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Grace Christian Academy Inc

8420 W Beloit Rd
West Allis, WI 53227-3708

Phone:
(414) 327-4200

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. Because man is created
in the image of God, man's ultimate purpose, meaning and very
definition of being must all come from God. Thus, man, as a finite
creature, is dependent upon divine revelation for all ultimate truth.
(Gen. 1:1; Gen. 2:1, Gen. 1:26-27; Ex. 3:14; Isa. 55:6-9; Col. 1:15-
17)
Concerning the "nature of truth": Truth reveals God and is a revelation
from God. God reveals Himself (generally) through His created
universe, (specifically) in the Scriptures and (personally) in His Son,
Jesus Christ. (Deut. 8:1-3; Isa. 40:6-8; Jn. 1:14, Jn. 14:6; Rom.
1:19-20; 2 Tim. 3:15-17)
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Since the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden, man's
essential nature has been corrupted by sin and, in sin, man's
understanding has been darkened. At enmity with God in his spirit, man
has embraced the falsehood that man's ways are better than God's ways.
From the time of the fall, man has believed he could explore, understand,
relate to and even teach the laws and facts of the created universe,
independent of God's revealed truth and without need of "the grace of
God to comprehend and receive it". (Gen. 3:1-7; Gen. 3:14-19; Gen.
6:5; Rom. 1:21-22; Rom. 3:10-11)
As Christians, we believe we are commanded by God to adopt, maintain
and perpetuate (teach our children) a totally Christian worldview or
Christian Philosophy. We believe our philosophy to be centered upon
God (our Creator); that God is Truth; that God's Word is completely
trustworthy (inerrant) and that God can be known. From this Christian
Philosophy of Life we derive our Philosophy of Christian Education. (Ex.
13:8; Deut. 6:6-9; Ps. 78:1-11; Ps. 111:10; Prov. 22:6; Rom. 11:35; Rom.
12:2; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Col. 2:8; Col. 3:1-2; Ja. 1:5)
Living in a created world means living in a reality of created facts which
can be rightly understood only in relationship to their Creator. We hold
firmly to the philosophy that man's reason does not determine God's
revealed truth about Himself and all that He has created. Rather, God
has graciously given man reason; in order that God's truth (by the power
of His Holy Spirit) might be discovered, understood, categorized and
passed down from generation to generation in the systematic approach of
training and discipline that is Christian Education. (Ps. 119:89-91; Prov.
1:7; Prov. 3:5-7; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4; 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
Biblical truth must validate experience and knowledge at all times. In all
subjects: mathematics, geography, economics, history or English; the
Bible is the key to true understanding. The Bible gives us the perspective
we need to see God as He is, ourselves as we are, our relationship to
others and to the world that we live in. It provides the necessary
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principles, without which, there can be no true understanding. Thus,
Biblical Truth will undergird the teaching of all subjects and provide the
standard; qualifying all other texts, materials and supporting media used in
our classrooms. (Prov. 1:7; Prov. 9:10)

Moreover, we hold the Scriptures to be Divinely inspired, authoritative,
and inerrant. The Word of God is our heritage and our birthright. Our
Philosophy of Christian Education, this document and every policy and
practice hereunto will regard the Word of God as the final authority in all
matters of faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:16)
Grace Christian Academy's purpose is to provide a distinctly Christian
academic environment in which God's mandate to train, instruct, and
nurture each student in the Truth may be fulfilled. Administration, faculty
and staff shall seek to minister to each student, providing a Christ-like
example, while promoting that student's spiritual, physical, academic, and
social development.
We recognize that children are a heritage of the Lord (Ps. 127:3). We
believe that, to the Christian parent(s) of every Academy student, God
has delegated a special "stewardship responsibility" for the instruction,
nurture and discipline of children. The process of "training up a child"
starts in the home. The Bible declares: "Train up a child in the way he
should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6)
God has additionally granted (in Christ Jesus) the authority of the
parent(s) to train and instruct their children (particularly in matters of
Christian faith and life). Again, the Scriptural mandate is clear and
repeated: "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon
your hearts. Impress them on your children." (Deut. 6:6-7) and
"Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the
training and instruction of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4)
At Grace Christian Academy, we hold to the Biblical position that while
parents can never delegate away their responsibility (before God) to
instruct and discipline their children, they may 'share' the authority (given
to them by God) for the teaching of their children, with our faculty and
staff. Children will be blessed as parents and teachers share in their
instruction, so long as the instruction is provided with God-given and
rightly shared authority. "Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as
these." (Matt. 19:14). The Academy is committed to its mission of:
fostering academic excellence in a genuinely Christ-centered
scholastic community.
For this reason, the parent(s) of Academy students will be expected to
clearly communicate with their children God's design in and the necessity
for respect of teacher's authority in the classroom at all times. Academy
students, learning to be in submission to the authority of their teachers in
the classroom, even as they learn to submit to the authority of their
parent(s) at home, actually engage in the larger process of learning
obedience to God.
We desire to create an optimal learning environment based on academic
excellence that compliments the Christian home. We strive to promote
an atmosphere where students learn to live their lives for Christ,
developing their character and achieving their highest potential (in Him).
As we seek to train students, we believe that the school and the home
need to work cooperatively in providing the best educational experience
for every student. Our goal is to bring out of each student their natural
creative desire to learn and to assist them in developing the required
academic disciplines. It is critical that individuals master the basic
academic skills needed to be productive in our society.
As to their spiritual nurturing, our goal is to develop within each student,
an inclination to study, learn, and apply God's Word in every area of
his/her life. We will diligently work to instill in our students a sense of
appreciation for the heritage that is theirs in Christ.
Ultimately, in all that we shall teach, in all that we shall say, do, plan, and
promote; we shall direct all to the glory of God, exalting the name of our
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We will, at every point, seek to promote
an experience of education and discipleship in the lives of Grace Christian
Academy students; imparting God's Truth, thus preparing them for
faithful service in the cause of Jesus Christ and the Gospel, that their
involvement in the home, church, workplace and community might
manifest the glory of Jesus Christ for the world to see. (Ps. 22:23; Ps.
57:5; Matt. 5:16; 1 Pet. 4:11; Rev. 4:11)"
Excerpted from the preschool's website