This October our curriculum focus has been on our High School Bible classes. As a Christ-centered school, our foundational purpose is building up our students in their faith through a thorough understanding of God’s word, His work in church history, and our place of service in His Kingdom. For the first two years of High School, students are required to take a year of New Testament Studies and Old Testament Studies. This two-year program provides a comprehensive survey of both the Old and New Testaments.
This year begins a new academic and service focus for the junior and senior level classes. Juniors will be taking the entire year to study the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. This emphasis on studying the early church will prepare them for their senior year of taking Christian Service and Church History. This new course will focus on the early church through the Reformation, including exploration of the origins for the Anabaptist movement from which our own roots as a school are found. Seeing God move through His people in history is so crucial for young believers. As they see how God continues to work in each generation our prayer is that they discover their place in His plan.
Seniors are required to take a Christian Service class. This year we will explore the Bible and take a look at God’s heart for the oppressed. This class focuses on God’s calling to each member of His Church to demonstrate His love and care by helping those on the fringe of society. Therefore, each senior selects a specific service focus and builds a program of support around that cause/need. Each Senior has a mentor in that ministry or social outreach that helps them craft a way they can impact with their passion for helping those they serve. Our seniors are required to serve this cause and then report back in the spring in the form of a presentation to parents and visitors what they learned. We believe this project born out of their passion for serving Christ is the capstone of the education they have received at Western.