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Spiritual Formation Goals

Spiritual Formation Goals

 
As a Christian school, our overall goal is to develop knowledge, faith and character in our students, and in alignment with this broad goal, we have established the following spiritual formation goals.  These spiritual formation goals are designed to address the four broad areas of Biblical content, Biblical worldview, Christian character and Christian service.
  1. Prayer will be a foundational practice and value throughout the school, including staff prayer, teacher-led prayer, and student prayer.  This emphasis on prayer is an acknowledgment of our dependence upon God for the spiritual formation we seek in our staff and students, and of our understanding that God invites us to pray boldly and is at work in and through us in response to prayer.
  2. The gospel will be presented to our students at multiple times and in a variety of ways by  teachers and chapel speakers to provide students with opportunities to accept and embrace God’s offer of mercy, forgiveness and salvation in Jesus Christ, and develop an assurance of salvation based upon the truth of the gospel. 
  3. Students entering grades 7-12 will be required to write a personal testimony regarding their faith in Christ, indicating how and when they were saved as a criterion for admission to the school.
  4. As part of the admissions process, school staff will interview students in order to provide an opportunity to discuss and assess the genuineness of the student’s faith in Christ and their desire to grow in their faith.
  5. Students at each grade level will receive daily Bible instruction based upon a vertically aligned Bible curriculum with an overall scope and sequence designed to develop a broad understanding of the Bible, its major periods, stories and characters, it books, major themes, key topics and principles.  Assessment of understanding of this biblical instruction by each student will be the basis for grades given in Bible classes at each grade level.
  6. Students will be given the ACSI Bible assessment as part of the TerraNova 3 standardized test administration each spring in order to further assess each student’s Bible knowledge and understanding in the areas of creation, Christ, Old and New Testament stories, Bible organization and structure, the church, Christian doctrine, character and attitudes, Bible study skills and Christian living.  Data from these assessments will be used to evaluate and improve the biblical instruction program.
  7. Weekly chapels will be conducted for all students, with separate chapels for grades 1-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12 to provide opportunities for corporate worship and prayer, as well as topical Bible-based instruction and character instruction.  These chapels are vital to building a sense of Christian community and a unity of faith in the school.
  8. Christian service opportunities will be provided and facilitated at each grade level to provide students with multiple opportunities to put their faith into practice by serving others.
  9. Character instruction will be given both by integration throughout the curriculum in morals of stories, character studies, as well as addressed specifically in chapels and Bible instruction.   Christian character formation will also be a primary goal of all correction, counsel or discipline given to students, and students will be encouraged and praised when they demonstrate Christian character.
  10. The school will hire and train staff who model, teach and foster a sincere love for God and one another, and demonstrate exemplary Christian character through their interaction with students, parents and with one another to provide an example that students can imitate and follow.
  11. A Christian worldview will be presented throughout the curriculum, repeatedly addressing the core concepts of God’s creation, the fall and sinfulness of man, the need for repentance and God’s provision of redemption, and the restoration available through a life of faith.
  12. Understanding the Times, a comprehensive comparison of other worldviews compared to the Christian worldview, will be included in the 12th grade Spiritual Life II class annually as a capstone experience for students.