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Educational Values and Philosophy

EDUCATIONAL VALUES

Redeemer Lutheran School is distinctively different from other schools.  Here are things that distinguish us from many other schools:

 

We value JESUS

Knowing Jesus Christ as a loving Savior and recognizing the importance of forgiveness and grace for all is the most important life lesson we can pass on to our students.

 

We value PLAY

Redeemer knows that play is vital to a child’s development.  Our three age-appropriate state-of-the-art playgrounds attest to that belief.  We partnered with The University of Texas for 35 years to research the benefits of play.  Multiple research studies and published books, on the importance of play in natural settings, have been written based upon children playing at Redeemer campus. 

 

We value STRONG ACADEMICS

Rigors academics are key to student success in the 21st century.  The Redeemer curriculum offers a natural acceleration as children progress through each grade level.  By the time our students graduate from 8th grade, they will have had an opportunity to receive up to 4 high school credits.  Based on annual scores from our standardized testing, students in 8th grade typically average at a 10th to college grade level equivalency in Reading, Math, Language, Science, and History.

 

We value READING READINESS

Reading is a readiness critical.  Children will blossom when they are ready to read, and together with our reading resource teacher, we work with students at their various stages of development.

 

We value MATH

Math is a vital component to success in life.  Many life decisions depend on upon a strong foundation of math – personal finance, retirement, career income, business ventures, etc.  Children will be provided with a sound basis of foundational math starting in Kindergarten.  They will have an opportunity to place into 6th-grade math during their 5th-grade year and giving a chance to claim a high school algebra credit at the end of their 8th-grade year.

 

We value SCIENCE

Environmental education is a fundamental component of our science curriculum.  Our nationally recognized nature and hydroponic gardens provide children a hands-on opportunity to care for and respect the environment. 

 

We value HISTORY

History has taught us much through the ages.  It’s important for children to understand how life has developed through the years and to allow them an opportunity to learn from the past. 

 

We value FOREIGN LANGUAGE FLUENCY

Spanish is a necessary language in Texas.  Age-appropriate Spanish curriculum begins with our 2-year-olds and culminates with a High School Spanish I credit when they complete 8th grade.

 

We value PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND MOVEMENT

Daily physical education stimulates the brain and positively affects life-long health and well-being.  The American Diabetes Association finds that less than 4% of elementary students have daily physical education.

 

We value MUSIC

Music is fundamental to children’s growth and development.  Music helps develop higher thinking skills, better coordination, and improves children’s ability to work with math and science.   Our elementary students have music classes twice a week, as well as choir instruction.  Band and choir electives are also offered in middle school.

 

We value COMPETITION

Competition is good for boys and girls to prepare them for life.  Our students have the opportunity to participate in athletic, academic, and fine arts competitions.

 

WE value TECHNOLOGY AND INTERACTIVE LEARNING

Education should be experiential.  We bring the world to our students through interactive participation through SMART Boards in all rooms.  Our students go out into the world to learn by taking field trips, including overnight trips in 5th-8th grades.

 

We value STEWARDSHIP AND SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Respect and care for others is an attribute we aspire to develop in each student.  Opportunities for children to learn and practice caring for others are integrally woven throughout a child’s time at RLS by encouraging regular donations to charities supporting a variety of needs, and with activities such as growing herbs for the Meals on Wheels Program, working with the school for the blind, and connecting with the Fikisha Street Ministry in Kenya.

 

PHILOSOPHY

Through the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, the students of Redeemer Lutheran School will continuously: 

 

  • Grow in their faith and reflect Christ in their daily lives. 
  • Boldly proclaim the Christian faith. 
  • Demonstrate Christian attitudes toward others. 
  • Acknowledge themselves and others as sinners (Law) redeemed by Christ (Gospel). 
  • Worship and pray faithfully. 
  • Experience the power of prayer. 
  • Practice stewardship of time, talents and resources. 
  • Serve and respect God and others in the home, school, community, and the world. 
  • Honor our country. 

 

All children should strive to reach full potential in all aspects of their lives by developing a Christ-centered foundation of knowledge and basic skills for life-long, active learning in an ever-changing global society. 

  • Critical thinking 
  • Problem solving 
  • Accountability 
  • Adaptability 
  • Independence 
  • Teamwork 
  • Organizational skills 
  • Communication 
  • Cultural Awareness 
  • Physical fitness 
  • Perseverance 
  • Punctuality 

 

THE LUTHERAN FAITH 

If you are interested in learning more about the Lutheran Faith, you are encouraged to attend adult information classes that are held at various times during the school year.  Adult classes are hosted by Redeemer Lutheran Church. If you want to go for information alone, please come to hear what we believe.  If you do not have a church home, you are welcome to join Redeemer Lutheran Church after attending one of these adult information classes.  Feel free to call the school or church office for details.  The Redeemer Lutheran Church phone number is (512) 459-100.5

 

CONTROL 

The members of Redeemer Lutheran Church maintain our school as a privately supported institution.  The members of the church elect a Board of the Christian Day School for the purpose of efficient operation of the school.  This board is responsible to the Congregation.  The principal and assistant principal serve as administrators.  The principal is responsible to the Pastor, as head of the whole congregational ministry, and to the board for keeping the school in effective operation.