The strategic values and objectives of the International Christian School of Cascais
Our mission is to assist families by providing quality education based on Biblical principles that inspire academic, social, physical, and spiritual growth.
Our vision is to make Christ-like disciples who are developing their intellectual potential, spiritual maturity, emotional well-being and physical strength, through high academic, spiritual and character standards, in order to positively impact their world for Christ.
We believe that man inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God and he is in need of salvation which he is totally unable to effect. (Gen. 1:26,27; Rom. 3:22,23; 5:10-19; Eph. 2:1-3,12)
We BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.
We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal physical resurrection from the dead.
We believe in His future return to earth from heaven. (John 1:1-3; 1:29; 3:16; Luke 24:36-43; John 14:1-3; I Thess. 4:13-18) We BELIEVE that salvation is a gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His death for sin.
We BELIEVE in one God, eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are distinct in function and activity but equal in being, power and glory. (Matt. 28:19; John 6:27; Heb. 1:8; Acts 5:3,4)
We BELIEVE the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in faith, life and practice. (II Tim. 3:16,17; I Peter 1:21)
We BELIEVE that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, "each after its own kind", by a direct act and not by the process of evolution. (Gen. 1:2; Col. 1:16,17; John 1:3)
We BELIEVE that man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God but that he sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity.
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.
The educational philosophy of ICSC is based upon belief in a personal God who has revealed the truth in His world and in His Word. 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, he has decided to forfeit his privileged position under God and over creation. 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 Christian world view, and to encourage them to seek to fulfill God’s will for their lives.
The primary responsibility for this education lies with the students’ parents. Partnering with parents, ICSC focuses on the avenue of school education, guiding students in the discovery and understanding of truth.
The participants in the process are willing students, involved parents, well-trained, mature Christian teachers, and God, who enables each one to know, understand, and apply truth to their experience.
Our process demands a recognition and acknowledgement of objective truth, an understanding of a multiplicity of learning styles, needs, and abilities, and a proper understanding of the nature and limitations of knowledge. All these factors are integrated throughout our curriculum, teaching methods, and relationships. The result is the laying of a biblical foundation for our students, enabling them to think intelligently, act responsibly, and have compassion towards others. These students will become individuals who can lead tomorrow’s world most effectively.