Damascus Christian Academy was formed in 1977 as a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Damascus, Damascus, PA. From the first school year 1977-78, the school has sought to provide Christian young people with a superior quality of Christian Education that is truly Christian, as well as provide an alternative to the humanistic education indoctrinated in students enrolled in the Commonwealth of PA public school system. God has blessed the Academy through the dedication of faculty and parents in maintaining the school.
Enrollment has fluctuated from the original enrollment of 24 students to a high level of 74 students. In 1990, the Annex building was raised to a bi-level facility which gave relief to the limited facilities available, but it must be emphasized that enrollment and buildings are not what make a great school. It is the people, both the type of student and the type of home from which they come, that have the greatest effect upon what is accomplished by a school. Another influence is the church each family attends. Thus, Damascus Christian Academy will continue to maintain an enrollment policy that takes all three of these factors into account.
A dedicated faculty forms the core personnel of our Academy. These teachers invest their lives in the student, as well as the whole Academy, by sacrificing both finances and time. Some receive NO pay, some pay or have paid tuition, others receive a token salary, but they do it willingly, just as parents sacrifice and give through tuition and love gifts.
The premisis of a Christian philosophy of education are antagonistic with those of contemporary secularist public education. The purpose of Christian education is to direct the development of believers toward Godliness of character and actions. The Christian School is only a part of the total effort of Christian education. Christian education must begin in the home, under the direction of believing parents, and in particular the believing father.
The church is also given Spiritual authority for teaching, for the purpose of edifying the body of Christ. The Christian school was developed by believers as an institution to reinforce the educational ministries of the home and church. Since parents (and specifically fathers) are primarily responsible for the education of their children, those enrolling in Damascus Christian Academy have delegated this responsibility to the school, under their approval. Others have chosen to homeschool; still others authorize the public school system to educate their children. We believe in this principle: the home and the church and the school (educational system selected),should all be in agreement in what is taught. If one of these institutions is in disagreement, then it can be expected the child will often reject all three, i.e. the faith.
In Christian education, students are taught to know and imitate God in His character and in His works. Personal knowledge of God begins by faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour, and continues by obedience to God's will revealed in the Bible. No school can be regarded as an institution of Christian education unless it is composed mainly of students who possess this personal knowledge of and relationship with God. Therefore, Damascus Christian Academy will always seek to direct the students entrusted to its care to "hunger and thirst after righteousness." The development of a godly life in students depends not only upon the imitations of God in the parents, but also in the life of Christian teachers, whose position in Christian education is one of authority and service; authority to control and shape a student's behavior in order to serve him by meeting his spiritual needs in accordance with Scriptural commands, exhortations, or examples.