Statement of Educational Philosophy
The Central Texas Christian School mission is to “educate students with the transforming truth of Christ, inspiring academic excellence, Godly character and integrity in life pursuits.” The educational philosophy that guides this mission and the processes by which the mission is accomplished include the following:
Mission Component: To educate students with the transforming truth of Christ
An understanding that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God, and that it is truth and is the basis for all truth. Knowledge imparted through all disciplines will be delivered through the filter of God’s Word, meaning all disciplines will be taught from a Biblical Worldview. This philosophy holds to the belief that knowledge is dependent on truth, and truth is dependent upon the character of God. We hold to the philosophy that knowledge apart from the wisdom of God can be detrimental to a culture or society. Students will gain an understanding of the truth of the Bible, it’s relevance in history, modern day, and in the future, as well as be instructed and trained in the life application of God’s truth for every day living.
Mission Component: Inspiring academic excellence
An understanding that the responsibility of Central Texas Christian School is to provide an academic, spiritual and physical training environment that is centered around God’s truth. The school should provide an academically excellent program in order to equip students intellectually and provide the skills and inspiration to encourage a desire to become life-long learners. The programs, courses, and instructional strategies will be selected and implemented in a way that provides for the attainment of knowledge, wisdom, application, and skills to inspire a desire for ever greater discovery. Central Texas Christian School’s academic curriculum will be integrated both horizontally and vertically, with special attention placed on developing skills in reading, writing, logical reasoning, rhetorical argumentation, language development, and fine arts, while at the same time providing a fully developed athletic and extra-curricular program accessible to all students.
Mission Component: Inspiring academic excellence, Godly character and integrity
An understanding that the student is to be a responsible member of a learning group, recognizing that he/she has something to contribute and many things to learn. The truth that is learned is not to be fully delivered from without, but must be discovered by the learner under the guidance and leadership of the teacher and the Holy Spirit (the Master Teacher). A learner’s growth is not fully determined by what he/she hears and learns, but by what he/she does with what is heard and learned. The responsibility of motivation toward learning should not remain from without, but the effective Christian learner will be guided to a place where he/she can internalize and think through issues and information, thus taking the responsibility for the learning and the actions that result from learning. The application of knowledge, truth and wisdom becomes the responsibility of the learner under the direction of the Holy Spirit, parents, and those educators charged with guiding the learner.
Mission Component: Godly character and integrity
An understanding that in Kingdom Education, true learning comes as the student experiences the wonder of God’s truth applied to all life situations. The student is considered a valuable individual made in the image of God, and a person of worth through his relationship with Jesus Christ. However, the school and the parents acknowledge the depravity of all men, save Jesus Christ, and that part of the educational experience of Central Texas Christian School will involve discipline and consequences for a student’s sinful behavior carried out by school administration in a fashion that acknowledges the wonderful and amazing grace of God, as well as God’s unconditional love.
An understanding that the Bible places the responsibility of the teaching and training of children on the parents. We also hold to the philosophy that God has placed Central Texas Christian School in a position to come alongside parents in the teaching and training of their children. The school is not designed to take the place of the parental responsibility, but rather to be a valuable ally and resource for the parents in raising up generations of young people that will make an impact on the culture for the Kingdom of God. It is the responsibility of the parents to assure that his or her child receives an excellent education based on God’s truth. An integral part of this responsibility is a duty to be engaged with the school, including other students, families, teachers, and staff. Biblical parenting is not a passive process, but rather a passionate and active leadership by the parents.
Leadership and decision making
An understanding that the leadership of CTCS will base all decisions on three simple questions: Is the decision in line with the tenets of Scripture? Does this decision honor the Lord Jesus Christ, and bring glory to God the Father? As stewards of the resources granted by God to CTCS, can this decision be accomplished given the current situation of the school and considering any long-term impact that such a decision may have? The decisions made at the board, administrative and teacher level will be prayerfully funneled through the CTCS philosophy, mission, core values and Graduate Profile. Programs, curricula, instructional strategies, classroom and school management, will be evaluated for their strategic role in accomplishing the tenets of Central Texas Christian School.
An understanding that the goal of the philosophy that guides CTCS is to provide all of the tools that a graduate will need to be a responsible citizen, and who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A graduate demonstrating honor to our Creator in thought, word and deed, and who is focused on building God’s Kingdom in their future life endeavors. The following Graduate Profile describes the expected outcomes of a Kingdom Education at Central Texas Christian School.