Educational Philosophy

The educational philosophy of Houghton Academy is based on a God-centered view of truth and man as presented in the Bible:

Since God creates and sustains all things through His Son, Jesus Christ, the universe and all life are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him. This is pointedly true of man, who was made in God’s image, different in kind from all other creation, with the unique capacity to know and respond to God personally and voluntarily. Because man is a sinner by nature and choice, however, he cannot, in this condition, know or honor God in his life. He can do this only by receiving Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and thus be enabled to do God’s will, which is the ultimate purpose of his life.

The entire process of Christian education is a means used by the Holy Spirit to bring the students into fellowship with God, to develop Christian minds in them and to train them in godly living, so that they can fulfill God’s total purpose for their lives personally and vocationally. They must be taught the Bible so they may better understand God as well as their own nature and role as persons created in God’s image; they must be developed, and related to God as whole persons, spiritually, mentally, physically and socially; they must learn to see all truth as God’s truth and to integrate it with and interpret it by God’s word; they must be educated as individuals with unique abilities and personalities who must learn to live and work with others at home, in the church and in a changing secular society; and they must interact with and be taught by teacher models who are themselves Christian and reflect this perspective on life.

The authority for such an education comes both from God’s command that children be taught to love God and place Him first in their lives, and from the fact that parents are ultimately responsible for the total education and training of their children. At the parents’ request the Christian school, along with the church, becomes a partner in giving this education.


Enrolling both day students and boarding students, Houghton Academy offers a diverse student body. Each year, students arrive here from around the world, bring with them a rich cultural mosaic unavailable anywhere else in Allegany County.

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