Growing Together: North Naples Church & The Village School Campaign
In the past five years, worship attendance at North Naples Church has increased over 13 percent and membership has grown by 100 new members each year. In the same time frame, The Village School’s kindergarten through eighth grade enrollment has grown 20.9 percent with a record number of 364 students this year. Including our infant and pre-k program, we have a total of 524 children we are blessed to serve.
We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and this year, we expand the mission of North Naples Church by adding a high school, extensive worship space and youth facilities to our village.
Campaign Fast Facts
Campaign Theme: "Growing Together: North Naples Church & The Village School Campaign
Campaign Goal: $10 million
- New Building housing upper school & church offices = $7.5 million
School building = 29,750 sq. ft. (both floors)
Gym = 14,170 sq. ft.
Total = 43,920 sq. ft.
- Expansion of Worship & Performing Arts Center = $1.5 million
- Long-term debt retirement = Amount exceeding cost of capital projects
Why is this campaign needed at this time?
The growth of the Church (13% over the past five years - 100 new members each year) and the growth of the School (21% over the past five years - 524 students) support the case to expand and improve facilities. While this expansion is a response to the growth that is already occurring, it is also a critical component to continuing that healthy growth. We have seen very clearly that as the School grows, more families become engaged in the life of the Church, and as the Church grows, more families discover the value of the Village School.
Why do we need a high school?
- The addition of a high school curriculum and facility is a natural next step in the evolution of The Village School's mission.
- The combination of a full STEAM curriculum, reasonable tuition and individualized instruction in an environment of Christian values is unique in our community, and there is demand for this combination at the high school level.
- Once fully enrolled, the high school will be self-sustaining, just as the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade program has been throughout its history.
- The investment in the new high school facility will introduce and cultivate new families in the broader Church community and help organically grow Church participation and spirituality. In essence, the high school will be a direct outreach ministry for the Church family.
Why do we need to expand the Worship & Performing Arts Center?
- The expansion of the worship and performing arts center will accommodate future growth of the church ministry, and will also elevate its reputation as a performing arts venue of high regard in our region.
- The greater Church and School community wants to enhance the priority of the performing arts as a vital part of the STEAM curriculum and as an inspiring component of worship.
- The expansion of the sanctuary to accommodate Sunday worship services is a component of the original church building plan.
What will happen to the church offices as a result of the expansion?
- Additional church offices will be housed in the new building along with the upper school.
Why is the new building being built on the north campus versus the south campus?
- The development of the south campus will require costly and timely delays as a result of permitting restraints due to the environmentally sensitive nature of the property.
- The original committee that built the church already secured permits to build on the north campus.
- The lead donor to the project ($1.3 million) requires that the upper school enroll students in fall 2016 as a condition of their gift.
When will the project begin and when will it be completed?
- Construction of the new building began in October 2015.
- The high school will enroll students in fall 2016.
- The sanctuary expansion will begin as funds allow, permits are secured and office relocation space is available after the construction of the new building.
How many students will attend the upper school? What will tuition be?
- The school, when fully enrolled, will educate 240 students (60 per grade level).
- Tuition will be approximately $14,000 per year.
North Naples Church
In the past ten years the church growth has expanded to serve more and more people without expansion of facilities or renovations to the existing church structure. In addition to The Village High School, new church offices and a new Community Outreach and Recreation Center will be built. This will allow for expansion of the worship and performance space within the sanctuary.
Our leadership understands the need to continue reaching people where they are in a way that is meaningful, wholly supporting the growth of North Naples worship programming. With these building expansions we will reach more people with the Gospel, make more disciples for Christ, and better influence and minister our members, our youth, and our community.
The Village School
Immediately after stepping onto our Campus, one feels the atmosphere of an exceptional place where the joy of learning is embodied by the students, teachers, and staff. The Village School, as a ministry of North Naples Church, provides an opportunity to positively impact the lives of hundreds of students and their families on a daily basis with far-reaching impact on our entire community.
- Worship, prayer, daily practice of Christian life, and opportunities for mission work
- Whole brain learning STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) education in all areas of curriculum
- Each student’s specific strengths and learning styles discovered and encouraged
- Elective arts programs taught by area professional artists include visual arts, music, theatre, and dance
- Academic and athletic team
- College Counseling, ACT/SAT test prep strongly emphasized