Fairhaven Academy seeks to achieve its mission as a school by providing an educational program that is characterized by:
Biblical values and traditional educational standards using curriculum centered on a biblically ordered student/teacher relationship.
Biblical values . . . We believe that the reality of God’s work in creation and salvation through Jesus Christ is the foundation of all education. Building upon this foundation and guided by the Bible, we will be able to provide a Christian life and world-view for each of our students. This will result in a life characterized by right relationships, doing one’s best and serving God.
Traditional educational standards . . . Our school’s tradition goes back to a time long before the factory model of education spawned the modern high school. These early academics were “specialty ” schools providing for a comprehensive life preparation. We believe that this is still our responsibility – to provide life preparation spiritually, relationally, and academically. In order to do this, we have adopted rigorous standards to measure student accomplishment and challenge them to do their best in both the traditional core curriculum as well as more broadening educational components.
Specialized curriculum . . . As a private school, we have tremendous flexibility in designing a curriculum that will meet the particular spiritual, social, as well as, academic needs of our students as they meet the ever-changing demands of the world in which they live. In designing this curriculum, we continue to draw upon research and experience that helps us understand how different teaching styles can be used in the classroom. This combination of innovation and sound practice reflects our commitment to doing one’s best academically and helps us maximize the time spent with students both in and out of the classroom.
Proper teacher/student relationships . . . We believe that the teacher/student relationship is the key to education. Our teachers take upon themselves not only the responsibility to teach content but also the responsibility to motivate the learner. Christ demonstrated this in the teaching of His disciples. It is in this relationship that more than content can be taught. Things such as concern for those around you, the aspiration to excellence in all that one seeks to do, and the desire to help others are learned by modeling rather than merely from course content.