Our Mission Statement
To provide academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment that meets the
educational, physical, and spiritual needs of each individual.
Philosophy and Purpose
We do what we do because we are driven by six biblical principles. These form
our educational philosophy at FBCS:
1. Glorify God
We love, care for, and educate children with excellence because that honors God who created us. We work at what we do because we ultimately work for the glory and praise of God.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart , as working for the Lord. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23, 24)
“Let your light shine before men , that they may see your good deeds, and praise your father in heaven”. (Matthew 5:16)
2. Teach the Scriptures
No education is complete without a personal knowledge of God. We can’t understand ourselves or our world, without first knowing God. Because God has most clearly revealed himself in the Bible, we commit to teaching our children the scriptures as a foundation for all other learning.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of , because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:14-16)
3. Assist Parents
Parents are God’s gift, for the blessing and care of children. Our role as an educational ministry is to assist parents – not replace them. We aim to partner with parents and honor their God-given role.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1-4)
4. Shepherd with Grace
We aim to shepherd a child’s heart as well as their minds. To do this best, our emphasis is not on oppressive rules and unreasonable standards, but on the grace and kindness God calls us to embrace and display. We teach with grace, we lead with grace, and we correct with grace.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”(Ephesians 4:31-5:2)
5. Live with Virtue
Many educated people are not good people. We stress academic excellence, but we also stress godliness and virtue. However our children fare in life, whatever career they choose, we want them to live virtuous lives, full of integrity and moral courage. We teach children how to live as well as how to read,write, count and think.
“Be very careful , then , how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil .” (Ephesians 5:15-16a)
6. Pray Always
We believe in the power of faithful prayer, and without it our mission is impossible. So we commit to pray regularly and earnestly for your children and your family.
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt hew 7:7)
Educational Strategies & Philosophy
We believe that the challenge of each staff member is to help children reach their God-given potential. Teachers have a significant role in molding a child for a lifetime.
Instructional time is a scarce resource, to be wisely and maximally used. Child-centered teaching strategies are to be used to inspire students and to create a love for learning. Tasks given to children are to be challenging, yet within their grasp. Children should be given curriculum appropriate to their ability level, whether they are below, at, or above grade level. Teachers will use differentiated instruction with ability groupings of students to meet a range of diverse needs and abilities. Assessment is a key to driving instruction, and a range of assessments are used to determine a student’s level of instruction. The results can be used to evaluate student development as well as provide grade level feedback toward validated instructional objectives.
The classroom learning environment is rich with opportunities for integrating literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum.
Students are given 90 minutes per day of literacy instruction, and 60 minutes per day of numeracy instruction.
Specials subject schedules are woven around this core schedule time as much as possible.
A framework for 21st Century Learning is used to blend student learning outcomes, with the skills needed to be successful in the 21st Century. Technology is embedded in the curriculum, and students have the opportunity to develop ICT skills in subjects across the curriculum.
21St Century Assessment Strategies
include a balance of formative & summative assessments, useful feedback on student performance, technology enhanced assessments, mastery of 21st century skills, portfolios, & standardized testing. Within the context of core knowledge instruction, students must also learn the essential skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.
All staff members are expected to do their work with excellence, as unto the Lord. (Colossians 3: 23-24) Each staff member is to conduct himself/herself in a Godly manner, both at school and away from school, teaching by example.