What do we mean by "Faith-Friendly?"
Part of the mission of Advantage Academy is to create an educational environment which addresses and has a positive impact on the whole child. We believe that every person consists of body, mind, and spirit. When schools do not address the needs of the spirit (knowing that they were uniquely created for a special purpose and are valued), it creates a “hole” in “whole child” education. We have identified ways in which we can create an academic environment to help fill this hole.
Public schools can welcome and engage students’ foundational values and beliefs. We believe that doing so will help students connect their lives to their learning.
We create a faith-friendly environment that welcomes and engages students’ deeply-held beliefs and provides an inclusive culture of respect and acceptance to all individuals, no matter their beliefs.
- We engage students and families' existing religious orientation as a learning asset to help them succeed academically and behaviorally. This is done, partically, through our Family Engaged Learning program.
- We teach about religion as an academic goal, through the study of American history and literature. These subjects follow (TEKS) standards which are expected by the state of Texas.
- We examine behaviors through the lens of values and beliefs, which help shape students' lives and their decision-making.
- We promote personal and social responsibility by helping students learn to work with others and by providing community service opportunities.
- We recognize January 16th as Religious Freedom Day, as declared annually by the President of the United States.
- We incorporate faith-friendly policies and practices, which have a positive effect on 21st century skills, such as providing critical thinking skills and learning to work with others in order to analyze and evaluate their own lives (HS).
- We offer an optional Bible elective for students who choose to learn more about Christian History.
- We provide teacher/staff training, which aligns with the U.S. Board of Education policies and outlines our students' freedom of religious expression. (See student-parent handbook for specific policies).
- We partner with faith-based and other community organizations in order to meet the needs of our students, such as providing a mentor or assisting parents with physical and emotional needs.
- We empower students to be leaders in their school and community to discover their gifts and utilize their skills to be healthy and purposeful citizens.
- We affirm America’s historical figures and inspiring leaders who have demonstrated inspirational leadership qualities, which model the desire for a positive, happy, and successful future (such as Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.).