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Founding Principles

What does Christ-centered actually mean at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy?

Very often, schools that offer some aspects of Christian education fall into one of two categories. There are those Christian schools that may be Christian in heritage only, or where the curriculum follows a secular direction, and prayer and Bible classes are added in an effort to make the school “Christian” while making little change to the essence of the curriculum. The other type sees academics as a distraction from spiritual development and sacrifices a commitment to programmatic excellence. Both of these approaches fall prey to the misconception that academic excellence and spiritual development are mutually exclusive. This false dichotomy does students a disservice. Instead of an “either-or” approach, we believe a true education is reflected in a “both-and” approach. Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is unique in that excellence in academics is pursued in a truly Christ-centered environment. By “Christ-centered”, we mean that a Christian ethic and understanding permeates all activities of the school, both academic and non-academic. What this means in practice is that a Christian worldview is integrated into the teaching of all subjects, and it is done so in the context of a high-quality academic program. As each subject is taught, our students learn that God’s brilliant design enhances understanding; it does not diminish it. Our Christ-centered focus is underscored by the scripture verse that is our school’s foundation. When asked which is the greatest commandment, Jesus replied:

"You shall love the Lord your God
With all your heart
And with all your soul
And with all your mind."
Matthew 22:37-38

What is meant by Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom?

Mt. Bethel’s curriculum follows a classical pattern of education, which is knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. These three time-tested and proven themes provide the framework to ensure that students not only learn subjects, but also learn how to effectively use their knowledge later in life as adults. Unfortunately, one of the real tragedies of education today is success in acquiring “book knowledge” while failing to teach the critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed to succeed in any endeavor. Simply put, this classical framework provides direction for instruction at each stage of a student’s development.