At Firm Foundations, we believe that children are made in the image of God, “Imago Dei,” and that all students, including those that struggle to learn traditionally, should have access to schooling that teaches truth, beauty, and goodness. We offer a classically minded hybrid homeschool program that seeks to glorify God through educating all students, including those with diverse learning needs. Students attend Firm Foundations three days a week and work from home on structured assignments two days a week. We employ high academic standards based on the classical philosophy of education and utilize curricula and a methodology that purposes to educate the whole child. Our goal is to provide a sense of community, support, and resources to help all students within our program to have a positive and enriching educational experience.
Firm Foundations exists to partner with families to provide an engaging Christ centered and classical education for all learners, for the purpose of developing wisdom and discernment through joyful learning for the Glory of God.
The purpose of Firm Foundations Academy is to bring glory to God through supporting entire families, including children who learn typically as well as those who need academic support. We advocate high academic standards, individualized learning goals, and attention to the whole student. We provide students with personalized, research-based instruction to help them unlock their full potential and grow into confident critical thinkers.
Our vision is to partner with parents as we help students grow to their full potential, discover their God given abilities, and cultivate virtuous, confident, independent learners.
As a classically minded program we teach students the fundamentals and rules of each subject (grammar), the ordered relationships between each subject (logic), and how the grammar and logic of each subject can be clearly expressed (rhetoric). We believe that all students have the propensity to learn. Our instruction is infused with teaching students how to think, and how to think about thinking!
Our philosophy is holistic and takes into account spiritual health, cognitive abilities, social acumen, emotional stability, and individual projected educational outcomes of each of our students.
Through the act of discipleship and relationship, teachers partner with parents to build a biblical worldview. Our classrooms strive to be a reflection of the truth we teach as we interact within the school community.
As modern science works its way to the front lines of education, we now know more than ever how important it is to teach to the whole child. In order to create an environment that reaches the whole student, we must be aware of and in-tune with cognitive development as well as social and emotional health. It is our goal to accomplish this through providing differentiated instruction whereby the use of visual, auditory, and hands on instruction will work to teach to a variety of learning styles and create connectedness to the learning process. At Firm Foundations Academy, we recognize that all students are blessed with a variety of strengths and their projected academic outcomes will vary greatly. School can be a difficult environment for students who struggle to learn in a traditional manner. It is our goal to build structures within our academy that promote the educational success of all students. The desire is to meet students where they are, set projected learning outcomes, and provide the means for students to grow in confidence, knowledge, and in the joy of learning!
Other aspects that are important to a functional learning environment and healthy student body are the social and emotional health of the students. Our learning environment promotes community building and teamwork, yet strives to meet students on an individual level. We nurture students as they navigate peer relationships, learn how to show kindness and compassion to their neighbors, and practice respect toward their elders.
1. The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Bible to be the only, inerrant, and inspired work of God. It is, therefore, the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life. (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)
2. The Trinity
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. (Genesis 1:26; John 10:30, 14:10, 26)
3. God the Son
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life and in His miracles. We believe in His vicarious and atoning death through His blood which was shed to save His people from their sins. We believe in His bodily resurrection, and in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, where He rules as King. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; John 1:1-3:18; Luke 1:30-37; Matthew 1:21; Philippians 2:5-7; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 4:14-5:10, 7:22-25, 8:1, 9:12)
4. The Creation of the World and Man
We believe that it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to create the world, and all things therein, visible or invisible. We believe that man was created by the direct spoken act of God and in the image of God. We believe that God creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:1-2:7, 2:18, 21-22; Psalm 139:13-16; Colossians 1:16-17)
5. The Fall of Man
We believe that man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and all fall short of God’s standard. (Genesis 3:1-3:24; John 1:3, 10; Romans 3:10-12, 3:23, 5:12)
We believe that the Holy Spirit sanctifies the hearts of believers by removing the corruption of sin and working to make us more like Christ, enabling us to do good works and to live lives exemplified by the fruit of the spirit. (Ephesians 4:24; I Corinthians 10:13; II Corinthians 5:17, 7:1; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 2:11)
7. Family Relationships
We believe that God has established the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church, and he is to submit to the headship of Christ. The wife is to submit herself to her own husband as the church is to submit to the headship of Christ. Children are a heritage from the Lord and are commanded to honor and obey their parents. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate admonition, correction, and discipline. (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-9; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7)
8. Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Genesis 1:26-28; Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5, 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24, 49:1,5; Jeremiah 1:5)
9. Human Sexuality
We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. We believe any acts of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism, adultery or pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of human sexuality. We believe that God created two genders and disapproves of attempts to treat gender as a choice by either 1) portraying oneself as something other than the gender of birth, or 2) by formally changing gender through reassignment. (Genesis 1:27, 2:24; Leviticus 18:1-30; Deuteronomy 22:5; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:26-29, 7:2; I Corinthians 5:1, 6:9, 7:1-16; Hebrews 13:4)
10. Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind. The Bible is the sole and final source of all that we believe