And if ye be Christís, then are ye Abrahamís seed, and heirs
according to the promise. ĖGalatians 3:29
Home of the Royal Heirs!
EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY & OBJECTIVES
The philosophy of LightHouse Ranch Christian Academy is based on the Word of God. The primary objective and purpose of the school is to train the student in the way of life presented in the Scriptures, while giving them a good general education.
Since the Bible is inspired by God and is without error, philosophy and objectives derived from it will be God-honoring. They will differ from the philosophy and objectives of schools which do not derive their statements from Godís revelation.
Christian schools exist because their philosophy is unique in the educational world. They stand apart, for their philosophy is based upon the truth, according to none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. He said in John 17:7, "Sanctify them through thy truth; thy Word is truth."
Character training is an important element in LightHouse Ranch Christian Academy. We believe that the heart of character training is obedience (deciding to do right), which will eventually cultivate an inner self-discipline and is essential to the emotional, physical, social, and spiritual well being of the student.
God created and sustains all things through His Son, Jesus Christ. Man is made in Godís image, and is different in kind from all other creation, with the unique capacity to know and respond to God personally and voluntarily. Because man is a sinner by nature and choice however, he cannot in this condition, know or honor God in his life. He can do this only by being born again to do Godís will, which is the ultimate purpose of his life.
The entire process of education is seen as a means used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into fellowship with God, to develop a Christian mind in them, and to train them in Godly living, so they can fulfill Godís total purpose for their life personally and vocationally. They must be taught the Bible so that they may understand God as well as their own nature and roll (as they are made in Godís image); they must be developed and relate to God as a whole person, spiritually, mentally, physically and socially; they must learn to see all truth as Godís truth and to integrate it with and interpret it with Godís Word; they must be educated as an individual with their own unique abilities and personality who must learn to live and work with others at home, in the church, and in a changing secular society; and they must interact with and be taught by parent and teacher models who are, themselves, born again and have this perspective on life.
The authority for such an education comes both from Godís command that children be taught to love God and place Him first in their lives, and from the fact that parents are responsible for the total education and training of their children. At the parentís request, LightHouse Ranch Christian Academy becomes a partner in giving this education. Other ministries of Gospel Ministries International can benefit the entire family, if they choose to participate in them. From this philosophy stems certain aims and objectives:
I. FOR THE SPIRITUAL AND MORAL GROWTH OF THE STUDENTS, the school seeks:
1. to teach the Bible as Godís inspired Word and to develop attitudes of love and respect toward it.
2. to teach the basic doctrines of the Bible.
3. to lead the student to a decision of confessing Christ as Savior and Lord.
4. to develop a desire to know and obey the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures.
5. to equip the student to carry out the will of God daily.
6. to impart an understanding of each Christianís place in the church and its worldwide task of witness and evangelism, and to stimulate the studentís involvement in this task.
7. to develop the mind of Christ toward godliness and sin and to teach the students how to overcome sin.
8. to encourage the development of self-discipline and responsibility in the student based on respect for and submission to God and all other authority.
9. to help the student develop for themself a Christian world view by integrating life and studies with the Bible.
II. FOR THE STUDENTíS PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, the school aims:
1. to help the student develop their personality based both on a proper understanding and acceptance of themself as a unique individual created in the image of God and in the fullest possible development of their own capabilities.
2. to teach the student to treat everyone with love and respect since they too, are made in Godís image.
3. to make the student a contributing member of their society who realizes their dependence on others, their dependence on Him, and the need to serve them.
4. to promote an understanding of time as a God-given commodity, with individual responsibility for effective use of that time.
5. to show a realistic and Biblical view of life and work, and provide skills for personal relationships and future endeavors.
6. to develop both good and proper attitudes towards marriage and the family, and also the understanding and skills needed to establish God-honoring homes.
7. to promote physical fitness, good health habits, and wise use of the body as the temple of God.
8. to impart the Biblical attitudes toward the material things and to encourage individual responsibility of using them for Godís glory.
III. ACADEMICALLY, the school endeavors:
1. to promote high academic standards within the potential of the individual as uniquely created by God, and to help the student realize their full academic potential.
2. to help each student gain a thorough comprehension and command of the fundamental processes used in communicating and dealing with others, such as reading, writing, speaking, listening and mathematics.
3. to teach and encourage the use of good study habits.
4. to teach the student to pursue independent study in the areas of personal interest and talents.
5. to teach the student how to do independent research and to reason logically.
6. to develop creative and critical thinking, and the proper use of Biblical criteria for evaluation.
7. to promote good citizenship through developing the understanding and appreciation of our Christian and American heritages of responsible freedom, human dignity and acceptance of authority.
8. to discuss current affairs in all fields and relate them to Godís plan for man.
9. to produce an understanding and appreciation for Godís world, an awareness of manís role in his environment, and his God-given responsibilities to use and to preserve it properly.
10. to engender an appreciation of the fine arts through the development of the studentís understanding and personal expression.
IV. WORKING WITH THE HOMES FROM WHICH THE STUDENTS COME, the school desires:
1. to cooperate closely with the parents in every phase of the studentís development, especially as it relates to the school program.
2. to help the parents to understand the schoolís purpose and program.
3. to aid families in Christian growth and to help them develop Christ-centered homes.
4. to assist parents in keeping up with the changing culture, and its effects on the home, and its implications for their children.
5. to encourage regular attendance and involvement in the local church.