FaithHeritage Christian Academy
Friday, August 17, 2018
A Family of Faith -- A Godly Heritage

Educational Philosophy

Educational Philosophy
     FaithHeritage Christian Academy has as its philosophical foundation the infallible Word of God.  The goal of all education, according to I Corinthians 10:31 "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." is to help man achieve life's purpose: to glorify God.  As the explicit revelation of this god, whom men are to know and serve, the Word of God provides the primary instruction toward the goal of education.  In light of this, emphasis must be placed on learning, understanding, applying, and memorizing the Scriptures during the school day.
     According to Psalm 24:1, all of creation in all its aspects belongs to God.  In Genesis 1:27-18, we are told that man was created in God's image and was given charge as a steward of this creation. In light of this charge, men are to be taught to understand the creation in all its aspects, not as an end in itself, but as a means to knowing and serving God.  Hence, an effective education will expose students to the fullness of creation and give them skills necessary to serve God as well as society.  Since a true understanding of the world in which we live cannot be gained apart from knowledge of its Creator, all aspects of the educational curriculum should be distinctly Christian, taking into account God's revelation of Himself.
     A primary portion of our service to God as outlined in both Exodus 20:1-17 and Matthew 19:19 is to center around loving our neighbors.  To this end, a full education should include a substantial emphasis on acquiring and understanding the tools for communication and learning.  In addition, students should understand the history and state of the culture within which they will serve God through their dealings with their neighbors.
     Recognizing that parents have been given by God the basic responsibility of training and educating their children, FHCA strongly encourages parents to be active in the instruction of their children.  Parents are to be aware of the process, content, and progress of their child's education.  Parents also may contribute to instruction in many ways.  Lunch duty, substitute teaching, teaching a specialized subject such as music, helping with reading groups, serving in the parent-teacher organization, and being involved with field trips are some ways in which parents can be active in their child's education.
     FHCA takes seriously the responsibility to choose its teachers carefully and support them properly in the school's endeavors.  Since personal contact is the primary method of education, class sizes will be kept as small as practical, to insure attention to each student's educational needs.  The needs and abilities of each child will be taken into account in the teaching process.