The educational philosophy of Rose Hill Christian School is rooted and based on a God-centered view of truth and man as presented in the Bible, which is the final authority on all matters according to John 1:1 and II Timothy 3:16. Since God created and sustains all things through His Son, Jesus Christ, the universe and all life are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him. This is pointedly true of man who was made in God’s image, different in kind from all other creation, with the unique capacity to know and respond to God personally and voluntarily. Because man is a sinner by nature and choice, however, he cannot, in this condition, know or honor God in his life. He can do this only by being born again through receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and thus be enabled to do God’s will, which is the ultimate purpose of his life.
As seen in Colossians 1:16-17, the entire process of education is seen as a means used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into fellowship with God, to help the student become strong or mighty in the spirit, to assist the student in developing the mind of Christ, to train the student in Christ-likeness, to teach the student to respond like God and to help the student demonstrate Christ-like character qualities so that he/she can fulfill God’s total purpose for his/her life personally and vocationally. According to Colossians 2:2-3 and Luke 2:52, the student is taught the Bible so he/she may understand God as well as the student’s own true nature and function as God’s image. The student is developed and related to God as a whole person, that is: spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially. He/she is educated as an individual with his/her own unique abilities and personality who learns to live and work with others at home, in the church, and in a changing secular society. He/she interacts with and is taught by parent and teacher models who are themselves born again and have this perspective on life.
The authority for such an education comes both from God’s command that children be taught to love God and place Him first in their lives and from the fact that parents are responsible for the total education and training of their children. With regard to Proverbs 22:6 and at the parents’ request, the Christian school, along with the church, becomes a partner in giving this education. The Christian school is an extension of the local evangelical, fundamental church’s Christian education program, partnering with the parents in fulfilling their responsibility for educating the child. From this philosophy stem certain aims and objectives.
Rose Hill Christian School exists to provide a sound, academic education integrated with a Christian view of God and the world based upon the authoritative and inerrant Word of God. The Bible is specific in stating the principles, which underlie Christian education. The apostle Paul presented a comprehensive principle when he wrote of Christ, “For by him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth… and He is before all things and by Him all things consist” (Col. 1:16,17).