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Christian School Philosophy

Christian School Philosophy

The educational philosophy of the North Raleigh Christian Academy is based on a God-centered view that all truth is God’s truth, and that the Bible is the inspired and the only infallible authoritative Word of God containing this truth. God created all things and sustains all things. Therefore, the universe and man are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him. Because man is a sinner by nature and choice, he cannot glorify or know God. He can do this only by choosing God’s free gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, thereby committing his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our aim socially is to provide a Christian perspective on the total worldview from which will come a balanced personality and a proper understanding and acceptance of a person’s role in life at home, at work, at play and at worship–all grounded in the Christian concept of love. This philosophy channels our energies to promote high academic standards while helping the students to achieve skills in creative and critical thinking using the integrated curriculum available. The objective of our instructional program is to enable the student to pursue the post-secondary education of his/her choosing, whether in college, university or in vocational training areas. Our responsibility to the student encompasses the spiritual, mental, intellectual, physical, social and emotional areas. These are inseparable and run through the insistent thread of the spiritual. Therefore, it must be our aim to shun the tendency to teach the Bible compartmentally or on the intellectual level alone–the scarlet thread must be woven throughout the total curriculum. It is apparent, then, that the types of activities we employ or permit in the classroom or school program will either facilitate or militate against our basic philosophy. The spiritual must permeate all areas–else we become textbook-oriented rather than student-oriented. This philosophy dictates that we cooperate closely with parents in every phase of the student’s development, always offering assistance in understanding the purposes of NRCA. Certain objectives are established in order to implement this philosophy:

  1. To teach that the Bible is the inspired and the only infallible authoritative Word of God, thus developing attitudes of love and respect toward it (II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:20, 21).
  2. To teach the basic doctrines of the Bible (Titus 2:1).
  3. To provide opportunities for the student to confess Christ as Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9,10).
  4. To teach biblical character qualities and provide opportunities for the student to demonstrate these qualities (I Samuel 16:7; Galatians 5:22,23).
  5. To teach the student how to develop the mind of Christ towards godliness (Philippians 2:5; I Timothy 4:7).
  6. To encourage the student to develop self-discipline and responsibility from God’s perspective   (I Timothy 4:7; I Corinthians 9:24-27).
  7. To teach the student respect for and submission to authority from God’s perspective (Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians 6:1-3).
  8. To help the student develop a Christian world view by integrating life, and all studies, with the Bible (II Peter 1:3).
  9. To teach the student to hide God’s Word in his heart through memorization and meditation (Psalm 119:11; Psalm 1:103).
  10. To help the student develop his identity in Christ as a unique individual, created in the image of God and to attain his fullest potential (Psalm 139:13-16).
  11. To teach the student to treat everyone with love and respect as unique individuals created in God’s image (Philippians 2:1-4; Ephesians 5:21).
  12. To teach the student how to become a contributing member of his society by realizing his need to serve others (Galatians 5:13; Romans 2:10).
  13. To teach the student physical fitness, good health habits, and wise use of the body as the Temple of God (I Corinthians 6:19,20).
  14. To teach the student biblical attitudes toward material things and his responsibility for using them to God’s glory (I Timothy 6:17-19; Matthew 6:19,20; I Corinthians 10:31).
  15. To teach the student to understand and use the fundamental processes in communicating and dealing with others [such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics (II Corinthians 5:20).
  16. To teach and encourage the student to use good study skills and habits (II Timothy 2:3-7).
  17. To teach the student how to research and to reason logically from a Biblical perspective (Hebrews 5:14; Romans 12:2).
  18. To teach the student good citizenship through an understanding and appreciation of our Christian and American heritages [home, church, and nation] (I Cor.10:11; Rom. 13:1-7).
  19. To teach the student biblical creationism, a literal six days of creation, and God’s direct act of creating Adam and Eve (Genesis 1-2).
  20. To cooperate closely as servants to the parents in every phase of the student’s development, especially as it relates to the school program (Mark 10:45).
  21. To help parents to understand the school’s purpose and program.
  22. To assist parents in keeping up with the changing culture and its effect on the home and the implications for their children.
  23. To encourage parents to realize and shoulder their responsibility for the spiritual, moral and social education of their children (Deut. 6:4-7).