Abbey Preparatory Academy
It is the mission of Abbey Preparatory Academy to shape the lives of students through creativity, innovation and Christian values while preparing them to be life- long learners. This means that each student will be trained spiritually, academically and physically for the future ahead. Furthermore, it is the mission of The Lighthouse Church to help create strong Christian leaders equipped for success in the marketplace and in ministry.
THE SCHOOL VISION
We are grateful for the assurance in 1 Corinthians 3:6 that one plants, another waters, but it is God who grants the increase. We pray for our school throughout the year, recognizing that our success is rooted in God’s ability as our students pursue excellence in academics and faith.
Keion D. Henderson, Pastor and Founder
Philosophy of Christian Education
Philosophy of Christian Education (it’s quite long. You may just want to use the core values and expected behaviors)
There are two philosophies of education in the world today. One is secular philosophy, which is based on the vain imaginations of man. The other is the Christian philosophy, which is based on the absolute truth found in the Word of God. Abbey Preparatory Academy is established on the Christian philosophy of education and the realization that the only true education is an education founded on the Word of God. Real education is the process of learning God’s truth and learning to make decisions in every area of life based on Truth. Academics are not an end within themselves, but a means to an end, bringing glory to God and the development of Godly character in the student’s life. Academics are used as a tool to assist the student to grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.
As our excellent Christian teachers work together with our families to prepare students for life, we have found it helpful to call attention to what we have identified as our Core Values here at Abbey Preparatory Academy. Each of the Core Values have linked expected behaviors that we expect from our students:
- Christian Knowledge and Values: A very popular scripture, Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
We desire to teach and train children right now to have an intimate relationship with Christ and to hear His voice. We teach them what it means to have faith and how to be Defenders of Christ when the world attempts to turn them against Him. By teaching our students these valuable lessons as children, like the scripture says, we are nestling these important values inside of them so they do not depart from knowing the true meaning of God and what His Word stands for. Once instilled, our students will encompass these values all of the days of their lives.
1.1. Service: The expected behavior of Service encourages our students to serve
God’s people. Thinking less of oneself, but instead, focusing on how we can help and be of service in God’s kingdom and to HIs people.
- Good Citizenship: Philippians 2:3-4 states, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” These pure, foundational values are those that unfortunately even some adults struggle with. Being compassionate, not being cruel, not being self-seeking, giving respect; we are teaching our students to get into the practice of putting others before themselves. Public education has a limited amount of time and opportunities to teach these very necessary principles to their students. However, here at Abbey Preparatory Academy, these values take precedence, even over academics, to ensure that we are molding respectable Christian individuals. 2.1. Respect: The expected behavior of Respect teaches and rewards our students
for respecting each other and respecting themselves. For not being self-seeking and learning how to put the needs and desires of others above themselves.
- Academics: Joshua 1:8 states, “Keep this book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you can be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Of course we all know that Joshua was suggesting that we hear, study and meditate on God’s Word day and night and with this practice we will be successful. As a Christian school, we have found it important to ensure academic success for our students by not only providing them with a curriculum that is rigorous in nature, but that is laced with nourishing biblical principles throughout. Abbey Preparatory Academy utilizes the Abeka and Bob Jones curriculum which allows us to give our students an excellent education from a Christian perspective. Abeka embodies a teacher-led, character building philosophy while Bob Jones shapes each subject according to the lens of Scripture with a biblical worldview. We teach our students, like the scripture says, to study day and night so that they can take all of their learning and be prepared academically for the world.
3.1. Ready to Learn: The expected behavior of Ready to Learn focuses on teaching our students to come into class with their minds focused on school. Be prepared with all necessary materials and being mentally present while in class.
3.2. Responsibility: The expected behavior of Rresponsibility enforces self-accountability. Remembering class materials, writing down assignments and
studying for tests. Teaching them executive functioning skills that make them accountable for their own academic success.
- Post-Secondary Outcomes: Here at Abbey Preparatory Academy, we will teach and prepare our students for post-secondary outcomes; academically, emotionally and structurally. We will lead them on a path that will help them determine the best plan for their lives. Proverbs 19:21 states, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. We want our students to be forward thinking and collaborate with theirs and educational establishment to come up with a healthy plan for their life upon graduating from Abbey Preparatory Academy. We will however teach them, that no matter how much we plan, it is only that of the Lord’s will for our lives that will prevail and be made true. And to be glad in whatever path God has for their life.
4.1. Perseverance: The expected behavior of Perseverance teaches our children to
not give up at every sign of adversity. How to be resilient and have an attitude of
never giving up and to always continue to strive towards one’s goals.
4.2. Problem Solving: The expected behavior of Problem Solving teaches our
students to think outside of the box when presented with different obstacles. How to critically think of solutions to a problem before first asking someone for help.
We actively seek families who agree with our statement of faith and our philosophy of Christian Education. Should we enroll a student who has yet to believe, we will actively seek to bring each person to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and instruct the student in the grace of God.