Our Way of Life
The purpose of Houghton Academy is to provide Christ-centered education in a Christian environment.
For this reason the school must maintain a high standard of Christian living. Coming from varied backgrounds, students have minor differences of opinion about accepted conduct, but the life standard upheld by Houghton Academy is widely endorsed. Christ is the center of Houghton's purpose and program, and the rules exist to preserve a strong Christian emphasis in the educational process.
Our standards can be divided into three categories:
- First, there are standards and expectations which echo the timeless demands of the Ten Commandments and the ethical teachings of Christ.
- A second group of rules originates in a particular time and cultural context and reflects the practical application of biblical principles made by our founders and staff. They are not moral absolutes for all people in all times and places, but they do represent our firm convictions in this time and place.
- Third, the greatest number of rules exist primarily for the creation of an orderly system in which large numbers of people can live and work together conveniently. In this category are rules about attendance at meals, dorm curfews, and study hours.