Educational Philosophy

First and foremost, we are a school – a Christ‐centered educational community in pursuit of truth, wisdom and knowledge with a focus on preparation for higher education.

As a Christian school, we are an extension of Christ’s church and the Christian home. Christian schools are stronger and wiser in partnership with the Christian home and local churches. At LRCA, we refer to this partnership as the golden triangle. It is the responsibility of the golden triangle to challenge students to maturity as Jesus, Himself, was challenged: “and Jesus grew in stature and wisdom and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52)

The primary agents of instruction are parents assisted by professional servant educators who know Christ intimately.

A strong education balances the artistic, athletic and academic pursuits to the glory of God and liberates all to serve others wholeheartedly.

An educational experience is void without the love of Christ demonstrated in authentic community and service. Love always considers the best interest of the other.

Not everyone learns in the same way, nor do all have the same ability. Accordingly, we aim to maximize challenge, maximize support and maximize potential of those we admit through selective admissions based on our mission and strategic goals and those students to whom we annually commit.

IN TERMS OF OUR PHILOSOPHY OF LEARNING, WE BELIEVE:

  • Learning is a relentless lifelong pursuit.

  • Every student’s potential can be maximized to the glory of God.

  • Research informs our practice/methodologies.

  • There is a core knowledge base that is essential to master in order to be fully educated. This content base should be incrementally acquired and meaningfully understood via effective teaching practices. Beyond the core, critical‐thinking skills are an intentional overlay of our curriculum.

A well-designed curriculum, effective teaching methods and an attitude of life-long learning add up to an transformative educational experience.

A CULTURE OF LEARNING AT LITTLE ROCK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IS NURTURED BY THE FOLLOWING EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES:

  • Thinking in Christian categories

  • Danielson's "Frameworks for Teaching"

  • Collective Leadership - horizontal patterns of accountability, leadership and contribution 

  • The "Workshop Model"

  • The Harkness Model

PORTRAIT OF A PREFERRED LRCA GRADUATE

"Begin with the End in Mind" - Stephen Covey

The Little Rock Christian Board of Trust developed the graduate profile to describe the ideal graduate. With Christ as the foundation, we pray and work toward our graduate leaving with:

  • An authentic faith in Christ exhibited by loving and joyfully serving Him and others. (Luke 10:27)

  • A Biblical WorldView that discerns truth; able to engage society effectively. (Hebrews 5:14)

  • The necessary skills and accompanying discipline to become a life-long learner; able to flourish in a collegiate setting and subsequent vocation. (Hebrews 6:1)

  • A desire to pursue healthy, Christ-centered relationships. (2 Timothy 2:22b)

  • The moral fiber to persevere through life with integrity and wisdom. (Psalm 1)

 

"Faith should not be lifted up at the expense of intellect and intellect should not be exalted over faith. Faith and intellect should have the freedom and opportunity to grow and excel together - at the same time, in the same place." - Dr. Gary Arnold