Dear SCS Community,
When I officially began my role as Head of School for Sarasota Christian just a year ago, I thought I knew exactly what the first 12 months would look like. I would be joining a long-established, well respected, academically focused, Christian community comprised of faith-filled faculty and families. A school that was growing and poised to be THE top choice for Christian education in our area. I could just SEE the possibilities! However, only God could truly see what this year would bring.
I anticipated SCS would have a community feel, as most gatherings of believers do. God showed me a family. From Smack's spirit night (with delicious Mudrow's Mud), to home games, to thousands of parent volunteer hours, to the first ever Gobble-fest and more, you,- our families - showed up in force, as only a family would.
I anticipated SCS would have amazing students. God showed me a student body who sought God first. I was inspired by students’ worship in chapel, by their service to the community and by their dedication to God. I was encouraged by our youngest students scripture memorization and prayers and by our oldest students leading in Christian service and faith. I was motivated by hard-won academic achievements by students who were truly working, "as if for the Lord".
I anticipated an SCS faculty and staff who were well educated and capable. God showed me His hands and feet. As teachers infused biblical principals into daily lessons and shared their faith freely, they influenced students lives for eternity. As staff members worked tirelessly to support the efforts of Sarasota Christian School in our community, they impacted the kingdom.
I could never have anticipated the abrupt shift our school year would take as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I also could not have anticipated how incredibly well our SCS family would deal with it. Teachers became tech experts overnight. Parents partnered in their children's education like never before. SCS opened "remote learning campuses" in hundreds of homes in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. In less than 2 months, SCS, in the words of one of our parents, “excelled and far exceeded any other educational institution in our area".
As I reflect on the 2019-20 school year, I think all would agree it has been a year of surprises. I know the future will be no different and I am so excited about what is to come. Below you will find a link to a presentation on the "Five Year Strategic Plan for SCS". I invite you to watch it. I anticipate the next five years will be remarkable at Sarasota Christian School.
I cannot wait to see what God will show us!
Head of School
These are uncertain times. Millions of school children around the world are learning to adapt to remote education, and we know families are facing unexpected and significant challenges in the weeks to come. At SCS, we are proud of our professional and experienced educators who have quickly launched a remote learning plan for all of our students in Pre-K - 12th grade. Although we are operating at a distance from each other, we continue to offer an exceptional, Christ-centered education to our students.
Each morning, our school day begins with prayer and devotion, just like it does when we are together on campus. Our students' days are filled with the same challenging lessons, engaging content, and faith-filled curriculum. Our faculty is fully engaged with our students in live teaching sessions.
Recently, we surveyed our parents about their experience so far with remote learning. We were so encouraged by the many positive comments they shared with us.
"I love the structure. It helps my student stay on track and get what she needs to get done."
They are so happy to see their teacher and friends. Teacher materials were well organized. Big props to these teachers!!!
The classwork was very clear and straightforward for my son, which made it easy to access and complete.
Being on a schedule has been great. I am thrilled that they get on with their teachers and classmates and think 30 on 15 off is great for keeping her engaged and focused. Thank you so much for getting this so well organized.
The staff and teachers did a wonderful job setting this all up and explaining things so we understand. Thanks so much for making this crazy time easier!
It was fun being able to listen in and hear their interactions with a class. Both teachers showed SO much support, patience, kindness and grace. I’m incredibly grateful for all of the efforts that have gone into making distance learning an option for all of our students.
We look forward to when our campus reopens to our students, but in the meantime, we are confident that we continue to offer "the SCS difference" through our remote learning plan.
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Jeff Mudrow has been named as the next Head of School for Sarasota Christian School. Mr. Mudrow comes to SCS with more than twenty years of experience in education, including seven years as Head of School in a private school setting.
Most recently, Mr. Mudrow served as Upper School Head at Cypress Christian School in Houston, Texas. In addition to experience as Head of School at Hosanna Christian Academy in Klamath Falls, OR and Lenawee Christian in Adrian, MI, he has served as an Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and Social Studies teacher. A former collegiate soccer player at Warner Pacific University, Mr. Mudrow has a passion for sports and has served as head coach for basketball, cross country, soccer and track teams.
"I truly believe that God in His wisdom has directed all my education and each of my previous roles at other schools to uniquely prepare me to serve at SCS," said Mr. Mudrow. "I believe that SCS is perfectly poised to launch into a new era of excellence. Whether it is in the classroom, the sports field or in Christian service to our community, we can build on the strong traditions of the school's past and launch from there into a greater future."
Mr. Mudrow's first day on campus will be July 1, 2019. In the coming weeks, he will work with the Board of Directors, Interim Superintendent Hudson, and the Administrative team to begin the onboarding process as he and his wife Teresa transition to the Sarasota area.
"After the strong validation of Mr. Mudrow's qualifications for the Head of School role, probably the most distinguishing factor in the final choice was Jeff’s personal alignment with the mission of the school and his eagerness to partner with SCS," said Nancy B. Yoder, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Jeff has embraced and is energized by our vision for SCS.
Mr. Mudrow received a Bachelor of Science in Social Science with a minor in Education from Warner Pacific University and received an MS in Education Leadership from Walden University. He and Teresa have been married for 26 years and have one son, Matthew, who attends Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. In his spare time, Mr. Mudrow loves to read and enjoy a good cup of coffee. He loves cooking, particularly Asian inspired dishes and breakfast foods, and enjoys all sorts of physical activities and sports.
Welcome to Sarasota Christian School, Mr. Mudrow!
At Sarasota Christian School, we believe there are many benefits of a Christian education.A recent study confirms that Christian schools help students remain faithful as young adults. Using the most recent Cardus Education Survey data, analysts found that attending a Christian school has a measurable effect on graduates that is distinct from the influence of family, socio-economic background, or church life.
Among the findings in the new report Walking the Path: The Religious Lives of Young Adults in North America (David Sikkink, 2018), there are three key ways in which graduates of Christian high schools are different than public school grads:
“Church and family life are important in young adults’ spiritual formation, but our research reinforces the fact school plays an important role in this as well,” said Dr. Beth Green, education program director at Cardus.
We couldn't agree more! At Sarasota Christian School, Biblical truths are seamlessly integrated into classrooms, extracurricular activities, and athletics. We invite you to come discover for yourself how Sarasota Christian School can help your child build a firm foundation of faith.