Philosophy of Education
The educational philosophy of the Christian Academy of Madison is based on a Biblical view of God, man, truth, and education. Since God created and maintains all things through His Son, Jesus Christ, the universe and all life are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him. This is especially true of man, who was created in God’s image, different in kind from all other creation, with the unique capacity to know and respond to God personally and voluntarily. Because man is a sinner by nature and choice, however, he cannot, in this condition, know or honor God in his life. He can do this only by being born again through receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and thus be enabled to do God’s will, which is the ultimate purpose in life.
The entire process of education is seen as a means used by God to bring the student into fellowship with Himself, to develop a Christian mind in him, and to train him in Godly living so that he can fulfill God’s total purpose for his life. He must be taught the Bible, so he may understand God as well as his own nature and role as a person created in God’s image. He must be developed and related to God as a whole person, spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially. He must learn to see all truth as God’s truth and to integrate it with his own unique abilities and personality. He must interact with and be taught by parent and teacher models who are themselves born again and have this perspective of life. The authority for such an education comes both from God’s command that the children be taught to love God and place Him first in their lives, and from the fact that parents are responsible for the total education and training of their children. At the parents’ request, the Christian school, along with the church, becomes a partner in giving this education.
Statement of Purpose and Goals
The purpose of the Christian Academy of Madison is to provide a biblically-integrated instructional program in a disciplined, traditional learning environment that encourages spiritual commitment and growth as well as academic excellence. We believe, therefore, it is the responsibility of the school to be dedicated to:
- Leading each student to a vital, personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ
- Assisting each student in the development of a Christian mind and a Christian lifestyle
- Promoting a Biblical integration of faith and learning
- Developing a comprehensive educational program that helps each student achieve full academic potential
- Maintaining a diverse extracurricular program designed to assist each student in the development of social skills and the expression of individual personality
- Preparing and encouraging each student for effective service for Christ in whatever career he/she chooses
- Supporting and assisting the Christian home and the Bible-teaching local church.