Asheville Christian Academy is committed to the application of God's revelation in every area of life and thought (Col. 1:15, 16). We believe that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 1:7) and that, consequently, man does not see any dimension of life accurately apart from the grace and knowledge of God. Therefore, the essence of Christian education is to set the relationship between the knowledge of God and that of His creation in its right order: an acknowledgement of God is essential to a sound and accurate knowledge of life and the world (Hosea 14:9; Matt. 7:24; John 17:3).
Just as there is no right knowledge apart from the knowledge of God (Rom. 1:21,22), there is no right knowledge of God or of truth apart from His Word, which is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. The Word of God is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Matt. 24:35). In the Bible, God speaks that truth which is necessary to a sound and accurate knowledge of life and the world (I Cor. 2:1-15). All academic disciplines, programs, and activities must be in submission to the Scriptures. No teaching, theory, policy, or practice which contradicts the teaching of Scripture may be presented as true, practical, or expedient (2 Cor. 10:5).
The Christian school must not be content simply to avoid error. The Bible calls believing man to exercise dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28). Therefore, wherever a biblical perspective has been either lost or left undeveloped, a positive reconstruction and ordering of human knowledge and learning must be undertaken to bring the academic subject matter into conformity with the teachings of Scripture. Christian education is thus basically revisionist in its perspective - revision toward a Christian world and life view.
At the same time, the Christian school must view the world in all of its complexity. No part of creation may be overlooked in the believer's exercise of dominion (Rom. 8:20, 21; I Cor. 15). It was the whole man who fell into sin, becoming wholly defiled in every faculty and part of soul and body, and it is the whole man that needs to be redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:23; Heb. 9:12; 2 Thes. 5:23). Christian education, therefore, also must be concerned with the training of the whole child and the study of his whole world.
Asheville Christian Academy seeks to minister to the intellectual, physical, spiritual and social needs of its students (Luke 2:52). Recognizing that the primary responsibility for the education of children rests with their parents (Eph. 6:4), the school seeks to work closely with the Christian home to inculcate in students standards for life and learning that are consistent with the Scriptures and which result in Christ-like character. Its purpose is to provide a day school program for boys and girls from the local Christian community. Due to its biblical distinctives, the Academy will enroll only families who are professing Christians and whose lifestyle testifies to a serious commitment to the Christian faith (Deut 4:9-10). In fact, the Academy expects each family to outwardly manifest a commitment to Christ through its personal and family practices and standards (Prov. 4:20-27; Col 3:1-4).
In addition, the school purposes to provide, in conformity with the Scriptures and the By-Laws of the Corporation, academic instruction of high quality so that students may be prepared to exercise responsibility in the home, church, state, and all other spheres of life to the glory of God. The means of accomplishing this is found in hiring and maintaining a faculty and support staff who are committed to Christ and who have a deep understanding of biblical integration. By the direct teaching and godly examples of faculty, students will be encouraged to live exemplary and Christ-like lives (Luke 6:40) in concert with their Christian home.
Asheville Christian Academy is open to students who support its standards, and who have at least one parent or guardian who enthusiastically supports these standards in the home. Students who are accepted for enrollment are expected to be cooperative, obedient, well-mannered, and positive toward the school and its distinctives.
The Academy is committed to a policy of non-discrimination (Gal. 3:28). Students of any race, color, or national and ethnic origin are admitted to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the school. The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in its administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs. Consistent with the philosophy stated above, we believe this policy to be consistent with, and mandated by, the clear teaching of the Scriptures (James 2:1-9).