Philosophy of Education
The philosophy of education at Family Life Academy is based on a Christ-centered view that all truth is God’s truth and that the Bible is the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God containing the truth. Further, that God is the creator and sustainer of all there is. We should therefore pay attention, be interested in, and desire to know our role in what He has made. We understand that “to have the mind of Christ” (I Corinthians 2:16) is to be obedient to God’s revelation. Therefore, we must seek to understand His revelation to the fullest.
We know that children are a gift of God to a husband and wife; however, it is a gift which includes responsibilities. Bringing up and educating a child is primarily the responsibility of parents. Family Life Academy exists, therefore, to assist in that education, without replacing the family’s role.
Our responsibility to the student encompasses the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional areas. We therefore avoid the strictly compartmentalized teaching of “Bible” and weave Biblical truth throughout the comprehensive curriculum.
Desired Student Outcomes- Elementary and Middle School
As students complete their experience at Family Life Academy, it is desired that graduates:
- are well prepared in all academic disciplines (reading, writing, speaking, listening, thinking, mathematics, science) and are committed to being lifelong learners.
- understand and commit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and apply God’s Word in their daily life.
- are empowered by the Holy Spirit and pursue a life of faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
- have knowledge and an understanding of people, events, and movements in history (including church history) and the cultures of other people and places.
- appreciate literature and the arts and understand how they express and shape their beliefs and values.
- have a critical appreciation of languages, dispelling prejudice, promoting interethnic harmony, and encouraging Biblical hospitality for the “alien” or “stranger.”
- are actively involved in a church community, serving God and others and personally respond to carrying out the Great Commission locally and around the world in a culturally sensitive manner.
- know how to utilize resources including technology to find, analyze, and evaluate information and have the skill to question, solve problems, and make wise decisions.
- understand the worth of every human being as created in the image of God.
- can articulate and defend their Christian worldview (apologetics) while having a basic understanding of opposing worldviews.
- recognize their bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
- understand, value, and engage in appropriate social (community) and civic (political)
- embrace and practice justice, mercy, and peacemaking in family and society.
- value intellectual inquiry and are engaged in the marketplace of ideas. (open, honest exchange of ideas)
- respect and relate appropriately with integrity to the people with whom they work, play, and live.
- have an appreciation for the natural environment and practice responsible stewardship of God’s creation.
- are prepared to practice the principles of healthy, moral family living.
- are good stewards of their finances, time (including discretionary time), and all other resources.
- understand that work has dignity as an expression of the nature of God.