PHILOSOPHY OF EAST DAYTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
East Dayton Christian's philosophy is based on the Word of God. The primary objective and purpose of the school is to train the student in the way of life presented in the Scriptures while giving him a good education.
Since the primary reason for the existence of the school is a spiritual ministry, evangelistic efforts are made to bring all students to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ so that the teaching of the spiritual truths may have a firm foundation. This is followed by instruction of the principles of God's Word.
The academic program, through the traditional approach, is developed to provide students with the best possible program of studies. There is emphasis on the mastery of the fundamental blocks of material necessary for satisfactory achievement in these areas. In the elementary, strong emphasis is placed on phonics and memorization of mathematical facts. In the upper elementary, stress is placed on the acquisition of facts and concepts in the areas of study, leading to the development and exercise of the powers of reasoning. At the high school level, the emphasis is on higher order thinking and problem solving with college preparation as the focus. Methods of teaching proven to be effective are utilized with a constant search for better methods. Realizing the difference in innate ability, we encourage each student to do his best. We believe the traditional system of education educates the mind and builds character. It encourages competition and teaches the value of living under a free enterprise system of government.
Character training is an important element in East Dayton Christian School. We believe that the heart of character training is obedience (deciding to do what is right), which will eventually cultivate an inner self-discipline and is essential to the emotional, physical, social, and spiritual well-being of the student.
The teacher is the authority in the classroom. Discipline is administered firmly but fairly. To obey, to do right, to love God and country, and to always measure ones attitudes against the principles laid out in the Scriptures, are characteristics we strive to instill in each student, thus equipping him for his role in God's plan for his life and for his proper place in society.
BRIEF HISTORY OF EAST DAYTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
East Dayton Christian School is an inter-denominational ministry, formed in September, 1978, as a home missions outreach of New Life Fellowship. The school presently includes grades Preschool – High School.
Because it does not teach any one particular denominational doctrine exclusively, East Dayton Christian is not a parochial school. It is a private school, chartered by the Ohio State Board of Education. This school is distinctively Christian because it offers education in a positive atmosphere, and approaches all knowledge as part of a Biblical and Christian worldview. It is an interdenominational school because Administration, Teachers, Staff, Parents, and Students represent many denominations and churches.
Even though we have many denominations represented on our staff and in our student body, we have experienced great unity here at East Dayton Christian School. God has blessed this ministry because we have placed Jesus Christ as the focal point of everything we do. We all believe in the central message of the Word of God, and stand solidly behind the Statement of Faith that appears on every teacher application and is stated here in the Student Handbook. We will not compromise on these central doctrines of the Word of God, yet those of us who belong to the body of believers have some differences that are peculiar to our particular denominations. When these particular issues are raised in our school, we refer the student to the local church for guidance and for the answer.
Serving the Family 1. To serve the home as parents follow the Biblical command to "train up a child."
Obeying God's Word 2. To practice Biblical principles in all of our policies and guidelines. Matthew 28:20
Equipping the Student 3. To equip the student with academic and Biblical knowledge and experience so that they might disciple others. Matthew 28:19,20
Balancing the Resources 4. To balance gifts, tuition, expenses, salaries, and future planning. I John 3:17,18
Following the Savior 5. To employ Christian faculty and staff who minister to the needs of students and their families. Luke 6:40
Recognizing that God is the absolute authority and basis for all truth, East Dayton Christian School strives to assist the family in training students to fulfill God's purpose in their lives.
The primary objective and purpose of East Dayton Christian School (EDCS) is to train the student in the knowledge of God and the Christian way of life and to give the student an excellent education. The teachers of East Dayton Christian School realize the solemn responsibility before God in molding the lives and character of each of their students in order to give a good foundation for each child's future. East Dayton Christian School is not for profit. It operates under New Life Fellowship, Inc.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and the only infallible authoritative Word of God. (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21)
We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1; John 10:37,38)
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:35; Heb. 7:25; John 2:11; Col. 1:14; John 11:25; Acts 1:11; Rev. 10:11-16)
We believe that man is sinful by nature and that regeneration of the Holy Spirit is essential for his salvation. (Rom. 3:10, 23; John 3:16-19; John 5:24; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-6)
We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. (Eph. 5:18; Eph. 4:30; I Cor. 3:16; I Cor. 6:19-20)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they who are saved unto eternal life, and they who are lost unto eternal damnation. (John 5:28-29)
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 12:12, 13; Gal. 3:26-28)
We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God. (Gen. 5:1-2)