PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

DCA seeks to offer parents a positive alternative to secular education. The faculty, staff, and administration at DCA recognizes the need to provide a high quality education, both spiritually and academically. With this realization, DCA seeks to provide a quality and challenging academic education taught from a Biblical worldview. The core philosophy of education at DCA is founded on a Biblical worldview. Thus, it is the philosophy at DCA that a complete education can only be obtained when taught from a Biblical worldview. The following are the pillars of the DCA philosophy of education.

  1. The ministry of teaching: DCA promotes the belief that teaching is a ministry to students and their families. The act of ministering involves addressing more than simply teaching academic subjects.
  2. Ministering to the whole child: This method of ministering/teaching involves a comprehensive approach to address the development of the whole child physically, mentally, emotionally, morally, spiritually, socially, and culturally.
  3. Tripod approach: DCA believes in a coordinated educational effort that involves the home, the school, and the church working together for the good of the student. The focus of this effort is on the core belief that Jesus Christ is the central aspect in all learning and living. All knowledge and academic subjects are to be evaluated in light of God’s Word, including all extra-curricular activities.
  4. Character training: DCA considers character training, respect, and obedience to be crucial in the cultivation of self-discipline, which is essential to the emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual well-being of the student.
  5. Authority and discipline: DCA believes that the teacher/adult authority figure is to be respected by all students. When necessary, authority figures at DCA understand that discipline is to be administered fairly, firmly, and lovingly. In an effort to minimize the need for disciplinary measures, DCA will strive to instill in each student a love God and others, obedience to God and the authorities He establishes, and a desire to choose that which is righteous and good in God’s sight. This will equip them for their individual role in God’s plan for their lives, and for their place in society.
  6. Reality: As the personal and purposeful Creator of the universe, God is the ultimate reality. Reality in education involves helping students come to an experiential knowledge of God.
  7. Truth: As Christian educators we take the position that God has revealed Truth to us through Jesus Christ and the Bible (John 14:6; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:9-16; Colossians 1:25-27). Revelation has priority over man’s reason since man’s ability to perceive truth has been affected by the fall of mankind.
  8. Knowledge and Wisdom: Since there is a disparity between earthly knowledge and wisdom, and spiritual knowledge and wisdom, the Word of God must be the standard by which all knowledge and wisdom are measured (1 Corinthians 1-2; 7:10-16; James 3:13-18).  Recognition of this principle is vital to the handling of actual information in the curriculum of the school.