Lipscomb Academy is “Our Place”
It is our desire for Lipscomb Academy to be a school where every student, parent, and teacher feels that it is “Our Place.” Everyone should feel a sense of belonging and value. As Lipscomb becomes more culturally diverse, we must work intentionally and purposefully to see that this happens. We believe that, as human beings mature, they are shaped by their culture and environment; and they often experience the world around them through the lens of culture.
In 2013-14 Lipscomb Academy has students from at least 25 different cultures. This means that we have 24 minority cultures represented in the academy. We also believe that the diverse backgrounds found at Lipscomb bring a rich array of culture from six of the seven continents in the world. Antarctica is the only continent not represented. Over 20 different religious affiliations are represented at the academy as well. These global perspectives enrich our school learning environment.
Different perspectives create opportunity for learning. Diversity takes on many forms like gender, ethnicity, age, grade level, citizenship, political views, religious beliefs, socio-economic level and many other forms. We desire for Lipscomb to be a school where we are united in purpose even though we are diverse in background and perspective. Our lives will be enriched because we care for each other regardless of our differences.
The following are the foundational principles of “Our Place”:
God created us in His image and loves us.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. - Genesis 1:27
For God so loved the world
Jesus tells us to love your neighbor as yourself.
And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. - Matthew 22:39
When we live in Christ, other differences are insignificant
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. - Galatians 3:28
God’s people are stronger when they stand together in Him.
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. - Ecclesiastes 4:12
Each person is living in God’s story, and He has a purpose for our lives.
. . . the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose. – 2 Tim. 1,8b – 9a