Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
— Proverbs 22:6
 

 

The ultimate goal of Highland Rim Academy is to glorify God by assisting parents in the Christian education of their children. We believe the Bible teaches that humans are spiritual beings in essence; therefore, education is by virtue a religious endeavor. A religiously neutral education exists in pretense only. The question is not whether a particular world view will be educated, but rather "which one." For some time now, we have seen the decay of the moral fabric of our society and the dire consequences of the decisions our children are encouraged to make through the influence of secular humanism, the longstanding dominant world view promoted through our public school curriculum, and reinforced by the arts and entertainment industries. 

Christian education is a necessity and we believe the Word of God requires it. Our children must be firmly rooted and grounded in the truth of God's Word in order to make right choices and live a life honoring to our Savior. A Christian education has the opportunity to help do that by integrating a world view based on the Bible in all subjects and at all levels.

As children are given a proper Biblical education, they will better understand the true nature of humanity, the condition of this world, and God's requirements of them as stewards of it. This understanding will not cater to personal pride, but rather give them compassion toward their fellow man. 

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Many Christians argue for sending their children to public schools so that they can be "salt" and "light" to the world. An accurate response to that would be that this world is having far more impact on our children than our children are having on it. Why? Because they are still children! They are still learning the ways of God. We don’t throw a newborn baby in the water and say, "Swim!" We don’t put our three year old on a bike with no training wheels at the top of a hill and say, "Ride," and then realistically expect them to succeed. Why do we expect the same from our children spiritually when we send them into the world without support and appropriate training? 

We have underestimated the power of this world's influence on us, as well as the enemy to whom the Bible attributes its ways. It takes years of training to produce a young, spiritually mature witness. Before we can win this world for Christ, we have to stop losing our children to that same world. We need to help them learn their identity in Christ so that they can go and share with others. In that way, the "salt" and "light" will be the natural outworking of a life well trained.