MISSION & VISION
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
– Luke 2:52
Academic excellence is being pursued in an environment that nurtures love for learning and recognizes the unique learning styles of each student. Biblical principles are integrated into each subject area, preparing learners to become great thinkers who will contribute to the betterment of society and — most especially — become committed followers of Christ.
Christian character formation begins with helping children understand their need for salvation in Christ and submitting to His Lordship in their lives. The school desires to instill Christian self-governance (i.e., the ability to govern oneself under God) among its learners.
Christian leadership is all about serving others out of love for God and people, and a leader must be someone who is both virtuous and competent to accomplish tasks. The school endeavors to cultivate the learners’ leadership skills by providing opportunities for them to serve in school, church, and their communities; thus preparing them for greater works of service.
Life Academy International (LAI) is committed to producing graduates who possess Christ-like qualities and demonstrate love, integrity, faith, and excellence in all areas of their lives.
LOVE. Every student is expected to love God above all, to love others as themselves, and to care for all creation. A student who loves God has the desire to please Him in his/her words, thoughts, and deeds; and is filled with the Spirit manifesting its fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Students who love others are those who are committed to their own and others’ spiritual growth, helping each other become better people.
INTEGRITY. Every student is expected to make decisions that please God, to be morally upright, and to behave consistently according to his/her faith and values based on the Bible regardless of popular beliefs, peer pressure, or worldly temptations.
FAITH. Every student is expected to know, believe, and live according to the Truth. He/she trusts and obeys God in all circumstances and possesses God-confidence.
EXCELLENCE. Every student is expected to be and do his/her best in all his/her endeavors; to maximize God’s gifts for the glory of God and for the common good; and to consistently produce exemplary and quality work.
The members of the school board, administrators, teachers, and staff of Life Academy International (LAI) adhere to the following components as part of LAI’s Educational Philosophy:
The Bible is God’s Word, the written Word, and our manual for living. It is the complete book that guides and educates us to go through life successfully according to the original design of our Creator. The Apostle Paul explains in 2 Timothy 3:16–17 that:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
A. Genesis 1:28
“God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”
God created man in His own image. This means that man reflects God in all qualities of his personality including, but not limited to, moral, intellectual and emotional capacities, aesthetic sensibility, and social inclinations.
Man disobeyed God, and God’s image in man was destroyed. Voluntary fellowship with Him was the reason God created man. This is not a forced fellowship. Through Satan’s deception, man chose to go against God, therefore rebelling against God. This fall of man brought all of God’s creation under the dominion of sin.
God has sent Jesus Christ, His only begotten son, to redeem mankind by His death on the cross. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, the living Word. All things were created by Him, through Him, and for Him. His incarnation serves as our role model for our being, learning, teaching, leading, and living.
With God’s redemptive plan also comes the sanctification of those called for His purpose. As such, the classroom is also regarded as a means for teachers to disciple learners who are seen as future disciplers of the next generation. In discipleship, teachers (who act as second parents, role models, motivators, and facilitators of learning) are given the chance to integrate biblical teaching in and out of their classrooms through their daily lessons and activities for learners to have a deeper knowledge of God and his teachings.
Christian schools are extensions of the home and the church. Since God has commanded these two institutions in the Scriptures to educate, Life Academy International (LAI) has a Biblical mandate to do the same. As an extension of the church, we have the responsibility, not to just educate, but to evangelize as well. This is evident in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19):
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The best pedagogy is a combination of directed and collaborative learning. The child has to be directed in his/her learning at an early age, and be given more independence as the child matures and develops the foundational skills of independent learners. The child learns through active collaboration and leadership training, with the integration of Biblical principles and modern technology. Throughout this development, experiential learning like interactions, inquiry-based, and learning by doing techniques will be used.
The school helps facilitate, provide opportunities for, and cooperates with the families in the teaching, training, and socialization of the child in a family-friendly and supportive environment in order to build the foundations for the child to become independent and self-directed in learning. Included in these foundations are skills in Numeracy, Literacy, Thinking, and Speaking.
The child/learner is uniquely gifted by God and possesses great potential and God-given purpose. He/she has to be holistically honed to assume responsibility for his/her own learning and become proactive contributors to the world.
- Spiritual — We disciple and mentor students through discipleship groups and accountability partners, to love God and others, to grow towards Christ-likeness, and to develop a lifestyle of prayer, faithfulness, God-confidence, and God-dependence.
- Mental — We develop students to become academic achievers and lifelong learners, and to have grit and resilience.
- Physical — We develop students who take care of their overall well-being, who strive to be fit for Christ and be ready for service.
- Character — Forming Christian character begins with helping students understand their need for salvation in Christ and submitting to His Lordship in their lives. One important virtue that the school desires to instill among its students is Christian self-government or the ability to govern oneself under God.
- Family — Family is the primary socializing institution of the child, and the parents have the God-given responsibility of teaching and training them. Parents are the primary shaper of the child’s future and the partners of the school in effecting learning of the child.
Approaches to teaching and learning are made with a growth mindset, with the idea that intelligence and the ability to learn can be developed and not fixed. This enables our students to grow and become deeper learners. Teachers help each student grow and believe that all students can succeed by applying the concepts of “Not Yet,” Work in Progress, Effort, and Intrinsic Motivation.