Our Philosophy – We believe that a child’s interests and passions are the key to his or her high school education and life-long learning, and that learning best takes place when each student is an active participant in his or her education. Our focus is not only on knowledge acquisition but is also on knowledge utilization.
We strive to develop life-long learners with the ability to apply academic, practical, and creative knowledge to real life experiences and challenges; this is why we believe that school-based learning is most effective when blended with outside experiences that broaden and deepen students’ learning and interests.
Uplifting Education is defined by its commitment to guide students with care and concern toward their full potential not only in academics but in attitude, responsibility, and skills for work, learning, and life. Our school is built around the recognition that each student has unique interests, needs, and abilities that the educational program must take into account.
We believe that the key to academic achievement lies in fostering students’ individual interests and encouraging their active participation in the learning process.
Students become motivated to make effort and rise above mistakes or difficulties when they are learning what they are passionate about. Uplifting Education focuses on authentic learning in order to develop students’ abilities to apply academic knowledge and skills to real life experiences and challenges.
Our Life Goals Approach – There are three basic goals of life that systems of education should to be aware of and address if they are to educate responsibly. Bearing these goals in mind shapes education to fulfill its deepest purpose: to produce well-rounded, capable, and benevolent people who are a boon to society and to themselves.
Developing a mature heart and character is the first basic goal of life and of education. Yet it is not an end in itself. Ultimately the goal of developing heart and character is to become a person capable of altruistically loving others. True love cannot be separated from virtues such as respect, responsibility, fairness, honesty, loyalty, unselfishness and others, as these are concerned with the way to properly relate with others. Virtues facilitate the flow of love in human relationships. A person of virtue is a mature person capable of beneficial and loving relationships, which are further contexts for fostering human development and growth. To develop loving relationships, especially in the context of a family, then, is the second basic goal of life and education.
As people develop their knowledge, skills, and technical expertise, they have the potential to be of enormous benefit to the larger society. With their maturity and sense of social responsibility, such people can balance their natural desire for personal success with the larger purpose of serving their society. Making a contribution to society is the third basic goal of life and education.
The “Life Goals Approach” pursues and fulfills these three life goals that point the way to valuable and productive lives. The ethical center guiding these three goals is true love.
The first is becoming a person of mature character who learns self-control and develops the capacity to love.
The second goal is establishing a happy and healthy family and experiencing the ethical and loving relationships that result from family life.
The third goal is using our creative abilities to make a positive contribution to society.
By designing our educational system with these three life goals in mind, we can help our young people find true satisfaction and fulfillment in life while realizing their full potential as human beings.
Diagram illustrating a Balanced Education where heart is stressed more than intellect or norms.