Our StoneBridge Heritage
Heritage defined: noun, [F. from the root of heir]. Inheritance; an estate that passes from an ancestor to an heir. In Scripture, the people of God are called His heritage claimed by Him and objects of His special care.
- Webster's 1828 Dictionary
The Heritage of the Past is the Seed That Brings Forth the Harvest of the Future
Throughout the "envisioning years" at StoneBridge, a unique heritage has evolved, one that grew out of the founders' understanding of the principles of Christian education and the Christian idea of man and government -- a heritage all StoneBridge members have come to expect for our children, and now our grandchildren. It is a heritage that descends from our Heavenly Father and His Divine Word and is passed from generation to generation, as we practice its principles in everyday living. Our educational heritage is really a way of life, a reflection of Christ in individuals, in academic subjects, in policies, in meetings, in athletic events, in artistic performances, in our communications! We have come to realize that our StoneBridge heritage is the object of His love and special care and provides the solutions for a nation at risk!
Our Sacred Commitment
Every student is uniquely precious to the Lord and to us. We believe that each one is chosen and placed at StoneBridge School for eternal purposes, and we are thankful for the honor and joy of serving in such a vital and worthy way. Therefore, the StoneBridge Family of school board, faculty, staff, parents, and students all share in supporting the following sacred commitment:
1. Spiritual Stature of Our Students
We are committed to the development of the spiritual stature in our students, bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord unto the fullest respective stature their tender years afford. This is done through all programs, activities, and curricula of the school. The Biblical principle approach does not just "integrate" truth into the subject content, or "tack on" a Christian appearance; it approaches the subject assuming that all knowledge is the knowledge of God and then identifies the principles of the subject that reflect that knowledge, whether it is algebra, phonics, basketball, or study habits. Care has been taken to insure that activities in the life of our school consistently direct our children unto full spiritual stature.
2. Academic Excellence
We are committed to academic excellence, cultivating the fullest expression of the individual through instruction, inspiration, and consecration in intellectual, physical, and artistic pursuits. This is accomplished in the classroom by establishing excellent standards, an enlightened curriculum, and by the practice of reflective learning, Biblical reasoning, writing, and reading. While we do not screen admissions for ability, our standard achievement test scores show our total school average to be near the top 25% in the nation. The record of our students in district or regional competitions with other Christian schools is distinctive. The tutorial emphasis allows every child to learn by receiving help or enrichment as needed. In athletics, art, orchestra, drama, speech, chorus, as well as in every academic subject, we call forth the STANDARD OF CHRIST in whom resides all excellence.
3. Character Development
We are committed to the character development of every student -- bringing to bear the discipline and conviction of Christian self-government. True Christian character is a thing of great beauty and value. All the spiritual knowledge, academic achievement, or athletic prowess in the world cannot succeed without a character molded and strengthened by truth unto usefulness. We design classroom procedures, teaching methods, policies, discipline techniques, athletic programs, and dress code with this goal in mind. Our curriculum is filled with models of great character which inspire and offer vision to our students. We encourage the consent of a community of parents unified by common values and principles for mutual support.
4. Leadership Skills for Service
We are committed to cultivating leadership skills for service in the next generation. Leadership IS serving! We envision that every student will learn to reach outside himself or herself to offer a unique contribution to the Lord, becoming others-centered, and taking a responsible place in God's greater purposes. The leadership/servanthood model is the heart of the high school mentoring program. High school students serve the school through the prefect program, where students learn to govern various areas of the high school program. Middle school students serve teachers through the Aspiring Christian Teachers Society (ACTS). Peer tutoring, special programs within the schools, national student symposiums, service projects within the local community, international outreach to our Brazilian sister school, as well as other ministry planned during the senior tour all contribute to fulfilling this purpose. Our students learn to act responsibly towards each other and develop sensitivity and awareness of needs. Missions are periodically emphasized and older students take mission trips associated with their church affiliation.
The student who progresses through the grades of our school exhibits the spiritual stature, the academic excellence, the character, and the leadership/servanthood skills so needed in this generation, and best represents OUR STONEBRIDGE HERITAGE.