The philosophy of education at Christian Heritage School is articulated in our Mission Statement: “Educating children from Christian families to develop within them the character, knowledge, and skills necessary to serve Christ effectively in their day” The purpose is “educating children,” the people are “children from Christian families,” the plan is “to develop within them character, knowledge, and skills,” and the product is young people who “serve Christ effectively in their day.”
Christian Heritage has adopted the nurture model of Christian education. We believe parents are the primary educators of their children. Even before a child is school age, parents have influenced the development of language, provided a foundation of general knowledge, encouraged thinking skills, established basic routines and habits, and communicated a value system. Parental authority is given in God’s Word and is the basis of our commitment to the parents’ role and responsibility in the educational process (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
Our philosophy is built on four principles:
- A Partnership in Christ
The CHS “parent friendly” model is implemented through a Partnership of Excellence: Church, Home and School working together as a team. The church inspires faith, the home instills values, and the school develops character, knowledge and skills as students learn to practice their faith and values. This sort of partnership requires that at least one parent be a committed Christian.
- A Biblical Worldview
CHS seeks to help students develop the ability to discern truth from error. We know that to do so, they must become students of God’s Word (II Timothy 3:7). At Christian Heritage, the Bible is taught at every grade level and its principles permeate all that we do. A biblical worldview addresses origins, identity, purpose, meaning and destiny and teaches that each child is created in the image of God with a unique purpose and an eternal destiny.
- A Community of Grace
Administrators, faculty, staff and parents work to create a safe learning environment where our students can “mess up” and discover the grace to get back up. Christian education is not about doing everything just right, but how we handle life when everything seems to go wrong. In fact, God’s grace may not even show up until we mess up. Success is defined as discerning the needs of those around us and providing lasting solutions from the Word of God.
- Faith in Action
A Christian education is not complete if its students do not leave the school prepared to “serve Christ effectively.” Therefore, we seek to help our students demonstrate a love for God through loving service to His world. We hope every student will:
- Develop an attitude of gratitude and awe with regard to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
- Mature in their faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ by participating with God in His stewardship of the culture and creation.
- Recognize their God-given abilities and discover His special call to ministry for their lives.
- Carry out the good works God has prepared for them to perform.
- Demonstrate authentic faith and God’s love by providing assistance to people in need in our community.