PHILOSOPHY AND DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
The purpose of Regents School is to operate a school that will closely adhere to, and do nothing in conflict with, the Mission, Philosophy, Objectives and Doctrinal Statement set out in this Article II of these Bylaws.
The mission of Regents School is to provide a classical and Christian education, founded upon and informed by a Christian worldview, that equips students to know, love and practice that which is true, good and beautiful, and challenges them to strive for excellence as they live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and man.
Regents School is a classical and Christian school.
By classical we mean:
- It follows the methodology of the Trivium, seeking to identify appropriate analogies of grammar, dialectic and rhetoric in all subjects and to teach all subjects in a manner consistent with the appropriate stage of development of the child.
- It understands the term "classical education" in the context of the classical search for wisdom and virtue through the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty.
- It emphasizes and seeks to preserve and pass to successive generations the richness of our Western cultural heritage.
By Christian we mean:
- All knowledge is made complete only when seen and understood in relation to the eternal glory and purposes of the triune God.
- Each aspect of our educational endeavor is founded upon and informed by a thoroughly biblical worldview.
- All subjects are taught as part of a unified, integrated whole that demonstrates God's character and glory as revealed through creation, providence and Scripture.
Education is inherently value-laden. A classical, Christian education is essentially a Christian liberal education - an education for Christians that prepares them to be free Christian men and women for service in God's kingdom. Therefore, we seek to offer an education that: 1) is both rich and challenging for the academically gifted students and at the same time accessible to those students God has gifted with "average" academic ability; 2) recognizes that all truth, goodness, and beauty consist in and proceed from the holiness and eternal majesty of God and are divine absolutes. We reject any subjective relativism that the secular world may assign to any of these; and 3) is designed to develop Biblical wisdom and Christian virtue by equipping students to know, love and practice that which is true, good, and beautiful.
Regents School recognizes that God has established spheres of earthly authority including the family. He has entrusted specifically to parents the responsibility to educate their children. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Ephesians 6:4). Therefore, Regents School is established to operate as an extension of the family to cooperatively assist parents to carry out their God-given educational duty (in loco parentis - in the place of the parent) by providing the particular type of Christian education outlined in these Bylaws.
Education at Regents School is inherently different from secular education in philosophy, pedagogy and content. Regents School recognizes that God has entrusted parents with the responsibility to educate their children, and therefore operates as an extension of the family in a cooperative educational partnership. At all its levels, programs and teachings, Regents School seeks to:
- Teach all subjects as parts of an integrated whole with the Scripture as the center (II Timothy 3:16-17).
- Emphasize grammar, logic and rhetoric in all subjects.
- Provide a clear model of biblical Christian life through its staff and board (Matthew 22:37-40). To this end, Regents School shall only employ teachers and staff that have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, exhibit godly character qualities, and live a lifestyle consistent with biblical teaching (including, without limitation, being monogamous in the context of a heterosexual marriage or celibate).
- Provide an atmosphere where Board, parents, staff and students live out their lives Coram Deo (before the face of God, under the authority of God and to the glory of God) to accomplish these Objectives.
- Encourage each student to begin and develop his relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
- Encourage each student to understand the biblical concept of God's gifting and calling upon his life, to faithfully pursue them for God's glory and live a life of faithfulness to God.
- Encourage each student to develop a love for learning and to achieve his academic potential.
- Equip each student to shape his life and the culture according to the priorities of the kingdom of God.
- Equip each student with the tools of learning to the end that they will become lifelong learners.
- Engage freely in all lawful activities and efforts that are consistent with the foregoing, including the solicitation of grants and contributions that may reasonably be intended or expected to promote and advance the Purpose, Mission, Philosophy, Objectives and Doctrinal Statement stated in this Article II.
- We believe in one God, Creator of the universe, eternally existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Triune God has created man in His own image and has called him to manifest and reflect holiness through obedience to His commandments. Because man has woefully fallen in this responsibility and entered into a state of moral corruption, he has subsequently become estranged from his Creator.
- We believe that because of a profound love for His creation, God has initiated a plan of redemption that He has accomplished on behalf of His people in the realm of temporal history. The apex of this redemption is found in the historical incarnation of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. We confess Jesus to be the Messiah of Old Testament prophecy, being at the same time fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and He lived a sinless life of perfect obedience. He was crucified as a substitutionary atonement for sinners. He was raised from the dead on the third day and is sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding on behalf of His people.
- We believe that we receive salvation from the penalty of sin and the just wrath of God by grace alone, through faith alone, on the merit of Christ alone.
- We believe that the risen and ascended Christ has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of His people, effecting their regeneration and operating in their sanctification to enable them to live Godly lives.
- We believe that the Bible in its entirety, being the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which are Genesis through Malachi and Matthew through Revelation respectively, is divine revelation. We submit to its authority, acknowledging it to be inerrantly inspired by God and carrying the full weight of His authority.
- We believe in the Lordship of Christ over all of life. We believe that God's commandments are relevant and necessary to our present culture and that our faith should be visible in concrete models of personal and social behavior. We seek to be faithful disciples of Christ, pursuing our callings in love and obedience until He comes again to consummate His kingdom.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: They that are saved, to the resurrection of life and eternal joy, and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation.
Board members, administration, faculty, coaches and other instructional personnel of Regents School, whether full-time, part-time or volunteer, must subscribe to the above Purpose, Mission, Philosophy, Objectives and Doctrinal Statement, evidenced by their signing a statement of agreement with this Article II annually.