Date of Award


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Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Kay A. Keiser


This exploratory mixed methods study evaluates the process of a Christian school’s expansion and development within the complexity of the school’s culture. The study describes the transition of a non-public school from a K-8 school to a complete K12 program at Cornerstone Christian School, Bellevue, Nebraska, resulting in a description of the decision-making steps needed for the transition and analyzing the outcomes. The focal point of the study was the importance of maintaining a culture of distinction through this time of significant change while transitioning from an elementary and middle school program to a complete high school program. The process includes creating and sustaining vision and mission in a time of growth and complexity. For the purpose of this research, the transition to a K-12 school is defined and described through the themes of vision and mission, governance, facility, finance, academics, and athletics encompassed within the time of student enrollment growth and instituting a high school program. The outcome of the study explores the implementation of the strategies in the transition. This central question focused on the creation of a meaningful vision and mission in a time of significant growth and complexity, while sustaining the culture and central purposes of the school.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2018 Teri Lynn Schrag.

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