Statement of Educational Philosophy
As a discipleship school, Bethesda Christian Schools’ philosophy of education is based on the fact that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life as He stated in John 14:6. We also believe the Word of God is the authoritative source of truth (John 17:17). Realizing that public schools have removed God from their curriculum and the world believes one can develop one’s own truth, we endeavor to present each subject area as a cohesive, integrated curriculum with Jesus Christ as the foundation (Colossians 1:17). We desire to train each student to build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and, with the dwelling of the Holy Spirit, to go into the world to live a life glorifying to Him. We believe when students know and love God they will love others in the classroom and the workplace.
Our goal is to promote rigorous academic standards that stretch every student and to provide a safety net for students who are trying their best. We provide a well-organized and effective program of academic instruction which will meet or exceed all state standards, as long as those requirements are not in disharmony with God’s truth. Bethesda Christian Schools educates the student according to his or her developmental needs within the general education classroom. We primarily use direct instruction but incorporate age appropriate, best instructional strategies, so students can reach their individual best for the Lord. All our textbooks and supplemental materials undergo an evaluation process that addresses academic rigor and Biblical worldview issues. We believe students must be taught to think deeply about what they see or hear and to compare everything to God’s Word so they can discern truth and act on that truth in the world around them (John 7:17).
We believe each staff member must have a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ that is modeled daily before our students (Ephesians 5:1-2). Our staff consists of well-trained, appropriately certified and dedicated teachers who are sensitive to the spiritual, educational, and personal needs of students. We strive to create a structured and safe environment where students can become loving, independent, responsible Christian citizens.
God has given parents the authority to bring up children in the admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4, Deuteronomy 6:5-7). We expect families to have regular attendance and involvement in a local Bible-believing church. Bethesda Christians Schools, as an extension of the Christ-centered home, strive to assist parents in the discipleship and training of the whole child and to promote his/her spiritual and moral growth, academic and intellectual progress, and physical and social development (Luke 10:27).
Spiritually, we desire to reach the heart of the student, not just produce outward behavior. We want students to produce the fruit of the Spirit through true obedience, not compliance (Galatians 5:25, Matthew 12:33). We must stress that, at each level of their education, students understand God’s view on such subjects as our creation in the image of Christ, sin, spiritual growth, self-discipline, and wholesome communication. Socially, we desire to train each student to accept individual responsibility before God for his actions and to use his gifts and talents to glorify God by loving and serving others (Philippians 2:1-4). Academically, we encourage each student to realize and pursue his/her individual God-given academic and extra-curricular potential. Physically, we desire to build character through competitive activities in Minds in Motion, physical education and IHSAA sports.