Portrait of an ICA Graduate
All schools, including ICA, proclaim goals of developing college preparatory skills as well as a certain level of fundamental life skills. Understandably, the portrait of an 18 year-old’s character, work ethic, or academic prowess is far from being complete, knowing that one’s mind, heart, and overall maturity continues over a lifetime. Scripture provides insight in that even Jesus matured in four areas as described in Luke 2:52. This holistic scriptural maturity paradigm provides a balanced picture, or portrait, for all of us to contemplate. Indeed, the maturity cycle does not end when one receives a diploma, however, there are foundational training strategies that certainly increase the probability of a child internalizing a desired belief system; developing learning habits; and, genuinely living out a Christ-like character trait. Although the primary molder of these “portraits” are the parents, the school’s influence plays a significant part. Thus, what does the school aspire to produce? It is our prayer, that our students graduate ICA with the following foundational desired outcomes–Portrait of an ICA Graduate:
- To fear and respect God (Psalm 33:8) understanding that this is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10) and that one’s true identity is secure in Christ (Col. 2:9-10). They also continue to develop a balance and arduous spiritual growth plan as portrayed in Luke 2:52 (to grow in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and with man as Jesus did) so they learn to think as a mature believer (1 Cor. 14:20), mature as a Christ- follower and acquire discernment (Hebrews 5:14).
- To practice a strong work ethic coupled with an eternal perspective (Col 3:23) devoting themselves to the work that God has prepared for them (Eph. 2:10). Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (To God be the Greater Glory) becomes central to their daily work and service. It is The ICA Code of Honor that intrinsically unifies all ICA stakeholders in all areas of the Portrait of an ICA Graduate.
- To embark upon and seek to continue a rigorous intellectual path understanding the importance of developing the mind. Their training prepares them to engage their culture with biblically-sound thoughts, ideas and truth (II Cor. 10:5). They are prepared to give a defense for the hope that lies within them (1 Peter 3:15).
- To embrace the creative nature of God (Genesis 1:1, Eph. 2:10) and seek to appreciate a wide variety of disciplines of study associated with a strong liberal arts education as the foundation to enter the discussion on the great questions of life (Acts 17). This would be characterized by proven writing, thinking, and synthesis skills as well as demonstrated mastery of academic objectives in the humanities (literature and history), mathematics, sciences, and Christian doctrine. The study of God’s Word and the pursuit of understanding the entire narrative describing the Creation, Fall and Redemption story assist in developing an authentic biblical worldview while developing the life habit of taking every thought captive (II Cor. 10:5).
- To have a “big picture perspective” of the world and to demonstrate the love and attitude of Christ Jesus to all people. This attitude would be characterized by selflessness, humility, and servanthood (Phil. 2:2-11) and a lifestyle of obedience to seeking first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).