Academics at FCA

All persons need the saving grace of God purchased by the shed blood of Jesus Christ and the guiding truths of His Word. All persons are made in the image of God and therefore, deserve our love and respect. As representatives of Christ on earth, we must strive for personal, academic, social, and spiritual excellence in all that we do. The family and the church are God’s primary educational institutions. First Christian Academy exists to support the family and extend the church. It is the responsibility of the school to provide a learning environment that nurtures and encourages each student and faculty member to achieve their God-designed best effort. Scripture is the revealed word of God and is taught as Truth, and that truth is integrated into the learning experience. The Christian mind should be the best mind, enlightened by the mind of Christ and integrating God’s principles with academic pursuits. FCA must have a Board, an Administration, a Faculty and Staff who are committed followers of Christ, teaching and leading from a Biblically integrated perspective. Every learning experience aims to enable students to reach their full potential in Christ. FCA’s daily operational practices are a consistent model of integrity, efficiency, and accountability.

Biblical Worldview and Educational Philosophy

Offering an education that speaks of Biblical worldview can leave many at a loss for what the term – and the education it produces – actually means. Many believe that this is simply a “Christian” education where the curriculum is Christian, the teachers are also, and the students memorize Scripture. But, a Biblical worldview education is much more involved than simply adding Scripture to the 3 R’s.

At the very heart of a person’s worldview is the answer to the question, “What is the purpose of man?” The way a person answers that question will determine to which worldview a person holds. And there are many worldviews. Everything else in life is determined by how we answer this question. A Biblical Worldview answers the question, “What is the purpose of man” with the following:

The purpose of man is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. (Matthew 22:37)

Our answer deems that man’s purpose is to love God with his heart, soul, and mind. It is from this answer that we ask the next very important question: What is the purpose of education? How we answer this question forms our Philosophy of Education.

There are many answers for this question, but our answer to this question directly relates to our answer to the first question. If the purpose of man is to love God with his heart, soul and mind, then the purpose of education must be to train the student for the purpose of loving God with the entire heart, soul, and mind.

The Philosophy of Education at First Christian Academy is to train students to love the Lord their God with the heart, soul, and mind because we believe that mankind was created for this purpose.

Expected Outcomes

We believe the outcome of Truth-based education will be students who are academically strong, spiritually rich, and mission minded to serve God’s Kingdom. We believe our students will impact their culture and their communities through lives that exalt the Savior, build up one another, and help share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world and workplace.

In all its levels, programs, and teaching, First Christian Academy seeks to: teach all subjects as parts of an integrated whole with the Scriptures at the center (II Timothy 3:16-17); provide a clear model of the Biblical Christian life through our faculty and board (Matthew 22:37-40); encourage every student to begin and develop his or her relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 19:13-15). In all its levels, programs, and instruction, First Christian Academy seeks to encourage every student to develop a love for learning and live up to his/her academic potential; provide an orderly atmosphere conducive to the attainment of the above goals.

Fine Arts

Believing that God reveals Himself through art and music, and that we can aspire to Christian character through drama, our Fine Arts program is a foundational instruction at FCA. Through the musical arts, students learn to train their voices and master instruments – discovering that God has revealed Himself in the mathematical measurements and melody of music. Using media arts of paint, drawing, and other creative mediums, students learn to know God through the balance, order and symmetry of the Created order – mimicking those lines and producing God-revealing personal masterpieces. Through drama, students learn empathy and understanding as they portray persons different from themselves and interact theatrically through classical plays and performances.

Physical Education

Students are encouraged to recognize that their bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and, in cooperation with parents, are encouraged to knowledgeably establish and maintain good health and nutritional habits.  Students are taught basic exercises and the benefits that these exercises provide for various body systems, as well as the function of different muscles and how to strengthen them.  Instruction is provided in basic game skills such as throwing, hitting, kicking, and catching, helping students to improve coordination, agility, strength, and endurance.  Biblical patterns of behavior are encouraged through activities requiring cooperation, team work, and good sportsmanship in competitive situations.