I am rarely at a loss for words. But, today is one of those days. God showed up yet again and enabled our dream to become a reality – to utilize the former Rosewood Elementary School as the soon-to-be site of our WCCS Lower School. Earlier today, we closed on the property at 2240 Rosewood Drive. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Thank you to the entire WCCS community for your prayerful support throughout this process. Thank you to the WCCS Board for courageously trusting God to meet our needs as we sought to fulfill the mission and vision of our school in this new facility. Thank you to the faculty, staff, and administration for your encouragement and excitement from day one. Speaking of day one, thank you to Westminster Presbyterian Church and her leadership for your support of WCCS since our founding decades ago.
Many of you have heard me exclaim, “Yay School!,” at one time or another. It is such a joy to be a part of the WCCS community as we proclaim it together in this exciting season for our school. As we do, may it also be said of us, “…that together (we) may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:6)
With the purchase of the Rosewood property, we envision a campus that will allow us to grow our enrollment so that more students are instructed in the truth of the gospel and ultimately so that God receives more worship! This move will enhance our mission and facilitate extended space for future generations of students to bless our world as disciples of Jesus Christ! Below is a list of improvements we are going to be able to offer because of this new location.
WCCS has experienced sustained growth in the Early Childhood (infants through kindergarten) and Elementary (1st through 5th grades) programs. The purchase of the Rosewood property will allow us to add up to three sections per grade for twos – 5th grade, creating a larger base of students to feed into the Upper School (6th through 12th.) We want to emphasize that while growth for WCCS does mean slowly adding a third section (if it doesn’t already exist) in each of these grades, we are committed to keeping class ratios the same. We believe small class sizes, with an average of 16-18 students, allows for the best learning environment.
We are excited to offer classroom spaces with much larger square footage and with windows providing natural light.
This new location will feature more dedicated play spaces for each developmental stage of childhood growth. We are planning separate play areas for infants through twos, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary years. In addition, P.E. and art will have their own dedicated outdoor learning areas.
The move to this new location will provide enhanced safety and security features. Benefits include one building with a single guest entrance and double entry security doors. Students will no longer have a need to travel between multiple buildings.
Our music, art, computer, Spanish, and other enrichment classes will each have dedicated classroom space. This includes a large media center and a gymnasium for P.E.
We are excited for the opportunity to potentially expand our elementary self-supported classroom to include students from kindergarten – 4th grade with the addition of more classroom space and square footage.
While we are looking forward to some improvements, there are some foundational things about our school that will NOT change.
Even though we are moving into a new building, our mission of educating students to bless our world as disciples of Jesus Christ will remain at the forefront of all decisions regarding personnel, curriculum, admissions, and related activities. We have a vision of this new campus allowing us to better serve our community by continuing to provide excellent Christian education.
We may be relocating our lower school classrooms and learning spaces, however we remain a committed ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church. We are grateful for their continued support and guidance as we seek to honor the Lord in all that we do. There will continue to be opportunities where we utilize church spaces for special events, connect with church leadership and staff in seeking wisdom and counsel, and intentionally promote the benefits of family involvement in WPC worship and activities.
The Lord has blessed us with the opportunity to acquire this new building without having to take on unmanageable financial burdens as a school. This means that we are still able to offer affordable options for Christian education that meet the financial needs of families in the surrounding area. We do not foresee raising tuition above the normal annual 3.5% increase that accounts for inflation and cost of living increases to support faculty and staff.
This move is necessary for the managed growth that we have already been seeing over the last two years. The new location will provide an opportunity to equip more children with the gospel (by adding more sections per grade) and thereby impact God’s Kingdom. This new facility has more and larger classroom spaces that will allow each class to spread out. We still value the individual attention that teachers are able to give each student in a smaller class environment and do not anticipate increasing class numbers beyond the average 16-18 students per class.
Now that we have closed on the property, we will begin making all the necessary renovations, improvements, and deep cleaning before we can move into the building. We will keep you updated on our progress along the way, so be on the lookout for more communications throughout the spring and summer. Also, we are offering opportunities in the next several weeks for lower school parents to tour the property (as is – before cleanup and renovations commence.) Be on the lookout for an email from Lisa Barlow, our Director of Development, with a link to sign up.
In addition, we will also offer open house dates after construction and renovations have been completed later in the summer. We hope you will make plans to join us!
We praise God that He has cleared a path for our school to continue to grow in enrollment and teach more students through a biblical lens. Through this, we pray that God brings us even more students who will take God’s truth into the world, impacting it for His sake. You can join with us in this endeavor! First and foremost, we covet your prayers! We ask that you continue to pray that God would be with us in all the details of facility renovations, logistics, and preparations for our move into the new building. It’s an exciting time, but there is much to get done! Several have asked for the opportunity to help financially with the many facilities, technology, security, and playground upgrades that we are making. To do so, please click on the link below and select “Rosewood Upfit Fund.” We appreciate your prayers and support!