Philosophy of Christian Education

The Bible says in Colossians 2:3, “In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Thus, we believe that any education not built upon Christ as revealed in Scripture, cannot be a complete education. Christian education must be based upon the inerrant, infallible, Holy Bible, which is verbally inspired by God, and is authoritative for all matters of faith and practice, including education.
In Genesis we are told that all mankind is created in the spiritual image of God and thus is all infinite in worth and potential. Developing this potential necessitates recognizing that since the fall of Adam, all men have been born with a sinful nature and remain spiritually dead and separated from God until spiritual regeneration. The Christian teacher, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, must endeavor to win each unregenerate student to Christ, and to rely on the Holy Spirit to train and discipline students academically, physically, spiritually, and socially (Luke 2:52).
As the name implies, Christian education must be primarily for Christian students and must be taught by committed Christian teachers in a classroom situation where emphasis is placed on relating spiritual principles to each discipline taught, and to extra-curricular activities, as well as to interpersonal relationships at school, home, church, and in the community. The total education program is designed to help the student have the greatest opportunity to learn fundamental blocks of subject material; to learn to reason and express oneself clearly; to critically view academics, contemporary issues, and personal situations from a Christian perspective; and to be able to relate the claims of Christ in every area of life. Such a world and life view develops Christian character, and teaches the value of honest work, patriotism in proper perspective, and good manners.
Wayside Christian School desires to teach students the Bible so that he/she may understand who God is as well as the student’s own true nature and function as God’s image-bearer. The student is taught to see all truth as God’s truth and to integrate it with, and interpret it by, God’s Word.