"May people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field." Psalm 72:16
God made and upholds the oceans, forests, and wilderness, but he has set the field apart for special fruitfulness and partnership. The field is where divine image bearers are invited to collaborate with Almighty God, to participate in the production of all manner of beautiful and useful things. Our prayer is that the city's children would truly blossom into who they were created to be, bearing the fruit of wisdom, joy, and peace.
"Let the field exult, and all that is in it."
The Field School is a multiracial, classical school that feeds the hearts and minds of children through rigorous study rooted in a Christ-centered environment. Students grow intellectually, socially and spiritually, deepening their passion for lifelong learning, selfless service, and a desire for lasting relationships amid diverse community.
Classical, Christ-centered education seeks to develop children to their full capacity as image-bearers of God: knowing, loving, and expressing that which is good, true, and beautiful. Students engage rigorous content that has endured through the centuries, inheriting the wisdom found in the liberal arts; grapple with diverse thinkers, texts, and artwork, and ultimately develop habits of personal responsibility, lifelong learning, and robust self-expression.
Education at The Field School is based in rich fellowship with others. Our desire is to develop mature persons who delight in learning and are prepared to navigate a complex, changing world. Additionally, through the school community, we hope to forge relationships that result in true education for all participants (students, parents, faculty, friends,) and a kingdom gathering of those who love the way of Jesus.
We are a Christ-centered school. The person of Jesus Christ informs our mission and educational philosophy, as well as the daily life of the school. Each day begins with prayer, Scripture and song. Leadership and faculty believe that with Christ at the center of all things, all children can experience personal transformation and growth. At The Field School, students and families from all religious traditions and backgrounds find belonging and value, and are invited into lasting relationships that form our community.
The full expression of the kingdom of God depends on rich and diverse community. The Field School promotes relationship building among its student/parent community, staff, and neighborhood. We are passionate about being catalysts for urban renewal, racial reconciliation, and the establishment of dignity, empowerment, and self-determination for all.
We plan to launch in the fall of 2017 with Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade. Each year an early childhood class will be added as the initial first grade class ages.
Chicago’s West side is an area with rich history and stark inequalities. Given our vision, early interest, and strategic opportunity, we are targeting West side neighborhoods like Austin and Garfield Park.
This effort is inspired by a number of schools, most significantly The Oaks Academy in Indianapolis: a classical, Christ-centered school with three campuses. The Oaks is 40% African American, 40% white, and 20% Latino(a) and Asian American; nearly half the students at The Oaks qualify for free or reduced lunch. In 2015, The Oaks was the highest performing network of schools in Indiana on the statewide standardized exam.
Independent schools raise money through tuition, private tax-deductible donations, and foundation grants. This school would utilize a sliding scale to determine how much each family pays: as little as $500 to as much as $7,500, taking into account income, number of children enrolled at the school, and other factors. At The Oaks, 85% of students receive financial assistance.
We have a detailed action plan to address the following critical needs, as well as a white paper that communicates our vision.
Human resources: Founding team, school leader, teachers, trustees, and donors
Funding: Seed funds of $25,000; first year operations of $225,000
Community partnerships: Neighborhood organizations, churches, and stakeholders
Spiritual power: Continuous prayer for God’s guidance, wisdom, and favor
For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.