These position statements are the core of GIS, informing decisions at all levels whose effects ripple throughout school life.
- Mission & Vision
Equipping students to influence the world for Christ.
A vibrant workplace for staff.
An inspiring learning environment for students.
- Core Values
We are Christ-centered.
We care for students.
We are committed to excellence.
1. GIS stresses the restorative power of God’s grace in individual lives and within the world community.
The school focuses on redemption, restoration, and transformation. Students are taught that God the Father is in control, that Christ is triumphant, and that the Holy Spirit is present and working. They are challenged to respond to God’s grace.
Because moral and ethical learning are essential, the school’s program is designed to cultivate the values and skills of service, cooperation, and group accomplishment.
2. GIS fosters student responsibility in making informed choices based on God’s Word and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Teachers and students translate stewardship, justice, and compassion into practice. Students are given opportunities to display in their actions biblical truth and moral principles. When students choose poorly, teachers nurture, provide guidance, and discipline redemptively.
3. GIS takes the future seriously by addressing the cultural values of people that students will encounter throughout life.
GIS equips students not only to live in a world in upheaval, but also to transform it to reflect the coming of Christ’s kingdom of love, restoration, and peace.
We encourage students to be “rooted” – to value their heritage – but also to evaluate their ethnic, religious, and cultural traditions. Students must have an understanding of the world’s diverse cultures and be able to relate to people with different viewpoints and lifestyles, but they must not confuse biblical and secular norms.
4. GIS uses curriculum that reflects the complexity and richness of God’s world to equip students to live constructive Christian lives.
GIS students will be able to apply skills, knowledge, and attitudes to address real problems. GIS is committed to presenting students with ideas, activities, and role models that are consistent with a Christian worldview. Students will learn to analyze information and situations from a biblical perspective.
The GIS environment fosters education as exciting, worth pursuing, and deserving of celebration. Excellence in the pursuit of education honors God.
5. GIS pays attention to and affirms each student’s developmental level.
GIS focuses on a student’s physical, emotional, intellectual, social, aesthetic, and spiritual growth, not simply his/her grade level. Providing effective, meaningful learning opportunities for students is a high priority.
GIS recognizes that each student is made in the image of God and nurtures in each student healthy expression of the full range of God-given emotions. The school, through its curriculum, practice, and supportive environment, strives for success in some form for all students. Self-esteem is based on an understanding of one’s identity from God’s perspective and developed through service to others.
6. GIS teachers have the freedom and responsibility to exercise their expertise and artistry within the framework of the curriculum.
At the heart of Christian education is the teacher who loves the Lord, the learning experience, and the students. GIS teachers are curriculum creators, coaches, models, community members, and change agents.
GIS curriculum recognizes that teachers are professionals who know both the science and the art of teaching. GIS encourages and supports teachers in the pursuit of professional growth.
7. GIS fosters a biblical spirit of community.
Trust, built on the idea that the Spirit speaks through the Body of Christ and not just by one person or a few, characterizes student, staff, and community relationships. Christian love in action means worshiping, sharing, counseling, encouraging, and celebrating with Christian joy and hope.
Authentic community arises out of a common purpose and commitment. This effort requires resources and good communication. Teachers prepare students for a future in which cooperation and collaboration are valued and team play is important. The home, church, and school actively support and re-enforce the work of one another.
Adapted from Vryhof, S., Brouwer, J., Ulstein, S., Vander Ark, D. (1989). 12 affirmations: Reformed Christian schooling for the 21st century. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
- Statement of Faith
- That the Bible is inspired and inerrant, that all 66 books of the Old and New Testament are God’s complete written revelation to mankind, the only infallible authority in all matters of faith and practice.
- In one triune God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the same in substance and equal in power and glory.
- In the complete humanity and deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and future personal return in power and glory.
- That the Holy Spirit indwells and empowers all believers and enables them to live a godly life.
- That through Adam’s sin all have inherited a sinful nature and therefore all choose to sin. All are thus sinners and deserving of death.
- That salvation of lost and sinful man is only by the grace of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, accomplished through the regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
- That our sins block our fellowship with God. As we confess those sins, God forgives us and our fellowship is restored.
- In the resurrection of the body, the judgment of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal blessedness of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost.
- That saving faith in Jesus Christ unites all Christians as members of the body of Christ. Such a position brings both privileges and responsibilities before God and toward one another in the Christian life.
GLOBAL OBJECTIVES FOR ALL LEARNERS (GOALs)
While acquiring a foundation of knowledge and skills, Grace students are becoming:
God Seekers who . . .
- Know essential biblical truths and concepts
- Pursue a genuine relationship with God
- Choose to participate in biblical community
Image Bearers who . . .
- Understand their personal identity from God’s perspective
- Cultivate healthy interpersonal relationships
- Choose a balanced and healthy lifestyle
Passionate Learners who . . .
- Take responsibility for life-long growth in knowledge and skills
- Display teachable attitudes
Critical Thinkers who . . .
- Apply diverse problem solving processes to real-life situations
- Evaluate issues and worldviews in terms of biblical truths
- Communicate effectively and wisely through a variety of forms
Global Citizens who . . .
- Serve others compassionately and advocate for the oppressed
- Exhibit genuine respect and cultural sensitivity
- Exercise stewardship of personal and global resources
- Work as team members, whether as leaders or followers
- Impact their world by applying biblical truth