8. A Charter for a Christian School
"I advise no-one to place his child where
the Scriptures do not reign paramount"
A Christian School should exist to assist the Christian community. With this declaration, we have affirmed that we serve not primarily as an evangelical institution but, instead, serve "Christian" families -- defined for practical purposes as those who profess a personal relationship with the Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), accept the Bible as Elohim's (God's) inerrant Word, and attend and support a local Bible-believing congregation. For those Christian/Messianic families, we provide an educational program 'centered' upon the person of the Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and constructed upon the foundational wisdom of Elohim's (God's) Holy Word. A "Christ-centered" education emanates from an understanding that truth itself is objective, absolute and centered in the very nature of Elohim (God); that there is no dividing line between the spiritual and the physical so that understanding of one might be divorced from the other; that the Elohim (God) of Israel, Yahweh, and His Son Yah'shua (Jesus) are preeminent in all things both physical and spiritual; and that the foundational wisdom of Elohim (God) has been offered to us in the Bible. By building an educational process on this Scriptural wisdom, we impart to students the advantage of a world-perspective which makes possible wise life choices. It is, therefore, our purpose to help our children to grow in wisdom and maturity as eternal children of Elohim (God) and heirs with Christ and, in doing so, to equip them to succeed and prosper so that Elohim (God) might be glorified by their good works. What does this mean in terms of the actual educational experience?
- Because the Bible is the only wholly inspired word of Elohim (God), (1 Thess. 2:13, 2 Tim. 3:16, 1 Peter 1:24-25) our foundation in teaching children within an eternal spiritual context must be anchored in Scripture. We seek in every facet of our ministry to provide" Bible-based" curricula.
- In Scripture, the responsibility of educating children is never conferred upon "schools" but is, instead, divinely ordained and assigned to parents (Deut. 6, Psalm 78, Prov. 1-9). For this reason, employees at NCAY schools draw their authority to "train up" children from Elohim (God) through the parents of each child. This authority of our school parents shall be revered and honoured at all times. (Romans 13:1-4)
- Scripture is clear that Elohim (God) spiritually imparts discernment and understanding of spiritual things to those who are born again and thus possess His mind and Spirit (1 Cor. 2:12-16). For this reason, all school Employees shall be Christians, possessing and professing an understanding of fundamental Scriptural principles as set forth within the Doctrinal Statement of the School.
- The Scripture admonishes us to be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves." An understanding of Biblical wisdom must be accompanied by critical and analytical thinking skills to assure wise life choices. NCAy Schools will seek to cultivate the higher order thinking skills of Bloom's Taxonomy within every possible context.
- Scripture says that Elohim (God) loved us even when were yet enemies to Him. (Romans 5:8) Out of our identification with Him, each member of our faculty and staff shall patiently demonstrate His love for each student and others without regard for appearance, social standing, race or ethnicity, age, gender, or even behaviour toward other individuals or the school.
- The Scripture encourages us to study Elohim's (God's) Word. (2 Tim. 2:15) Employees at NCAY Schools shall be involved, therefore, in ongoing systematic Bible study, attend a Bible-believing church/assembly, and embrace opportunities which will deepen their understanding of the educational process from a Christian/Messianic (Biblical) perspective.
- The purpose of Christian discipline is not to conform the student's flesh to a particular pattern of behaviour but, instead, to illuminate the student's understanding of his or her spiritual identity and thus facilitate behaviour which manifests his or her identity in Christ for His glory. (Romans 12:2)
- All class content shall be consistent with Biblical doctrine. Teachers at NCAY schools must embrace and adhere to a literal interpretation of the Creation story of Genesis 1-3, not demeaning the beliefs of others but presenting them appropriately as theory in conflict with the inerrant Davar Elohim (Word of God).
- The school shall endeavor to protect students from both information and teaching which conflicts with the identity, character and purpose of Elohim (God) as set forth in the Scripture. The School asserts its right to refuse admission to families of other faiths or practices as either students or employees; to expel students who demonstrate a disdain for Elohim's (God's) Word and slander the character of Christ; to limit student access to printed, auditory, visual or electronic information, art music or other media; and to not observe commonly accepted practices and holidays such as Mardi Gras or Halloween.
- Finally, we believe more families will be drawn to NCAY schools as Christ is exalted and we grow in curricular strength. (John 12:32) Some of those families will not be Christians. Recognising the need of those students who do not know Christ, the School shall provide every opportunity and lovingly encourage non-believing students to accept the forgiveness of Christ and his gift of eternal life -- not within a denominational context but, instead, within the spiritual framework which is common to Bible-believing churches.
We believe our educational philosophy confirms the essential Christian character of a true Christian School and provides definition for schooling "with an emphasis on affirming their (students') knowledge of the Word of God, their growth in spiritual maturity, and their preparation for good works in the will and to the glory of God."
Adapted from Northlake Christian School's Education Philosophy and reproduced here with thanks.
"Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it"
(Proverbs 22:6, NKJV)
Created on 17 April 2005
Updated on 13 February 2017
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