Our beliefs and values are at the core of all we do at Grace Christian School. It’s important to us that our students and families share these beliefs and values of Grace Christian School so that we can be successful in reaching the outcomes that we all want for our students.

GCS Core Values

G – Growth

Spiritual growth is encouraged through biblical integration in all coursework and the promotion of Christian leadership and discipleship in all activities. Academic growth is promoted through quality education in all classes, enhanced learning opportunities for high achievers, and learning support for students who need extra assistance.

R – Reach

GCS is committed to reaching people for Jesus. Students are taught about God’s love, led to believe the Gospel, and trained to follow Christ in serving others and building God’s kingdom.

A – Absolute Truth

Students are taught that Scripture is the verbally-inspired, inerrant Word of God, and the authority and sufficiency for living the life God intends.

C – Christian Leadership

Through modeling and empowerment, GCS promotes strong Christian leadership in its staff and student body that is committed to executing duties with righteousness and sound ethics.

E – Excellence

As work that is done unto the Lord, GCS staff and students are expected to strive for excellence in all endeavors and activities.

The Bible

The Bible is God’s word to all people. It is written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because God inspired it, the Bible is truth without any error and is completely relevant in our daily lives. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39)

Salvation

The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation is a gift from God and it cannot be earned through our own efforts. (Isaiah 1:18, 53:5-,; 55:7; Matthew 1:21, 27:22-66, 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69)

The Church

The church is a local community of believers unified through faith in Christ. We are committed to the teachings of Christ, to obey all of his commands, and to bringing the Gospel to the world. The church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying christ. (Matthew 16:18-19, 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47, 5:11-14; 1 Corinthians 7:17, 9:13-14)

Baptism

Baptism is a symbolic act to publicly profess one’s salvation. God commands it, but our salvation does not rely upon it. We practice full-immersion baptism, symbolizing the process of death and resurrection that Jesus went through for us. (Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Cor 11:23-24)

The Trinity

God has existed in relationship with himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons:

The father, the son, and the holy spirit. Although each member of the trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35)

The Father

God is great. He is powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, and above all, He is holy. God is good. He is our father. He is loving, compassionate and faithful to his people and promises. (Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6)

The Son

Jesus Christ is completely human, but at the same time completely God. He lived a sinless life so that He could be a substitute for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in his resurrection so that we could have life. (Isaiah 7:14, 53; Matthew 1:18-23, 3:17, 8:29; Luke 22:70, 24:46-47; John 1:1)

The Holy Spirit

His presence assures us of a relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth, and exalts Christ.

He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgement. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ. (Gen 1:2; Psalm 51:11; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10)

Prayer

Prayer is our ability to communicate with god. Through Jesus’ salvation, we no longer need an intercessor to go between God and us; we can address Him directly. (Peter 2:5; Rev 1:6; Matthew 6:9-13)

Marriage & Gender

God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged outside of a marriage between one naturally-born man and one naturally-born woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, fornication, adultery, and pornography are not in obedience to god’s will and word. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender. (Gen 2:24, 19:5,13, 26:8-9; Lev 18:1-30; Rom 1: 26-29; 1 Cor 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess 4:1-8; Heb 13:4)

The only scriptural marriage is the joining of one naturally-born man and one naturally-born woman for life. (Gen 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph 5:22-23)

Grace Christian School employs a philosophy to present all truths from the superior viewpoint of faith in Jesus Christ and to instruct students in God’s perspective. In fact, keeping in mind that all knowledge, understanding, and wisdom come from God, we see that all education becomes a revelation of God and that no academic subject can be properly understood apart from that Revelation.

The components of education our students experience are:

  • Knowledge is the discovery of fact, principle, or concept. It grows from the simple to the complex and is contained in all academic subjects.
  • Understanding is the ability to evaluate the facts.
  • Wisdom is the ability to make judgments in light of that understanding — the ability to put the facts to use in the daily situations that arise in our lives.

The Bible refers to these phases of education as treasures, and all three of these treasures come from God and God alone. (Proverbs 2:1-6)

The purpose of Grace Christian School is to train Christian youth in all essentials of learning, emphasizing the fundamentals of the Christian faith as revealed in the Word of God, standing uncompromisingly and unreservedly upon these basic tenets and combating atheism and apostasy through the proclamation of the verbally inspired Bible as God’s infallible Word.

GCS students are prepared in an excellent academic environment so that they are well equipped to meet the challenges of our technological culture and workplace.

GCS students are prepared in an excellent academic environment so that they are well equipped to meet the challenges of our technological culture and workplace.

Our objectives in the education of your student are as follows:

  • To lead the student to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  • To prepare students spiritually by instilling in them a love for the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, and His Holy Spirit, and a personal sense of responsibility to be all God wants them to be.
  • To encourage them to think clearly, logically and independently.
  • To adopt an instructional program with a Christian worldview.
  • To assist in the mastery of the tools of learning and communication.
  • To give them a sound secondary school education that prepares each student to successfully pursue post-secondary education.
  • To develop a sense of responsibility in each child as a citizen and as a Christian.
  • To provide them with opportunities to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the arts, as well as contributing to them.
  • To offer opportunities to participate in wholesome forms of recreation.
  • To help each child be a spiritual leader in his/her home, church, and community.
  • To help each child develop meaningful relationships with peers and authorities.
  • To help each child develop godly character.
  • To help each child develop his or her identity in Christ as a unique individual, created in the image of God.

Spiritual Formation

Students who graduate from Grace Christian School will be: 

  1. Able to articulate and defend their Christian worldview while having a basic knowledge of opposing worldview
    Students have a core knowledge of the Bible and interrupt events using a Biblical perspective, and they have a basic knowledge and understanding of other religions
  2. Able to understand and commit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
    Have accepted and have been challenged to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior
  3. Able to know, understand and apply Gods Word in daily life
    Students will develop an understanding of the world in which we live and the ability to participate and adjust to their environment, on the basis of Biblical principles
  4. Empowered by the Holy Spirit to pursue a life of faith, goodness and knowledge
    Students are able to describe the character of the Holy Spirit and can articulate what it means to live a life of faith, goodness and knowledge
  5. Treating their bodies as a temple of the Holy Spirit
    For set goals for hygiene, nutrition, and physical health (Health Curriculum)

Scholarly Education

Students who graduate from Grace Christian School will be:

  1. Well prepared in all academic disciplines including reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking
    Our goal is to prepare students to think logically clearly and independently, and to offer an instructional programs that meets the academic needs of all our students
  2. Proficient in mathematics and in science
    Consistently at or above grade level in mathematics and science, as measured through tests as nationally recognized merit
  3. Knowledgeable of people, events, and history (including church history)
    Students have a core knowledge of the Bible, and can interpret current world events through a historical and Biblical perspective
  4. Appreciative of literature and art
    Students can express themselves creatively through art
  5. Able to question, solve problems, and make wise decisions
    Students demonstrate the ability to question and assess information from reference sources, solve problems, and formulate and end result using reliable data, based upon the principles from the Word of God (Philippians 4:13)
  6. Knowledgeable on how to utilize resources including technology to find, analyze and evaluate information
    Demonstrate effective written and technological communication skills in pursing an academic discipline and education
  7. Able to question, solve problems, and make wise decisions
    Students demonstrate the ability to question and assess information from reference sources, solve problems, and formulate and end result using reliable data, based upon the principles from the Word of God (Philippians 4:13)

Societal Application

Students who graduate from Grace Christian School will be:

  1. Personally to carry out the great commission
    Our school serves the local and global community through mission projects and humanitarian acts (Matthew 28:16-20)
  2. Able to understand the worth of every human being as a creature created by God
    Students are taught to impact their community for Christ. They have developed a Biblical, moral, ethical, and spiritual sense which aid them in the appreciation of the worth of others.
  3. Understanding that work has dignity and the nature of God
    Students learn to contribute purposefully and constructively through classroom job responsibilities, and teacher modeling
  4. Actively involved in a church community serving God and others
    Parents are surveyed annually to disclose church affiliation and salvation
  5. Good stewards of their finances and time
    Students demonstrates the reliability in the areas of time management, personal finance, and organization

The History of Grace Christian School

Grace Christian School was founded in the summer of 1970 by a group of Grace Chapel Church parents who desired an education that was distinctly Christian for their students. The first year there were a total of twenty students in kindergarten and first grade. The next year, grades two through four were added and enrollment reached sixty-four. In the years that followed, grades five through twelve were added with the first graduating class in 1985.

The school currently has classes for students beginning at Kindergarten and running through the twelfth grade with an enrollment of 750. Our Child Development Center offers a Pre-Kindergarten program for age 4 and childcare starting at infant care.

Grace Christian School is a ministry of Grace Chapel Ministries, which has supported the school as a community ministry by providing the facilities, utilities and financial support. GCS has over 45 area churches represented in our school. For more information about Grace Chapel Church and other Grace ministries, please visit www.gracechapelsanford.com.

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