Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education

Affirmations:

We hold that education, rather than being a redemptive aspect of salvation, is key to our fulfillment of God’s calling to be good stewards of the mind and the earth as well as the gifts we’ve received by grace through faith.

We hold that the child of God is not saved out of the world but is saved so as to be God’s servant in the world. The child of God is called by God to work for the restoration of all things, which is the great end of Christ as He redeems the world from the fall.

We hold that there is a continuity of purpose between learning those things that pertain to the kingdom of God on earth as revealed in God’s Word, and those things that pertain to the order of creation, generally known as the natural world and its sciences, and the order of human life, generally known as civilization or culture and its sciences.  Because God is the Creator of all things, and because He is the only self-subsistent Being, all things ultimately can only be known in their relation to Him. When we truly know things and use and honor them according to that knowledge, we glorify God as their Creator; He has designed all things to reflect His excellencies.

We hold that all things are ultimately and inherently rational, being the creations of the mind of God. Consequently, all that is made stands open to the inquiry of the human mind which, created in the image and likeness of God, is only inherently limited by its being finite. Those limitations of the mind resulting from sin are circumstantial and, ultimately, remedial through the sanctifying work of God; however, this remediation will only be complete with the end of the age and the resurrection of the body.

We hold that the most effective and efficient method of education is that which is commonly called classical, consisting in a child learning first the grammar (the basic data and the fundamental rules), then the logic (the ordered relationship of the particulars), and finally the rhetoric (the clear expression of the grammar and logic) of each subject.

We hold that the education of children in the laws and ways of God is a divine mandate to parents as part of the covenant of God’s grace. We further hold that being educated in the stewardship of creation and moral truth is inherent to our being made in the image and likeness of God.  Therefore, a Christian school is a servant to parents who put their children in its care for their spiritual as well as academic development, which are properly inseparable.

We hold that the distorting of all truth by a self-serving perspective must be curbed, controlled and, to the extent possible, corrected by the disciplines of moral instruction, intellectual education, training of the sensibilities or desires, and the informal and formal influences of civil and political government, all of which begins first in the home.

We hold that the effective impartation of that spiritual truth given us by revelation and contained in the Bible requires the power of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, those who seek to teach spiritual truth must personally believe in Jesus Christ and endeavor to cultivate and demonstrate a Christ-like character in all aspects of their lives. To this end we insist that every teacher, as well as those who administer, govern and oversee the education provided by Cedar Tree, personally affirm the statement of faith on a yearly basis.

Mission & Core Values

Cedar Tree exists to provide an excellent classical Christian education that cultivates minds and nurtures hearts for effective, Christ-centered living.

The core values of Cedar Tree which reflect why we exist as a distinctively Classical Christian School are:

  • Biblical foundation/Christian worldview
  • Biblical discipleship and character development
  • Time-tested classical Christian education following the trivium
  • God-glorifying excellence in every endeavor
  • Respect for parental authority and involvement
  • Biblical grace and truth environment

With respect to either the hiring of staff or the admission of students, Cedar Tree does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national or ethnic origin.  However, persons who are unable or unwilling to abide by Cedar Tree’s Statement of Faith or Philosophy of Education may be denied participation/employment.