Mission and Values
At Father’s H.a.r.b.o.r. Academy, we believe students inherently want to learn. But what motivates one may not motivate another. That’s why our teachers give students the room to be creative, to discover for themselves how to translate the lesson into genuine learning. By balancing this flexibility with close individualized attention, teachers at FHA recognize and use each child’s strengths. This lays the foundation for the rest of their schooling and the rest of their lives.
FHA IS A SAFE PLACE WHERE EVERY STUDENT BELONGS.
We all need to feel like we belong to something bigger than ourselves. The first experience of this is the feeling of belonging to the family where we feel we have a safe environment in which we can relax and be ourselves. There we also learn how to take care of others. As we grow, this sense of belonging translates into a sense of belonging at school, in the world, society, and as a child of God’s kingdom. This sense of belonging is achieved as we create a sense of community. When we develop a positive school culture we are achieving the desired sense of community.
FHA INDIVIDUALIZES INSTRUCTION THAT IS STUDENT CENTERED.
We need to feel like we have the power to make choices, however limited. When we are small, we should be allowed to make few and limited choices. However, as we grow and show good judgment and reliability, our options should expand. The ability to make choices empowers us to become responsible for ourselves and those around us. That is why we sometimes allow students to make choices about their education.
FHA CULTIVATES EXCELLENCE IN A CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT.
We all need to feel that we are talented and creative. We need to feel that we can excel at certain tasks and that our skills are beneficial to the FHA community and the various groups to which we belong. Cultivating excellence in a skill is important to us in that it fills our life with a meaningful purpose. This skill can be in anything positive that sparks our interest and it is essential to our happiness and self-worth.
FHA TEACHES THAT IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE.
We feel good about ourselves when we give to others with no expectation of return. Whether this is a gift of time, service or expertise, it is important for us to know, that we have something of value to contribute that can benefit those less fortunate. Volunteering is an excellent way to teach compassion and to donate our time to the community we live in.
Statement of Faith and our Philosophy of Education
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives. 2 Timothy 3:15-16
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.
Matthew 3:16-17 ; 28:19; 1 John 5:7-8; Isaiah 9:6
We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.
We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.
John 14:6; Colossians 1:13-18; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:3-4
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.
John 1:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Mark 16:5-6; Acts 1:9-11; John 14:3.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers us to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us to live, and that through the Holy Spirit we have access to spiritual gifts for the purpose of building and edifying the local church.
2 Peter 1:2-3; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:44-48; Romans 11:29.
THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together for fellowship, prayer and the ‘breaking of bread’.
We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives, which is to worship God, fulfill our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.
We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and blessed lives in order to help others more effectively.
Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22
HEAVEN & HELL
We believe that Heaven and Hell are real eternal places and that our eternal destination is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 20:11-15; John 14:1-4; Romans 6:23; John 3:15-16
The God-given responsibility for the education of children rests with their parents (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
Father’s H.a.r.b.o.r. Academy recognizes that God’s wisdom is the principal thing (Proverbs 4:7); that God’s Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8); and that through His guidance, God will direct our paths to achieve His purpose (Proverbs 3:5-6).
As parents entrust the education of their children to Father’s H.a.r.b.o.r. Academy, we will do our best to care for their children and teach them in the way they should go, by assisting them to develop traits that are aligned to God’s purpose (Proverbs 22:6).
1. Their children will learn that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one can reach God without first knowing Jesus (John 14:6).
2. Their children will learn respect for God’s ways, God’s word, God’s authority, and for those that He has put in authority over them (Romans 13:1; Hebrews 13:17).
3. Their children will learn that God’s ways include respect for the rights of others, doing what you would like others to do to you. (Luke 6:31)
4. Their children will learn that God’s ways include being honest and truthful (Psalm 1:1, 2; Ephesians 4:29).
5. Their children will learn that God’s ways include being productive and doing their best in every aspect of their life (Ecclesiastes 9:10; 2 Timothy 2:15).
6. Their children will learn that God’s ways include standing up for what is right and being a good example (James 4:17; Matthew 5:16; 28:19, 20).
7. Their children will learn that God’s perfect will for the family structure includes the marriage of one man and one woman for an eternity (Genesis 2: 24).
8. Their children will learn that their body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit where God dwells (1 Corinthians 3:16,17; 6:19, 20).
9. Their children will learn that being an American means that we are all created equal, that we are a Christian nation under God, and that we respect the flag and those who fight for our freedom (Romans 13:5-8).
10. Their children will learn that Salvation, the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (John 3:3), is essential for their success in achieving an abundant life and ultimately God’s purpose (Proverbs 22:6).