Philosophy of Education
Forest Lake Christian School is committed to providing a quality Christian education where the Bible is the final authority for teaching and interpreting all subjects, actions, and philosophies. The Bible provides a unifying frame of reference for every subject and gives life and power to the whole curriculum. Christian education integrates spiritual truths into academic training and relates the Christian faith directly to all knowledge and to practical application of that knowledge in daily life (II Timothy 3:15-17).
The source of this Christian world view is God's revelation to man in the Bible and in His creation. God's revelation demonstrates that He is the source of all truth (Psalm 119:160) and the creator of all things (Colossians 1:16); that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the Savior of mankind (John 3:16) in whom are hidden "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3); and that man is a sinner who must be born again (John 3:7) and become a new person in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).
Forest Lake Christian School teaches the students Christian truths which provide principles for interpreting facts encountered in life and the study of all subject matter (Proverbs 9:10). Students discover that Christ is alive in the world today, that He has ordered science, directed history, and has blessed mankind with music and literature (Colossians 1:17). Each student should be instilled with the moral strength, spiritual insight, and academic integrity to live as a responsible citizen and an effective Christian (Ephesians 1:15-22).
Each student attending Forest Lake Christian School is considered to be a product of God's special six-day creation, not progressive creation or organic evolution.
According to Scripture, mankind is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).
Therefore, the Christian educational process endeavors to meet the needs of the whole student by encouraging their spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical growth (I Timothy 4:6-8). Students are taught to recognize their body as the wonderful vehicle of their personality and the intended temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19).
The authority for education is given by God to parents (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Ephesians 6:4, Proverbs 22:6). Parents are primarily responsible for teaching their children Christian values and skills necessary for a successful life. The Christian school, along with the church, becomes a partner in providing this education. Forest Lake Christian School desires to educate children of those parents concerned with their children's spiritual growth and character formation as well as academic attainment.
Forest Lake Christian School places importance on the spiritual development of each student. The school desires to lead each student to a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and to develop a practical knowledge of the work of God and apply it to his everyday life.
- Daily non-denominational instruction in Bible will be given, teaching those truths which are central to Forest Lake Christian School's Statement of Faith.
- The development Christian character traits within each student is emphasized.
- Morality, integrity, respect for authority, and individual responsibility are taught as important qualities of a mature Christian person.
- Students are encouraged to spread the good news of salvation and to support and be involved in mission work.
Forest Lake Christian School strives to maintain an excellent academic program.
A professionally qualified, distinctively Christian staff working with the administration will promote high academic standards for each unique student according to the standards of Colossians 3:23.
The school will strive to maintain a high academic standard through teaching the student the ability to discern Biblical truth from error.
Each student will be assisted in the mastery of fundamental processes such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, mathematics, sciences, and history so that he can function competently and creatively as an ambassador of the Christian world view and as a productive and responsible member of his community (II Corinthians 5:20, Matthew 5:13, and Ephesians 6:30).
The acquisition of good study skills and the desire to work and acquire knowledge at maximum ability will be emphasized.
Forest Lake Christian School believes that each student must develop socially.
- The school attempts to create an understanding of the rights, privileges, and obligations of citizens, along with a genuine love for our country and our Christian heritage.
- The school will help each student accept himself as a unique individual with great dignity and worth because he has been created in the image of God.
- Students will learn that God's order of authority provides stable limits of behavior and also demands love and respect for self and others.
- Students will be equipped to become Christian leaders in order to dedicate their lives to Christian service and impact the world for Christ.
Students are encouraged to develop, nurture, and discipline their bodies because they are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
- Care of one's body begins with the knowledge that mankind was created in the image of God.
- Students will receive balanced teaching on the benefits of physical education, recreational activity, and athletics (I Timothy 4:8).
Core Values define what students should know, be able to do, and understand by the time they graduate from Forest Lake Christian School. Upon graduation, it is our goal that students will be able to integrate Biblical truth into their lives and understand and articulate a Christian Biblical worldview.
Learner – Students will demonstrate academic achievement as evidenced by the ability to:
- master curriculum goals throughout various disciplines and cultivate a healthy appetite for learning;
- apply Christian truths which provide principles for interpreting facts and the study of all subject matter;
- create quality intellectual, artistic, practical, and physical products; and
- research, document, and express thoughts clearly in oral, aural, written and technological communication.
Critical Thinker – Students will demonstrate logical and effective decision-making and communication skills as evidenced by the ability to:
- apply critical thinking skills to solve problems logically and creatively knowing that God is a God of order;
- identify, assess, analyze, integrate, and use available resources and information;
- construct a deductive and inductive line of reasoning from premise and worldview to conclusion;
- write a logical, coherent essay that clearly follows a task, applies the rules of grammar, has a logical structure, and includes support for an opinion.
Self-disciplined Individual – Students will develop and maintain healthy spiritual, physical, mental, and social well being by demonstrating the ability to:
- practice Biblical principles in dealing with others and acting in an ethical and responsible manner;
- exhibit self-discipline and accept individual and group responsibility;
- listen effectively and follow instructions while maintaining a high level of productivity and safety in a variety of environments; and
- develop servant-leadership qualities which will equip them for life and service for Jesus Christ.
One way Christian testimony is evidenced is by our dress in everyday life. We believe that a student who is neat and properly dressed will be a positive influence in the school and will help create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. The purpose of our dress code is to encourage students to dress modestly and neatly.
Students should dress neatly and appropriately. We caution against extreme fads because they often conflict with our dress standards, and may oppose Christian principles. Also, a student should not dress in such an unusual manner that undue attention is drawn to him or her or that the academic atmosphere is disrupted.
Modesty, neatness, cleanliness, appropriateness, and safety are the basic premises upon which the dress code has been developed. It is not meant to imply that certain clothes are good or bad, but that some styles are appropriate for Forest Lake Christian High School and others are not. When students do not meet our dress standards, they will be counseled and the offense corrected before being allowed to return to class. On the second offense, students will be considered unexcused for the time they are out of class. This may include returning home to correct the offense. Further non-compliance will result in additional action by an administrator. The administration reserves the right to make final decisions in all dress code manners.
Guidelines for All Students
- Clothing should be neat, clean, and fit the student well. Oversized clothing, form fitting, or skin tight clothing is not acceptable. Shirts or sweaters with inappropriate writing or pictures such as names of bands, alcoholic beverages, skulls, etc. on the front or back may not be worn to school. Appropriate logos might include sport logos, names of colleges, or biblical themes.
- T-shirts may be worn if they are appropriate and modest. Plain white cotton t-shirts are not allowed. Sports jerseys are not acceptable as school wear, even when worn with undershirts.
- Uniforms, military fatigues, surgical wear, overalls of any style, and trench coats are not allowed.
- Students may wear pants that are clean and neat. Pants with frayed/torn bottoms, knees, pockets, or any other area are not allowed. Cuffing, pinning, taping, or stapling is not permitted as a daily alternative. Pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn above the hips, not on or below the hips. Sweat pants, warm-up suits, or jogging suits are not appropriate wear for school.
- Hats of any variety may not be worn anywhere indoors during schools hours (a "hat" includes all head coverings, i.e., sweatshirt hoods, stocking caps, etc.). Hats may not be worn backwards, sideways, or inside-out at any time on campus or at school activities.
- Shoes are to be worn at all times and laces must be tied.
- Simple jewelry is acceptable. Earrings are allowed for girls, but boys may not wear earrings. Body piercing and tattoos are not allowed. Collars, spikes, chains, etc. may not be worn as jewelry or left dangling from clothes and are NOT permissible at any school function. Sunglasses may not be worn anywhere indoors during school hours.
- Hair dyed in unnatural colors, spiked hair exceeding one-inch in length, and partial or complete shaving of the head is not allowed.
- Walking shorts that are no shorter than four inches above the bent knee and no longer than the bottom of the knee cap are acceptable. Shorts must have pockets, a zippered or buttoned fly and belt loops. Exercise shorts or board shorts are not acceptable.
Each week on Wednesday, students will be attired in "Professional Dress." Girls must wear skirts or dresses that conform to the policies listed in the Girls Dress Code. Boys must wear slacks and a dress shirt with a collar. Knit shirts or jeans of any style, color, or variety are not acceptable Professional Dress for boys.
Girls' Dress Code
Girls should take care that they appear neat and well-groomed. Clothes should be modest, meaning that they should fit well and not be provocative or revealing. The following guidelines are intended to help girls make wise decisions when dressing for school and school-sponsored activities.
- Dresses and skirts will not be tight, nor be shorter than four inches above the bent knee. Slits in dresses or skirts also should not exceed four inches above the knee. A dress or skirt must always be dress code length, even when wearing leggings or tights. Skirts must be worn above the hips, not on or below the hips.
- When determining the style of your blouse, shirt or knit top, bare midriffs, backs, or shoulders are not allowed. Tank tops of any type or style are not allowed. There will be no revealing necklines and no form-fitting or shape enhancing tops that accentuate the bust. See-through fabric is not acceptable. Girls must wear a bra at all times and the back and front necklines are to be well above the normal bra-line. Bras may not be visible through clothing. Shirts need to be buttoned and long enough to stay below the waistband, even when arms are raised above the shoulder. You must be able to "pinch an inch" of fabric without stretching the top to do so.
- Form-fitting clothing made out of stretch material such as Lycra is not acceptable.
- Hairstyles must be natural and practical, not extreme. Subtle highlights are acceptable. Make-up should be neat and appropriately inconspicuous.
- Tight pants are not proper for wear on campus or at any school function, unless they are covered by a top which meets the length requirement for dresses. Of special concern are pants made of knit fabrics. Jerseys, sweat pants, warm-ups, jogging suits, or long underwear worn to show under the skirts, dresses or shirts are not appropriate.
Boys' Dress Code
Boys should take care that they appear neat and well-groomed. FLCS takes the view that sloppy or overly casual dress is not conducive to good work habits. The following are guidelines to proper and appropriate dress for school and school-sponsored activities:
- Knit sport shirts or shirts with collars and sleeves covering the shoulder and upper arm are appropriate school attire. Tank tops or plain white cotton t-shirts are not allowed for external wear; other styles of t-shirts are acceptable if neat, appropriate and clean. Shirts that are excessively long (anything longer than the bottom of the back pockets on a fitted pair of pants) must be tucked in.
- Shirts or sweaters with inappropriate writing, pictures or advertising may not be worn to school. Appropriate logos might include names of colleges, sport logos, or biblical themes.
- The general principles of neatness and simplicity should govern hairstyles. Hair should be clean and practical, not extreme. It should be cut to the general contour of the head and be kept trimmed and combed. Hair should be of conservative length, off of the collar, ears and eyebrows. Partially or completely shaved heads are not allowed. The only hair color allowed is that which is natural to you. NO highlighting is allowed!
- Faces are to be clean shaven. Sideburns may not extend below the earlobe.