To equip students with a quality, Christ-centered education
which will motivate them to experience a life of Biblical service and success.
THE WEST GATE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
West Gate Christian School's philosophy is based upon the Word of God. A true Christian education involves the Christian home, church, and school all working together (Ecc. 4:12). When all three institutions are teaching and practicing Biblical principals, authentic Christian education can take place. Our philosophy of education is found in the answers to four key questions:
1. Where do our Christian beliefs fit into education?
The Bible declares the education of children to be the responsibility of the parents (Deut. 6:4-9, Ps. 127:3). The parents delegate some of the educational responsibility to the Christian school. The beliefs of the parents and the church are a vital part of Christian education. Christian education is a life-long process based upon the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, whereby students are led to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and then instructed, grounded, and built up in Him to serve and share Christ. Commitment to the lordship of Jesus Christ and obedience to Him are fundamental to formal education. If children fail in serving the Lord, they have failed in life.
2. What is our motive for educating our children?
Christian schools should desire to see their students excel for the cause of Christ. Students are to study, not just to meet state requirements, but to show themselves approved unto God (II Tim. 2:15). Christian schools produce students who love God and are distinctly Christian. They are students who love their families and country and who truly desire to be a "vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use and prepared unto every good work" (II Tim. 2:21b). Diligence and good study habits are essential in serving the Lord. Our motive in Christian education should be to hear the Lord say to our children and us, "Well done thou, good and faithful servant" (Matt. 25:23).
3. What are our priorities in education?
Christian education is education about Christ. We seek to help students know Him, grow spiritually, and show character and conduct like Him. "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight saith the LORD" (Jeremiah 9:24). Jesus' command from Matthew 6:33 is essential to our philosophy if education, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
4. Do we have a goal in educating our children?
Education should foster personal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and obedience to the doctrines of His Word. It should prepare students spiritually, academically, and vocationally to unselfishly serve the Lord Jesus Christ to the best of their ability. It should enable them to effectively carry forth and communicate the Gospel of Christ in daily living. And it should prepare them to edify and build up the body of Christ. It is God's truth equipping God's people to do God's work. In all this we must remember Apostle Paul's words, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).
The church, home, and school need to embrace a common philosophy in their combined efforts in education.