Q. What's the difference between S.C.A. and public schools?
A. There are very important differences. Primary among them: S.C.A.'s philosophy of education, goals and Christian teachers. S.C.A. seeks to provide an extension of the Christian home, to train in righteousness and educate in truth. In all subjects God and the Bible are prevalent. God is presented as Creator, Counselor, Teacher; as the greatest mathematician, the most wise of literary masters, the most gifted genius underlying all of art and music. Science is presented as an extremely important examination of God's universe and its workings, that we may better serve Him and respect His creation. Service to others is emphasized alongside superior academic achievement. In this way, what is taught at school remains true to what is taught at church and at home, so there is no conflict between these worlds for parents to explain.
Q. What is the Bible curriculum for S.C.A.?
A. Every grade level at S.C.A. includes Bible as a required subject. Understanding that different churches use different versions of the Bible, a non-denominational school must choose a standard for uniformity in memory work. S.C.A. uses the New International version.
The curriculum used in grades K-6 is from Purposeful Design, the publishing division of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This excerpt from the ACSI website written by the publishing division president, describes the aim of their Bible curriculum:
Development of a Christian mind through the integration of intellectual development and spiritual formation is the clarion call of Christian schooling. Excellent teachers committed to this vision stand on the front line of this battle for the mind. Empowering teachers with the best resources is one of the irrefutable strategies of effective Christian schoolings...
The ACSI Bible curriculum is a standard used by hundreds of Christian schools around the nation and the world to teach sound, basic tenets of the Christian faith with the intent of leaving denominational controversies to the home and church settings.
Q. What does "Independent, non-denominational" mean?
A. All Christian denominations cannot completely agree on all doctrinal issues. S.C.A. staff, teachers and curriculum will not advocate solely the beliefs and practices of any one denomination.
The Christian education process should lead students to make a voluntary commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and to pattern their life after God’s plan for them spiritually, academically, physically and socially. According to Scripture, primary responsibility for this training rests with parents (Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Ephesians 6:1-4). S.C.A. seeks to be an extension of the home, and the family’s chosen church, in beginning and reinforcing this Biblical training. Doctrinal controversies have no place in such an extension.
However, certain basic tenets of the Christian faith are generally accepted by most denominations we serve. These are the deity of Christ, recognizing the Bible as the only inspired and incarnate work of God, and that all men have sinned and salvation is based on acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is the goal of S.C.A. to provide a solid foundation in these areas, and in Christian character and service, so that parents in the home and the church can then build from the basics as they see fit. Parents who take the Biblical responsibility of education seriously should be able to build upon what is taught in school, rather than finding it necessary to “unteach” things that children spend all day immersed in.
Q. Where is S.C.A. located?
A. S.C.A. was able to purchase an abandoned school building from USD305 at 1009 Highland (corner of Highland and Republic) on April 1, 2004. The renovation process began shortly there after and we were able to start our 2004-2005 school year at this location.