The school curriculum includes all those activities controlled by Westwood Christian School. These activities are chosen to build balanced Christian character, achieve academic growth to individual potential and to make available physical and social activities.
The home and the church were ordained by God with the responsibility of teaching and training children (Deuteronomy 6:6, Matthew 28:20). These two institutions must work together with the Christian school to promote the student’s growth in all four areas.
The Bible is God’s Word and completely accurate, trustworthy and without error. The Bible controls the selection, interpretation of materials, methods, perspective, content and activities of the curriculum.
Christian education aspires to train a child in such a way that he will have a sound, practical, working knowledge of the Word of God and be able to evaluate and respond appropriately to the circumstances of life from a Christian world view.
The works of God are an important part of the Christian school curriculum. Creation reveals the Creator and holds man responsible for recognizing in it the works of God (Job 38-39, Romans 1:18-20). Created in God’s image, man is the highest of God’s works on earth. “The Christian school gives emphasis to the ‘humanities’; the study of man’s language, literature, artistic achievements, the record of history, the logic of mathematical reasoning and other forms of personal and cultural expression.
Through the curriculum, the school endeavors to develop in the student the holiness of God (I Peter 1:16), the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and an continual emphasis upon the goal of service. The curriculum provides for “instruction in skills and disciplines that equips students for service. Academic subjects are studied not as an end in themselves but as a means of developing servants of God.
WCS encourages the development of student creativity, improvement of student “tastes,” including the development of moral as well as aesthetic perceptions thus to obey the injunctions that believers should “approve things that are excellent” (Philippians 1:10).
Curricular instruction includes not only spiritual and mental aspects but also physical aspects. Our bodies are the temple of God (I Corinthians 3:16). Our bodies are not to be used or neglected but developed and disciplined to serve God (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 6:20).
Developing social graces and social interaction are an important part of the school curriculum. Both reflect upon our testimony and service for God as students take on adult roles in society. A Biblical world view is a curricula goal. Some of the important social issues attached to this overall goal are as follows:
Individuals need manners and courtesy. Knowledge of etiquette and the unconscious practice of good manners are vitally important for young people as they prepare for adulthood. Consideration for the rights and feelings of others is a fundamental principle of responsible conduct. The common courtesies of life are taught and practiced at WCS.
Individuals need standards of dress and modesty. A well-rounded education includes training in good health, appearance and dress. Although the Bible does not tell us specifically how we should dress or how our hair should be cut, it does give some principles to follow. In light of Biblical principles, WCS has set standards for dress in school. The position of the school does not necessarily mean that the Christian who fails to meet these standards is sinning but only that our students must meet these standards in order for the school to be consistent. The following are some general Scriptural guidelines regarding dress:
- Modesty (2 Timothy 5:22)
- Distinction (Deuteronomy 22:5, 1 Corinthians 11:14-15)
- Identification with the Lord and not the world (I Timothy 4:12, Romans 12:1-2, 1 John 2:15-16)
WCS is co-educational, operating on the premise that it is wholesome for boys and girls to develop many friendships during their school years. These friendships should be with members of both genders. Genuine proper behavior toward members of the opposite sex is expected at all times. Friendships developed during school may mature into life-long relationship.
We believe that God commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged outside of marriage between a man and a woman. (Genesis 2:24, Genesis 19:5, Genesis 26:8-9, Leviticus 18:1-30, Romans 1, I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:4, Ephesians 5:22-3).