Why Redwood Christian Schools?
Redwood Christian Schools was founded in the S.F. Bay Area in 1970 as an interdenominational home mission work.
From the first year with 69 students, we now serve over 700 students in grades TK-12. More than 60 students are enrolled in AAP, a program designed to assist children with specific learning disabilities and other challenges that prevent them from functioning in our regular program. Located in the East Bay Area, 25 miles southeast of San Francisco, RCS currently has two campuses: in Castro Valley for children in grades K-5 and the other in San Lorenzo for students in grades 6-12. We have maintained our identity through the years as an interdenominational Christ-centered school serving families from more than 130 churches representing more than 30 Christian denominations.
This home mission work continues to be alive in Jesus Christ as we pursue the vision the Lord gave to our founders.
In 1971, the founding superintendent of Redwood Christian Schools, Mr. Gus Enderlin, wrote in our first yearbook, “The major goal of the school is to produce a boy or girl who has the mind of Christ … The child must first be ‘in Christ.’ … Therefore, the salvation of each student is of prime importance. Christ’s ambition was to do the will of His Father. This is the chief spiritual goal of the school: to produce the boy or girl who wants to please his heavenly Father by being directly in the center of His will; a boy or girl who is daily walking, by faith, in the Holy Spirit.” This continues to be the primary focus of this ministry.
The mission of Redwood Christian Schools is to provide a Christ-centered education which is able to equip students for daily living and eternal life.
The objectives of the school are centered around five basic character builders:
I. To Establish Christian Truth as a Guide for Life in:
- Understanding that God is the creator and sustainer of the universe, through which His eternal power and His divine nature are clearly seen by man. (Nehemiah 9:6)
- Acceptance that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only authority for faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16, 17)
- Knowledge that all men are sinners and can have salvation only through personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. (Titus 3:5, 6)
- Development (after coming to know Christ) of a consistent Christian life through prayer and daily Bible study. (I Peter 2:2)
- Desire to invest one’s life in Christian service to the glory of God. (Colossians 1:9, 10)
II. To Maintain a High Academic Standard Through:
- Mastery of the skills of communication (writing, reading, speaking) and math so thoroughly that the student will be prepared to acquire further knowledge without hindrance. (Colossians 3:23)
- Desire to work at maximum ability. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
- Ability to discern truth from error. (I John 4:6)
III. To Instill Pure Morals in the Heart of the Student by:
- Development of an appreciation for the values accrued from our past spiritual and cultural heritage. (Psalm 61:5)
- Inculcation of the desire to choose right over wrong and to hold to one’s convictions under pressure. (Daniel 1:8)
IV. To Generate a Spirit of Patriotism by Teaching:
- Loyalty to our country and a recognition of unscriptural teachings which undermine our country’s foundations. (I Peter 2:13-17)
- Recognition of government as God-ordained. (Romans 13:1)
- The need to become involved citizens of this nation for the Lord’s sake. (Acts 13:36a)
V. To Live a Disciplined Life by Attempting to Practice:
- Submission to the Holy Spirit who conforms us to the image of Christ. (Romans 8:9, 10)
- Self-restraint and consideration of others. (I Corinthians 9:25, 27)
- Submission to the legitimate authorities with full cooperation and, if directed by God, to become a strong, gracious leader. (Titus 3:1, Joshua 1:9)
Redwood Christian Schools Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLR)
ESLR I – Active Learners
RCS students will be Active Learners who approach learning as a thinking activity and assume personal responsibility to remember and apply what is presented in school. They will be taught to:
- Use and manage time by organizing priorities, and setting and attaining goals
- Identify similarities and differences
- Ask their own questions and locate their own answers
- Properly use resources
- Listen and take effective notes
- Read, summarize and study written text
- Create metaphors and analogies to aid with memorization
- Remember and transfer knowledge to different contexts
- Apply the truth of God’s Word in their daily lives
ESLR II – Responsible and Respectful Citizens
RCS students will be Responsible and Respectful Citizens who treat others as they, themselves, wish to be treated. They will be taught to:
- Demonstrate respect for authority
- Accept personal, social and civic responsibility
- Contribute their time and talents to improve the quality of life in their sphere of influence
- Model responsible citizenship marked by kindness, integrity, compassion, and Biblical ethics
ESLR III – Critical and Creative Thinkers
RCS students will be Critical and Creative Thinkers who approach the world with intellectual curiosity and solve problems using a Biblical Worldview. They will be taught to:
- Identify, locate and organize information and turn this into understanding
- Apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ideas when solving problems
- Investigate meaning beyond the obvious
- Identify fact and opinion
- Determine the validity of sources
- Evaluate information from a Biblical Worldview
- Manage complexity by planning and prioritizing
- Demonstrate problem-solving skills in real life situations
- Design creative and contextually appropriate presentations of the Gospel
ESLR IV – Spiritually Growing
RCS students will be challenged to be Spiritually Growing through service to Jesus Christ. They will be taught to:
- Accept that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He wants to be involved in a personal relationship as their Lord and Savior
- Demonstrate God’s love, will and authority in their lives through service to others
- Develop spiritual gifts through involvement in ministry activities
- Share God’s truth with those around them, through both word and deed
- Respect the dignity and sanctity of all human life
ESLR V – Effective Communicators
RCS Students will be Effective Communicators, able to express their ideas through various media, characterized by a clear sense of meaning, purpose and audience. They will be taught to:
- Conduct research using appropriate technology
- Summarize reflectively
- Document sources
- Evaluate critically
- Identify the main purpose/point
- Explain the difference between fact and opinion
- Communicate the Gospel
Redwood Christian Schools Statement of Faith
The basis of Redwood Christian Schools is the Word of God as interpreted by the following statement of faith:
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible recorded Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe that God wonderfully foreordained and immutably created each person as either male or female in conformity with his or her biological sex. These two distinct yet complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26–27).
Redwood Christian Schools Doctrinal Statement
As a school, we believe that God is an eternal personal being of absolute knowledge, power, goodness, and righteousness. He is ultimate reality, the source and foundation of all reality and truth. We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, is creator, designer and preserver of all things. In Him the entire universe has its origin, energy, control, and final destiny.
We believe that man came into being by a direct, immediate act of the Creator and is unique among all the creatures. Man (Mankind) bears the image of God in that he has personality and the power of moral choice. Man’s purpose is to glorify God, and to subdue and hold dominion over the earth. The first man, by deliberate choice, became estranged from God, and his divine image was forever marred; he became morally corrupt and in need of redemption. This redemption is provided by God only through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Truth is centered in Christ, and all its disciplines are meaningfully related to each other and to Him. God communicates truth to man through revelation that is both “General” (nature and providence) and “Special” (Bible and Jesus). We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the final authority for faith and practice.
All Christians, in all times and in all places, have been united into a single body of God’s design. This union is called the body of Christ, the universal church. The Bible commands that Christians assemble for worship, instruction, fellowship, and mission. The mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations. Redwood Christian Schools, in cooperation with parents, participates in the mission insofar as we are part of the body of Christ.
Because God is central and has made Himself known through revelation, education must create an awareness of God’s manifestations. We believe that education is learning to see things as God sees them and to think God’s thoughts after Him. We believe that all curricula is related to God and the revelation of God becomes the heart of the curricula. The most important agent in this revelation is the Holy Spirit.
In the educational process, the Christian school is an extension of both the home and the church, the two institutions to which Scripture gives the responsibility of education. We recognize that the most effective education necessitates a Christian teacher and a Christian student. We believe that God has given the responsibility for discipline and instruction of children to parents. They are to train each one faithfully in God’s truth. The father, under God’s direction, has this major responsibility as he and his wife raise each child in the ways of the Lord. We believe that our parents have given Redwood Christian Schools the authority to join with them in this process during the school hours and activities. The parents empower the School to act as surrogate parents and Redwood agrees to assist (but not supplant) the parents in the teaching and training of truth and in character development. Personal salvation is our foremost objective for each student, enabling him to reflect God spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically. It is our further objective to lead each student into an understanding of the basic concepts of the Christian life, to develop within him the ability to think deeply and critically from a Christian worldview, and to guide him into making his relationship with Jesus Christ meaningful in every aspect of his life.
Redwood is an Interdenominational School
Redwood is an interdenominational school. We desire to remain united in the salvation and love of Christ, rather than to focus on denominational issues. This is possible with the cooperation of family, church and school. In order to do so, the following areas are left to the teaching of home and church:
- Form of Church Government (e.g., Authority and Discipline).
- Time and Mode of Baptism.
- Security of the Believer.
- Time of the Rapture.
- Second Work of Grace (e.g., Baptism of the Holy Spirit).
- Sinless Perfection.
- Gifts of the Spirit (e.g., Tongues, Healing, Miracle Working).
Redwood Christian School admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.