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Philosophy

Introduction
St. Paul Lutheran School is a ministry comprised of supportive church members, pastors, school staff, parents, and students. It is not a school that exists unto itself; rather, we recognize our role and function in light of the congregational community, our local community, and globally.

The Role of Faculty
The Word of God serves as the basis for education at St. Paul. Each faculty member establishes a learning environment that communicates that we are all children of God, as well as members of the St. Paul family and community at large. We believe in the totality of a child’s educational development, incorporating aspects of spiritual growth, intellectual awareness, social training, emotional outlets, and physical stimulation. Quality learning experiences relate the Christian faith to life experiences of the child.

For the faculty, it is imperative that Christ is the central point of focus in the educational process. We follow His command to love one another and to make disciples of all nations, and this message is evident in our instructional methods and materials. We value our relationship with parents as we partner with them in educating their child.

The Role of Parents
We believe that the academic, emotional, moral, physical, and spiritual growth of every child begins at home. Therefore, parents are the primary educators of their child. As partners, parents and faculty need to reinforce this relationship between child, parent, and school. It is a collective effort to effectively balance the life of home and school. St. Paul Lutheran School seeks to collaborate with parents for the benefit of the child. We strive to work together to, “train up a child in the way he should go,” so that the child is fully prepared to take the
next step in his journey in faith and academics.

The Role of Students
We recognize that students are sinners redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, living a life covered by the grace and love He offers. We believe that it is the primary responsibility of the student to acquire knowledge and skills toward self-discipline, maturity, and intellectual growth. In our changing world, it is imperative to think logically, creatively, and critically. Therefore, we utilize
creative methods of discovery and scientific approaches to experimentation to gain basic knowledge, improve communication skills, and to gain an appreciation of the contributions of all in our culturally diverse community. We expect that each child use his/her God given talents and intellect to the fullest.