Building the Kingdom of God through Christian Education
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Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School is committed to building the Kingdom of God through Christian education within a safe and caring environment. It is our goal to help our students meet the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible. An essential part of our school's mission is to assist in the development of our core values.
At Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School we aspire to live a life balanced between God's Word of Law (what we must or must not do) and God's Word of Gospel (what God has done and is doing in our lives). This means that as Jesus taught, we "love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves". To know what this love looks like, we keep the Ten Commandments before us. They govern our thoughts, words and deeds, including how we respect and deal with one another at FHLS. Though we seek to live by this standard, we will at times fail, disappointing ourselves and causing hurt or hard feelings for those around us. When this happens, we focus on the promise of God that He forgives our sins and gives us strength to improve, even though consequences may follow. We expect our students, parents, guardians and staff to hold themselves to this balanced life of Law and Gospel.
Christ-centered - Jesus Christ is the Son of God, our Savior, who yearns for a relationship with all people; therefore, we share Jesus with students and families when we share His love, forgiveness and the message of salvation. It is our desire that all students and families develop personal relationships with Jesus Christ.
Christian Service - We recognize that we have been blessed with a variety of gifts and talents, our school, classrooms and individuals will respond with compassion to the needs of others. We will actively seek ways to put our faith in action by serving those in need. This may include partnering with other churches or organizations.
Partnership - Partnership has an integral role in every aspect of what we do as a school. All members of our school family (staff, students, parents, church bodies, community) are asked and encouraged to develop partnerships with each other. We utilize our talents and abilities to maximize our ministry not only to those in our school, but also to those in our community. Open communications is central to these partnerships. "We are one body, but many members."
Academic Excellence With Christ as our foundation, we use our God-given gifts to pursue excellence in all that we do academically, creatively and athletically. Through continuos improvement we strive to create life-long learners, encouraging each student, faculty and staff member to achieve their best.
Christian Character A person who displays Christian character is rooted in the absolute moral values of God's Holy Word. Christian character is a spiritual fruit that is built from a real, godly relationship and commitment to Christ as Lord. It encompasses the virtues of:
- Faith: steadfastness in belief
- Hope: a God who never stops seeking us
- Love: a selfless, unconditional, voluntary loving kindness
- Service: a willingness to help others
Purpose & Philosophy
Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School is a
Lutheran Christian school encompassing grades K-8. It is owned and operated
by the Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School Association. The school is both a Lutheran
parochial school for the members of sponsoring congregations and an outreach
school for families in the community. The affairs of the school and the
association are administered by a Delegate Assembly and a Board of Directors.
We recognize that our school is uniquely Lutheran and that one of the main
responsibilities of our school is to provide the means and opportunities
for the Christian education and faith development of our students.
We serve students from all spiritual backgrounds. We select and retain students only on the basis of our ability to meet their spiritual, academic, emotional, and physical needs and on the basis of their attitude and involvement in our mission.
By creating an environment of support and structure, our
faculty and staff assist in the development of the whole child - body,
mind and spirit. We seek to establish a partnership with parents, to involve
them in school activities, and to have open communication between school
Our Goals are to Help Our Students:
Learn to research, organize and use information.
Be creative and productive.
Master essential skills in reading, writing, speaking, and computing.
Develop social science, math, science, art, music, and technological literacy.
Be physically fit and active.
Develop the ability to reason and think critically.
Develop the ability to analyze and synthesize information in the formation of opinions and behaviors.
Develop the ability to solve problems.
Develop and maintain beliefs and behaviors rooted in the Bible.
Develop the values of self-discipline, responsibility, compassion, and friendship, humility, work, courage, perseverance, honesty, loyalty, and faith.
Develop an awareness of other cultures.
Become active and effective members of their community and church.
Experience a strong sense of Christian community and be committed to serving other.
We do this in the following ways:
We foster a teaching environment that is challenging, safe, comfortable, caring and nurturing.
We use instructional practices that balance independent creativity and structured learning.
We use curricular materials that include core skills and knowledge, moral and religious training, physical education, and time for the creative and performing arts.
We offer a co-curricular program that extends classroom learning.
We create a school community that models and nurtures self-discipline, faith, learning and respect and empathy for others.
Because our administration and faculty are committed to ongoing professional development that promotes student learning, we will continue to research and use new learning and instructional practices that have been proven effective. We are committed to a growing program which shall one day encompass additional programs at the early childhood and secondary levels. We will continue to implement a curriculum that is appropriate in approach, resources, scheduling and content.