Man's ultimate purpose, meaning, and very definition of being must all come from God. Thus man, as a finite creature, is dependent upon the divine revelation for all ultimate truth. (Gen. 1:1; Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 2:1, Ex. 3:14, Isa. 55:6-9, Col. 1:15-17)
Concerning the "nature of truth" Truth reveals God and is a revelation from God. God reveals Himself (generally) through His created universe, (specifically) in the Scriptures and (personally) in His Son, Jesus Christ. (Deut. 8:1-3, Isa. 40:6-8, Jn. 1:14, Jn. 14:6, Rom. 1:19-20, II Tim. 3:15-17)
Since the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden, man's essential nature has been corrupted by sin and, in sin, man's understanding has been darkened. At enmity with God in his Spirit, man has embraced the falsehood that man's ways are better than God's ways. From the time of the fall, man has believed he could explore, understand, relate to, and even teach the laws and facts of the created universe, independent of God's revealed truth and without need of the "the grace of God to comprehend and receive it." (Gen. 3:1-7, Gen. 3:14-19, Gen. 6:5, Rom. 1:21-22, Rom. 3:10-11)
As Christians, we believe we are commanded by God to adopt, maintain, and perpetuate (teach our children) a totally Christian worldview or Christian Philosophy. We believe our philosophy to be centered upon God (our creator); that God is Truth; that God's Word is completely trustworthy (inerrant), and that God can be known. From this Christian Philosophy of Life we derive our Philosophy of Christian Education. (Ex 13:8, Deut. 6:6-9, Ps. 78:1-11, Ps 111:10, Prv. 22:6, Rom. 11:35, Rom. 12:2, II Cor. 10:3-5, Col. 2:8, Col. 3:1-2, Ja. 1:5)
Living in a created world means living in a reality of created facts, which can be rightly understood only in relationship to their Creator. We hold firmly to the philosophy that man's reason does not determine God's revealed truth about Himself and all that He has created. Rather, God has graciously given man reason in order that God's truth (by the power of His Holy Spirit) might be discovered, understood, categorized, and passed down from generation to generation in the systematic approach of training and discipline that is Christian Education. (Ps. 119:89-91, Prv. 1:7, Prv. 3:5-7, Prv. 22:6, Eph. 6:4, II Tim. 2:15, II Tim. 3:16-17)
Biblical Truth must validate experience and knowledge at all times. In all subjects the Bible is the key to true understanding. The Bible gives us the perspective we need to see God, as He is, ourselves as we are, and our relationship to others in the world. It provides the necessary principles without which there can be no true understanding. Thus, Biblical Truth will undergird that teaching of all subjects and provide the standard qualifying all other texts, materials, and supporting media used in our classrooms. (Prv. 1:7, Prv. 9:10)
Moreover, we hold the Scriptures to be Divinely inspired, authoritative, and inerrant. The Word of God is our heritage and our birthright. Our Philosophy of Christian Education and every policy and practice hereunto will regard the Word of God as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (II Tim. 3:16)
Carter Christian Academy, Inc.'s purpose is to provide a distinctly Christian academic environment in which God's mandate to train, instruct, and nurture each student in the
Truth may be fulfilled. The School's administration, faculty, and staff shall seek to minister to each student, providing a Christ-like example while promoting that student's spiritual, physical, academic, and social development. We recognize that children are a heritage of the Lord (Ps. 127:3).
We believe that, to the parent(s) of every CCA student, God has delegated a special "stewardship responsibility" for the instruction, nurture, and discipline of children. The process of "training up a child" starts in the home. The Bible declares "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prv. 22:6).
God has additionally granted (in Christ Jesus) the authority of the parent(s) to train and instruct their children (particularly in matters of Christian faith and life). Again, the Scriptural mandate is clear and repeated: "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children" (Deut. 6:6-7). In addition, the Scripture teaches: "Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4)
At Carter Christian Academy, Inc., we hold to the Biblical position that while parents can never delegate away their responsibility (before God) to instruct and discipline their children, they may share the authority (given to them by God) for the teaching of their children with our faculty and staff. Children will be blessed as parents and teachers share in their instruction, so long as the instruction is provided with God-given and rightly shared authority. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these" (Matt. 19:14). The Academy is committed to the mission statement.
For this reason, the parent(s) of Academy students will be expected to clearly
communicate with them God's design in, and the necessity for respect of, teachers'
authority in the classroom at all times. Academy students, learning to be in submission
to the authority of their teachers in the classroom, even as they learn to submit to the
authority of their parents at home, actually engage in the larger process of learning
obedience to God. We desire to create an optimal learning environment, based on
academic excellence, which compliments the Christian home. We strive to promote
an atmosphere where students learn to live their lives for Christ, developing their
character and achieving their highest potential (in Him). As we seek to train students, we believe that the School and the home need to work cooperatively in providing the best educational experience for every student. Our goal is to bring out of each student their natural creative desire to learn and to assist him or her in developing the required academic disciplines.
It is critical that individuals master the basic academic skills needed to be productive in our society. As to their spiritual nurturing, our goal is to develop within each student an inclination to study, learn, and apply God's Word in every area of their lives. We will diligently work to instill in our students a sense of appreciation for the heritage that is theirs in Christ.
Ultimately, in all that we teach, in all that we shall say, do, play, and promote; we shall direct all to the glory of God, exalting the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will, at every point, seek to promote an experience of education and discipleship in the lives of Carter Christian Academy, Inc. students. By imparting God's truth, we will help prepare them for faithful service in the cause of Jesus Christ and the Gospel. Their involvement in the home, church, workplace, and community might manifest the glory of Jesus Christ for the world to see. (Ps 22:23, Ps. 57:5, Matt. 5:16, I Pet. 4:11, Rev. 4:11)
We desire to create an optimal learning environment, based on academic excellence, which compliments the Christian home.
Children will be blessed as parents and teachers share in their instruction...