We aim, through the grace of God, to train up students who are first Christians, and second, learners; who hold Scripture as the inerrant foundation of all knowledge and truth, evaluating all of life in its light; who eagerly submit to God and all biblical authorities (parents, church, employer, and state); who can discern between cultural and biblical influences, and who will choose the latter over the former; who understand the integration of all knowledge in the person of the Creator God; who understand the history of Christianity and see God as the author of all history, working His sovereign will through both trials and triumphs; who are well-rounded thinkers who listen carefully with discernment; who reason persuasively; who know how to apply knowledge to their lives; and who are socially graceful.
We desire that they understand that the purpose of life is to energetically pursue God; to worship and praise Him in the beauty of holiness; to walk in the good works which He has prepared beforehand (Eph. 2:10); and that those works are to love and honor their parents and to cherish their family; to love and submit to their church; to have a heart for the lost and the courage to seek out those stumbling to destruction; to discern between true religion and mere form; to hate every kind of evil, but cling to all that is good; and to joyfully and gratefully delight in the good things God has given us in life.
In particular, we aim to produce young men who are kind and yet strong, filled with the Word (I John 1:14); who take responsibility; who are not brutish but gracious, and as kingly and bold as David and Paul. We aim to produce young women who are daughters of the King, bright, learned, competent, and truly feminine in the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit (I Peter 3:4).
Above all, we strive to raise up young men and women who know how to learn, and who love learning so much that they will never cease to be students; who think deeply about how Christ’s kingship applies to all areas of life; who quickly reconcile conflicts with God and man; who personally know their Lord and God, Jesus Christ, embrace the Father, and are filled with the joy of His Holy Spirit daily.
To pursue these goals, we have chosen a discipleship model of schooling, not an evangelistic model. We wish our school to be filled with children from godly homes who are already believers and who wish to attend the school, so that they will build up the students around them without leading others astray.
We also desire that every person involved in the school lives out the gospel of Christ through his actions and demeanor as a testimony to the world.
TEACHERS AND STAFF
We likewise aim to cultivate these same qualities in our staff, and to see them well paid so that they may make a career at Geneva Academy. We desire them to be professional and diligent in their work, gifted and enthusiastic in teaching, loving their students and their subjects. We desire they clearly understand classical education, how it works in their classroom and how their work fits into the whole, that they possess a lifelong hunger to learn and grow, and that they have opportunity to be refreshed and renewed. We desire to see them coach and nurture new staff and to serve as academic and spiritual mentors to students. We look to see them mature in Christ, growing in the knowledge of God, their own children walking with the Lord.
We aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of responsibility for the school and to see them well-informed about the goals of our classical and Christ-centered approach. We desire that they grow with the school, closely involved in their children’s lives and excited about their journey of learning. We aim to encourage them and assist them as they fight the good fight in raising their children, to help them to follow biblical principles in addressing concerns, to be inclined to hear both sides of a story before rendering a verdict, and to embrace the Scripture’s injunctions to encourage and stir up one another to love and good works.
We aim to build fellowship with churches which, as the pillar and ground of the truth, unapologetically teach the whole Word of God faithfully; which instruct parents and families in practical Christian living; and which shepherd the flock of Christ and strive to keep us all from straying into sin, so that what is taught at school will reinforce what is taught at home, which will reinforce what is taught from the pulpit.
Finally, in our relationship with our community, we aim to be above reproach in our business dealings and supportive of the local business community. We further seek to exemplify the unity of the body of Christ, to develop greater fellowship and understanding with all believers, to live out the Gospel of Christ as a body of believers, and to bring honor to our Lord in all our endeavors.
In Nomine Eius,
Th Family of Geneva Academy