Philosophy and Objectives

Foundational Philosophy

The foundational principle on which the establishment of John Calvin School rests is the promises made by parents at the baptism of their children, before God and in the presence of the congregation of fellow believers. Specifically, parents promise to:

“instruct (their) children in the aforesaid doctrine {that being the Bible as the infallible Word of God, and the summary thereof as found in the Three Forms of Unity} and to have them instructed therein to the best of (their) ability”  Form for Infant Baptism, Book of Praise

While the education of children is first and foremost the responsibility of their parents, the church community recognizes that it has a stake in the education of the children belonging to it, that they may grow up in the knowledge and fear of the Lord, to the honour of His Name and the well-being of His Church, the Bride of Christ..


The primary focus of Christian education is to partner with the family and church community to develop the talents and abilities of children as expressed in our mission statement:

The purpose of John Calvin School is to assist the parents in the nurture of their children, to help develop in them the talents freely and graciously given by God, to the end that they may serve Him in a life of responsible, Christian stewardship.


The school assists the parents in educating covenant children by equipping them with skills and knowledge and helping them grow as responsible Christians in accordance with God’s Word so that they may serve Him and their neighbour in a life of responsible, Christian stewardship.

Education Goals for John Calvin School
  • To instruct the students in the Reformed, Christian principles of life: the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Bible, the damaging effects of sin, the meaning of grace, and the cultural mandate to care for God’s creation in His Name.
  • To instruct the students that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
  • To assist the parents in their task of educating covenant children.
  • To help the students develop a love for learning.
  • To develop the talents God has freely and graciously given to the students recognizing that each student is unique.
  • To help the students value further education and develop a love for life-long learning.
  • To teach our students so that they attain a suitable level of achievement in the respective areas of study by the end of each grade.
  • To prepare the students of John Calvin School to help to contribute to the common (public) good to the end that they may serve their God.

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