Academic Philosophy of Education
Greater Boston Academy was founded on the belief that God created humanity and is vitally interested in the destiny of that creation. As a PreK-8th grade Christian educational institution, we operate with the intention to pursue the development of the mental, physical, spiritual and social powers instilled in us at creation. We believe the Creator continues to be vitally interested in the destiny of all people, in the biblical record of creation, the account of the fall of man, and the subsequent plan of redemption.
We also believe in the biblical teaching that God, in His love for humanity, has freely provided a Savior in Christ Jesus His Son, and that God desires all people to obtain this free salvation and live eternally. We believe in the scriptural teaching that it is essential that we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior in order to obtain eternal life.
Since the word of God teaches that there are only two possible destinies open to humanity – eternal life or eternal death – the faculty and staff of this institution actively attempts to influence all who enter its doors to choose eternal life as their destiny and to develop a character that will have the approval of their Creator and Redeemer. It is the purpose of Christian education to restore in humanity the image of its Creator.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America operates a system of elementary and secondary education that began in 1872. The Church’s unique philosophy of Christian education is based on the Scriptures and the writings of Ellen G. White.
Stimulate moral development.
Encourage intelligent individual choices.
Meet traditional standards of literacy, numeracy and civic understanding.
Emphasize self-discipline, goal setting, and achievement.
Recognize and encourage individual potential and talents.
Develop analytical reasoning.
Stimulate intellectual curiosity and creativity.
Cultivate an appreciation for the arts and natural world.
Prepare students for further education or independent living.
Promote a healthful life-style.
Nurture self-esteem and dignity.
Develop a respect for the talents and uniqueness of others.
Promote service for others.