Berkshire Christian School Philosophy of Christian Education:
The educational program, methods of instruction, and all activities at Berkshire Christian School are dependent upon a Biblical philosophy of education so that the viewpoint that students encounter in any subject area is one that provides truth and the principles for interpreting and applying these truths. The entire process of education is seen as the means by which God brings the revelation of Himself to the student through personal faith and the integration of Biblical truth in every area of life.
We believe that the concepts of a Christian education include the following tenets:
A. Theological Integration.
- God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things; and the source of all truth. (Colossians 1:15-20.)
- God has revealed Himself in a general way in creation (Romans 1:18-25), and in a special way through Jesus Christ and the Bible (Hebrews 1:1-3).
- God created man in His own image; and thus man is responsible to God for his actions (Genesis 1:26-31).
- Personal faith in Jesus Christ and knowledge of the Bible are essential to proper spiritual, mental, social, and physical growth (II Timothy 3:14-17).
- The Holy Spirit indwells each believer and is significant in his education by bringing conviction of sin, revealing Christ’s glory, and guiding the believer into truth (John 16:7-14).
B. Relational Integration.
- BCS exists primarily as a coeducational, independent, interdenominational school, serving children in pre-school through twelfth grade, in a traditional classroom setting.
- The school serves as an extension of the home. Parents have the responsibility for the education of a child; and the school is an institution developed to aid or to complement the family. The function of the school is not to replace the home, but to work with the family.
- The school holds the parent-teacher relationship as essential to all that each seeks to do. Communication between the parent and the teacher is vital to the proper development of the student, and the formation of a secure bond among the three.
- The family, the church, and the school provide stability in the education of the student for a life of fellowship with man and service to God (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
- Prayer by parents, teachers, staff, board members, and students is essential in affecting the hearts, minds, and lives of the students (James 5:16).
- God has created each student as a unique individual. It is the teacher’s responsibility to challenge each student according to the student’s abilities and achievement level, while calling the student to righteous living (II Timothy 2:15):
- True values are perceived in the Word of God, not in the reasoning of man apart from God. The Christian is not to be conformed to the world (Romans 12:1-2).
- Moral standards and a value system consistent with the Bible best prepare a student for fulfilling his responsibilities as a member of our democratic society (II Peter 1:2-8).
- Man’s purpose in life is to render God the glory in all things, for he was created to have dominion over the creation, to care for it, to replenish it, and to subdue it (Genesis 1:28-30).