Academic Goals

  1. To promote high academic standards consistent with each student’s ability as an individual uniquely created by God and to help each Student realize his full academic potential.
    • Phil. 4:13 – I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
    • 2 Tim. 2:15 – Do you best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
  2. To help each Student gain a thorough comprehension and command of the fundamental processes used in communicating with others, such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.
    • Rom 10:14b – …and how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?
    • Ex. 24:7 – Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.”
    • Deut. 17:19- – It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees.
    • Acts 15:30-31 – The men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.
  3. To teach and encourage the use of good study/work habits.
    • Ecc. 1:13a – I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven…
    • Ezra 2:10 – For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD , and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.
  4. To teach the Student how to do independent research, to critically evaluate sources of information, and to reason logically from a Biblical perspective.
    • Acts 17:11 – Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
    • I Thess 5:21 – Test everything. Hold on to the good.
    • Pro 18:17 – The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
    • Isaiah 1:17 and 18 – Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
    • I Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
    • Matt. 23:1 to 4 – Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on man’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
    • I Cor 1:11 to 13 – My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?
  5. To develop an understanding of the order and design in Creation and the laws which govern its processes and interactions.
    • Ecc. 1:5 to 7 – The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
  6. To motivate the Student to view education as a lifelong process.
    • James 1:22 to 25 – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.
  7. To develop creative and critical thinking, logical reasoning, and the proper use of Biblical criteria for evaluation.
    • Isa 1:17 and 18 – learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
    • I Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
  8. To promote good citizenship through developing an understanding and appreciation of our Christian and national heritage of responsible freedom, human dignity, and Biblical acceptance of authority.
    • Ps 72:8 – He will rule from sea to sea and from the river to the ends of the earth.
    • Rom 13: 1 – Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.
    • Zech. 9:10 – I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    • Acts 17:26 and 27 – From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
  9. To develop an understanding of current affairs in all fields and to relate them to God’s plan for man.
    • Acts 12:29 to 31 – “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone – an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent. For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”
    • Acts 17:26 and 27 – From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.
  10. To develop an understanding and appreciation for God’s world, and an awareness of man’s role in his environment, and how to use and preserve it properly.
    • Gen. 1:28 – God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
  11. To promote an appreciation of the fine arts through the development of the student’s understanding and personal expression.
    • Exodus 15:20 and 21 – Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted. The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.”
    • Ps 150 – Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
    • Ex 31:1-5 – Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.
  12. To develop an understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and skills in their application to every day life situations and to gain mathematical skills needed to succeed in an ever-growing technological world. To relate curriculum to real-life situations in the community.
    • Luke 8:5 to 8 – “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
    • Prov 16:11 – A just balance and scales are the LORD’s; all the weights in the bag are his work.