Water of Life Christian School – Mission, Vision, Core Values and Philosophy


MISSION
WOLCS exists to empower students with a lifelong faith in Jesus Christ, outstanding academic skills, and a passion to share the Gospel.

VISION
Water of Life Christian School seeks to assist families by providing vibrant Christian education based on the truths and principles of God’s word. It is our goal that the message of God’s love in Jesus Christ coupled with dynamic teaching, diligent study, and a well-planned curriculum will transform students' lives. It is within the context of biblical teachings, that our students will obtain knowledge, acquire academic skills, build healthy bodies, and develop productive social skills. Given opportunities to worship, serve and communicate the Gospel, our students will develop an enduring passion for God and compassion for people as they learn to use their gifts to impact the world for Christ.

CORE VALUES
Healing Healed to be Healers (Isaiah 58:, Luke 4:18-19, Luke 10:9)
Through God’s love, repentance and the power of the Holy Spirit, Water of Life students experience salvation in Jesus Christ and restoration from spiritual brokenness. They experience and practice praying for physical healing, mending personal relationships, developing biblical thinking about God, themselves and others. Through the transformation of their hearts and minds and with opportunities for guided practice, they are becoming Kings and Priests in God’s Kingdom to help others in their world with the healing touch of Jesus.
Equipping - Prepared to Change the World (I Peter 3:15-16, 2 Timothy 3:15-17)
Through a well-planned course of study, delivered by dedicated professional Christian educators, Water of Life students learn to think from a biblical point of view, acquire academic and life skills, develop Godly character, become increasingly aware of the world around them, and begin to interact with others in life-giving ways. As students develop their gifts, talents and skills they grow in…
  • Passion for God based on faith in Jesus Christ and resulting in discipleship is developed through the study and memorization of Scripture, forgiveness, trust, obedience and joyful expressions of worship in the context of partnership among school staff, parents and WOL church.
  • Competence in academic and life skills, the study and application of Scripture, the arts, critical thinking, and physical and social development is gained through high expectations, diligent study and staff involvement.
  • Christ-like Character: Through training in righteousness, consistent loving discipline and modeling by staff and parents, students develop compassion and integrity in their attitudes and actions as they strive to become more like Christ who was full of “grace and truth”. ( John 1:14, Philippians 2: 5-8 )
  • Confidence: Courage and leadership skills are developed as students learn who they are in Christ; discover their gifts and talents; consider their life purpose; are taught to think biblically; and practice communicating to others.

Sending Fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)
Students begin to live out the Great Commission by learning about cultural diversity, developing a desire to spread the Gospel, supporting missionaries and going on local and foreign outreaches. They learn practical ways to share the Gospel and lead others to Christ.

CaringLoving as God Loves Us (Matthew 25:31-40, I Peter 4:8-10)
Through diligent teaching, the work of the Holy Spirit and outreach participation, students develop compassion for those in their community and the world. Given many opportunities to serve, students acquire thankful hearts, selfless character and compassion for each other as they learn to be good stewards of their own gifts and talents.

Relationships Experiencing the Joy of Community with Christ and Others (Phil 2: 1-4, Col 3:12-15)
The foundation built on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ based on His love, acceptance and forgiveness, helps students to honor, respect and interact with others in life giving ways. They are taught to pray for each other, appreciate each other’s differences, communicate openly, and resolve conflict. The cooperative community of family, church and school creates a strong environment in which healthy relationships can grow and thrive.

PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
The Bible teaches that parents are to be the primary educators of their children. WOLCS partners with parents in their children’s instruction and training to provide a distinctive biblically integrated education in a secure environment. To be successful it is imperative that school families agree with and support Water of Life’s statement of faith and live a lifestyle reflective of this faith. Through parent and school cooperation students are instilled with Godly character and inspired to excel in preparation for a life of enduring commitment to Christ. The scholastic program is designed to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social needs of every student in order to guide each one toward his/her God-ordained purpose. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Ephesians 6:1-4, Ephesians 2:10)

Spiritual: The school provides the cultural and educational structure that allows children to know Jesus personally as “The Way, The Truth and The Life”, to learn to hear His voice and to respond to His call on their lives. Guided by the Holy Spirit and encouraged by Christian teachers, students study God’s word, grow in character, gain wisdom, acquire confidence and learn to live by faith. As they discover their gifts and practice serving others, they prepare for a life of personal joy and significant contribution in God’s Kingdom. (John 14:6, John 10:27-28, 2Timothy 3:16-17, Luke 2:49-52)

Intellectual: The academic program of WOLCS helps students construct an intellectual worldview centered on God’s word. With a focus on biblical integration and academic excellence, the curriculum embraces the development of basic skills, critical thinking, stimulating intellectual growth, creative discovery and training as life-long learners. The uniqueness of each child is valued and success is enhanced through individual assistance and academic coaching. Ultimately, students grow in understanding of the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all knowledge and disciplines. (Psalm 8, Psalm 19:7-11, I Timothy 4: 12-16, Romans 11:33)

Physical: The Bible teaches that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit which we are to offer to God as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him. (I Corinthians 6:19, Romans 12:1) Therefore WOLCS teaches students that proper care for their bodies will help them enjoy God’s gift of life and become more effective witnesses for Christ. The curriculum emphasizes proper nutrition, exercise and a pure life. Because the Bible also tells us not to conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), all athletic activities and physical education classes foster Christ-like attitudes and actions as students are taught discipline, teamwork, respect and responsibility.

Social: WOLCS believes God commands us to love one another and live in community. In an environment that assures security, self-worth and mutual respect, students develop appreciation for others and learn how to relate effectively. Lifelong skills to reach others with the message of God’s love in Christ develop as students, according to biblical standards; build relationships with each other and with school staff. Numerous opportunities to serve others allow children of all ages to realize their spiritual gifts and share the light of Jesus in words and actions. (I John 3:11 Psalm 133:1, Matthew 5:13-16. I Peter 4:8-11)

Philosophy Summary:
WOLCS seeks to make disciples of Jesus who will effectually impact their world with the gospel of the Kingdom of God. In everything the Word of God sets the standard as our Christian school seeks to empower students with enduring faith in Christ, develops their gifts and helps them enjoy a life of worship, service and outreach. (Matthew 28:18-20)