Educational Philosophy

The Grove City Christian School is a ministry of Grove City Church of the Nazarene. The educational philosophy of Grove City Christian School is based on a God-centered view of truth and man as presented in the Bible, which is the final authority on all matters (John 1:1, II Tim. 3:16). The student is taught the Bible so he/she may understand God as well as the student's own true nature and function as God's image. The student is developed and related to God as a whole person, that is: spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially (Luke 2:52). He/she is taught to see all truth as God's truth and to integrate it with, and interpret it by, God's Word. He/she is educated as an individual with his/her own unique abilities and personality who learns to live and work with others at home, in the church and in a changing secular society.

Christian education is the result of all knowledge being tested against, and integrated with, a biblically based view of God and the world (Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3). The entire process of education is seen as a means used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into fellowship with God, to assist the student in developing the mind of Christ, to train the student in Christ-likeness, to teach the student to respond like God and to help the student demonstrate Christ-like character qualities so that he/she can fulfill God's total purpose for his/her life personally and vocationally

The primary responsibility for the education of children rests with parents (Deuteronomy 6:7, 8; Genesis 17:7; Proverbs 22:6). However, the Christian school and the church provide a partnership in educating students (Deuteronomy 11:18; Psalm 78:4, 5). The authority for such an education comes both from God's command that children be taught to love God and place Him first in their lives and from the fact that parents/families are responsible for the total education and training of their children. As partners, parents/families must be committed, practicing Christians with a lifestyle adhering to Christian principles, as they exercise biblical supervision, influence and accountability.

The Christian teacher, empowered by the Holy Spirit, guides and nurtures students through instruction, admonition and personal example. God has created all students with unique talents as well as particular developmental growth patterns. Therefore, the rigorous learning process is enhanced as teachers utilize varied teaching strategies and instructional methodologies to guide today's learners to be able to defend their faith and impact the world around them (Psalm 139:13-15; Romans 12:4-8).

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