Educational Goals and Spiritual Philosophy
Our educational goals encompass the spiritual, social, intellectual and physical areas of our students’ lives.
- All instruction content will generate from a Biblical worldview.
- A student’s personal relationship with Christ is the core of all they can learn and accomplish. We teach our student to receive and respond to God’s offer of intimate relationship.
- As our student’s grow in friendship with the Lord and learn to follow the Holy Spirit, they will perceive themselves as God perceives them and embrace their true identity as a child of the King.
- The Word of God is operational in all areas of life. It is our aim to avoid the tendency to teach the Bible compartmentally or on the intellectual level only. Children will be invited to embrace Biblical truth, but will not be badgered into believing. We accept the reality of not always being in agreement. We recognize there may be fundamental difference in the beliefs of our children. Our job is to LOVE, not to JUDGE. We respect the uniqueness of each AVA family.
- The invitation to partner our lives with God is not contingent on a list of “do’s and don’ts.” God’s grace is His gift to us, and none are deserving. He offers relationship without conditions. AVA is a place of grace—allowing for each child to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
- Prayer is God’s mandate to all His children. Children and staff will pray together daily, and will pray throughout the day as situations arise. Memorization of Scripture will be encouraged, but conversation with God at the child’s level of maturity will be encouraged and practiced.
- A comprehensive Christian curriculum will empower each child and help them achieve academic excellence and moral character that will equip them for a life of service.
- Learning will be accomplished by using technology; Christian, as well as secular textbooks; and other materials. Whole group instruction will always be followed with small group reinforcement, extension or intervention. This small group activity can be peer initiated, teacher directed or completed in small groups or independently, or as homework.
- AVA will nurture a love for learning in our students and will help them understand their learning styles and strengths, thereby equipping them with the skills to be successful, self-directed learners and leaders.
- Scripture clearly commands parents to be responsible for the education of their children. AVA staff will partner with parents in providing what is necessary for their child’s education. Homework will be individually tailored to each family’s circumstances and the needs of the child.
- The learning environment established at AVA will encourage students to problem solve, interact appropriately in a group, share and listen to others and their individual experiences, as well as explore a topic individually.
- There is a need in education for a basic skill set, learning fundamentals, which will allow a student to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and socially. The staff at AVA will be intentional in instruction, particularly in the area of reading, mathematics, and writing.
- The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Process will be taught with a Biblical foundation. AVA students will be “STEM-literate citizens.” Students will develop an appreciation for the natural, ordered, and designed world God has created and in which we live. AVA students will be given the tools to fulfill God’s commission in Genesis 1:28, 31 (God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number: fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.”)
- Music and Art are universal languages which bring together children of different cultural, social and economic backgrounds. Worship is fundamental to our relationship with God. Our students will learn to express worship through dance, music, drama, painting, and drawing.
- At AVA students will develop the skills and character to be a servant leader. The skills needed include, but are not limited to; demonstrating self-discipline, developing a positive attitude, working together as a team, trusting their teachers and friends, seeking continuous improvement, and seeing opportunity where others cannot.
- A Christian worldview is not of the world, but we are in the world. As servant leaders we all need to function in the world, therefore, AVA will introduce children to common core learning goals as part of the school curriculum. The curriculum will provide the necessary skills for a seamless transition for each child to another school if desired.