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Mission, Philosophy & Goals

Mission

Morning Star Academy’s mission is to provide a classical Christian education that teaches truth, trains disciples, and equips students to transform their communities for God’s glory.

Philosophy

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This section of Proverbs underscores just how formative childhood is. We believe it is the responsibility of parents to “train up” their children in the faith. Morning Star Academy’s goal is to assist and support parents in the critical task of raising their children in the faith.


Morning Star Academy’s primary authority is God’s revelation found in the Bible. The Bible directs our pedagogy, helping us to understand our students, our subjects, and the telos (goal) toward which we strive.

 
Students
The student is created in the imago dei (image of God). As such, he/she is naturally curious and seeks to rationally order his/her world. A good education should both satisfy and intensify this curious nature and train a student’s reason to bring him/her in harmony with the created order.
 
In addition to being created in the image of God, students are also fallen creatures. The impact of sin extends to all facets of the student, including the student’s mind. As a result, a good education must not only impart knowledge, it must also heal. It is not in a school’s power to restore sinners to spiritual health which is why the school must lean on the Spirit’s work.
 
Morning Star Academy believes the bulk of this healing takes place in the heart, which is the “causal core” of the student (Luke 6.43-45). In order to see students transformed into the image of Christ, we must give special attention to the heart.    

 

Subjects
The triune God has created all things. Moreover, he is redeeming all things through his son, Jesus. Colossians explains that all things are being united by Jesus (1:17). As a result of God’s creative and redemptive work, there is a connectedness to all truth and knowledge. Therefore, we seek to see all subjects as interrelated, being part of a larger whole.
 
Telos
We believe a good education should stir in students a love for God and neighbor. By studying the Bible and other subjects students learn about God and his creation, which by the power of the Spirit will produce a deeper love for the one “in whom all things are held together,” Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:17). As students grow in their love for God, they will also grow to humbly love their neighbors and will think strategically about how best to serve and engage their communities.

 

Goals

Our goals as a Christian school:

  1. Morning Star Academy will support parents in their God-given responsibility to educate their children.
    1. “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.”  Deuteronomy 6:6-7a
  2. Students will discover that all subjects are part of a unified body of truth with Christ at the center.
    1. “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  Colossians 1:17
  3. Students will demonstrate a deepening love for both the triune God and their neighbor.
    1. “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest   commandment.  And the second is like it,‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.”  Matthew 22:37-39
  4. The faculty, board, and administration will provide a clear model of biblical Christian living for students to imitate.
    1. “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”  1 Corinthians 11:1

 

Our goals as a classical school:

  1. Students will develop a love of learning
  2. Students will acquire the necessary language and thinking skills (i.e. grammar, logic, and rhetoric) that will enable them to become life-long learners.
    1. “The sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.” Dorothy Sayers
  3. Morning Star Academy will provide an orderly atmosphere that is conducive to learning and aligned with the order of God’s creation.
  4. Morning Star Academy will utilize quality, time-tested materials and methods in harmony with God’s truth

 

Grammar:  Grammar consists of the fundamental facts and rules of a subject; these are the building blocks of any field of study.  The goal of the grammar stage is to master the basic elements or language of a subject and develop a general framework of knowledge.

Logic:  Logic emphasizes the order and relationship of the building blocks acquired in the grammar stage.  The goal of the logic stage is to equip the student with the reasoning skills required to draw conclusions and support them with facts.

Rhetoric:  Rhetoric, the third stage, is concerned with the clear and persuasive expression of ideas and knowledge acquired in the grammar and logic stages.