The philosophy of the International Christian School of Cascais, is based on a God-centered view that all truth is God’s truth, and that the Bible is inspired and the only infallible authoritative Word of God that contains this truth, God created all things and sustains all things. ( Col. 1:15-18) Therefore, the universe and humanity are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him ( Romans 1:18-20) Study and understanding of His world teaches man to honor him as Creator. Man was uniquely created in God’s image but by nature and choice has forfeited his privileged position under God and over creation. Because humans are sinners by nature they cannot glorify God or know God. (Romans 3:23). A person can do this only by responding to God’s free Lordship of Jesus Christ. Study and understanding of His Word teaches man how to be restored in his relationship with his creator. Then a clear understanding of the unity, significance, and purpose of truth and knowledge is possible.
Therefore, one of the purposes of education at ICSC is to lead students to be restored in their relationship with God, to train them to think from a Biblical worldview, and encourage them to seek to fulfill God’s will for their lives. Our aim socially is to provide students with a Christian perspective on life from which a proper understanding and acceptance of one’s role in the home, school, at play, and work will be grounded in the Christian concept of love.
This philosophy inspires us to promote high academic standards, while helping students to achieve skills in creativity and critical thinking. The objective of our instructional program is to enable students to pursue the post-secondary education of their choice.
Our responsibility for the student encompasses the spiritual, mental, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional areas. These are inseparable, and through them runs the thread of the spiritual. Therefore, it must be our aim to shun the tendency to teach Bible compartmentally or on the intellectual level alone – the scarlet thread of spiritual principles must be inter-woven by scriptural principles.
The participants in this dynamic process are willing students, a well-trained mature Christian teacher, parents, and God who enables us to know, understand, and apply truth to our experiences.
The prerogative of this education lies with the parents. As a partner with the parents, ICSC focuses on guiding students in the discovery and understanding of truth. It is apparent then, that the types of activities we employ or permit in the classroom or school program will either facilitate or militate against our Christian Philosophy.
When all these factors are integrated throughout our curriculum, teaching methods, and relationships, the result is a biblical foundation which has been laid for our students to think intelligently, act responsibly, and have compassion towards others. These will become those who can lead tomorrow’s world most effectively.