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Warwick River Christian School

252 Lucas Creek Road
Newport News, VA 23602

(757) 877-2941


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Day in the Life

General School Mission

" Warwick River Christian School exists to provide general education in an environment that inspires students and their families to know and follow Jesus Christ. We come to know Jesus, God's living word, through the Holy Bible, God's written word, and through his Holy Spirit. With the writer of Proverbs, we agree that the fear (reverent awe) of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (1:7) and the beginning of wisdom (9:10)."

As partners with parents, we share in the charge given to the Old Testament people of God: Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. (Deut. 6:4-7)

From this perspective, we nurture the mind, body, soul and spirit of each student through academics, physical education, music, art, and Bible study. We see our Christian school as an extension of the church and home. When all three are united in a Christ-centered perspective, children receive a strong foundation for dealing with life experiences. Where parents are not committed to Christ and the church, we ask them to acknowledge our philosophy and to support the objectives of our school.

At every grade level, we aim to promote high academic standards within the potential of each student; to educate all students according to their developmental needs and cognitive abilities; to help each student gain the skills necessary for effective communication, such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, researching (including information literacy); and to facilitate every student's discovery that science, math, and history are reflections of God's creation and plan for the world.

As teachers and staff, we pledge ourselves to academic and spiritual excellence. We seek to display fruit of Christ's spirit?love, joy, peace, and all those named in Galatians 5:22-23. It is our prayer and calling to do everything to the honor and glory of God.

From this philosophy flow certain objectives identified in Bylaws of WRCS, Inc, Article III:

Academic Quality: The school shall provide a strong academic program of education, which meets or exceeds the educational requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia, so long as those requirements do not conflict with the broader purposes stated herein.

Integrated View: The school shall maintain an atmosphere of warmth and understanding that is conducive to spiritual growth, sensitive interpersonal relationships, wholesome leisure activity, optimal emotional and physical health, and eventual vocational fulfillment.

Biblical Perspective: The school shall foster a reverence for the Bible as God's written word, the authoritative guide to Christian faith and discipleship, and for Jesus Christ, God's living word, who is the key to proper understanding of both Old and New Testaments.

Christian Values: The school shall support the home and church by nurturing Christian values: allegiance to God and the church, respect for parents, reverence for all human life, commitment to integrity and morality, devotion to service, and the pursuit of reconciliation in a fragmented world

Personal Faith: The school shall nurture in students an openness to Jesus as Teacher, Savior, and Lord, anticipating their baptism into the body of Christ when they are mature enough to make a life covenant with Jesus Christ and his church.

Inclusive Enrollment: The school shall be open to students of all races, colors, national or ethnic origins, and socio-economic status, giving witness that Christian fellowship supersedes all nationalistic and cultural boundaries. While adhering to the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective, the school is open to families from other or no faith expressions, as well.

Family Concern: The school shall be sensitive to the family systems of its students, offering guidance as feasible and/or referral for services not provided by the School.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

When students first enter the classroom, there are several simple activities for them to become involved with, such as puzzles or books to look at. Then a quick group activity with singing and movement. From there, they go on to table activities, snack, outside play, and more group time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication between teachers and parents is crucial. Parents may email their child's teacher and/or arrange for a face-to-face conference or phone conference. Teachers also communicate daily with parents by comments noted in a booklet.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year