"The philosophy of Fredericksburg Christian Schools has been developing since 1979 when three small classes housed at the First Christian Church accommodated 30 students. Since that time it has come into sharper focus as we have seen God provide "abundantly above all that we ask or think" and teach us daily lessons that we need to learn.
Fredericksburg Christian Schools is the initial ministry of a larger non-profit organization, known as Fredericksburg Christian Educational Services, Inc., which seeks to serve the local Christian community. It is an evangelical, non-denominational school, dedicated to a strong academic program with Christian character and Biblical truths integrated in every area, in order that students develop a lifelong Christian world view. FCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International through the 12th grade. (John 17:17)
At the very heart of our philosophy is the conviction that God's Word is completely true and speaks to every area of our lives today. We are constantly checking our instruction, our discipline, and our way of interacting with one another against the Bible and working toward a more Biblical approach.
The following truths, we believe, are central to a Christian education and it is our desire to "bring them alive" in the entire school program:
1. God is Creator and Sustainer of all things and the Source of all truth. (Psalm 104, Colossians 1:15-17)
2. Man was created in God's image but chose to rebel against God. His rebellion brought all men under the dominion of sin. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23)
3. God provided a means of regenerating man and restoring him unto Himself. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the sacrifice for that sin. Therefore, each student is encouraged to receive Christ as his personal Savior and as the Lord in his life. (Proverbs 9:10) As a board and a faculty which represent a variety of Protestant backgrounds, we believe our unity is found in the Person of Jesus Christ whom we see as "the way, the truth, and the life" according to John 14:6. Man's eternal salvation is solely dependent on Christ's all-sufficient work on the cross. (Ephesians 2:8,9, Titus 3:5)
4. The real Teacher in our lives as believers is the indwelling Holy Spirit by whose work Christ-like character is developed. An important part of our curriculum emphasizes the development of Biblical character qualities. (Romans 8:26-30, Galatians 5:22)
5. The Bible is the authoritative, inerrant, sufficient Word of God. It permeates our academic teaching since all truth is seen ultimately as God's truth. (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:21) For example, history is viewed as "His story", the workings of a sovereign, omnipotent God. Science is the study of His marvelous world, created by Him, and of man, who was created in His image. Each academic area is looked at within the perspective of His Word and with the ever present questions, "What is God's way in this?" or "What does God have for us to learn and apply?" Christian textbooks are utilized as much as possible to help us maintain this perspective.
6. The "heart and soul" of our program is not our textbooks but our teachers. We seek teachers who are solidly committed to Jesus Christ and well prepared to communicate God's love and His principles for living by example. (Ephesians 4:11-13) Secondly, we are building a faculty which has the necessary academic certification and the skills to effectively teach in each appropriate instructional area. God has blessed us with a team of people who care deeply about each other and about maintaining a loving, family atmosphere. (Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Ephesians 6:4, Proverbs 22:6)
7. We recognize that parents bear the primary role of training their own children. At school the teacher stands in the place of the parent. Therefore, the school and the home need to work closely together in order to function as partners. This necessitates frequent communication between staff and parents. These discussions should reflect an openness to deal with both positive and negative factors and be characterized by a Christian spirit of love. We desire to be sensitive to the home backgrounds of each student and to build up the authority of the parents in the eyes of their children. We focus on fundamental truths from God's Word leaving more specific doctrinal questions for parents and their churches to provide training in those areas. It is our ultimate goal that each family be Christ-centered and active in their own local church.
8. What will ultimately determine the success of the school, however, is not the size of its enrollment or even its accreditation, but whether what is accomplished there is "to the glory of God." (I Peter 4:11) If God rather than men is served and exalted, then students and teachers will be seen as unique, very special creations of the Lord. They will learn to desire a closer relationship with their Creator and be equipped to serve Him all their lives. There is no greater challenge for Fredericksburg Christian School.
Excerpted from the preschool's website