Philosophy of Christian Education
Development of a biblical worldview based on God’s Holy Word is the foundation to living the Christian life. Immersing students in Scripture content begins at an early age through grade level Bible curriculum and biblical integration in every core curriculum. Study of God’s Word leads students to the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom guiding students in the development of godly inner character, and the pursuit of a personal saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Students’ spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs are met as they commit Scripture to memory, lead an active prayer life, and apply biblical truths daily.
By looking at the themes of social studies (commonality and diversity, conflict and cooperation, continuity and change, individualism and interdependence, interaction with environment) we can see that God has a plan he is carrying to completion; history records the progress of that plan. Through studying history and geography, students can better understand the world and become active citizens.
The natural world was created by the word of God and reveals facets of the character and nature of God. Science is taught through problem solving, hands-on experiments, observation and conclusions. Science education should provide students with an understanding of the created world, creating a sense of awe and wonder concerning the creative God. Foundations of science understanding can be used for further study and academic preparation to equip students to compassionately care for people and wisely steward creation.
The language arts are based on the knowledge that God is a communicating God. He desires for us to understand and obey his spoken and written Word. He has given us the ability to communicate with each other. We desire to develop this gift to become effective communicators by a strong emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Mathematical truths demonstrate the orderliness, precision, and consistency of God; because man’s creativity, like God’s, often requires mathematical understanding; and because the understanding of mathematical concepts adds to our understanding of expressions in other areas of life.
Art is based on the truth that God is the Supreme Creator and is interested in beauty (Genesis 1:1). His original creation is both artful and awe-inspiring. Christians are to understand and appreciate the beauty of God and utilize their imaginations to create works that reflect his nature and inspire worship.
Music is one of the essential parts of a Christian’s existence. It is the translation of ideas, feelings, and experiences into audible expression before our Lord. As the Bible says, we are created and called to “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day… “(1 Chronicles 16:23) In music, students will continually be called upon to see, explore and react to the glory of God and His creation through singing, listening, moving, and playing instruments.
God’s word says in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” This is our approach to Physical education and athletics. Physical education is a tool to develop attitudes toward a personal commitment to health, physical activity, and lifetime fitness that glorifies and honors God.
Ethical use of technology and honorable business practices should glorify God. This area involves creativity and is part of God’s image as the creator. Technology is broadly defined as the use and application of knowledge to achieve a practical result. With these things in mind, students will learn effective and ethical business practices to create and use technology to produce results that glorify God.