our vision goes beyond providing your child with an innovative education. We want to provide a Christian education that nurtures the heart, soul, mind and strength of each student.  

We work with families and local churches to build a caring community that is mission-minded. We want to see every child thrive. Our vision is to see hearts and minds transformed—in our students—and in the world around us for the glory of God.

Here is how our vision comes together.

Scripture

We root ourselves in God’s word.  Our school verse sums up what we are all about.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… Love your neighbour as yourself.  Mark 12:30-31

Mission

Why does MRCS exist?  It’s a big idea and a big mission.

Our mission is to provide Christian education to transform the whole student—and the world—for the glory of God.

Vision

This is how our vision plays out. This describes what our staff focuses on every day.

Our vision is to provide innovative Christian education in a mission-minded community where every student thrives.

Innovative

Our classrooms are interactive. Teachers’ work with students using a wide variety of activities from inquiry-based stations to project-based learning. Students explore a meaningful question, a real-world problem or a design challenge. They work together in teams to research and present their findings. It is exciting and innovative hands-on learning.

Christian Education

A Biblical Worldview is interwoven through every subject. In the younger grades, it is an understanding and celebration of God’s creation and our role within it. In the older grades, it provokes thoughtful discussion.

Why is a Biblical worldview so important?

A Biblical worldview guides our thinking and behaviour. Here is an example: a Biblical worldview understands that all humans are created in the image of God and have intrinsic value. So when we address issues such as cloning, we ask: How does cloning advance the benefits of science and fit with our Christian values? A Biblical worldview helps us explore issues and find solutions in a way that honours the intrinsic value of human life.

Mission-minded community

We are outward focused. We want to be part of what God is doing in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and beyond. That’s why we work with local churches and mission organizations. Serving others and participating in our greater community is an important part of who we are.

Every student thrives

We see students as more than just curious minds. We see the whole student—heart, soul, mind and strength. (It is our Biblical worldview.) To help every student thrive, our Christian staff works as a team to integrate the following parts into everything we do.

Academics: to challenge and develop the mind
Arts: to recognize, create and express truth
Athletics: to value active play and train strong, healthy bodies
Community: to serve one another and our global community
Intergenerational: to provide cross-grade experiences from pre-school to grade 12 and involve siblings, parents, grandparents and alumni
Emotional: to foster healthy emotional intelligence based on our identity in Christ
Spiritual: to incorporate ten discipleship characteristics into the curriculum to help our students understand how faith can be lived out.

Teaching for transformation

This is a term we use to explain how teaching from a Biblical worldview transforms the student. We believe that the word of God is “alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12). So when the truths of the Bible are incorporated in the classroom, we expect exciting things to happen!

But how do we make the concept of a Biblical worldview into something that even our youngest students can understand?

We focus on “10 Discipleship Characteristics.” Every year, we select one of these characteristics and work on it extensively. We incorporate it into our academic, arts, athletics and chapel programs. It’s a concrete way to teach our students how faith in Jesus Christ can be lived out.

  1. God-worshippers – honor the Lord our God with grateful hearts
  2. image-reflectors – represent Jesus as His ambassadors
  3. community-servers – build peace and heal brokenness
  4. justice-promoters – identify injustices and become agents of change
  5. temple-keepers – care for our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit
  6. beauty-creators – praise God by creating beautiful things
  7. creation-caretakers – work diligently as stewards of God’s creation
  8. order-discoverers – find harmony and order in God’s creation
  9. idolatry-discerners – identify and understand the idols of our time
  10. truth-seekers – seek and proclaim truth in all areas of life

Governance

Maple Ridge Christian School operates as a registered society and non-profit organization. Please watch our video to learn about how our governance works.

MRCS Board Members 2020-21
Peter Hamming — President
Adam Crowston — Vice President
Candace Nickel —Treasurer
Nate Searle — Secretary
Bob Barclay —Director
Alm Casey — Director
Quentin Flokstra — Director
Kevin Sowerby — Director