Foundational Principles

  1. God has given parents, not schools, the primary responsibility for educating their children, thus the school functions as an extension of the home.
  2. Perimeter School is a ministry of Perimeter Church, therefore, member families who meet all entrance criteria are given priority in admittance.
  3. Though children are to be trained and nurtured primarily by their own parents, they also benefit from the assistance and encouragement of the entire school body, reflecting the commitment of God’s people to support one another in a covenant family.
  4. Children are a precious gift from God and made in His image. As such, a child is a fearfully and wonderfully created person to be respected, nurtured, and treated as a child of God.   Through reliance upon their Creator, each child is responsible to develop and use his/her gifts.
  5. God, after establishing the Word, gave His children the “creation mandate,” the responsibility to subdue the earth and gain dominion over all His works. School instruction prepares students and gives them opportunities to carry out this mandate.
  6. God, after man fell into sin, gave the “redemptive command.” Those who come to a true knowledge of God, by repentance and faith, will be able to enter into a relationship with Christ, enabling them to understand Truth and glorify Him. Covenant children must individually come to true repentance and faith.
  7. At the fall, the image of Christ in man was broken.  As God disciplines those He loves, children need consistent prayer, training and discipline from parents and teachers to develop humble hearts and thoughtful habits to assist them in living and learning.
  8. School education should involve the acquisition of wisdom through the fear of God, not just an accumulation of knowledge. Manipulating children to learn by means of fear, bribery, or guilt has no place in covenant Christian education.
  9. Glorifying God as a child involves serving others and living abundantly for Him in their present vocation as a student, not just preparing for a future occupation. 
  10. Schooling must never look to the convenience of adults as the measure of what is best for students.
  11. Despite and including the best efforts of schools, young children (especially up to age 9) must be nurtured spiritually, emotionally and intellectually by their parents in the home. Among numerous benefits, the home environment provides occasion to:
    • Spend time outdoors to explore and play safely.
    • Stimulate learning by doing -- experimentation and observation.
    • Develop responsibility through work, assisting parents in cooking, cleaning, gardening, and household projects.
    • Identify and model unique family values, rather than readily imitating the values of peers in alternate settings.
    • Gain security, acceptance, and love from parents that cannot be duplicated by other caregivers.
  12. Respecting the proper development of the child, formalized education need not begin before age 5. Students in K-3rd grades benefit from an abbreviated school day to allow for more time at home.
  13. Learning is accelerated and relationships are best developed in small groups. Therefore, Perimeter School is committed to small class sizes, evoking a parental role for teachers and promoting a family atmosphere.
  14. Both teachers and parents are encouraged to be continual learners with a healthy diet of ideas that are pure, healthy and godly. Education is modeled as well as taught, and thus continues through all of life.