Academic Program

Faith Christian Academy is committed to meeting the developmental needs of the whole child- spiritual, social, emotional, and intellectual. In tandem with our standardized testing program, the Terra Nova 3, our curriculum is evaluated yearly to measure instructional effectiveness, identify areas of relative student strength and weaknesses, and construct learning activities for the improvement of all students.

Textbooks utilized include:

  • Wee Learn 
  • A Beka 
  • Purposeful Design 
  • BJU Press 
  • Harcourt 
  • McDougal Littell 
  • Zaner Bloser 

Subject Philosophy Statements

Mathematics

Our Lord is a God of order and perfect design. He has given us the gift of mathematics to understand the perfection and precision of His creation. One of the purposes of Faith Christian Academy is to have all students comprehend and value mathematics as a tool to uncover the mysteries of our universe. “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man, that You are mindful of him? … 0 Lord our Lord, how excellent is you name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:3-9)NKJV. We desire students to be confident in their mathematical ability and be fully equipped for whatever God has planned for their lives. Our intention is for every student to acquire “mathematical endurance;” the ability to find strategies to solve a problem without relinquishment or frustration. “Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance and that sin which so readily clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1) Amp. Faith Christian Academy students will become problem solvers, mathematically proficient in the following: application, procedure, utilization of manipulatives, personal awareness of number sense, and exploration of current theorems. These aspects will enable the students at Faith Christian Academy to communicate mathematical exchanges efficiently, effectively, and without apprehension. “But there is a spirit in man: and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. Great men are not always wise: nor do the aged always understand justice” (Job 32: 8-9) NKJV.

Social Studies

The Bible, with its ancient books of chronicled history, attests to the value placed upon recording and studying historical events for the benefit of following generations. Scripturally, we should learn from the past so that we might apply ourselves to wisdom regarding the future. Deut. 29:30 clarifies this God-given responsibility that “those things […] belong to us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of the law.” Joshua, the leader of the Israelites, put action to this Biblical principle as the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan River. He instructed the people to build a stone memorial so their children’s children would not forget God’s faithfulness in bringing them into the Promised Land (Joshua 4:21-22). This recorded history stands as a witness and a guide for us to follow. History (Biblically speaking) is an important class in any academic setting.

Students will know and value the past of our nation, the United States. American history, current events, world history, and geography are important aspects of the social studies curriculum. Jesus, being very mindful of geography and people groups, told his disciples to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Mat.28:19). The Apostle Paul traveled the ancient Greek world extensively preaching the Gospel, befriending the Gentile world that he might win them for Christ. His respect for others and a desire to live his life unto God is a monumental example for us today.

Lev. 19:18 reveals God’s heart concerning the nations and people groups: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In our present-day global existence, the question and answer (who is my neighbor?) has become far reaching. Now my neighbor is across the ocean in Asia or Africa. Social Studies, history, and geography teach us to value what God values. Our curriculum honors and reflects the heart of God, promoting compassion and responsibility toward the nations of the world.

Language Arts

The expression of language, as a gift from God, is a vital factor in relationships today. In our modern world, built upon multi-media expression, the ability to convey thoughts effectively— spoken and written—enables students to be successful in life. Understanding the ideas of others and expressing one’s own thoughts clearly and logically encourages sharing and interaction. Consider the epistles of Paul. In his absence, he pours out his heart to the churches through the written word, as his “consolation also aboundeth by Christ,” bringing comfort, inspiration, and instruction to his spiritual children (2 Cor. 1:5).

Additionally, having a strong foundation in language arts and critical thinking skills enables students to think for themselves. In a world that has been inundated with pervasive, humanistic ideology that denies the relevance of a Living God, proficiency in language is essential in order to remain anchored in Biblical truth. Romans 12:2 echoes, “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Combining Biblical truth with language arts helps to foster a positive attitude and spiritual maturity “as a wellspring of wisdom” (Pro. 18:4). God spoke and the worlds were framed (Gen 1:1-3). When Biblical truth is allowed to “speak” into our lives, with “the word of Christ dwell[ing] in [us] richly”, our lives are shaped and framed by Godly principles (Col. 3:160). For this reason, Biblical integration is an essential part of the language arts curriculum. Students study grammar, writing, vocabulary, literature, and reading skills from a Biblical perspective. It is through this Christ-centered world view in language arts that the students of Faith Christian Academy can communicate Christ’s salvation to the world.

Bible

The purpose of Faith Christian Academy’s Bible curriculum is to produce students who are being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29) and have an understanding of the principles that form a biblical worldview. At Faith Christian Academy, we believe that a reverent fear of the Lord and respect for His word is the beginning of all knowledge and wisdom (Proverbs 1:7); therefore, every academic and elective pursuit is centered on biblical truth. Biblical study will prepare students to discern truth from error, enabling them to give a confident response to the many questions and differing opinions the world has to offer (I Peter 3:15). We aim to provide our students with a solid foundation, trusting that as they come to know the Person of Jesus Christ, they will take ownership of their faith (I Corinthians 3:11). As students are taught to study the Bible for themselves, they begin to recognize God’s voice speaking to them through His Word, they learn what it means to live a life modeled after Christ that is pleasing to the Father (Psalm 119:10-11, John 14:21), and the Holy Spirit moves to carry out His transformative work (Romans 12:2). The result is students who are empowered by God to embrace humanity, help their communities, and give hope to the nations, all with an awareness of the destiny that God has for them (Jeremiah 29:11).

Science

The study of science is the basis for understanding God’s creation for his people. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesisl:1)NKJV. By exposing our students to the scientific method of observing, classifying, measuring, inferring, predicting and reporting, we discover the wonders of God’s universe and an awareness of His greatness and sovereignty. “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns … Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow” (Matthew 6:26-30, Job 12:7-10). Through the study of astronomy, students discover the regularity and precision of heavenly bodies as a testament to God’s faithfulness and through the incomprehensible vastness of our universe we get a glimpse of God’s love for us. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). In earth science our students discover how God controls the air, the sea, the weather, and the earth’s layers. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). Within the physical sciences we learn that God’s laws of the natural world are absolute; however, only God has the power to alter those laws when the sun and moon stood still for the Israelites to finish the battle (Joshua 10:12-14). God told Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28 to “subdue and have dominion” over every living thing that moves on the earth. This command to our first ancestors implies studying and understanding their world which is the essence of biology and life science.

Our science curriculum supports creationism and teaches from the Biblical perspective that man is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). The students are taught to be responsible stewards of the earth and its natural resources and make responsible decisions as contributors to improving the quality of life for mankind through technology, experimentation and enrichment. The science program at Faith Christian Academy utilizes critical thinking skills that go beyond the subject of science, solidifying within our students a foundation of faith in our Creator for all of life.

Physical Education

God made us in His own image. Learning through physical education how to keep our bodies as God’s temple is pleasing to Him. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you… Therefore honor God with your body.” (1Corinthians 6:19-20) Many important components of the Christian life can be learned through Physical
Education. PE allows students to evaluate personal performance, design workout strategies and establish goals for individual development. (Hebrews 12:1) Team sports promote playing together for the benefit of the group, unselfish participation, playing within the framework of rules, as well as winning and losing. (1Corinthians 10:24, 2 Timothy 2:5) Students participate knowing whether “on the bench” or the “star” of the activity, the benchmark is: have I done my best with my God given talents? (Ecclesiastes 9: 10a) Athletic competition and training promotes commitment to a cause, develops perseverance, and fosters determination in striving towards a goal. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) These disciplines transfer to leading a Christ centered life. “Whatsoever I do, I do all for the Glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10: 31b)