The educational philosophy of OKCS is based upon a God-centered view of man and truth as presented in the Bible. The essential truths of this view are detailed in the Statement of Faith.
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 true of man who was made in God's image, different in kind from all other creatures, with the unique capacity to know and respond to God personally and voluntarily.
Because man is a sinner by nature and choice, he cannot, in this condition, know or honour God in his life. He can do this only by being born again to do God's will. This should be the ultimate purpose of his life. The goal of education should therefore be to enable men to know God, encourage them to love Him, and equip them to serve Him.
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. At the parents' request, the Christian School, along with the Church, becomes a partner in giving this education. From this philosophy come our mission and goals:
Spiritual & Moral Goals
- To teach the Bible as God's inspired Word and to develop attitudes of love and respect towards it.
- To teach the basic doctrines of the Bible.
- To lead each student to a personal relationship with Christ as Saviour and Lord.
- To develop a desire to know and obey the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures.
- To equip the student to carry out the will of God daily.
- To impart an understanding of each Christian's place in the church and its worldwide task of evangelism and discipleship and to stimulate the student's involvement in this task.
- To develop the "mind of Christ" towards godliness and sin, and to teach the student how to live an overcoming life through exercising of self-restraint and consideration of others.
- To encourage the development of self-discipline and responsibility in the student based on respect for and submission to God and God-ordained authority.
- To help the student develop for himself a Christian world view by integrating life and studies with the Bible.
Personal and Social Goals
- To help the student develop his character and personality based both on a proper understanding and acceptance of himself as a unique individual created in the image of God and on the fullest possible development of his own capabilities.
- To teach the student to treat everyone with love and respect since everyone is made in God's image.
- To make the student a contributing member of society who realizes his dependence on others and their dependence on him.
- To promote an understanding of time as a God-given commodity which is to be used for His glory.
- To show a Biblical view of life and work, and to provide the skills needed for developing mature personal and career relationships.
- To develop godly attitudes toward marriage and the family and the understanding and skills needed to establish a God-honouring home.
- To promote physical fitness, good health habits, and wise use of the body as the temple of God.
- To impart Biblical attitudes toward material things, and to encourage individual responsibility for using them for God's glory.
- To help each student accurately assess his strengths and weaknesses and recognize his responsibility to develop his talents fully and use them for the benefit of others.
- to promote high academic standards within the potential of the individual as uniquely created by God and to help each student realize his full academic potential.
- To help each student gain a thorough comprehension and command of the fundamental processes used in communicating with others, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- To develop an understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and skills in their application to every day life situations and to gain mathematical skills needed to succeed in an ever-growing technological world.
- To develop creative and critical thinking and the proper use of Biblical criteria for evaluation.
- To teach and encourage the use of good study habits.
- To teach the student how to do independent research and to reason logically.
- To motivate the student to view education as a lifelong process.
- To promote good citizenship through developing the understanding and appreciation of our Christian and Canadian heritage of responsible freedom, human dignity, and Biblical acceptance of authority.
- To discuss current affairs in all fields and to relate them to God's plan for man.
- To produce an understanding and appreciation for God's world, and an awareness of man's role in his environment, and how to use, care for and preserve it properly.
- To promote an appreciation of the fine arts through the development of the student's understanding and personal expression.
- To relate curriculum to real-life situations in the community.
- To cooperate closely with the parents in every phase of the student's development especially as it relates to the school program.
- To help the parents to understand the school's purpose and program.
- To aid families in Christian growth and to help them develop Christ-centered homes.
- To assist parents in understanding our changing culture, its effects on our homes and their children, and how to deal with them from a Biblical perspective.
- To encourage regular attendance and involvement in a local church.
- To involve parents regularly in the ministry of the school.