At Atlantic Shores Christian School, it is of utmost importance to not just educate the minds of our students, but also their hearts. This principle is summarized in our School Verse:
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10, NAS
Atlantic Shores Christian School (ASCS) ascribes the highest, unrivaled authority to the Holy Bible as the wholly inspired, inerrant Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16, Ps. 119:89). Thus, ASCS ascribes the cornerstone (Eph. 2:20), in the foundation of our educational philosophy and programs, to the one revealed God of the Bible (Is. 45:5). Wisdom, knowledge, and principles in all learning disciplines and successful living find their origin in Christ (Prov. 3:13-20, Col. 2:2-3). They are best realized in a personal relationship with Him (John 10:14, 27; Acts 2:21).
The educational philosophy and goals, then, which drive and guide ASCS, are personified by the administrative, faculty, and other school staff members who are committed to being living models of those ideals (I Cor. 11:1). They are born again, Bible-believing Christians (John 3:3) who are active in the local church and strive to demonstrate God’s relationship to all facets of an ASCS education (Col. 2:2-3). They also acknowledge and firmly hold fast to the Scriptural individuality of each student (Ps. 139:13-16). Thus, the staff earnestly seeks the fulfillment of God’s desire for every student to enter into and experience a personal, saving relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Rom. 10:9-13, John 3:16). Our theme, pursuing excellence in education, permeates the spiritual, academic, social, and athletic components of the ASCS program (Luke 2:52). Our principal aim is significant, lasting impact upon each student’s life for further world impact that glorifies God (John 15:8, 16; I Pet. 4:10-11).
A partnership exists between school staff and the family in the ASCS educational experience (Phil. 1:3-6). The Bible clearly and consistently teaches that parents bear the primary responsibility for the training and education of their children (Deut. 6:7, Ps. 78:4-9, Prov. 22:6, Eph. 6:4). ASCS is, thus, an extension of the home by reinforcing Christian values in the vital development of character-the inward moral code and attitudes which determine behavior and its results (Prov. 4:23). This crucial interdependency of school staff and parents, therefore, demands a spirit of mutual cooperation and support (I Cor. 3:7-9).
ASCS strives to provide the most specialized and relevant academic instruction possible (Col. 3:23). Curriculum is Bible-centered, presenting a Christian worldview (Col. 2:6-8). Any secular textbook material that supplements the curriculum is very carefully weighed in relation to the Christian educational philosophy and goals of ASCS (Acts 17:11, I John 4:1). Furthermore, material found to be opposed to the Biblical worldview is actively addressed by the classroom teacher and aligned with the Christian philosophy and goal of ASCS. Curriculum develops recollection, as well as analytical thinking skills, and is academically challenging. It also teaches God’s values of right and wrong and promotes the development of Christian character (Prov. 2:1-10). Curriculum also serves to assist students in the awakening to God’s will for their lives and the initial equipping for it (Col. 1:9-12, Rom. 12:1-2).
The ASCS total program is genuinely sound, relevant, and Christ-centered. It involves both a qualified, dedicated staff and the home to serve students well in the years to come, preparing them to meet the callings and challenges of their time (Acts 17:26, Matt. 25:21). This is the heart of an ASCS education.