Shepherd Christian School

California Based Private School Satellite Program

Philosophy of Education

We believe parents have a God-given responsibility to properly direct the needs of their children spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically (Deut. 6:6-9, 11:19, Prov. 22:6, Eph. 6:4). It is their right under God and under the Constitution of the United States to choose the best method of providing for each of these needs, including their child’s formal education.

In the home environment, parents are able to tailor each child’s academic program to meet his individual needs and learning style while providing the most effective teaching method – one-to-one tutoring. With this method, parents can continuously monitor each child’s pace in each subject, without stressful competition or unnecessary pressure. The flexibility of the homeschool environment allows for and encourages learning through creative exploration and natural discovery, which builds self-confidence and individual thinking rather than peer dependence. With flexible scheduling and efficient use of time, the homeschooled child can take advantage of many extra-curricular enrichment experiences to develop his full academic potential. Home education also encourages valuable social interaction with people of all ages, in the home and in the community. This helps the child to learn to relate well to people outside his own peer group, thus enhancing healthy social development.

Above all, by educating their children at home, parents are able to provide the Biblical teaching that will allow them to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and to pursue godliness of character and action (2 Tim. 3:15-17). A loving family environment can provide the nurturing necessary to promote traditional morals, Christian values, patriotism, and a Christian worldview, enabling children to lead God-honoring, fruitful lives.

We believe parents who choose to home educate have a deep responsibility to the Lord and to their children to exercise all diligence and wisdom in their efforts (Col. 3:23-24), knowing they will ultimately answer to the authority of the Almighty God. We also believe parents whom the Lord convicts to home educate for His glory have the God-given ability to do so, as they trust and rely on His daily provision and guidance (Matt. 6:33).