"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10)." The Word of God is truth and is authoritative in all matters of life (2Timothy 3:16). Teaching Bible as a core subject is essential to the academic curriculum, so that our biblical philosophy of education is integrated into every class and program. "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ (Colossians 2:8)." Our success as a Christian school hinges on the ability of our graduates to encounter the transforming love of Christ and to be able to articulate the hope they have in Him to others in an authentic and biblically accurate way. To that end, the Bible curriculum must be defined, consistent, and coherent through all levels of instruction at CCS.
It is imperative that CCS provides a superior level of education that promotes critical thinking and challenges students to learn and retain a foundational body of knowledge in the core subject areas at each grade level. In addition, a well-rounded education addresses the needs of the whole person: spirit, heart, body, and mind. Therefore, CCS will pursue excellence not only in academic areas but also in the arts, athletics, and in extracurricular programs designed to provide options for personal growth, creativity, and development. Because we aspire to these high educational standards, graduates of CCS will have mastered a core curriculum, identified individual gifts and talents, developed a love for life-long learning, and be prepared to excel at institutions of higher learning and in the broader surrounding culture.
Parents have the ultimate responsibility for the education of their children and for their behavior. A positive, safe, and accepting environment is conducive for optimal learning. Students must learn self-control, respect for authority, and to take personal responsibility for their own actions. Therefore, the school’s discipline policies and procedures must be consistent, fair, loving, and designed to mold hearts as we teach accountability. Christian education is best achieved through a partnership web that includes educators, the church, the community, and most importantly the parents. Teachers and staff may substitute for parents in portions of the educational process, and may serve as godly mentors and role models, but will never usurp parental authority or responsibility.
Effective leaders are the core element in the success of any organization. CCS will hire and retain the highest quality administrators, teachers, and staff members and will demand excellence in accomplishing the school's goals. The professional development of the faculty and its leadership is vital for the health of the organization and the success of its students. All faculty members are expected to maintain appropriate certification and continue to pursue professional, personal, and spiritual growth. They will be evaluated regularly, commensurate with their responsibilities. CCS will never be satisfied with the status quo; rather, we must always seek to improve and grow to be the very best we can be as an educational institution and as an instrument of God in the development of young lives.
A true disciple of Christ is one who acknowledges being a sinner, and places faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for their salvation. They believe Christ died on a cross for our sins, was buried, rose on the third day, and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father. Each student will understand that a disciple studies Scripture and desires a closer relationship with Christ. The plan of salvation, and the discipleship that flows from it, will be integrated into Bible classes, chapel, and any opportunity for service in which CCS is involved. Each grade level has a written Bible curriculum that purposefully engages students in knowing not only what they believe but why they believe it. Servant leadership will allow students to further develop the student body by complementing its commitment to each of its members as a whole person: spirit, heart, body and mind.
The leadership of CCS is fully aware that the organization is both a ministry and a business. Our first responsibility is to Christ, who will hold us accountable for biblical accuracy in our teaching, leadership, and stewardship. As a successful Christian school, CCS is also a responsible non-profit corporation and as such remains accountable fiscally and organizationally to its Board of Directors. The school will be accountable to proper accrediting organizations such as ACSI as well.