Independence Christian School believes all children are unique, created by God for his pleasure and purposes. Attention in the classroom and during play experience is given to the whole child: Physical growth, spiritual training, social awareness, emotional needs, intellectual curiosity and moral development. It is our belief that children should be encouraged to assume responsibility for their own actions and be encouraged in the development of a positive feeling of self through opportunities to succeed in both academic and social experiences. We believe that parents are the child's first teacher and that, as such, parents have many valuable contributions to make to the school.
It is also our firm belief that children have different cognitive styles; therefore, classroom materials and concepts are presented in more than one learning mode. Our educational philosophy is taken from many well known educational theories including: Social learning theory, which suggests modeling as a key way to learn; Piagetian Cognitive theory, which promotes the use of different experiences according to the child's stage of mental development and holds that elementary school children need many actual experiences with materials to learn the subject matter; Behavior learning theory, which encourages the use of individualized learning techniques and consistent reinforcement of positive behaviors of individual children, and Montessori philosophy, which insist that children are self-motivated to learn given the proper environmental stimulation and materials.
All spiritual training comes directly from the Bible and a strong belief in II Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness." In addition, we are motivated by Hebrews 10:24 which states "and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works". Our program is, therefore, non-denominational. We exist to help young people grow in the way of life taught by Jesus Christ in the Bible. Our educational role, therefore, does include a strong commitment to helping students examine their own lives in order to shape and build a personal set of values.
- Each student will view the world as a creation of God and be treated as a unique individual. Growth will be compared with each student's own past performance.
- Each student will be encouraged to make wise decisions, accept personal responsibility and develop a positive sense of self.
- Each student will be encouraged to serve humanity, develop respect for others and to recognize and value individual differences.
- Each student will experience a personal relationship with God, finding their specific purpose for living, in a positive emotional climate conducive to developing trust, independence and self-discipline.
- Each student will develop skills in vocabulary development, comprehension, research, study techniques, receptive language, written language, literature and understanding our world.
- Each student will be exposed to other instructional components such as experiences in music, art, physical education, health, and social sciences in order to insure a balanced curriculum appropriate for the student.
- Each student will be encouraged in the belief of the deity of God and the inspiration of the Bible.
- Each student will be offered appropriate experiences to build clarity of concepts that are important for that child's age and mental stage.
- Each student will be encouraged to develop creative skills through providing opportunities to solve problems in various manners.
- Each student will be given opportunities to function both as a leader and a follower, thus broadening their basis for competence.
Statement of Faith
We, the School Board and Staff, believe in:
1. The inspiration of the Bible, equal in all parts and without error in its origin.
2. The one God, eternally existent Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who created man by a direct and immediate act.
3. The pre-existence, incarnation, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension to Heaven, and second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. The fall of man, the need of regeneration by the operation of the Holy Spirit on the basis of grace alone, and the resurrection of all to life or damnation.