The development of the philosophy of Christian Education at Harrisburg Christian School is based on the following two principles:
- Instruction and education of children in the school, as well as in the home, must be in accordance with the Word of God.
- Education is primarily the responsibility of the parents.
The educational philosophy of the Harrisburg Christian School is based on a God-centered view that all truth is God's truth, and that the Bible is the inspired and the only infallible authoritative Word of God. God created all things and sustains all things. Therefore, the universe and man are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him. Because man is a sinner by nature and choice, he cannot, however, glorify or know God. He can do this only by choosing God's free gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, thereby committing his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Our aim socially is to provide a Christian perspective on the total world view from which will come a balanced personality and a proper understanding and acceptance of a person's role in life at home, at work, at play and at worship--all grounded in the Christian concept of love.
This philosophy channels our energies to promote high academic standards while helping the students to achieve skills in creative and critical thinking using the best integrated curriculum available. The objective of our instructional program is to enable the student to pursue the post-secondary education of his choosing, whether in college, university or in vocational training areas.
Our responsibility for the student encompasses the spiritual, mental, intellectual, physical, social and emotional areas. These are inseparable and through them runs the insistent thread of the spiritual. Therefore, it must be our aim to shun the tendency to teach the Bible compartmentally or on the intellectual level alone--the scarlet thread must be woven throughout the total curriculum.
It is apparent, then, that the types of activities we employ or permit in the classroom or school program will either facilitate or militate against our basic philosophy. The spiritual must permeate all areas--else we become textbook oriented rather than student oriented. This philosophy dictates that we cooperate closely with parents in every phase of the student's development, always offering assistance in understanding the purposes of Harrisburg Christian School.
The Philosophy of Christian Education for Harrisburg Christian School shall be the guiding tool to apply Biblical principles to teaching practices. All philosophies of subjects, policies of the school, curriculum materials and teaching methods shall conform to the Philosophy of Christian Education. Any use of materials or practices inconsistent with the Philosophy of Christian Education shall cease. The School Board and staff members must understand and apply the Philosophy of Christian Education in their decision-making in Board meetings and in their daily work for the School. Employees shall be committed to fulfilling the principles outlined in the Philosophy of Christian Education in every reasonable way they can.