The choice of where children receive his or her education is one of the biggest decisions parents make. Not only should your children’s school provide excellence in academics, but it also should equip him or her for life in college and beyond. Briarcrest Christian School, a co-educational, college-preparatory school, strives to provide that experience for its students by instilling the pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics and fine arts, all through the lens of a Christian worldview. This approach, which sets Briarcrest apart, encourages students to have a broader impact on their community while pursuing excellence in all aspects of their lives.
“We promote Christ-honoring relationships among our students by modeling respect, compassion, and discernment,” explains Briarcrest Marketing and Communications Director Beth Rooks. “Our faculty is intentional in discipling our students and investing in their leadership abilities and their lives.”
This approach is proven to promote positive attitudes in Briarcrest students while also holding them accountable to both themselves and their Lord and Savior, all while building courageous character and critical thinking skills. These are the life skills that serve them far beyond graduation and create a solid foundation and unwavering commitment to a life of servant leadership.
One Briarcrest teacher, parent and alumni, Jason Ellis, speaks on how education through a Christian worldview has impacted himself, his students, his family and his children. “At Briarcrest, our system-wide theme last year was ‘hope,’ and as someone who is involved in Briarcrest as an educator, a parent, and an alumni (Class of 2005), I have seen, firsthand, how our school is positively affecting families,” he shares. “In a world that is constantly looking for hope beyond our current circumstances, the opportunity we have at Briarcrest to look at the world through a biblical lens allows for us to point our families to the hope that is found in Christ alone. I have seen this play out in my own development as a student as I left Briarcrest with the understanding that there is a God who loves me enough to move Heaven and Earth for my redemption. I see this play out in the college-bound juniors and seniors I teach, giving them the biblical framework to face both the intellectual and social challenges that await them in college. And I see this in the lives of my own three kids who are enrolled at Briarcrest as they come home discussing how Christ is the hope of the world.”
Educators at BCS incorporate Christ into the academic curriculum through intentional planning and a systematic Christian worldview training that allows them to take advantage of opportunities to incorporate biblical truths into their teaching while encouraging students to understand their culture through a biblical perspective. This, in turn, provides students with the necessary tools to build a stronger relationship with Christ and to rely on that relationship to discern truth upon entering a college classroom.
“As a Christian educator, I truly believe it is our duty to shape our students’ worldview in a Christian manner,” explains Bart Leidecker, sixth grade history teacher at Briarcrest. “Speaking specifically as a history teacher, my job changes from just shaping a Christian worldview to showing students how God has shaped human history. I try to show students that we can see evidence of God in all cultures and that God has been shaping the world even though sometimes it can be hard to see.”
Anna Wakefield, a Briarcrest Senior Kindergarten teacher, explains how she tailors the Christian worldview approach for the younger students. “Whether there is a question in math, a fun game in phonics or a social situation on the playground, God presents opportunities to point my students back to Him,” she shares.
Additional Briarcrest offerings — from fine arts to championship-winning sports teams — take that same approach, whether on stage, on the ballfield or in the STEM lab, by encouraging creativity and the pursuit of excellence, all for the glory of God. By educating the whole student and providing a nurturing, balanced, well-rounded Christian education, Briarcrest helps its students understand the importance of achieving their full potential in the classroom and beyond.
“It is our desire to equip our students to be leaders in a culture that is not embracing biblical truth,” Beth concludes. “It is important for our students to strive for excellence in the use of their God-given intellectual abilities and talents.”
Learn more about Briarcrest Christian School at these 2019-2020 open house and preview days:
- Monday, September 30, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. — High School Open House
- Tuesday, October 8, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — Early Childhood Preview Day
- Tuesday, October 15, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Middle School Preview Day (online RSVP)
- Friday, October 18, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — High School Preview Day (online RSVP)
- Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. — Elementary/Middle School Open House
- Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. — High School Open House
- Tuesday, November 12, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — High School Preview Day (online RSVP)
- Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. — Elementary/Middle School Open House
- Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — Early Childhood Preview Day (online RSVP)
- Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. — Schoolwide Open House
- Tuesday, February 11, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. — Early Childhood Preview Day (online RSVP)
- Sunday, April 19, 2020, at 2 p.m. — Schoolwide Open House
This article is sponsored by Briarcrest Christian School.