Suffolk Christian Academy, formerly known as First Baptist Christian School, was established in 1988 when First Baptist Church of Suffolk expanded its Weekday School ministry to include first through third grades. The school added fourth grade in 1990, fifth grade in 1992, sixth grade in 2002, seventh grade in 2003, eighth grade in 2005, ninth grade in 2006, tenth grade in 2007, eleventh grade in 2008,and twelfth grade in 2009. In December of 2012 the school incorporated to become an independent school. The school was renamed Suffolk Christian Academy.
The school incorporation was done in partnership with four area churches — Southside Baptist Church, Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church, Open Door Church, and First Baptist Church of Suffolk.
Mission and Purpose
Our mission and purpose as a school can be summarized in three statements.
- Our students will have a well-developed knowledge of the Bible and commitment to Christ necessary to provide them with a Christian worldview and Christ-like character.
- Our students will possess the academic skills sufficient to excel in today’s society and continue as life-long learners.
- Our students will be equipped to engage their culture through Christ-centered living, service to others, and building the kingdom for the glory of God.
Core values are a set of guiding principles that guide the school in fulfilling its mission. They are shared values that endure over time and collectively create the desired culture of the school.
We will teach students to view all of life from a biblical perspective. A biblical worldview provides us with a philosophical system that unifies all academic disciplines and thus influences our decisions regarding curriculum, instruction, and co-curricular programs.
(Col. 1:17; Col. 2:3-4, 8; 1 Cor. 10:5)
We will strive to be honest, ethical, and above reproach in all relational and operational matters, to include policy development, financial practices, parent relations, grading practices, and disciplinary actions.
(Prov. 10:9 11:3, 19:1, 28:6)
We are committed to providing an excellent academic program that challenges each student to reach his fullest potential.
(Matt. 25:14-30; Col. 3:23; 1 Cor. 10:31)
Our school will be a place where every student is loved and is taught to love others.
(Matt. 22:39; Col. 3:14; 1 John 4:19-21)
We will provide a balance of learning opportunities that seek to develop students intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially. We will resist the temptation to neglect any of these areas.
(Luke 2:52; Luke 10:27; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; Ex. 35:30-36:7)
Believing that the Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible revelation to mankind, Suffolk Christian Academy consults Scripture for guidance in developing a philosophy of education. In doing so, we find that the Bible speaks very clearly regarding the education of children. Thus, we need not appeal to secular philosophies that are prevalent in contemporary culture. From the biblical passages that refer most explicitly to the instruction of children, we draw the following conclusions regarding the nature of the learner, the goal of Christian education, and the responsibility for educating children. We will strive at all times to ensure that the school’s policy and practice flow from our philosophy of education. (References: 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:19-21; Ps. 119:89)