Doing School Differently!
We are delighted that you are interested in Impact Christian Academy where we do school “Differently”. While some may perceive that a private Christian school is a proverbial bubble isolating students from the “real world,” ICA takes seriously the biblical charge to “take captive every thought, to make it obedient to Christ,” and we share the philosophy with C.S. Lewis, that it is better to “irrigate the deserts” by training students to be discerning and shrewd in their dealings with the world. It is the same training method that Jesus used with His own disciples.
Jesus sent out His twelve into the world with this statement:
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
The Christian community has focused on the second part of that charge — teaching our students to be as innocent as doves — to avoid being stained by the world. In the past, the first part of this charge has been overlooked, much to the detriment of students. Study after study confirms that Christian students are walking away from their faith as they leave the comforts and confines of home, and enter into the “brave new world” on the college campus.
At least 75 percent (some say as high as 90 percent) of students are ill-equipped for the challenges to their faith they will encounter from friends, professors and the world at-large.
Like the famous Dylan Thomas poem, we prepare students not to go gently into that good night — and to do that we have developed a myriad of opportunities that produce conflict, stimulate critical thinking, and equip students and their families to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (2 Cor. 10:5). As Isaac Ambrose once wrote, “… you have arduous work allotted to you, and you have neither time nor talent to throw away.”
At ICA, we take this charge seriously to prepare and equip our students for the challenges and opportunities that await them. This intentional effort is what makes Impact Christian Academy “DISTINCTIVE”.
Throughout our website you will find information as to what really makes ICA “distinctive.” From our mission statement to ministry opportunities, we hope that you will spend some time and see that ICA is serious about being more than just a haven from a world system that stands in opposition to biblical truth — we are also a training facility, a springboard, and a resource to help raise up a new generation of godly young men and women, while strengthening families on their journey. In the classic C.S. Lewis tale, “The Last Battle,” Lord Digory responds to Lucy’s impression that everything seemed so “different” than before. His response was, “And of course it is different; as different as a real thing is from a shadow or as waking life is from a dream.”
The differences at ICA are intentional and profound — and we hope you find that they are exactly what you are looking for in an educational environment to help you train up your children in the way they should go!
You can explore some of ICA’s differences by clicking the tabs below:
BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW INTEGRATION
The truths of God’s Holy Word will be woven into every class at every level at ICA, not just in chapel and Bible class.
ICA will put an emphasis on character training, using the ICA Code of Honor. The Code of Honor exists for one purpose: Ad Majoren Dei Gloriam meaning, “To the Greater Glory of God.” This is the standard of excellence by which we must all conduct ourselves to be a light to the world.
Students in Elementary, Middle School, and High School will be involved in mission trips and service projects. Older students will serve as mentors and models for the younger students through the Adopt-An-Athlete, Reading Buddies and Missions Partner programs.
ICA is founded on the philosophy of Kingdom Education, which focuses on the partnership between the home, school and church. This philosophy sets ICA apart as a biblical worldview training model for the next generation.
Teachers and administrators will focus on the needs and potential of each student rather than preparing the students for state-mandated testing.
SPECTRUM OF LEARNERS
Students will be offered the option of demonstrating mastery in a variety of ways rather than only through written tests. ICA will reach many levels of learners… from those below grade level, on grade level or above, to those ready for the rigor and challenge of Advanced Placement courses.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
High School students who choose to participate in our Student Leadership program will be given the opportunity to examine cultural issues they will encounter in college and beyond. Our Student Leadership Program will be an intentional leadership development plan that is designed to teach students to think critically, serve humbly, and define, discuss and defend their positions when confronted with opposing opinions.
Our athletic philosophy is based on preparing student athletes to go out into the world and be game-changers. Coaches will mentor and encourage students to be good stewards of the gifts and talents God has given them.
Tuition assistance will be based on qualified need, calculated by an outside approved firm and distributed as available from year to year.
ICA is committed to fostering an atmosphere of balance. Academic excellence will be achieved with deliberate attention to homework relevancy and purpose, with individual tutoring provided by ICA faculty. ICA students will be able to participate in co-curricular areas while they excel in academics.
Small-group settings will allow for more focused personal training than larger groups can provide. Following the example of Jesus and his twelve disciples, ICA will have small-group training opportunities at every grade level. Students in grade six and up will have Advisory Group sessions following their weekly chapels. Lower school students will benefit from programs designed by their teachers to meet their needs with a dedicated time of small-group discipleship as well as a weekly Bible study following their chapel program.