RCLS is a school grounded in GRACE, formed in FAITH, and committed to learning for LIFE. RCLS was established as an Association school in 1959. Its sole purpose is to provide Christian education for its students. Education of a child is best carried out when the whole child is educated, and spiritual education touches every area of the child’s existence. RCLS is an extension of the mission and ministry of our four local congregations (Grace, Holy Cross, Trinity and Family of Christ). Based on this philosophy the following statements are presented.
WE BELIEVE in the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teach that –
- God the Father created us and all things.
- God the Son redeemed us from sin.
- God the Holy Spirit brings us to faith in Jesus Christ and keeps us in the saving faith.
that God specifically commands Christian education in the Scriptures.
“And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children.” Deuteronomy 6: 6-7
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20WE BELIEVE
that the spiritual growth of our students is the greatest importance. Individuals who know their Savior will also have a better attitude for structured educational growth. Students well grounded in the basic subjects make the best citizens for the nation and for God’s kingdom.
We also stress that responsible citizenship is a response to God’s free gift of forgiveness in our life. All students are encouraged to discover the good works that our Lord has prepared for them. St. Paul says in Ephesians 2:10
, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”WE BELIEVE
that with the help of the organized church on earth, Christian parents will identify themselves as primary examples in the Christian training of their children.WE BELIEVE
that learning is a complex process based on the integration of instruction, children’s own thinking and their experiences in the world. Students learn best in an atmosphere where they are loved, respected, and socially accepted. The learning process must be appropriate to the children’s ages as well as give attention to the needs and differences of the individual.WE BELIEVE
the role of the Christian teacher is one of leadership both in spirituality and the learning process in the classroom, church, and community. This occurs daily in all subject areas, preparing children to serve God and people as a personal and life long goal (Matthew 28:20
). Christian teachers will also use their spiritual leadership weekly in their congregation, and frequently in the community as they witness to their Lord. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
WE BELIEVE that the Word of God places the primary responsibility of Christian education directly into the hands of Christian parents (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7
). Therefore, the role of RCLS is to assist parents in providing opportunities for children to learn of their present Savior and to prepare children for the present life and for eternity.
Rochester Central Lutheran School is dedicated to nurturing students who are members of our Association congregations, members of other Christian churches, and who belong to unchurched families. We believe that Christ has died for all people so that by faith in Him we are His children in one family. Each child is viewed as a unique child of God, with whose spiritual welfare, talents, potential, and growth the Father is intensely concerned.
This philosophy shall shape and direct all policies and programs of RCLS.