Richmond Christian School believes that God is Truth and has revealed Himself through His Word. In light of this belief, all learning, in every subject area, is the pursuit of truth and therefore the pursuit of God. At RCS, students are challenged to expand their knowledge of the world around them. Whether it is Language, Mathematics, Science, History, or the Arts, every subject area should give students the opportunity to gaze at the face of God, explore his creation, learn the truth about humanity, define God’s moral order for this world, and discover the purpose of life.
To do this, our teachers integrate a Biblical Worldview into all subject areas and content lessons. As academic learning takes place, students are led to think critically about how that knowledge shapes their worldview. Because their worldview is the lens through which they see the world and make decisions, it is imperative that Biblical Truth be woven throughout a child’s education.
Because our God is a complex God, we seek to grow minds to their fullest potential so that we can better understand His Word and His character. We do not impart knowledge for selfish ambition or personal profit. Rather out of reverence for our Lord, we develop our students so that they can glorify Him with their mind as well as their heart, soul, and strength.
To help our teachers achieve our academic goals, RCS teachers use a “domain-based” approach to teaching. Some have called this approach “cross-curricular”. We believe that immersing a child in content will help them learn more deeply and allow them to critically analyze, evaluate, and create using that knowledge. For example, while the students are studying Ancient Greek history, they will also be reading Ancient Greek poetry, drama, art, and more. Rather than compartmentalizing learning into disjointed history, literature, and arts lessons, the student’s mind is enveloped in rich content that stays with them.
Knowing that no one textbook is able to capture all that a student should know, our teachers use a wide variety of resources to strive to meet the needs of each student. As God created each person individually and uniquely, so should our instruction be tailored to the individual needs of the students. This drives our teachers to instruct students through a variety of methods such as cooperative learning, customized reading groups, learning centers, direct instruction, and others.
As students progress through the elementary grades, they will be challenged more and more to think independently and critically. Elementary school is the foundation that will set students up for success in their middle and high school years. Therefore, Richmond Christian School holds these years to be of the utmost importance in the life of a child.