Having minimal outside administration or leadership brings balance to the team. It is all too common in other school models to have an overabundance of managers, supervisors, and other administrators. Similar to how a country of self-governing individuals does not need to be managed, directed, or regulated, the culture and mindset of parents and students in the AFE setting do not require too much oversight.
In a service organization like a school, it is important to avoid compensating anyone who is not working towards the ultimate benefit of the students and their families. Compensation should be based on investment of time and effort. Most established schools systems have administrators (e.g., superintendent and school board) who appear to be doing little if anything to support the local group of students. The organization at AFE limits these positions and emphasizes the power of the parent. The Director oversees the “art” side of running a school and can oversee multiple locations. He/she maintains the integrity of the philosophy within the local groups he or she serves.
Keeping the local groups of families relatively small allows for little need for more than an administrator and a director. The director needs the biggest vision for how to serve the community. Because this little community has so many levels of connection, the director often finds ways to have the school better serve the community, including those outside of the student body. When the director is looking to add a new leader or teacher, they are looking for someone who has a passion for the subject and/or the students, has spiritual maturity, views leadership as service, and sufficient basic skills that would enable them to add value to the team. “Hire attitude. Train skill.”