Philosophy of Education
A philosophy of education reflects the core beliefs that an organization has about education. The Philosophy of Christian Education at Mission Viejo Christian is rooted in the Scriptures:
Biblical Worldview – We believe that the development of a biblical worldview – how one views reality – is the primary goal of a Christian Education. The Bible serves as the foundation, providing the principles of truth, from which the learner can apply reason to every subject and area of life. Understanding and wisdom derive from the knowledge and application of God’s Word.
Prov. 1:7; 9:10; Col. 1:9-10; 2:8; 2 Tim. 3:16; Rom. 12:2
Parents Are Primary – We believe that parents have the primary responsibility to educate their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The authority of the school is an extension of the authority of the parents. Therefore, the school must work in partnership with the home to instill the values of Christ, just as a mother and father must work in agreement to train up the child.
Deut. 4:9; 6:7-9; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:1-4
Whole Child – We believe that Christian education serves to recognize the uniqueness of every child as made in God’s image. Each child consists of four distinct parts – spirit, mind, and body, as well as social. Each is part of an integrated whole and cannot be dismissed or separated in the learning process.
Matt. 22:37-40; Luke 2:52; Ps. 139:13-16
Academic Excellence – We believe that academic excellence is an expression of worship of Almighty God as Creator and Lord. The dominion mandate is given to man to subdue (understand) the earth and all that is in it. All truth is God’s truth and there is no dimension, nor subject that is apart from Him.
Gen. 1:26-31; Ps. 111:2; John 8:32; 2 Pet. 1:3
Christian Faculty & Staff – We believe that those who would seek to disciple young people must themselves be disciples of Jesus Christ. Each relationship in the Christian school where faculty and staff are concerned serve to model a life worthy of emulation. Because the student will resemble his or her teacher, only an authentic witness will serve to transmit a biblical worldview with credibility.
Luke 6:40; 1 Cor. 11:1; Heb. 13:7; Rom. 10:14-17
Balanced Education – We believe that to maximize the potential of learners, a broad and balanced variety of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities must exist to enable students to achieve their God-given talents and abilities. A balanced education recognizes that students will enter all aspects of society and have a sphere of influence.
Matt. 25:14-30; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; 2 Cor. 10:13-16
Socially Relevant – We believe that Christian education should prepare students to live in the world, even while they are “not of the world.” In this way, they will serve as ambassadors of reconciliation. To this end, Christian schools are cognizant of all governing laws and authorities, and work within the framework of educational standards. Christian school graduates should be the best not the least because they seek to glorify God in all things.
John 17; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Cor. 11; 1 Cor. 10:31-32