"The purpose of Grace Christian School is to glorify God by providing an academically excellent education which presents the Christian perspective on the whole of life, creation and knowledge.”
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody"
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NIV)
PHILOSOPHY OF GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
We hold to a Christian philosophy of education. Since our school was founded, our philosophy of education puts the development of a Christian "world and life view" front and center. In short, it means that no subject matter (math, science, history, language, etc.) is separate from the wisdom of God. Colossians 2:2, 3
One of the most important reasons children come to GCS is to learn subject matter not taught by the church, and so courses such as math, reading, writing, language, history and science are extremely important. However, one of our aims is also to assist the parent in developing the child "spiritually." In light of this important focus, we also understand that there are many denominational distinctives that cause us to place our membership in different local churches. At GCS, we do not presume to take the place of the church or parents as the primary teachers of doctrine. We believe the church is the primary teacher of doctrinal truth. The Apostle Paul writing concerning the local church described it as "the pillar and ground of truth" (I Timothy 3:15). In New Testament times the church was the prime source for Christians to learn and disseminate truth. Because of this, the 1st century church "devoted themselves to the Apostles' doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread and to prayer." (Acts 2:42)
Thus, we are committed as a school to serving the church and Christian parents. Consequently, our policy is to teach the "core" doctrines held by evangelical churches without teaching the doctrinal distinctives of any particular denomination. These core doctrines relate to God, Scripture, Jesus Christ, Man and Salvation. Our beliefs concerning these five areas are stated in the school's Statement of Faith and must be agreed upon by parents. To this end the emphasis should be placed not so much on doctrine itself, but its application in our lives. Such an emphasis is found in many passages of scripture such as Matthew 5-7; Romans 12-16; I Corinthians 13; Galatians 5; Ephesians 4-6; and Colossian 3. These doctrines that promote right living, evangelism, and engaging the world are held by all evangelical faiths.
PURPOSE OF GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
It is the intellectual aim of the school to provide a thorough academic education with high scholastic standards, which has its integrating center in the Sovereign Triune God. A Christian mind is developed in the student by studying, understanding, interpreting, and analyzing the facts of this world and life from a Biblical perspective.
It is the spiritual aim of the school that the student, through his God-related studies, is challenged with the knowledge of his need for reconciliation to God through Christ and obedience to His revealed will, which is possible only through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
It is the social and emotional aim of the school that the student matures in such a way as to develop a life of service to Christ and through Him to mankind through development of his social and emotional skills.
It is the physical aim of the school to assist the student in establishing a Godly attitude and practice that leads to sound physical conditioning throughout his life.