The Threefold Partnership of Learning
Berean Baptist Academy is an educational institution dedicated to Christ-centered education in all aspects of life. BBA operates under the philosophy that the church, school, and home form a threefold partnership that produces kingdom-minded disciples.
The Bible teaches in the book of Deuteronomy that a child's education is primarily the parent's responsibility.
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 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."
This command to parents was reinforced in the New Testament when Paul wrote, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."
Christ died for the church, and through the Holy Spirit's gifting He has calls men to lead the church as pastors, and men and women to teach within the church. These positions exist to edify and equip believers and to assist parents in their responsibility to bring children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
BBA is an extension of the Christian home and church, not a replacement for them. It is important that children mature in a Christian home. It is equally important that the family faithfully attend a Bible-believing church. As such, Berean Baptist Academy operates in conjunction with the home and church. Therefore, we require regular church attendance for the student and the family, which will better prepare the student to excel in our academic setting.
THE NATURE OF LEARNING
We believe that all students can learn, and each student learns differently. We further believe that all students have various gifts and abilities. We believe that all that is taught should point students to God, the giver of all knowledge. We feel that this is most effective when the values of the school, home, and church are closely aligned. Finally, BBA believes that learning styles and developmental stages determine the ability of learners to move through the phases of learning.
Therefore, we do our best to:
- Develop Biblically integrated curriculum
- Consider the impact and time assigned work has on the family outside the school day
- Learn our students and vary our teaching methods, so all learners are impacted by the lesson
- Prepare lessons and activities designed to scaffold learners to the higher order skills found in Bloom’s taxonomy
- Demonstrate what success looks like by providing samples of successful assignments, and clear rubrics
- Provide correctable practice before graded assessments
- Administer summative assessments