What Is a Christian School?
Over the course of my career in Christian education, one of the most common questions I get is, "What is a Christian school and how is it different from the public or state run schools?" A Christian school is not to be confused with a Sunday School, or with any other institution that exists to give children instruction in the Bible. The Christian school is an institution which has the function of instructing children in the various departments of knowledge, those that also constitute the curriculum of the public school: reading, history, science, math, and the other subjects. It does this six hours a day, five days a week, throughout the school year. This raises the question: What is the distinctive feature of the Christian school that warrants its existence as a separate educational institution? The Christian school certainly does begin each day's classes with prayer to God and with the reading of the Bible. It does this under the conviction that nothing which man does is profitable unless God blesses it. Everything must be "sanctified by the word of God and prayer" (I Timothy 4:5). However, these activities of prayer and Bible reading, although important, are not the main reasons for the existence of the Christian school. The distinctive feature of the Christian school is expressed in the word Christian. It is a school which is Christian throughout. It has a Christian foundation, it has Christian teachers, it gives Christian instruction, it provides a Christian moral environment, and it has a Christian goal. The starting point is our firm faith that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Bible itself teaches this: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God... (II Timothy 3:16). As the written Word of God, the Bible is the authority for our faith and our life. To believe and live according to God's Word is the mark of a Christian. A Christian school, therefore, is a school which is founded upon and in every respect in harmony with the Scriptures, the written Word of God.If you would like to learn more about our schools, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 714-761-5200.Blessings,Dr. Pettinger Superintendent of Schools