Seven principles that define a Madison Academy education take root in our Mission Statement of providing a quality education in a Christian environment that will help our students grow in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man.
For faith to be genuine, it must be a personal choice. Our faith does not shield us from the influences of our culture, or from pain and disappointment, but it gives us context for life that holds us accountable to a higher standard and direction in the midst of life’s most difficult challenges. We present our students with the evidence, model the behavior, and expose them to opportunities of being the touch of Jesus in our world.
We believe in a Creator who cares for and uniquely gifts each of us to make a difference in the world. Whether we serve society through medicine, science, the arts, or law, we are challenged to love our neighbors, respect our leaders, and be people of integrity. We are challenged to look beyond ourselves to serve others. The alternative is narcissism – a self-centered view of the world. As a community, we focus deliberately on the development of the skills and values that lead away from preoccupation with self to adult lives of purpose.
Most educational models focus solely on outcomes. A thirst for knowledge and the excitement of discovery should be our objectives. Success in scholastic achievement, as in life, comes from disciplined preparation. Since our move to the Ashburn campus in 1998, Mustang athletics have won more than two dozen state championship trophies. While these accomplishments have provided the school with national exposure, it is the transforming impact of focusing on process and preparation instead of outcomes that will serve our students in life. Students are free to explore and create when this same philosophy is applied to academics. This focus on process and preparation can produce extraordinary outcomes beyond our imaginations.
Experts have observed that our education system crushes creativity. Schools begin by teaching to “color inside the lines” and continue by “teaching to the test.” While the requirements of grades and assessments are ingrained in our system, we know creativity is the incubator of invention. Our students must be prepared for collaborative working environments where creative thinking and problem solving are the critical skills. We were created in the image of the Creator, so it is in our nature to create.
We strive to instill character traits like integrity, compassion, and fairness. We hope to shape students to be honest in the classroom and play by the rules in athletic competition. We must not only be able to discern right from wrong, we must make the behavioral choices of a disciplined life. The ultimate goal of a school is not to instill knowledge. While this is a function of education, our mission is instill wisdom. We envision students with compassionate and discerning minds who use their knowledge to the glory of God and the service of mankind.
Each generation is unique. Each has its own vocabulary and its own context of information. Madison Academy, Alabama’s first Apple Distinguished School, is committed to providing the technology, curriculum, and professional development to challenge and prepare today’s student for success in college and tomorrow’s workforce.
Our perspective compels our students to look beyond themselves through engagement in community life, service to others, and the responsibilities of leadership. Madison Academy’s traditions of chapel and engagement in service organizations, along with daily conversations in classes and locker rooms, embrace the moral issues in the world today and in students’ personal lives. We are exposed to the needs of others through domestic and international missions. We care for and encourage each other. Lifelong relationships are formed among students with each other, teachers, and coaches. Parents participate in this community by working together in support organizations, involvement in school trips, dialogues with teachers and administration, and building friendships.