Profile of a Bethesda Christian Schools Graduate

All schools, including BCS, proclaim goals of developing college preparatory skills and a certain level of fundamental life skills. Understandably, the portrait of a graduate’s character, work ethic or academic prowess is far from being complete, knowing that one’s mind, heart and overall maturity continues over a lifetime. Scripture provides insight in that even Jesus matured in four areas as described in Luke 2:52. This holistic scriptural maturity paradigm provides a balanced picture, or portrait, for all of us to contemplate. Indeed, the maturity cycle does not end when one receives a diploma; however, there are foundational training strategies that certainly increase the probability of a child internalizing a desired belief system, learning habits and genuinely living out a Christ-like character trait. Although the primary molder of these “portraits” are the parents, the school’s influence plays a significant part. Thus, what does the school aspire to produce? Our prayer is that students graduate from BCS with the following foundational desired outcomes – the Portrait of a BCS Graduate.

  • To fear and respect God (Ps. 33:8) Understanding that this is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10) and that one’s true identity is secure in Christ (Col. 2:9-10). Continue to develop a balanced and arduous spiritual growth plan as portrayed in Luke 2:52 (to grow in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and with man as Jesus did) so to think as a mature believer (1 Cor. 14:20), mature as a Christ-follower and acquire discernment (Heb. 5:14).
  • To practice a strong work ethic couple with an eternal perspective (Col. 3:23) Devoting themselves to the work that God has prepared for them (Eph. 2:10). Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (for God’s greater purpose) becomes central to their daily work and service.
  • To embark upon and seek to continue a rigorous, intellectual path, understanding the importance of developing the mind. Training prepares them to engage culture with Biblically-sound thoughts, ideas and truth (2 Cor. 10:5). Prepared to give a defense for the hope that lies within them (1 Pet. 3:15).
  • To embrace the creative nature of God (Gen. 1:1, Eph. 2:10) And seek to appreciate a wide variety of disciplines of study associated with a strong liberal arts education as the foundation to enter discussions on the great questions of life (Acts 17). This would be characterized by proven writing, thinking and synthesis skills as well as demonstrated mastery of academic objectives in the humanities (literature and history), mathematics, sciences and Christian doctrine. The study of God’s word and the pursuit of understanding the entire narrative describing the Creation, Fall and Redemption story, assisting in developing an authentic Biblical worldview and developing the life-habit of taking every thought captive (2 Cor. 10:5).
  • To have a “big picture perspective” of the world and to demonstrate the love and attitude of Christ Jesus to all people This attitude would be characterized by selflessness, humility and servant-hood (Phil. 2:2-11) and a lifestyle of obedience to seeking first the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33).