Academic Excellence

Ouf Staff is committed to excellence

We have adopted the standards listed below in order to better serve our students, equipping them with wisdom and knowledge to become effective Christ followers and bring peace and restoration to earth.


SOCS Standards of Excellence in Teaching

Skill-based Aspects of Teaching


Effective Planning

a. Creativity in curriculum delivery

  • Hands-on, innovative learning activities

  • Involving students in instructing the class

  • Get into the character of a topic/subject being studied

  • Structured scope and sequence is evident

b. Encouraging creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and responsibility in students  

  • Small group to large group interaction

  • Investigative learning and activity-based learning

  • Prepare for learning extensions

c. Appropriate differentiation to meet student needs

  • Meets needs of each individual student

  • Student-based goal setting

  • Student ownership of learning targets

  • Attentive to individual social, emotional and academic needs

  • Attentive to needs of the classroom community as a whole

d. Relevant, “real-life” connections, meaningful to the student   

  • Current events

  • Tangible correlation connection

  • Authentic experience options

  • Personal stories

  • Use field trips appropriately and often to get “beyond the four walls”

  • Integrate cross-grade level and cross-curricular projects when appropriate

  • Use STEM emphasis whenever possible

e. Integration of School Mission / Purpose and Core Values   

  • Lessons identify how God is glorified in subject matter

  • Clear evidence of a planned authentic biblical worldview

  • Lessons and activities proactively promote biblical community

  • Lessons identify and promote Christ-like character development

f. Planned Integration of Biblical Perspective     

  • Planned and proactive biblical integration across all curriculum areas

  • Stewardship of students’ God-given gifts of wisdom and intellect

  • All things are done to God’s glory

g. Appropriate integration of Technology to Enhance Learning   

  • Technology used to improve learning (not for its own sake)

  • Technology used to model or emulate real-world applications

  • Technology used to extend what is learned by other means

  • Evidence of teaching Christian discernment in use of technology

Effective Communication

With students

  • Positive, personal, relationship-building words and actions

  • One-on-one (private) for both behavior and academic feedback

  • Positive classroom discussion, honoring and accepting

  • Promote effective student-to-student communication

b. With parents

  • Proactive as well as reactive

  • 24-hour response to parent-expressed concern

  • General newsletter to inform of overall instruction goals and class news

  • Be a proactive defender of your students as ‘in loco parentis”

c. With colleagues

  • Open, accepting communication stance toward colleagues

  • Input sought before making significant decisions (surveys)

  • Collaborative staff meetings with accurately written minutes

  • Face-to-face when a personal or complex issue to be addressed

Effective Assessment

a. Creativity in assessment

  • Students are offered options to demonstrate their learning

  • Assessments take into account different learning styles

  • Both formative and summative assessments are used

b. Measured learning targets are clearly defined and articulated to students

  • Rubrics are used to identify expectations

  • Students are able to articulate learning targets

  • Objectives state why as well as what

  • Learning targets state what students will be able to do

  • Student assessments data influences instructional practice

  • Teacher shows evidence of desire for all students to excel in learning

c. Assessment feedback clearly articulated to students

  • Feedback is timely and formative

  • Feedback is consistently supportive and constructive

  • Teacher adjusts lessons plan accordingly

Effective Classroom Management

Positive relationships with students (and parents)

  • Clearly articulated expectations

  • Develop positive relationships early and proactively sustain them

  • Stay available to parents to discuss student needs

  • Demonstrate flexibility​

b. Student responsibility encouraged  

  • Model and reward responsibility, positive behavior, and high expectations

  • Develop an atmosphere of caring non-permissiveness

  • Use “natural consequences” discipline whenever possible

  • Emphasize student choice and responsibility

  • Encourage student ownership of learning

  • Encourage “Do unto others what you would have them do to you.”

Exhibit and Model A Growth Mindset

In all of life

SOCS Standards of Excellence in Teaching

Character-based Aspects of Teaching



  • Demonstrate genuine-ness

  • Consistent values, morals, and ethics whether in or out of school

  • Be a living testimony to God’s goodness

  • Practice the SOCS Staff Core Values

Modeling Christ

  • Exemplify grace

  • Hold students accountable lovingly and only for the good of the student

  • Exhibit fruit of the Spirit

  • Model effective, responsive discipleship


  • Willing to accommodate appropriately

  • Varying pace and lessons plans when necessary

  • Willingness to alter the who, what, when of a lesson

Calling to be a Christian Teacher

  • An enthusiastic attitude of a life-long learner / Build desire to learn / Build intrinsic desire to learn (move from extrinsic to intrinsic)

  • Model an enthusiastic Christ-centered learner

  • Demonstrate a life-long learner’s love of professional growth

  • Demonstrate love of God and his creation

  • Demonstrate love of your calling to be a Christian teacher

Contributions to SOCS Mission

  • Use gifts outside of the classroom: coaching, committees, extra-curricular programs

  • Committed to Mission of SOCS

  • Demonstrate pride and ownership of membership in the SOCS community

  • Accept constructive criticism from peers and supervisors willingly

Contributions to Overall School Atmosphere

  • Positive working relationship with colleagues, parents, and students

  • Contribute positively at staff meetings

  • Does his/her share of work in smaller teams / working groups

  • Seeks out colleagues to ask for or offer help

  • Welcomes parents and other adults in the school

  • Reaches beyond own level of class and students

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