A better question might be, “Why Choose Christian Education?”
Rainier Christian Schools are distinctly Christian.
In order for our children to see their world in the way that God designed it, we need Christian curriculum that is biblically based. In order to create a Christian worldview we need to use Christian materials. When we use secular curriculum that is void or contrary to a Christian worldview we undermine our very purpose. Our purpose is to unapologetically present another view, another perspective, a biblical one.
For curriculum to be truly Christian it will require a Christian teacher and teaching methods that will be consistent with biblical content. At Rainier Christian Schools our by-laws state that we are biblically obedient.
Education reformers like Horace Mann believed that education should be free from religion and that the purpose was to produce good citizens, unite society, prevent crime, and reduce poverty. Under Mann state-centered schools would be man-centered instead of God-centered. He would take his influence from Roman, Latin and Hellenistic methods rather than biblical ones. The goal of the state is to produce citizens for the state. Education or the acquisition of knowledge, skill, or discipline of character, must be a religious task not a state or secular one. Education finds foundation in religion. The Latin word for curriculum is running a race course. Education prepares for a life in terms of the knowledge skill or discipline of character is required. Today education is Hellenistic in nature which is man-centered.
The mission of Rainier Christian Schools is to educate and develop the whole person for the glory of God.
Our purpose is to lead people to a relationship with God through the grace of Jesus Christ. It is our design to create an environment that will foster a distinctly Christian community of fellowship.
Here are some of the factors that need to be first on the list:
- In Deuteronomy 6:7, the Word of God commands parents to teach godly principles to their children “when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Simply stated, we are constantly, consistently to train our children in what is right, wherever we are and in whatever we are doing. In other words, every Christian family should have the conviction of giving their children a Christian education. Can you visualize the children of Israel fulfilling Deuteronmy 6 by sending their children back into Egypt to go to school?
We believe in a Creator that created the universe in six days. We believe that God is in control. We believe in praying without ceasing. We believe in a lifestyle that is pure, holy, and morally right in the sight of God. We believe a physical relationship is sacred and reserved only for marriage.
- God commands the Christian father to see that his children’s education is biblical. Ephesians 6:1 “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” “Bring up” means to nourish properly so they grow properly. This includes all areas of their life: spiritual, physical, mental, and social. “Nurture” involves the training needed to live. “Admonition” indicates instruction that includes every area of one’s life. Everything that you teach your children is important and must be judged from a biblical perspective.
- Parents are commanded to educate their children a particular way. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This is the oldest directive of Scripture. There is a right way to train children. That way is God’s way. Progressive educators would rephrase that to say “train up a child in the way the child wants to go.” Secular education removes the “way he should go” from the directive. Humanistic educators (also progressive) would say “train up a child in the way that is humanly reasonable”. But for the Christian, these are not acceptable. Proverbs 14:12 tells us “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
- Christian education involves the Church, the Home, and the School. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 teaches us that this education must be consistent, constant, and comprehensive of all activities of life. For a child to get a proper education, the home must be godly and function on Bible principles. To promote this, the family must be active in a Bible-believing church.
To assist the parents with education, the family may choose a school where the staff is properly trained in an institution that has the same Christian philosophy to teach children in all disciplines. The teachers should use curricula, materials, and textbooks that are biblically sound. Their methods must also follow Bible examples and not modern educational methods that are soaked with secular humanism. Parents may choose to teach their children at home and to provide the above. But careful attention should be given to proper training, materials, and methods. It is possible for parents to use secular methods and materials, or to be poorly prepared. Education must be systematic and well planned. Most of all, it must be Christian in philosophy and practice. If you wonder why Christian young people attending secular government institutions are losing their faith, it is because the above priorities are violated. Many depart from the way because they are not trained in the way they should go. Our purpose is to provide a godly education with a Christian philosophy by dedicated Christian teachers using Bible-based materials, curricula, and methods.
Education is probably the most important gift that parents can give their child
It is an asset that only gains in value as the years go by, one that is indestructible by the ravages of time. So when it comes to your child, you want to give them the best education that is available, one that will make them good Christians and respectable adults. To do this, you must ensure that your children get a Christian education, because:
- RCS students learn about God: While you can teach your children all about God at home, when they learn more about Christianity and the Bible at school, their belief and faith are reinforced. The lessons they learn at school remain with them for life and stand them in good stead as they face the trials and tribulations of life.
- RCS students are taught good Christian values: Only Christian schools are able to impart true Christian values to your children. They learn right from wrong without any ambiguity; they know what they must do in order to be true Christians. Values are best inculcated in children when they are very young, and Christian schools offer your kids a good and solid foundation in this regard.
- RCS students have less chances of straying on the wrong path through godly friendships: The children who study with your kids at Christian schools value Christianity and the teachings of the Bible. With friends who have good values, your children are not likely to stray from the straight and narrow path. They are less likely to fall prey to the standard problems of youth like alcoholism, teenage sex and drugs.
- RCS students excel academically with Christian curriculum: The education that your children receive at Christian schools is above par, because the system believes in imparting knowledge to children with no room for distractions of any kind. Your children focus on their lessons and are motivated to do well both in the classroom and in tests.
- RCS students have godly teachers: Which in turn means that they have good role models. Children are impressionable and tend to pick up what they see their parents and teachers doing. While you can ensure that you remain good examples for your children to follow, only when you enroll them in Christian schools do you make sure that their teachers also have a positive influence on them.
- RCS students have weekly chapels: Which are age appropriate, dynamic, and designed to be biblically relevant. Our chapels are intended to increase each students understanding of worship, the bible, and a sense of community outreach.
- RCS students have opportunities for discipleship: All our teachers understand that they are Christian mentors. We take every opportunity to spend as much one on one time with student and pupils walking through life’s challenges. Our high school students have mentor groups where they pray, share and develop their critical thinking skills.
- RCS students have Christian Coaches: Sports are a major part of well balanced Christian education. We believe that our coaches have an amazing opportunity to develop discipline and character in our student athletes. Sport’s is a great way to experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. There are many lessons learned in the pursuit and results of athletic competition.
REFLECT YOUR FAMILY VALUES: Children should receive a Christian education that is an extension and foundation of their own family values.
GREAT EDUCATION: The rigorous academic program is created for critical thinking, great study habits, test taking skills and a love for learning. RCS provides a serious and competitive learning environment.
BIBLICAL EDUCATION: A great education must include the oldest, most read, most scientifically & historically accurate book in its curriculum which is the Bible. RCS students are embraced by a welcoming community, built on compassion, mutual respect for each other.
MORALS BASED: RCS education provides a biblical standard for morality in relationships, business ethics, social injustice, mercy missions, and obedience which are mandates from the Bible.
COMMUNITY SERVANTS: RCS promotes a strong excellent work ethic that encourages the development of genuine generosity and mercy. We provide several opportunities to serve off campus at all grade levels.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS: RCS educators teach, disciple, and love their students in all our classes. RCS maintains an environment where a child will love to learn from a godly mentor. Our average class size allows our educators to give each student proper attention.
SAFE HAVEN: RCS offers a safe place for learning, free from class clowning, sex, drugs, violence, discrimination, gangs, bullying, and anti-Christian slander.
PATRIOTISM: RCS is not ashamed to encourage an understanding of our great Christian American heritage, civic responsibilities, and love of country.
VALUES-BASED ATHLETICS: RCS stresses the importance of discipline, leadership, and character through our athletic programs. Our coaches stress character through competition.
DISCIPLESHIP & EVANGELISM: RCS is an excellent place for students to grow and develop spiritually over a period of time. We plant, and we water, but God causes the growth.