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Philosophy of education at Holden Christian Academy, a private Christian school in central Massachusetts

Our Foundation

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Knowledge, wisdom and truth come from a deep, personal relationship with God as revealed through scripture. We believe that although people are separated from God by sin, God in His infinite, tender mercy planned for our redemption through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. We can enter that new life in Christ by confessing our sin and giving our lives to Jesus Christ through faith.

Our Parents

We believe that education is the responsibility given to parents by God. Therefore, we work in partnership with families and their greater family, the Church, to accomplish this task. Parents play a vital role in our school and are always encouraged to visit and participate in their child’s education; therefore, our School Service Fee is reimbursable once a family has performed 30 school volunteer hours.

Our Children

We follow the example of Jesus who made time for children and called them to Himself. He took their faith seriously and used it as an example for adults to emulate. All children are created in the image of God and are thereby worthy of respect. The Bible tells us that God has individually gifted every person regardless of their I.Q. We seek to help each child discover ways of using and developing their gifts "for the common good" (1 Corinthians 12:7). While the child's ideas are to be respected, his/her opinions should not be regarded as having the same weight as those of a mature adult. God ordained parents and teachers to lead the children into wisdom.

Our Behavioral Expectations and Discipline

Self-discipline is a positive, personal attitude of the heart that God helps us to develop. As a fruit of the Spirit, it is always to be encouraged in children. Discipline in a school provides boundaries which give the children a sense of safety, stability and security. Personal discipline allows one to be more productive and creative and is a necessary element in positive conflict resolution. It also promotes ethical work habits which are an important foundation for good lives. Since we are all sinners living in a fallen world and inclined toward self-centeredness, we should never be surprised when a child is disobedient or rebellious. We need only to look at our own relationship to God to understand these tendencies. The teacher is to deal with each child as God deals with us. As the authority figure, the teacher is to first assure the child that he or she is loved unconditionally, affirming the child as a person; then the teacher must uphold the standard and teach the child a better way. Right behavior will be taught and encouraged, while wrong attitudes and behaviors will be addressed appropriately. No corporal punishment will be administered.

Preschool Educational Philosophy 

Visit our Preschool page to learn more about our program, including HCA's Preschool Educational Philosophy.