Christian education has an enormous opportunity, even responsibility, to be a bold voice in the overall field of education. Thought leaders in Christian education focus on the pursuit of truth, beauty, and virtue as an establishment to emphasize the importance of training learners in the art of being human. Christian schools bear a faithful witness to the spiritual reality of the human condition, and this recognition is seen as integral to the growth of each person.
The Christian school sets a standard of excellence in all things. At the forefront of the expected school outcomes is a requirement of ethical integrity, academic diligence, and love for all people.
The Christian educator has the unique freedom to infuse every unit, each lesson and class session with biblical truth about God’s character and His desire for relationship with humankind. This is evident formally as scriptural principles are embedded in direct teaching. Informally, teachers are encouraged to open class time in prayer and share devotional thoughts from their own lives. The most impactful approach, however, is the select dignity given to each student as a uniquely designed individual with a deliberate purpose in God’s plan.
Curriculum, published and original, is well-researched, robust, and diverse in perspective. Christian teachers are learners. Passionate in their call to teach with integrity, evidence their expertise in pedagogy, content, and a commitment to professional development. Teachers and students grapple with complex topics, as they are cognitively ready. In-depth studies are preferred over cursory academic exploration. Knowledge acquisition is readily accompanied by application, evaluation, and synthesis into one’s daily life.
The aspects of human development, including character, values, attitudes, health, faith, social interactions, technical skills and academic knowledge, are present in every educational institution. Christian schools provide parents an opportunity to select a particular philosophy and environment to shape their children. Christian education grows the whole person toward a life of faith. The education is Christian because of the redeeming nature of the delivery of instruction, the discussion of difficult topics through a lens of compassion, the modeling of community-mindedness, the loving way a student experiences and grows through failure.
Each family is a partner with the school; supporting every endeavor to shape their child and to invest in the community as a vibrant, God-honoring place of holistic growth spiritually, socially, and academically.