Our key verse at Calvary Day School is Luke 2:52, which states: “So Jesus grew both in height and in wisdom, and he was loved by God and by all who knew him.” On the surface, this is a nice Bible verse coined at numerous Christian schools across North America. However, for the Administration and educators of Calvary, this verse is a presentation of the guiding force behind everything we do. This verse encompasses the four components of a truly Christian philosophy of education: physical growth, intellectual growth, spiritual growth, and social/interpersonal growth. Many schools call themselves “Christian” simply because they offer a class in Bible at some point in their curriculum. I would assert that this course offering alone does not form the basis for a Christian philosophy of education. Instead, a truly Christian philosophy of education is achieved when biblical truth forms the basis for everything that is taught.
Having a sound Christian philosophy of education cannot be emphasized enough in the Christian school setting. Biblical truth must provide more than theoretical guidance and academic generalization. Educational theory and practice must be completely enmeshed with a Christocentric worldview. This distinct worldview becomes the integrating factor around which all subject matter is correlated and arranged, and it provides the criterion by which all other subject matter is judged. Biblical truth becomes the center of all that we do as a school ministry.
How is a Christocentric worldview applied in our school setting? Following Jesus’ growth model in Luke 2:52, physical growth is achieved when student-athletes are trained to win, but that winning attitude is balanced with spiritual ethics; intellectual growth is pursued by offering rigorous college-preparatory classes where teachers are free to explore the spiritual implications of their subject matter; spiritual growth is explored through chapel programs, Bible classes, student-led Bible studies, and an overarching school-wide thirst for Christ; and social/interpersonal growth is attained organizationally through the various clubs and sports that we offer as well as organically through the positive peer relationships established during these formative years. A truly Christian philosophy of education is attainable when a school surrenders individually and corporately to the will of the Father.
How good it is to see God blessing our school as we seek to be a school with a truly Christian philosophy of education.
Written by Dr. James Taylor, Head of School