The philosophy of education at Crossroads Christian School is to partner with parents to educate students in the essentials of culture and its arts and sciences, giving special emphasis to the Christian faith and the ethics revealed in the Bible. Our goals are to:
- prepare students to impact and serve Christ and their society through the proper teaching of all disciplines, academic and spiritual (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 3:18; II Peter 1:5-9; I Peter 1:13; II Tim. 2:15; Luke 2:52; Matt. 28:19-20);
- teach and affirm the divine inspiration of the entire Bible (II Tim 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21);
- teach of the creation of man and his environment by direct act of God (Gen. 1:1; Gen. 1:26,27, 31; Jer.1:5; John 1:1-3; Ps.139:13-16; Ps. 19:1-6);
- teach of the vicarious atonement for the sins of all peoples by the shedding of Jesus Christ’s blood on the cross (Romans 10:9; Rom. 3:23-25; Hebrews 13:12; Hebrews 9:22-28; I Peter 3:18; John 3:16; I John 1:7); and the resurrection of His body from the tomb ( I Cor. 15:3-4; I Peter 3:18; II Cor. 5:15; Hebrews 9:22-28);
- and teach of God’s power to save mankind from sin through the new birth of regeneration of the Holy Spirit and the gift of eternal life by the grace of God (John 14:6; I John 2:2; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 5:8-10; John 3:16-17; Titus 3:5; Rom.6:22-23; II Cor. 5:17).
Through implementation of these goals, we seek to prepare students to serve Christ and their community from a biblical worldview.
“Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.”
1 Timothy 1:5
We believe that teaching is a calling from God to minister to His children, to guide them into a deeper knowledge of Him and His world, and to prepare them to positively impact the world for Christ. Christian education is a ministry, and teachers must commit to it as such. As a result, quality instruction begins with called teachers whose classrooms are inundated with the following characteristics, in order:
- A committed and passionate love of God and His Word
- A love for students that is evidenced daily
- An enthusiasm for the subject being taught that revolves around the understanding that God created all things for His glory and purposes
CCS believes that quality instruction requires comprehensive preparation on the part of the teacher, which will be reflected in the classroom environment. Our ultimate goal at CCS is to prepare students to live a life that honors and serves Christ. By providing a challenging academic environment in which students can learn from a biblical worldview, we hope to equip students to enter their post-graduate institutions and/or workplaces with the tools they need to pursue their individual callings and to defend and spread their faith.
“If the Bible is relevant for all of life, then it is also relevant for curriculum. If the Bible makes clear that God demands a life of love and sacrifice, then classrooms should be places where teachers encourage and help students to be responsive disciples of Jesus Christ. If the Bible says that people are created in God’s image,
then classrooms should encourage students and teachers to unwrap their talents and gifts to God’s honor and to the well-being of other humans.”
Harrow Van Brummelen
Steppingstones to Curriculum
Parents often ask if their children will be prepared academically if the Bible is taught in every class. Our answer is simply this: they should be MORE prepared than the average student. We believe that being a Christian school is no excuse to water down the academic curriculum. In fact, the opposite is true; God calls us to do everything for His glory (1 Cor. 10:31). Because of this high calling, we strive to hold our students to high standards in both academics and ethics.
The goal of biblical integration is to produce disciples of Christ who search for the nature and character of God in all aspects of education and life. It should produce students with a thoroughly biblical worldview – seeing the world and everything in it through God’s eyes, as revealed in Scripture. At CCS, we believe that all teaching should emanate from a biblical worldview. Biblical integration should flow naturally out of the topics being discussed rather than being a forced part of the conversation and teaching. This is why CCS teachers must be intimately acquainted with Scripture and the doctrines contained therein.
A large percentage of our textbooks are from Christian publishing companies who make biblical integration a key component of the text. In addition to the biblical integration provided in the textbooks, our teachers supplement with their own materials and insight. Many of our upper school textbooks and supplementary resources are produced by secular publishing companies. It is the sole responsibility of the teacher in those subjects to ensure that all teaching is Christ-centered.
Some of the best biblical integration in Christian education occurs at times that are completely unplanned. Our teachers are always encouraged to take advantage of these moments. It is these experiences that often speak the most loudly to students because they flow out of real life questions, events, and circumstances that students can relate to on a very personal level.
Our goal at Crossroads Christian School is to provide a challenging academic environment for our students. The majority of our students score above average on the annual standardized tests given in the spring. Students at all grade levels are given writing assignments and projects, which allow them to take the knowledge they have learned in class and apply it in a tangible way. Lower school teachers are required to use age-appropriate literature to increase critical thinking skills. In the upper school, we offer honors classes when student enrollment allows. Students have the option to be on an accelerated math track, beginning in the seventh grade with an accelerated Pre-Algebra class. Students are also encouraged to participate in the annual ACSI competitions like the Spelling Bee and Art Festival.
As students successfully complete their academic experience at Crossroads Christian School, we expect them to be aware of the life-long nature of their relationship with Christ and the importance of being equipped to serve Christ for life in whatever field to which they are called.
There are many resources available to teachers and students to enhance the learning environment at CCS. All full-time classrooms have been provided permanent interactive whiteboard technology that is connected to the classroom computer for the purpose of interactive lessons, power point presentations, video clips, etc. The classroom televisions are connected to the Media Center where school-wide videos and presentations can be shown.
All students in grades 1-8 take computer classes throughout the academic year, and all high school students are required to take one course of Computer Applications to meet graduation requirements. These classes are often correlated with classroom instruction in other subject areas. For example, the computer teacher might use a project students have been assigned in another class to help teach formatting in Microsoft Word. There are two computer labs in the school that are shared between all grade levels. When a computer lab is available, teachers also have the opportunity to schedule time in the lab for their own classes.