At Olney Christian School we desire to instill a life-long love of learning about God’s universe into our students “heads”. Not just empty vessels, we believe that all children are created with unique abilities to learn and grow and we seek to foster that God-given love of learning. We intend to design our classrooms to meet the diverse needs of our student population in a way that will hold them to high academic expectations that meet or exceed a societal standard for their grade level while at the same time instilling within them a desire to learn in every area of their lives.
Each child has been created uniquely in the image of God and has been gifted with intelligence that we have the responsibility to challenge and nurture. It is our goal to help our students achieve their God-given potential, to the best of our ability.
Based on the fact that God has gifted each of his children differently, we intend to develop our teaching practices to reflect that. Our methods will therefore include a balanced variety of strategies, including, but not limited to: teacher-oriented lectures, student-oriented discussion, a range of hands-on experience and investigations, and individual and small group practice.
God has created this world and all of the knowledge that is in it. Therefore separating Him out of any aspect of learning is foolish. A Christ-centered worldview will permeate all learning that takes place regardless of the secular or religious nature of the curriculum. Specific time will also be dedicated to learning God’s written word, the Bible.
We believe our school is a representative of a living, breathing body of Christ. Therefore the way our school functions will be a reflection of the heart of Christ and the interdependence of his body.
God has designed an authoritative structure driven by love in his word, and we intend to mirror that in our classrooms. Our teachers are the authority in the classroom, as well as the educator, decision-maker and role model, and should be respected as such. At the same time, our teachers are expected to love and respect our students as Christ loves his church; lovingly knowing the best way to go about disciplining and guiding students toward spiritual, social and academic growth
The community of the classroom must be well established in order for academic success to be accomplished. An emphasis will be placed on both social and academic learning. Our staff will be given the freedom to accomplish that in their classrooms and are expected to give it time and effort.
As a reflection of Christ’s body, we believe each member of the classroom community has an important role. Therefore when one member is weak we seek to help that member, and when one member succeeds we seek to celebrate that success, learning together as a whole community.
We’re a community of sinners, redeemed by grace. Therefore when our students sin we are not surprised and we need to point each other towards the cross of Christ. We do believe there are consequences to sin and our expectations will be based on God’s character, revealed in Scripture, pointing us back to our need for a Savior rather than fear and shame. This community extends beyond our classroom into our students’ families.
We believe that God’s grace through Jesus Christ is life-giving and essential, therefore we intend to discern where our students are spiritually and lead them to know and follow Jesus.
Our hands reach out to serve and work and live in our communities. At OCS, we not only want to do this as a school, but we seek to help our students and their families to do this in their lives. We believe that the school serves as an extension of the home, parents have the responsibility for the education of the child (Deuteronomy 6) and the school is an institution developed to complement the family. While the values of our school may not be the same as those of the home, we do not neglect the God-given responsibility of the family.
It is therefore our responsibility to partner with families to encourage spiritual, emotional, intellectual and social growth within the student. Through this partnership we hope to mold young men and women who can be successful in the world and reach outside themselves to impact their communities.
We intend to provide families with support, which may take the form of quarterly workshops, parent conferences or classroom activities.
We know our world is ever-changing. We desire lives for our students that are rich and want their hands to be prepared for the world they will enter. Therefore we will intentionally incorporate these needed skills into the school day. Whether it’s nutrition, money management, computers, or another life skill, we will pay close attention to how society is thriving and make sure our students are prepared to thrive.
As a staff, we believe that all adults in our school community serve as a model for our students and our school community. We interact on a daily basis and model for our students the social and academic skills that we wish to teach our students. We use Matthew 18 as a Biblical model for conflict resolution.