What is the Purpose of a School?
From time-to-time we hear questions about the value of a Christian education as compared to that of a secular education. We answer that with a simple statement that we believe that a school’s ultimate purpose should be to educate and equip children to understand the truth about life, the world, and their place in it.
We also believe that in order to understand these truths, the deeper questions regarding the meaning and purpose of life cannot be ignored as appropriate to all developmental levels. The curriculum of public education cannot guide students through these deeper questions of life, and it cannot use the Word of God as its standard of truth. Christian Schools, on the other hand, seek to equip students to recognize the Lordship of Christ in all subject areas of learning, and to respond in obedience to His call to be transforming influences in society.
Secondly, not only does a school shape a child’s mind, but one also cannot ignore the impact that a school has on the heart of a child. All schools have a vision for the kind of person they want their students to become. In other words, schools do not only teach information, but they also seek to educate life choices which influences the living actions of a child’s life. The power a school has to impress a worldview on a youngster is significant.
To us, the goal of Christian education is to guide children towards an understanding that God is at the center of every pursuit of knowledge. Not only that, but Christian schools also strive to challenge students towards allowing God to mold their hearts in submission to Him, and in doing that, they equip them to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the world. There is no greater purpose for a school than to guide students towards embracing the world in this way.
Ultimately, the value of a Christian school lies in its educational focus, and the open Christian witness of every teacher; not in the perfection of its student body. In fact, we might say it’s because of the sinfulness of our children and the lure of worldliness that the choice for a Christ-centric education should be made.
—Margaret McHale, Principal
Open Door Christian Academy has been Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Middle States Association
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March 1 – Re-enrollment begins
March 15 – Open Enrollment Begins
March 21-23 – Open Houses
March 30 – April 1 – ODCA Presents “Beauty and the Beast”
April 3 – Report Cards posted on Gradelink
April 7 – All school Easter chapel
April 7th – Speech Meet @ Lancaster Alliance Church
April 10-17 – Easter Vacation
April 21 – Grandparents Day
April 24-28 – Standardized Testing
April 27 – ACSI Fine Arts Festival
May 2 – ODPA Teacher Appreciation