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Our policy on education is centered on six areas:

a. Christ-Centered Education

  • Scriptures should be read daily very carefully and understood so that they may be accurately and regularly applied to daily life

b. Teacher-Directed Instruction

  • Teaching is viewed as a gift from God.
  • The teacher is considered as integral to the learning process as the student
  • Access to a competent teacher is the chief value of the school experience
  • Opportunities to interact with the teacher as opposed to machines (read: computers) should be maximized
  • The teacher assesses the needs and determines the activities that need to occur in each class to address the same
  • The teacher is accountable to God, the Board, and Parents, in that order, to ensure that learning occurs

c. Focussed on Fundamentals

  • Understanding of simple concepts should precede more complex ones
  • Students who are skilled in the basics are best equipped to learn advanced problem solving
  • All students should be able to read and write well, and calculate quickly and accurately
  • Phonics, spelling, and math facts are foundational to reading, writing, and arithmetic
  • Creative writers must first be literate writers
  • Creative artists and musicians must first be skilled artists and musicians
  • Good athletes should first of all be "good sports"

d. Result-Oriented

  • Our definition of "Teaching" is "Causing Learning to Occur"
  • Nothing has been "taught" until "something has been learned"
  • If one method, no matter how credible, doesn't work, another should be tried
  • If one resource doesn't work, another should be tried
  • Methods and resources should be found and implemented until learning takes place
  • Policies and procedures should support, not undermine, the learning of each student
  • Parents should be informed of the success or lack of thereof for each program
  • Results should be verified through a variety of means including standardized testing

e. Mastery Learning

  • Success breeds success
  • Mastery of concepts fosters self-confidence and therefore a willingness to try something new
  • Mastery of concepts provides the proper foundation to be able to succeed at the next task
  • Success on complex concepts is best assured by "mastery" (80% or better) of the simpler ones
  • It is better to ensure that a few things are learned well than many things poorly

f. Personalized Programming

  • Students with differing abilities should not be treated the same
  • Not all students can or should work at the same pace or with the same materials
  • All students can do well if the program is properly designed for them
  • All students should be allowed to study at a level appropriate to their gifting
  • Programs should be adapted to students, not the other way around