The Christian Philosophy of Education is unique in contrast to all other philosophies.
Most philosophies of education place man at the center and are humanistic. The Christian philosophy places God at the center and seeks to view life in every dimension from His perspective. He is the Creator of all things and “…in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). We believe that God is the author of all truth and that reality in life is only understood through a personal saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
We believe that man was created in God’s image, but has had that image tainted through the sin of Adam. Man is spiritually dead and needs to be re-born into a right relationship with God. One of our primary objectives is to encourage each student to restore this proper relationship by receiving Christ as personal Lord and Savior. This is followed by developing an understanding of one’s dependence upon the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit to empower each student to live a holy life that conforms to God’s Will.
We further believe that the Bible is the only authoritative written revelation to man. This bibliocentric view should encompass all aspects of a student’s educational experience: spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially. Therefore, every attempt is made to integrate the principles of faith and learning so that each student will develop a viable Christian worldview and live a life that brings glory and honor to God. In keeping with these convictions, Stockdale Christian School seeks to keep Christ central in all educational programs through Christian faculty who present all curricula from a biblical viewpoint. “…for in Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).
We believe that the Bible is explicit in regard to the educational responsibilities of parents, “…to bring up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). A primary objective of Stockdale Christian School is to reinforce and support traditional Christian values. For the school to truly function in this capacity, there must be continuous cooperation and communication between the school, the home, and the church. The Bible says that a cord of three strands is not easily broken. Each entity needs to complement and be in harmony with the other, committed to Christ and under the Holy Spirit’s control. With the school, the home and the church working as partners, each student will be afforded the maximum benefits of a truly Christ-centered education, “…that in all things He might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18).
We also believe it is vital that parents model a lifestyle for their children that is biblically and morally upright at all times, especially in regard to sexual purity and marriage. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25; Mark 10:6-9). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10). God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 John 1:9).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person male and female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
Therefore, student restrooms and locker rooms that are designated for one biological sex shall only be used by members of that biological sex. In other school facilities or settings where a student may be in a state of undress in the presence of other students (i.e. changing costumes during school theatrical productions), school personnel shall provide separate, private areas designated for use by students according to their biological sex.
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the philosophy of SCS.
Finally, we believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of SCS as a Christian community, and to provide a biblical role model for our students and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by SCS in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to abide by our Statement of Philosophy (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22).