The mission of Washington Christian Academy is to educate covenant children from a Reformed Christian perspective, developing students’ God-given abilities so that they may occupy their places worthily in society, church, and state.
The philosophical foundation of Washington Christian Academy is the historic Christian faith, which is revealed in the Bible and summarized in the confessions of the Reformed tradition. This Christian faith is foundational to the school's doctrinal and ethical instruction, its academic program, its teaching methods, and its community life. Washington Christian Academy seeks to integrate this faith into all aspects of its mission and to specifically teach all subjects from a distinctively Christian perspective. The school strives to exalt Christ, the Creator, Redeemer, and Ruler of all creation, in all aspects of knowledge and learning.
Adherence to the Christian faith in the Reformed tradition is not an excuse for narrowness, provinciality, or a simplistic approach to the educational task. The open recognition of the concern of the Creator in this endeavor should stir all students to the full expenditure of their energies in performing a work worth
y of His honor. Since He is the source and definer of all truth, the pursuit of truth should be carried forward with full enthusiasm and vigor and without fear.
God makes truth available to us from two sources: His works of creating and governing all the affairs of this world, and the special revelation from Him found in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. From these two sources, we learn truth concerning the whole of life. Although the Scriptures are not to be regarded as a textbook for modern science, they present truth in whatever they state or imply about the whole realm of knowledge. At the same time, truth as it is found in God's general revelation (creation) may enlighten the meaning of Scripture at many points. Particularly because of its verbal character, however, Scripture speaks with a unique authority about the world in which we live and how we are to live in it.
The consummate revelation of truth has found its permanent embodiment in the person of Jesus Christ - the incarnate Son of God, the Logos, the Way, the Truth and the Life. In Him alone is found the perfect balance of service to God and man, of dominion over the creation, and of the selfless use of knowledge to benefit humankind and glorify God. Of particular interest to the school is the enlightening of the mind by which the Holy Spirit brings us out of ignorance and enables us to understand all things in the light of God's self-revelation.
It is in seeing humanity as a recipient of revelation from God that the educational task of Washington Christian Academy is to be carried forward. To gain true knowledge, one must acknowledge and know God because He is the source of all truth. The basis of our understanding is not only to think God's thoughts after Him, but also to rediscover, reason, and interpret the world of people and ideas using the redemptive, propositional, and ethical truths of the Bible. To us, all facts are theistic facts - nothing exists outside God's creation and providence. Both teacher and student should be seen as bearing in themselves the image of God, and therefore capable of thinking God's thoughts after Him.
Our students represent the embodiment of potential for the future. Because human beings are made in the likeness and image of God, they possess unlimited promise of service to God and to society. Distinctive gifts and inclinations must be uncovered in the educational process so that students come to recognize their particular callings. As teacher and student interact, the potential inherent in the learner should emerge. Under the guiding hand of the teacher, the learner can find the delicate balance between freedom and discipline.
The home, the school, and the church must work in harmony if children are to be educated to the full extent of their God-given ability. Like the home and church, Washington Christian Academy is a place where Christ's forgiveness, reconciliation, renewal and wisdom abound. Washington Christian Academy's role is to instruct students to believe the truth, reason with clarity, understand the issues of life, and act with the mind of Christ. Our school acknowledges no secular realm; instead, all of life is God-created, and all of our endeavors should glorify Him. We endeavor to bring all thought and action into captivity for Christ.
Students at Washington Christian Academy are exposed to the major categories of learning and research to equip them not only for further academic pursuits but for life itself. Our goal is to lead students to the highest academic levels of which they are capable. However, the higher goal remains the formation of persons who have begun to realize their fullest capabilities as persons made in the image of God. Achieving this goal will involve self-perception on the deepest level, a capacity to interact constructively with other people, and an ability to maintain personal integrity in a context of constant pressure from a variety of sources.
Washington Christian Academy teaches "the whole counsel of God for the whole man." This summary statement does not intend to suggest that all truth shall be taught, but that so far as possible all that is taught shall be well-rounded truth - truth to be judged ultimately according to the standards of our Creator and Redeemer.
Washington Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, tuition assistance, athletics, or any other school-administered programs or hiring practices.