Philosophy & Values
Christian School Philosophy
The educational philosophy of the North Raleigh Christian Academy 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 containing this truth. 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 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 worldview 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 integrated curriculum available. The objective of our instructional program is to enable the student to pursue the post-secondary education of his/her choosing, whether in college, university or in vocational training areas. Our responsibility to the student encompasses the spiritual, mental, intellectual, physical, social and emotional areas. These are inseparable and run through 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 NRCA. Certain objectives are established in order to implement this philosophy:
- To teach that the Bible is the inspired and the only infallible authoritative Word of God, thus developing attitudes of love and respect toward it (II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:20, 21).
- To teach the basic doctrines of the Bible (Titus 2:1).
- To provide opportunities for the student to confess Christ as Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9,10).
- To teach biblical character qualities and provide opportunities for the student to demonstrate these qualities (I Samuel 16:7; Galatians 5:22,23).
- To teach the student how to develop the mind of Christ towards godliness (Philippians 2:5; I Timothy 4:7).
- To encourage the student to develop self-discipline and responsibility from God's perspective (I Timothy 4:7; I Corinthians 9:24-27).
- To teach the student respect for and submission to authority from God's perspective (Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians 6:1-3).
- To help the student develop a Christian world view by integrating life, and all studies, with the Bible (II Peter 1:3).
- To teach the student to hide God's Word in his heart through memorization and meditation (Psalm 119:11; Psalm 1:103).
- To help the student develop his identity in Christ as a unique individual, created in the image of God and to attain his fullest potential (Psalm 139:13-16).
- To teach the student to treat everyone with love and respect as unique individuals created in God's image (Philippians 2:1-4; Ephesians 5:21).
- To teach the student how to become a contributing member of his society by realizing his need to serve others (Galatians 5:13; Romans 2:10).
- To teach the student physical fitness, good health habits, and wise use of the body as the Temple of God (I Corinthians 6:19,20).
- To teach the student biblical attitudes toward material things and his responsibility for using them to God's glory (I Timothy 6:17-19; Matthew 6:19,20; I Corinthians 10:31).
- To teach the student to understand and use the fundamental processes in communicating and dealing with others [such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics (II Corinthians 5:20).
- To teach and encourage the student to use good study skills and habits (II Timothy 2:3-7).
- To teach the student how to research and to reason logically from a Biblical perspective (Hebrews 5:14; Romans 12:2).
- To teach the student good citizenship through an understanding and appreciation of our Christian and American heritages [home, church, and nation] (I Cor.10:11; Rom. 13:1-7).
- To teach the student biblical creationism, a literal six days of creation, and God’s direct act of creating Adam and Eve (Genesis 1-2).
- To cooperate closely as servants to the parents in every phase of the student's development, especially as it relates to the school program (Mark 10:45).
- To help parents to understand the school's purpose and program.
- To assist parents in keeping up with the changing culture and its effect on the home and the implications for their children.
- To encourage parents to realize and shoulder their responsibility for the spiritual, moral and social education of their children (Deut. 6:4-7).
Expected Student Outcomes
Vision Statement: “Students graduate with a biblical worldview based upon established spiritual disciplines, sound academic thinking, and appropriate skill development that enables them to launch into adult life with the character and tools to navigate successfully for God’s service.” As we strive to attain our vision, we believe it to be important that the school develop programs, strategies, and methodologies within the context of biblical principles and its mission statement, sot that it produces graduates with a Christian worldview who manifest the following expected student outcomes:
Expected Student Outcome #1: Spiritual Formation
Impact Statement: One of the distinctive elements of Christian schools is its preparation of students for a life-keeping faith with God. Spiritual formation assists students in the development of a pattern of life that leads to Christ-likeness. The evidence of a biblical lifestyle involves the practice of spiritual disciplines, a balance of discipline and correction, head to heart development of the mind, body, and character, and a spirit of service and gratefulness.
Rationale: Students express an informed faith in Christ, have a visible testimony, are engaged in church and other related activities of growth and service that contribute to the Great Commission, act appropriately for justice, equity, and peace, and make maturing application of biblical principles in organizational, family, and social relationships.
Mission Objectives: Students …
- personally respond to carrying out the Great Commission locally and around the world in a culturally sensitive manner.
- understand and commit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- know, understand, and apply God’s Word in daily life.
- are empowered by the Holy Spirit and pursue a life of faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
- treat their bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
- are actively involved in a church community, serving God and others.
- respect and relate appropriately with integrity the people they work, play, and live with.
Expected Student Outcome #2: Worldview Orientation
Impact Statement: Christian schools have the opportunity to intentionally assist students in developing a coherent and consistent worldview. NRCA seeks to assist students in framing their view of God, molding their understanding of what it is to be human, grounding them in their faith, and shaping their values of a person’s place in society, community, family, and church.
Rationale: Students apply the unifying principle of God as the Creator and Savior in their thinking as it relates to all content disciplines, have a working knowledge of biblical theism and other worldviews, demonstrate an understanding of the inherent tension between popular culture and a biblical theistic worldview, and evidence a commitment to bring life, beliefs, and behavior into conformity with the teachings of Christ.
Mission Objectives: Students…
- have a critical appreciation of languages and cultures of other peoples, dispelling prejudice, promoting interethnic harmony, and encouraging biblical hospitality for the “alien” or “stranger.”
- are committed to lifelong learning.
- understand the worth of every human being as created in the image of God.
- can articulate and defend their Christian worldview while having a basic understanding of opposing worldviews.
- possess apologetic skills to defend their faith.
- embrace and practice justice, mercy, and peacemaking in family and society.
- understand that work has dignity as an expression of the nature of God.
Expected Student Outcome #3: Academic Thinking:
Impact Statement: As an academic institution, it is our responsibility to well-educate our students. Students need to engage in ideas, principles, and knowledge of content in a thorough and comprehensive way. Learning should engage a general acquaintance with many things and a thorough examination and mastery of many others. Students should be able to reason, be reasonable, be articulate, and demonstrate graciousness.
Rationale: Students evidence learning across disciplines, demonstrate a proficiency in transferring learning from one subject to another, utilize higher order thinking skills, demonstrate an ability to think logically, support inferences, and justify conclusions, evaluate a variety of problems, and utilize multiple and creative strategies in solving or posing possible solutions to them.
Mission Objectives: Students…
- are well prepared in all academic disciplines, and are skilled in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking.
- are proficient in mathematics and science.
- have a knowledge and understanding of people, events, and movements in history (including church history) and the cultures of other peoples and places.
- appreciate literature and the arts and understand how they express and shape their beliefs and values.
- value intellectual inquiry and are engaged in the marketplace of ideas (open honest exchange of ideas).
- have an appreciation for the natural environment and practice responsible stewardship of God’s creation.
Expected Student Outcome #4: Skills Development
Impact Statement: Students must develop a strong knowledge base, but the academic institution has an obligation to teach the skilled use of that information. Students need to be able to read, speak, and write, make application of logic, utilize tools of research, frame their questions, compute the resources and facts, investigate their findings, and be confident in their conclusions.
Rationale: Students utilize a variety of resources including technology to develop and evaluate information, demonstrate an ability to develop thoughtful questions in problem solving, engage their community responsibly both politically and socially, evidence an attitude of responsible stewardship of Creation, life, time, finances, and material goods, and articulate the biblical respect for all vocational callings as a gift from God.
Mission Objectives: Students…
- know how to utilize resources including technology to find, analyze, and evaluate information.
- have the skills to question, solve problems, and make wise decisions.
- understand, value, and engage in appropriate social (community) and civic (political) activities.
- are prepared to practice the principles of healthy, moral family living.
- are good stewards of their finances, time (including discretionary time) and all other resources.
Core Values Statement
As NRCA endeavors to fulfill its mission and realize its vision, our ministry is characterized by the following commitments:
1. Truth: Scripture is the revealed Word of God and is taught as truth, which is then integrated into the learning experience. Students are taught that the Ends priorities are:
- All truth is God’s truth.
- They are created in the image of God.
- They must confront the issue of sin and redemption.
- They can know God as revealed in Christ and made present through the Holy Spirit.
- They can have a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
- They can live honestly and responsibly.
- They can fulfill God’s plan for their lives.
2. Intellectual Development: The Christian mind should be the best mind, enlightened by the mind of Christ and one that integrates God’s principles with academic pursuits. The Ends priorities are to develop students with a biblical worldview who are well prepared in all academic disciplines with an emphasis on:
- Accurately interpreting the Word of God.
- Mastering communication skills.
- Showing proficiency in mathematics and science.
- Understanding history and God’s role in it.
- Appreciating literature and the arts.
- Reasoning and thinking critically.
- Finding, analyzing, evaluating, and appropriately using information.
- Integrating faith and learning in all academic disciplines.
- Developing innovative curriculum and programs.
- Teaching Bible as an essential core subject in the academic curriculum.
3. Christian Leadership: The Board of Governors, Superintendent, administration, faculty, and staff shall be committed follows of Christ, teaching and leading from a biblically integrated perspective. The Ends priorities of those engaged with the school’s governance, leadership, and teaching will be to:
- Model Christ in their teaching and leading.
- Reflect and support the school’s mission and core values.
- Understand and focus on achieving the school’s vision and expected outcomes.
- Exhibit love, justice, humility, and service throughout the community.
- Implement in all cultural contexts a thoroughly biblical philosophy of education.
- Reflect a Christ-like sensitivity relevant to a diverse school community.
4. Potential In Christ: Every learning experience aims to enable students to reach their full potential in Christ. End priorities will focus teaching on:
- Providing programs and services appropriate for the student.
- Establishing awareness of the student’s relationship and responsibility to society.
- Developing students intellectually, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.
- Making disciples.
- Preparing for works of service.
- Developing an eternal view of life.
- Thinking and processing information in the context of a biblical worldview.
5. Operational Integrity: The school’s day-to-day operational practices are a consistent model of integrity, efficiency, and accountability. End priorities of biblical values are consistently implemented as the school:
- Reflects the high road to policy development and accountability in governance.
- Manages people resources ethically and justly.
- Manages and monitors school finances with integrity and disclosure.
- Conducts straightforward Christ-like relations with the government and its agencies.
- Creates ethical strategies in business, development, marketing, and personnel.
- Conducts fair and consistent classroom management.
- Reflects honesty, openness, and fairness in parent relations.
- Maintains high academic standards with internal and external evaluation.
- Initiates a plan of consistent evaluation and assessment for continuous improvement.
Staff Core Values
Evangelism: We believe there is nothing more important than encouraging people to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We desire to disseminate the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible. We believe the ultimate purpose in living is to know and glorify God and to attain eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, beginning within our own school families and then reaching beyond to the rest of the world that does not know of His love and sacrifice.
God’s Ministry: This ministry was God’s idea, and we do not own it. We are simply the stewards of the opportunities and the resources He sends our way.
Assisting Families: NRCA started by having a mission that said, “Assisting families”. Our primary focus each and every day is simply meeting the needs of our families and friends. It is our calling.
Sense of Community: People will make a decision about who Jesus is by the way we treat them and the way we treat each other. Therefore, our responses will be personal, gracious, timely, and generous.
Integrity: Because we live before an all-seeing God and are subject to public scrutiny, we attempt to be above reproach in the operation of this ministry by holding ourselves to the highest standards of accountability. We want to be worthy of the trust that has been placed in us by our school families.
Excellence: We sweat the details to provide the highest level of quality we can achieve for the glory of God and the benefit of our constituents.
Family: We believe that the institution of marriage was intended by God to be a permanent, lifelong relationship between a man and a woman, regardless of the trials, sickness, financial reverses, or emotional stresses that may ensue. We believe that children are a heritage from God and a blessing from His hand. We are therefore accountable to Him for raising, shaping, and preparing them for a life of service to His Kingdom and to humanity. We believe that human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions, including the unborn, the aged, the widowed, the mentally handicapped, the unattractive, the physically challenged, and every other condition in which humanness is expressed from conception to the grave.
Kingdom Education: Kingdom Education is a life-long, Bible-based, Christ-centered process of leading a child to Christ, building a child up in Christ, and equipping a child to serve Christ. We believe that God has ordained three basis institutions—the church, the family, and the government—for the benefit of all humankind. The family exists to propagate the race and to provide a safe and secure haven in which to nurture, teach, and love the younger generation. The church exists to minister to individuals and families by sharing the love of God and the message of repentance and salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. The government exists to maintain cultural equilibrium and to provide a framework for social order. The Christian school serves as a bridge in uniting these institutions within the community in the fulfillment of Kingdom Education (Deut. 6:7-9). Kingdom Education is a campaign for righteousness. This campaign into which we are called is as straightforward as the Gospel itself. Our goals are: to bring people to Christ; to deepen the walk of those who have been nominal believers; to clearly introduce the doctrines of His Lordship, sin, repentance, forgiveness, and justification by faith to those who don’t know God or those who only know Him as a ‘Friend’ and Creator; to point everyone to the resurrection and to judgment in the next world; to encourage young people and their parents to live by His standard of holiness and obedience to the Lord; to encourage intensive scriptural study and application of His Word to all areas of life; to motivate the people of God to practical actions in their communities and our nation in defense of righteousness; and to inspire those who are working at NRCA to love one another in a way that is pleasing to Him and displays to all the love of Christ. Let Kingdom Education burn within the hearts of every member of NRCA, and let it take root in each office, class, program, and activity of this ministry.
1. Christ-Centered Purpose: NRCA is a concept...a vision conceived in the hearts of parents in our community who saw both a tremendous need and an outstanding opportunity. NRCA is a commitment...a desire for excellence, for achieving one's best, and for developing character that is pleasing to God. NRCA is, above all, a community...a group of people who love God, who are committed to Him, and who have given themselves to the ministry of evangelism, discipleship, and education. It is a quest to achieve God's standard of excellence in all that is done; a commitment to raising and educating children to love God and serve Him whole-heartedly.
2. Character-Building: Character is frequently a neglected quality in education. We believe that a child's character ought to be molded by God's Word. NRCA is dedicated to shaping the lives of the students by teaching them the qualities which matter most--trust in God, honesty in word and deed, respect for authority, and kindness toward others. Central to our philosophy is the belief that a strong intellect alone is inadequate to face life's demands. There must be strong character, rooted in God's Word, for a fruitful life.
3. Home-Strengthening: Home and school should not be mutually exclusive or opposing influences in a child's life. In fact, the best school is one that supports the home and reinforces the values taught. We desire for parents to be actively involved in their children's educational experiences: assisting leaders, sponsoring clubs and participating in field trips, as well as daily overseeing academics. NRCA's administration and teachers do not view parents as intrusive, but as partners in the exciting privilege of providing children with the fullest, most well rounded education possible.
4. Outstanding Staff and Program: Outstanding describes the faculty and staff of NRCA. We seek qualified and experienced teachers who are certified or can be certified by the ACSI, Advanced, and/or State of North Carolina. The faculty members are exceptional both professionally and personally. Our approach to curriculum is outstanding. Our teachers are trained in classical methods to add creativity, critical thinking skills, and understanding of one’s learning style. NRCA has a system of academic field kindergarten through 12th grade that accent the classroom experience. NRCA offers a variety of sports opportunities. Boy’s sports include football, wrestling, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, track, tennis, golf, and cross-country. Girl’s sports include volleyball, basketball, swimming, softball, soccer, track, swimming, cross-country, golf, tennis, and cheerleading. NRCA offers excellent fine arts opportunities in art, drama, band, and choral groups. There are also local, state, and national competitions.
5. An Oasis: Sending our children into a world exposed to dangers unknown to previous generations is a legitimate concern of parents. An oasis is a place of refuge and refreshment. This is certainly an apt description of NRCA, where girls and boys are greeted each morning with cheerful words and an encouraging spirit. NRCA is a place where students are reminded of their significance, where they can relax in an atmosphere permeated with love and acceptance, and where they are spiced with the right kinds of challenges. NRCA students are safe, secure, and able to concentrate on the thrilling adventure of learning.
6. Life Changing: NRCA has one of the finest academic programs, but gaining knowledge is not enough. Children need a godly, personal, and loving influence to change their lives and allow them to be all that God intends them to be. The administration and faculty desire an educational experience that affects their entire life. We want the students of NRCA not only to make a living, but to make a life.
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