All schools hope to produce students familiar with a wide range of information from broadly based fields of study. All schools hope to produce students of good character with a finely tuned sense of social responsibility. But as outlined in the mission statement above, the purpose of education at Westminster Christian Academy is much larger: as a school shaped by the Reformed tradition, Westminster’s commitment is to prepare students to uncover and to use their God-given gifts so that they may offer hope and healing to a world badly in need of both. It is not enough that students know the intricacies of mathematics or science or music; they must grasp how these disciplines—and every other discipline as well—have been created by God to help us understand the beauty of His creation, the tragedy of the Fall, and the importance of commitment to restoration and reconciliation in whatever sphere of influence God places them.Learn More
Teachers who embrace that task must recognize three fundamental principles immediately. The first is that whatever their aptitudes or talents, all students have been created in God’s image and must not only be treated with the dignity that is inherently theirs but be given the chance to exercise their unique gifts as well. Therefore, Westminster must honor the divinely ordained abilities of all students and offer a program that provides students with diverse skills and interests an opportunity to thrive. The second is that education must be far more than the dissemination of information. Information is important, for students must grasp the Who? and When? and What? and Where? if they are to discover their place in God’s world. But that information must be a springboard to a personal understanding of how that information connects to them and how they can use that information to make a difference in this world. Finally, students must recognize that though all knowledge and wisdom comes from God, Christians do not have a monopoly on truth. Therefore, it is appropriate and fitting that students explore how God has used Christians and non-Christians alike to reveal how He has shaped the world and has acted to influence the lives of men and women throughout the ages.
Because we believe so strongly in this mission, we here at Westminster care deeply about teacher training, and through the Center for Teaching and Learning (the CTL) have created a two-pronged induction program, a mentoring program, an evaluation program and an on-going professional development program. Throughout these programs, we try to communicate a consistent message of all that we believe about teaching and learning so that the entire faculty understands both what we believe effective instruction looks like and how best to facilitate student achievement.
The principles below guide our message to our faculty:
Teaching from a Reformed Perspective
Secular ideas are not dangerous in the context of a guided discussion led by a thoughtful Christian teacher but provide a bridge of communication and understanding for Christians seeking to be agents of redemption in a fallen world.