DKA Educational Values


In keeping with our mission statement and educational philosophy, the following values provide a framework for the student’s educational experience and for assessing student progress.

Develop Social and Cultural Sensitivity

Students are encouraged to foster an understanding of both national and international cultures and to develop an appreciation for the richness and interdependence of multicultural communities. This anticipates respect by students for the dignity of each person as a unique image-bearer of God.

Develop Christian Character

This value emphasizes the need for students to cultivate a maturing Christian lifestyle and worldview. Such growth, maturity, and character formation for students encompass all aspects of life, including the intellectual, social, and physical habits of fitness and wellbeing.

Live out a Christian Worldview

This value stresses the educational importance of the thoughtful integration of biblical truth by students into the totality of life experience and learning. Thus, biblical truth is not only a part but also a condition of general knowledge. Students are encouraged to develop a coherent view of contemporary issues from a biblical perspective.

Learn Effective Vocational Skills

Students must meet the requirements for effective service in their vocational pursuit, through study in organized fields of learning and practical experience. This value presupposes a vocational application of the students’ study to areas of community development, training of others, and management of ongoing enterprises. Likewise, this value anticipates a commitment to vocational currency, continuing education, and lifelong learning.

Develop Analytical and Creative Thinking Skills

Students need to develop skills in critical and analytical thinking and to value the unity of truth. This value also presupposes the development of problem-solving techniques and research methodology, as well as ways of expressing ideas clearly, logically, thoughtfully, and persuasively through aesthetic, oral and written forms.

Understanding Personal and Group Relationships

Students should grow in the area of understanding others and become responsible, compassionate, and productive participants in society. This value pre-supposes service to society, family, and the church through personal example, leadership, and organizational skills.