“To honor Jesus Christ by making disciples and teaching them to love God and people.”
Mission StatementGrace Brethren Schools, in partnership with church and family, proclaim Christ in all we do. We
will nurture the whole student in an academic environment through a
Biblical world-view, providing an opportunity for each one to mature in
Christ and to accurately handle the word of truth in a secular world.
Statement Of PhilosophyVerses: I Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 1:16-17
education process is dependent upon basic philosophy to provide the
right viewpoint, basic truths, and principles for interpreting the
facts encountered in life and the study of all subject matter. We believe that the concepts foundational to this truth are: v God is the Creator and sustainer of all things, and the source of all truth.
v God maintains control over His entire universe.
v True meanings and values can be ascertained only in the light of His person, purpose and work.
v Since all truth extends from God and the person of Jesus Christ, all truth must be obtained from a Christ-centered position.
We, as the Grace Brethren School,
fully trusting the power of God, have set ourselves to the task of
teaching children that in life we must seek a proper relation with God. This
teaching is concerned not only with the counsels of God revealed in His
Word, but also in the counsels revealed in His world. We
desire to teach that ALL truth is God’s truth, and Jesus Christ is
CENTRAL in all truth; again not simply in the Word, but in history, in
geography, in music, in arts, and in the universe (Jn. 14:6).
Educational Purpose The
process of Christian education includes the integration of scriptural
truth in every academic discipline and in every activity of school life
as a primary goal. More specifically, our program seeks
to show God revealed in His Word and in creation and to guide the
student into conformity with His revealed will. The ultimate objective is that God be glorified in the life of the student (Romans 11:36). In order to realize these foundational goals, the following educational objectives are emphasized:
I. THE SPIRITUAL AND MORAL GROWTH OF THE STUDENTS through:
· Teaching the essential doctrines of the Christian faith;
· Building a knowledge of God in students and helping them to develop a consistent Christian philosophy of life;
· Developing an understanding of the Bible as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice;
· Developing a Biblical sense of right and wrong and teaching students reverence toward God and all authority;
· Presenting Christ as Savior and Lord who offers a personal, saving relationship by grace through faith;
· Encouraging students to develop a desire to know and to do the will of God;
· Teaching students consistent daily Christian living and service, equipping and encouraging them to witness for Christ.
II. THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF STUDENTS through:
· Promoting academic excellence;
· Helping students gain a thorough comprehension and command of the fundamental processes of communication;
· Developing creative and critical thinking skills;
· Teaching students how to research and to use the scientific method in drawing appropriate conclusions;
· Promoting the proper use of Biblical criteria for evaluation and application;
knowledge of the world and current affairs in all fields, including
technology, and relating it to God’s revealed will for mankind;
· Teaching and encouraging the formation of good study habits.
III. THE PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS through:
· Developing a Biblical understanding and acceptance of self;
· Fostering wholesome, personal relationships through the development of social skills based on the Christian concept of love;
good citizenship through developing an understanding and appreciation
for our Christian heritage of freedom and human dignity as they are
expressed in the American experience;
· Teaching a realistic, Biblical view of life, work, and leisure and providing skills for future endeavors;
· Developing the proper attitudes, understanding, and skills needed to establish God-honoring homes;
· Promoting care of the body as the temple of God;
· Imparting a Biblical attitude towards possessions and encouraging their wise use for the glory of God.
IV. COLLABORATION WITH THE PARENTS OR GUARDIANS OF STUDENTS through:
with the parents or guardians in every phase of the student’s
development, especially as it relates to the school program;
· Assisting families in making their homes God-centered;
· Providing a resource for families to assist them in present and future decisions.
Statement Of FaithWe affirm and believe in the following:
The Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments,
verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as
originally given of God (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21).
The One True God: Existing eternally as three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14).
The Lord Jesus Christ:
His pre-existence and deity (John 1:1-3); incarnation by virgin birth
(John 1:14; Matt. 1:18-23); sinless life (Heb. 4:15); substitutionary
death (II Cor. 5:21); bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43); ascension
into heaven and present ministry (Heb. 4:14-16); and coming again (Acts
The Holy Spirit:
His personality (John 16:7-15); and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in
each believer; baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (I
Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9); and filling (Eph. 5:18) to empower for Christian
life and service (Eph 3:16; Acts 1:18; Gal. 5:22-23).
direct creation by God in His image (Gen. 1:26-28); his subsequent fall
into sin resulting in spiritual death (Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 5:12); and the
necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5).
complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone, received as the
gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His
finished work (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; I Pet. 1:18-19).
One true Church; the body and bride of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-32);
composed of all true believers of the present age (I Cor. 12:12-13);
and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for
edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local
church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Eph.
A life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the
evil ways of the world (Rom. 12:1-2) manifested by speaking the truth
(James 5:12); maintaining the sanctity of the home (Eph. 5:22; 6:4);
setting differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of
God (I Cor. 6:1-8); not engaging in carnal strife but showing a
Christ-like attitude toward all men (Rom. 12:17-21); exhibiting the
fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23); and maintaining a life of prayer
(Eph. 6:18; Phil 4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling
for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name
of the Lord (James 5:13-18).
Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which
are (1) baptism of believers by triune immersion (Matt. 28:19) and (2)
the three-fold communion service, consisting of the washing of the
saints’ feet (John 13: 1-17), the Lord’s supper (1 Cor. 11:20-22;
33-34; Jude 12), and the communion of the bread and the cup (1 Cor.
existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people
(Rev. 12:1-10); his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Rev. 20:10).
The personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His
Church from the earth (I Thess. 4:16-17) before the tribulation (I
Thess. 1:10; Rev. 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to
establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Rev. 19:11-20:6).
Future Life: The
conscious existence of the dead (Phil. 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31); the
resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29); the judgment and reward of
believers (Rom. 14:10-12; II Cor. 5:10), and judgment and condemnation
of unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15); the eternal life of the saved (John
3:16), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matt. 26:46; Rev. 20:15).
Expected School-wide Learning Results Our Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLR’s) represent a condensed version of our Statement of Philosophy and Educational Purpose. In order to replicate our ESLR’s and to maintain a commitment to them, we have adopted the acrostic “GBS”. Each letter represents the future of Grace Brethren School students’ success as they matriculate to the next level of learning and life.
Growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Building competence through academic excellence.
Serving Christ through a lifetime of obedience.