Educational Philosophy

1Cor Deo is Christ centered. We are working with God to bring every aspect of our students’ lives under the lordship of Jesus Christ to the glory of God (Philippians 2:9-11). Therefore:

  • we emphasize wisdom and character development;
  • we show that the Bible applies to every subject we teach;
  • we help our students become doers of God’s word (James 1:22);
  • we attempt to bring the thinking of our students in every area under the authority of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5)

2Cor Deo is Bible focused. The Bible is a textbook developed by God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) to teach our students character and to sharpen their intellect (Proverbs 1:2-6). Therefore:

  • we use the Bible in every class we can;
  • each student studies the Bible itself;
  • beginning in Jr. High, each student studies New Testament Greek;
  • students are truly immersed in the Bible

3The Bible is our ultimate authority. Not only is the Bible one of our primary educational textbook, but the Bible is also our textbook on education. In other words, we look to the Bible to guide every aspect of Cor Deo: who we hire, how we grade, our discipline policy, what we teach, how we relate to the students and their parents, etc. Therefore:

  • we constantly reevaluate every aspect of Cor Deo in light of the Scripture;
  • the school board members normally begin their meetings by studying the Bible together, looking for educational application.

  4The universe is God’s creation. It did not evolve by chance, nor is it a part of God. Rather, as God’s creation, it reflects His glory (Psalm 19:1) and is revelatory of Him (Romans 1:20). Therefore:

  • we try to show students God’s glory and purpose in each subject area;
  • we are not afraid to investigate any area of knowledge, having confidence that “all truth is God’s truth.”

5Children are made in God’s image. They are gifts from God (Psalm 127:3) with immense value and potential. They are loved by Jesus and accepted into His Kingdom (Mark 10:13-16). Therefore:

  • we seek to have a loving environment where children feel accepted, secure, and respected;
  • we seek to honor the way God made each child, helping each child discover his or her strengths and purpose in God’s Kingdom.

6Students need transformation. Even though every student is a valuable gift from God, each person is sinful by birth (Psalm 51:5) and by choice (Romans 3:23), and because sin distorts every area of life, students need to be transformed by spiritual rebirth, by properly relating to God (Proverbs 1:7), and by renewing their minds in scripture (Romans 12:1). Therefore:

  • we seek to lead each student to salvation by faith through grace (Ephesians 2:8-9);
  • we help students know and submit to the Bible;
  • we pray regularly for our students.

7The goal of education is to equip students with the heart, the vision, the mind, and the skills to serve God. We work with the parents and the church to raise up men and women of God who, with wisdom and skill, will work to build God’s Kingdom in whatever places and occupations God leads them. Therefore:

  • we partner with parents and the church rather than work independently;
  • we not only teach the academic subjects, but we cast the vision of using knowledge and skills to serve God.

8Parents must be closely involved in the educational process. God gives the children to their parents (Psalm 127:3), and the parents, especially the fathers, are responsible to discipline them (Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 1:8). Therefore:

  • our students spend Tuesdays and Thursdays at home studying and learning under the supervision of their parents;
  • we work to equip parents to teach and discipline their children;
  • we understand that on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the parents are delegating authority to us and we function in loco parentis (in the place of the parents, not independently);
  • significant discipline issues are reported to the parents, and it is their responsibility to handle them in the way they believe God wants them to and to send back to the school a respectful and responsive child.

9Children learn from examples. While the curriculum we choose is important, the character and lifestyle of those who teach it are even more important. The qualifications for Christian leadership are largely character qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-7) so that the leader can be a powerful example (1 Peter 3:1-3). Therefore:

  • we carefully interview and evaluate potential teachers, considering their academic qualifications but showing more concern for their character qualifications;
  • we try to provide ongoing discipleship for the teachers on our staff;
  • we also try to help the parents of our students grow in their Christian lives since they are primary examples for their children.