Who we are sets us apart
We believe a proper education begins with a clear understanding of God and His Word. Proverbs 1:7 states, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Because “all truth is God’s truth,” it is important for us to teach not only the truths contained in God’s Word, but also the truth revealed in His creation. The Bible serves as the integrating factor through which all other subject matter is correlated and arranged. Every subject is taught in light of Biblical truth because God’s Word is the final authority.
A Christian education is not complete unless it is brought about by the combined efforts of the home, church, and school. Southland Christian Academy was established to help support the efforts of parents and their church. The home is the major institution vested by God with the authority and responsibility to teach children. Deuteronomy 6 gives a clear mandate to parents to teach their children God’s Word. The home should provide guidance for young believers to find God’s will for their lives.
God instituted not only the home, but also the church. As it pertains to education, the church has a responsibility to equip believers for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12). The Christian school is considered an extension of the home and the church.
A controlled classroom setting is achieved by teaching students that they are responsible for their own actions and requiring that they act in a self-disciplined manner. Though teachers must do all they can to promote a positive attitude for learning, the crucial choice is with the students. Students that voice or display animosity toward Christian principles will thwart the mission of the school and therefore cannot be retained.
In summary, Christian education is brought about through the combined efforts of the home, church, and school with the cooperation of the student. The goal of the Christian school is to present the truth of God’s Word and His creation to the student so he will be ready to serve Him.
The mission statement of Southland Christian Academy states succinctly the primary focus of the school’s academic program. “Our goal is to assist the home and the church in teaching students the Word of god and the skills necessary to live a productive Christian life.” This broad statement serves as the “litmus test” for all we do at the school.
More specifically, the school labors to conform students to the image of Christ. Luke 2:52 declares Christ’ character as a youth. “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” We see in this passage that the Son of God continued to develop academically (wisdom), physically (stature), spiritually (favor with God), and socially (favor with man) as he grew to manhood on earth. Students at Southland Christian Academy will mature academically, physically, spiritually, and socially. Objectives for each of these four goal areas are listed on the following pages.
Academically Southland Christian Academy endeavors:
a. to help each student realize his full academic potential within the framework of his God-given abilities.
b. to help each student gain a thorough comprehension and command of the fundamental processes used in communicating and dealing with others, such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics.
c. to teach and encourage the use of good study habits.
d. to teach the student how to do independent research and to reason logically.
e. to promote good citizenship through developing the understanding and appreciation of our Christian and American heritages of responsible freedom, human dignity, and acceptance of authority.
f. to discuss current affairs in all fields and relate them to God’s plan for man.
g. to engender an appreciation of the fine arts through the development of the students musical and artistic abilities for the purpose of performing in church services and religious programs.
Physically Southland Christian Academy attempts:
a. to emphasize that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 3:17)
b. to stress purity (I Corinthians 6:6,20)
c. to teach cooperation and good conduct through sports (Ephesians 4:29-32)
d. to provide opportunity for students to participate in a myriad of sports
e. to use athletics to teach discipline
Spiritually Southland Christian Academy strives:
a. to teach that the Bible is the only written Word of God
b. to teach that God is Sovereign, Creator, and Sustainer of all that is (Col. 1:15-17)
c. to teach that man is born a sinner and in his natural state is unable to please God (Romans 3:10, 23)
d. to teach that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to this earth born of a virgin to die for sinners (John 3:16)
Socially Southland Christian Academy works:
a. to develop a balanced personality based on the full utilization of the individual’s God given capacities and talents (Romans 12:4-6)
b. to stress that the body is the temple of God and it is to be maintained as such (I Corinthians 6:19-20)
c. to each social progress and encourage the social graces expected of a Christian (I Corinthians 10:31)
d. to prepare a student to properly relate to non-Christians and to Christians who differ in doctrine or practice (Romans 12:14-21)
e. to develop logical thinking and strong convictions (Romans 12:1-2)