Cincinnati Christian Schools’ saying “Believe. Belong. Become,” is more than just a motto. It is a promise the Fairfield-based school offers its students academically and spiritually. “That’s sort of a really simple way to describe what we try to offer a student who attends Cincinnati Christian,” says Mark Phair, public relations director for CCS.

The “believe” is centered on faith, but Phair sees it as including something else. “It also is our belief [in] the potential of all our students and [our commitment] to help them fulfill their potential,” says Phair.

CCS does this by not just teaching students to read and write, but to do so in the context of a Christ-centered character. “They’re receiving just as much an education on how to grow closer to God, how to grow closer to Christ, how to be a better Christian,” adds Phair.

Admission to the school is grounded in its commitment to faith.

“We try to find families who want to have their kids in a non-denominational Christian atmosphere, where the Bible is going to be at the core of what we do,” says Phair. By requesting a pastoral reference and asking spiritual background questions, CCS tries to bring in students and families who already share the school’s values.

“Belong” focuses on the community the school builds for its students. The school’s goal is to ensure every student is involved and that no one feels left out. They do this by allowing the students to explore their interests and passions. “It’s not uncommon for a student to be involved in the play and then also play a varsity sport and be on student council,” says Phair. “We really try to give a whole, well-rounded experience to the average student.”

This sense of belonging is translated into their admission process. “We never want finances to be a discouragement for people, so we really try to find creative solutions,” says Phair. Using their scholarship and student work program, CCS makes sure that those who want to attend can.

The final part, “become,” is about helping students reach their full potential as adults. At the elementary campus, students can participate in Tradetown where they learn about supply and demand while managing their own business. Junior and senior high students can take classes like debate and journalism to help guide them in their career path. Phair says, “We really try to show them and prepare them for college, not just in terms of academic rigor but also in potential careers.”

CCS brings these values into the 21st century with its Digital Conversion program. By the 2014-2015 school year, CCS plans on using laptop-based instruction for grades four through 12. Phair feels that this will help the school adapt to different learning styles while also giving them tools they may need for the future. “We want to make sure that our students are prepared for the jobs and all the careers and all the opportunities that are coming with the constantly changing environment,” adds Phair.

Anyone looking to send their child to CCS should visit the campus and speak to current student families. “Someone like myself or on the admission staff, we’re going to tell you all the things we want you to hear,” Phair says. “We really want our prospective parents to talk to existing parents.”