Christian education is something that concerns all of us at Baldwinsville Christian Academy, whether we are teachers or parents. Seeking a good Christian school in which you can place your children has been something that you have spent your time and resources carefully considering. Very often there are many different opinions and philosophies that schools have on this vital subject. Here at Baldwinsville Christian Academy, our philosophy of education is built on the foundation of God’s authoritative Word. We believe that for any education to be called “Christian,” it must have the Bible as its base. Upon that base, we build a foundation that focuses on several key areas.
• A Christian World View — every subject that we teach must be completely integrated with a Biblical world view. A proper understanding of man and his place in the world is very clearly laid out in the Scriptures and is taught in all the materials that we use.
• Creation vs Evolution — a proper understanding of man and the world begins with the understanding that all that is in existence has been created by the God in the Bible. Our curriculum begins with this understanding as its basis. All subjects are then taught from that frame of reference.
• Biblical Standards — everything that we teach reinforces the standards and principles that the Bible teaches. Integrating these life principles in our teaching of all subject areas is vital for students to understand that the Bible is relevant in all aspects of their lives.
• Academic Standards—any Christian school must have high academic standards. The Bible teaches us that the world tells us about God. The more we understand the world around us and the things that happen in the world, the more we understand about God and His teachings. High academic standards mean that students will be able to thrive in all aspects of their lives in the world in which God has called them to live.
• Heart Development — while academic standards are important—and we strive for the highest standards—developing a child's heart to follow after God is also a priority. Development of character in an individual is as important as developing an understanding of math, history, etc. Both aspects must be held in balance for education to truly be Christian.
• Developing wise young men and women — this joint goal of Christian education can best be summarized by looking at the wise man/woman in the book of Proverbs. Not only does the wise man have a complete understanding of the world around him, but he has a firm grasp on Biblical standards and how they apply to his life. He has learned the ability to receive instruction (both character and academic instruction), process that instruction, and change the way he thinks and acts because of that instruction.
• Family Based—Christian education is ultimately based in the family. The Bible presents the family as the beginning point where the truth of God is taught to children. Teaching in the family is to be done in the normal course of life, with the goal that children will live by the principles and teachings of the Bible. Ultimately, our goal is that our students will take the teaching that they received and build families of their own, where they teach these same principles to their children in a continuing process.