In keeping with our mission statement and educational philosophy, the following values provide a framework for the student’s educational experience and for assessing student progress:
- Christian Character. This value emphasizes the need for students to cultivate a maturing Christian lifestyle and worldview. Such growth, maturity and character formation for students encompass all aspects of life including the intellectual, social and physical habits of fitness and wellbeing.
- Biblical Literacy. This value emphasizes the educational importance of a foundational knowledge of Bible and theology as well as the methodology and skills for thoughtful analysis, interpretation and application of Scripture.
- Christian Worldview. This value stresses the educational importance of the thoughtful integration of biblical truth by students into the totality of life experience and learning. Thus, biblical truth is not only a part but also a condition of general knowledge. Students are encouraged to develop a coherent view of contemporary issues from a biblical perspective.
- Effective Vocational Skills. Students must meet the requirements for effective service in their vocational pursuit, through study in organized fields of learning and practical experience. This value presupposes the vocational and avocational application of the students’ classroom experience and internships to areas of community development, training of others, and management of ongoing enterprises. Likewise, this value anticipates a commitment to vocational currency, continuing education and lifelong learning.
- Analytical and Creative Thinking. Students need to develop skills in critical and analytical thinking and to value the unity of truth. This value also presupposes the development of problem-solving techniques and research methodology, as well as ways of expressing ideas clearly, logically, thoughtfully and persuasively through aesthetic, oral and written forms.
- Personal and Group Relationships. Students should grow in the area of understanding others and to become responsible, compassionate and productive participants in society. This value presupposes service to society, family and the church through personal example, leadership and organizational skills.
- Social and Cultural Sensitivity. Students are encouraged to foster an understanding of both national and international cultures and to develop an appreciation for the richness and interdependence of multicultural communities. This anticipates a respect by students for the dignity of each person as a unique image-bearer of God.