What We Believe1

Our Philosophy

Core Principles
 
In order to fulfill the School’s Vision, Southwest Christian High School assumes the following three principles:
  1. The Bible is the basis of all knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, and pertains to every realm of life and thought (Proverbs 1:2-7). Therefore, the Bible is the basis for all true education. Only by learning the Bible itself, and seeing the world through its lens, will students learn and teachers educate as God intended.

  2. The purpose of the creation is to reveal and glorify God (Romans 1:20, Psalm 145:10). Therefore, the purpose of education, which studies the creation, is to reveal and glorify God.

  3. God is fully revealed and glorified by the creation only in Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:17-20, I Corinthians 2:10-14, II Corinthians 3:14). Therefore, education will only fulfill its purpose when students and teachers place the Lord Jesus Christ at the center of learning and teaching, and rely upon the Holy Spirit to illuminate the meaning of the creation they study. Putting Jesus Christ at the center impacts both the content of the curriculum and the method by which it is taught and learned. This is why education should be Christian.

Distinctives
 
The principles and values of Southwest Christian High School distinguish it from many other schools, both public and private, in the following ways:
 
  • Because the Bible is the basis for all education, SWCHS trains staff, students, and their families to study it responsibly and to observe the world through its lens. 

  • Because education was meant to glorify and reveal God, Southwest challenges its staff, students, and their families to discover God and His purposes in every area of life and thought – curricular and extra-curricular, related or apparently unrelated to church and daily devotions.

  • Because faith in Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, is the center of education, SWCHS nurtures true Christian faith in its staff, students, and their families.

  • Because a humble and faith-filled heart is a necessary key to God’s guidance in education, Southwest exhorts its staff, students, and their families to respond to God with a genuine willingness to follow Him in any way that He leads.

  • Because learning depends so heavily upon the character of the teacher and learner, SWCHS expects its students, staff, and families to live according to God’s standards of personal integrity.

  • Because God requires wholehearted excellence in everything, Southwest provides a rigorous academic, athletic, and artistic program that demands excellence.

  • Because a Christian school is an assistant to born-again parents and local churches, SWCHS partners with parents to "train a child in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6) and with local churches to "command and teach these things" (I Timothy 4:11-16).