We call it our “portrait of a graduate.” It answers the question “what is a Dayspring education designed to do?”
Description of a Dayspring Graduate
As a parent, we invite you to rise with us as we equip students as faith-filled, biblical thinkers who pursue Christian character, communicate confidently, innovate purposefully, and live courageously as tomorrow’s leaders.
What does this important statement mean?
Nothing will be impossible to you. Matthew 17.20
With the understanding that there is nothing that is separate from God’s providence, your children are able to follow God’s plans and purposes for their lives with hearts yielded to the authority of Jesus Christ. They recognize God’s connection with their lives and recognize their reciprocal connection to God; students acknowledge that both connections work in tandem to create lifelong stability.
Faithful – Firm in adherence to the truth and to the duties of religion.
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1.8
Your children learn to think creatively to be problem solvers and thoughtfully defend reasoned positions. With a high level of social, emotional intelligence, students can discern truth and meaningfully engage in persuasive discussions. Students understand the character and nature of God, while understanding the condition of man. As your children mature in their handling of the Word of God, they learn to apply biblical principles to every area of their lives.
Reason – A faculty of the mind by which it distinguishes truth from falsehood, and good from evil, and which enables the possessor to deduce inferences from facts or from propositions.
Apply – To fix the mind; to engage and employ with attention
But we urge you . . . to excel still more. 1 Thessalonians 4.10
As we watch your students learn through the Principle Approach and follow God as graduates, they serve with a strong work ethic and Godly character. Their politeness and respectfulness set them apart as their diligence and high standards cause them to stand out. While others may boast in self-esteem, your Dayspring graduates are confident in Christ.
Excellence – in persons, any thing highly laudable, meritorious or virtuous
Character – By way of eminence, distinguished or good qualities; those which are esteemed and respected
Honor – Reputation; good name; distinction; True nobleness of mind
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3.15
Through a Dayspring education, students learn to search original sources. They are inquisitive and desire to understand not just what but why. With God’s Word as the center of all knowledge, they learn to view the world through that lens. They learn to see God in everything and to rely on Him to point to Truth. They are biblical thinkers and spiritually minded. They are grounded with a strong foundation of biblical knowledge and learn to articulate truth in writing and speech. This gives them a confident readiness as faith defenders and enables them to share the Gospel. They take initiative and live purposefully to fulfill the plans God has for them wherever they go.
Communicate – To impart, as knowledge; to reveal; to give, as information, either by words, signs or signals; to deliver
Innovate – To bring in something new.
Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. Leviticus 25.10
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. . . . 2 Corinthians 5:20a
Understanding that the Gospel can only go forward where there is freedom to do so, Dayspring students understand that self-governance is required for liberty to endure. They learn history by studying original and primary sources and view it providentially as God moving people and nations for His plans and purposes. In doing so, students learn that God has a plan for them and their lives, which enables them to live with courage and possess an enterprising mind to create, serve, and lead. They take initiative and live purposefully to fulfill the plans God has for them wherever they go.
Courageously – With courage; bravely; boldly; stoutly.
Leader – A guide; a chief; a commander; a captain. One who goes first.
*All definitions are drawn from Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the American English Language, the official dictionary of Dayspring and the Principle Approach