Tree of Life has been educating students with a record of excellence for over 40 years. With a Biblically based philosophy of education, Tree of Life trains students to think critically and seek wisdom.
EDUCATING THEWHOLE CHILD
Tree of Life Christian Schools is committed to the education of students in the Truth of God’s Word. Our philosophy of education is centered around the development of the whole child in this Truth.
A Christian Philosophy of Education calls for an educational process that puts the Bible at the center and asks the student to evaluate all he/she studies through the lens of God’s Word. Because God is Truth, He brings a unity of truth to all of his creation. No subject can be taught in its totality if the Creator is ignored or denied.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)
“…all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17; 16b-17)
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:14-17; 16-17)
Christian education elicits learning that is integrated with the eternal rather than segmented and temporal. Knowledge becomes purified by the recognition of God’s place in it; emerging from such knowledge comes wisdom.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding…” (Proverbs 2:6)
“Wisdom is a tree of life to those who take hold of her.” (Proverbs 3:18)
In addition to an integrated approach to knowledge, a Christian philosophy of education calls for the whole child to be educated for life – spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically. Jesus admonished His disciples, “Permit the little children to come to me for of such is the Kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:3) In Christian schools, students can come to know Jesus on a daily basis, as they are discipled as complete creations in Him. Spiritual mentoring and modeling, godly self-discipline and Christ-like expectations of how to treat one another can be woven into the fabric of each child’s life.
“…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37- 40; 37,39)
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
The Word of God is clear in making parents responsible for the education of their children. “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deut. 6:4-9;7) In entrusting the church and school to help them in this task, parents rightly ask, “What is to be the end result of learning?” John Milton, in 1644 wisely answered, “The end, then, of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love Him, imitate Him, to be like Him.”
As we pursue our mission to educate in God’s truth and to disciple in Christ, we recognize that it is only the Holy Spirit who produces lasting outcomes in the lives of our students. The desire of Tree of Life Christian Schools is to see evidence of His work in students and graduates who:
GROW IN WISDOM
Value and acquire enduring knowledge in all academic disciplines. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. . . For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. (Proverbs 2:6, 10-11)
Pursue life-long learning.We pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. . . (Col. 1:10) (II Peter 1:5-8)
Discern and act consistent with a Biblical worldview and Christian ethics.He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8). . . find out what pleases the Lord. (Ephesians 5:10)
GROW IN STATURE
Recognize and care for their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit.Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (I Cor. 6:19-20)
Understand their uniqueness and value to the Lord.For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. . . . How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:13-14, 17)
GROW IN FAVOR WITH GOD
Know the person and the redeeming work of Jesus Christ and commit to Him as Savior.Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3)
Understand and submit to the lordship of Jesus Christ.Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified both Lord and Christ. ( Acts 2:36) Submit yourselves, then, to God. . . Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:7a, 10)
Acknowledge the Bible as the authoritative Word of God, foundational to faith and purposeful life.All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. . . (II Tim 3:16)
GROW IN FAVOR WITH MAN
Develop and sustain healthy, faithful relationships.Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph. 5: 1-2) Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Eph. 5:21 6:9)
Actively grow and serve as members of the body of Christ.Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (I Cor. 12:27) We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. (Romans 12:6-8)
Articulate and defend the Truth of the gospel.But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. . . (I Peter 3:15)
Engage the culture for Christ, as His ambassadors in a diverse world.God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (II Cor. 5:19-20)
Tree of Life students outperform state and national averages