Grace Community School
Philosophy of Christian Education
The educational philosophy of
We desire for the Word of God to permeate all areas of our curriculum, and not just be a separate subject taught on a purely intellectual basis (Romans 10:2-3, I Corinthians 2:10-16). It is from this view of the spiritual needs of the students that we approach the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical aspects of the whole child.
Intellectually, it is God’s desire for His people to learn to love him with all their minds, and be transformed through the renewing of their minds to see all of life and learning from His perspective (Mt. 22:37; Rom. 12:2). Since God has revealed Himself to us, not only through His Word, but through His Creation. A God-focused, thoughtful study of His Creation reveals to us His glory and aspects of His righteous character (Gen. 1; Ps. 19:1; Is. 6:3; 1Ti. 4:4). This philosophy causes us to diligently study God’s Creation and pursue high academic standards as a means of equipping students to become credible, effective, Christ-like leaders in every sphere of influence God has prepared for them (II Timothy 2:21, Philippians 2:15).
Socially, God has created us to live in community (Ps 133:1) and to function as salt and light in human society (Mt 5:13,16). We therefore need to provide opportunities for appropriate interaction within the community of believers characterized by purity, forgiveness and mutual respect, as well as teaching the skills to successfully impact society with mercy and truth. (Gal 6:10, I Pet 3:15).
Emotionally, since God desires relationship with us that is genuine and exuberant (II Sam 6:5, Mark 14:6-9), and relationships with others marked by humility and selflessness (Phil 2:3-4) the school must provide emotional coaching and a safe environment through enforcement of discipline policies.
Physically, because we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14), we must be intentional about using PE, athletics, health, nutrition and instruction about purity to ensure that we teach good stewardship of our bodies (II Cor 6:16).
We further believe that God has instituted the family as the major arena of teaching for children. We, therefore, seek to be of assistance to families by providing a message to students that is consistent with that given in the Christian home. We recognize the authority of the parents and do not seek to replace them in authority but to assist only (Ephesians 6:1-2). We desire to cooperate closely with parents in every phase of the development of the students within the framework of our stated purposes.
In summary, Grace Community School exists to be a biblically-based (Proverbs 1:7), academically excellent (Proverbs 4:7), affordable assistance (I John 3:17) to Christian families (Deuteronomy 6:7) who want to equip their children to influence the world for Christ and develop leaders with well-trained intellects subject to righteous character (Proverbs 4:5, 18).
The following objectives are established in order to implement this philosophy:
1. To teach that the Bible is the inspired and infallible word of God and our guide for faith and practice (II Peter 2:20-21).
2. To teach that faith in Jesus Christ alone is the only way to have fellowship with God and be assured of salvation (John 6:40).
3. To encourage students to develop godly character traits (Matthew 12:35).
4. To teach students to be transformed by the renewing of their minds by developing in them a Christian worldview (Matthew 22:37; Romans 12:2).
5. To teach students to develop self-discipline and responsibility from God’s perspective (Galatians 6:9, Proverbs, 24:10).
6. To teach students a right response to authority from God’s perspective (I Peter 2:13-17).
7. To give students a godly basis for thin
8. To teach students to articulate and defend their faith, and to identify and analyze contrasting worldviews (Colossians 2:8; 1 Timothy 6:20).
9. To teach students to cooperate with their peers and develop good relationships (Romans 14:19, Romans 12:17-18).
10. To encourage physical development by providing opportunities for athletic and recreational activities (I Corinthians 3:16-17).
11. To prepare students for higher learning and the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge by teaching them the basic building blocks of learning (Proverbs 4:1-9).
12. To instill in students a heart for the lost and for service (John 15:12; Galatians 5:14).
13. To limit enrollment to children of parents who profess Christ in accordance with the Statement of Faith; and in the case of the high school, to students who profess faith in Christ (Ephesians 4:11-14).