Philosophy of Education
Our philosophy of education is that a rigorous study, in the Christian context of creation, humanness, knowledge, and reality, will guide students to lives of learning, service to others, and loving God. These approaches are based primarily upon the authority of Scripture and are further informed by tradition, reason, and experience, which guide us to believe that the true calling of all persons is to become like Christ.
To help our students become more like Christ, we hold the following values in the education we provide:
- Education directing worship toward God. We believe that as we investigate our world and search for truth that we honor the One who created it. Therefore, by studying in each of the academic disciplines we glorify God.
- Education affirming a sacramental view of creation, one seeing all of the created order as reflecting the glory of God. We believe all of creation has the potential to become a source of revelation to us, and Christians are those who, wherever they look, find God and rejoice in Him.
- Education affirming the value of excellence. We believe God is honored as we practice diligence and achieve mastery in all we do, with the recognition that such skills must also be tempered by humility, discernment, and love.
- Education is founded on wisdom and truth as given in Scripture. We believe Jesus Christ, as God’s most complete self-revelation to mankind, is perfect wisdom and truth, and scripture, both the Old and the New Testaments, is the faithful witness to this self-revelation.
- Education is redemptive. We believe God is active in our learning and growth, and by God’s grace sinful and broken people can be transformed into obedient and whole people.
- Education inculcates Christian character. Although we are saved by divine grace we also have the responsibility to be good stewards of grace and exercise the gift of free choice for the purpose of being conformed to the image of our Creator.
- Education promoting service within a community. As the body of Christ, we believe our compassion should compel us to faithfully strive, in humility, to meet the needs of others.
- We believe when people are formed in the above ways they have begun to realize what it truly means to be human, and thus reflect the Creator – this is the goal of our Christian education.
II Corinthians 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 “These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you…”
Psalm 119, esp., 13-16 “With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word…”
Proverbs 3:13-15 “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding…”
Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…”
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
II Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…”
II Peter 1:5-8 “…make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge…”