Our Vision Statement
Liberty University Online Academy (LUOA) seeks to lead students to faith in Jesus Christ and to develop young men and women who adhere to a Christian worldview and are prepared to participate as godly members of home, church, and society.
Our Mission Statement
To work toward our vision, Liberty University Online Academy (LUOA) seeks to provide support to parents and guardians in their biblical responsibility to train their children to become Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.
The philosophy of LUOA is based on the premise that man’s ultimate purpose is to glorify God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 10:31); thus LUOA serves as an extension of the family to aid them in their God-given responsibility to educate their own children for the glory of God (Psalm 78:5-6). LUOA exists to help each student reach his full potential by guiding him in developing spiritually, morally, personally, socially, and academically (Luke 2:52). The faculty and staff recognize that only when a student accepts Christ as Savior and yields to His Lordship can he realize his own unique potential (Romans 10:10-13). LUOA is an academic arm of Liberty University. Teachers and administrative staff must be born-again, professing Christians who are committed to living for Jesus Christ, understanding that their lives serve as an example to those whom they teach. Education and learning are biblical imperatives (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Proverbs 3:1-9); therefore, all instruction is biblically based (Deuteronomy 4:2-9). The curriculum was designed and is maintained based on the following biblical themes:
LUOA believes that a child’s education is the God-given responsibility of parents, as taught in the Bible, and exists to help Christian parents fulfill this responsibility by educating and equipping their children according to the teachings of Scripture and by providing godly role models. Therefore, LUOA is in partnership with parents, delivering proven educational materials through modern technology, and allowing families to receive expert instruction and support practically anywhere in the world.
LUOA embraces the biblical teaching that mankind is created uniquely in the image of God, and that man is a spiritual, physical and social being; therefore, we place emphasis on the whole child. At the same time, LUOA recognizes that, due to man’s fallen, sinful nature, discipline is needed to train the will and to build redeeming character, appropriate behavior and good habits in the student. In the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he identifies mankind as individuals who are unique and who possess special talents and abilities. Acknowledging these differences, LUOA teachers will attempt to reach and teach each individual student according to his or her academic and spiritual gifts. LUOA’s individualizing process meets grade-level standards while providing each student with appropriate learning tasks at appropriate times.
An integral part of the LUOA learning process is the ongoing conversations between the student and their adult-guide. Feedback from these sessions helps the school to devise a personalized learning plan that can be adjusted as needed. With a regular flow of communication between students, parents and the school, students can correct, apply and broaden what they have learned. Moreover, these contacts provide checkpoints at which teachers can provide consultation, guidance, motivation and/or instruction about an application, and share thoughts and ideas.
In this view of the learning process, education is modeled as well as taught. Personalized instruction brings to life the things that ought to be learned. The parents and teachers act as models that personify life’s challenges and help to bring about learning. They are motivators who encourage. They are guides who help lead and direct students to a transformed life. From a distance, Academy teachers fill this role and help parents to understand and fill their roles. Thus, the distant teacher does not replace but rather augments the education the student receives at home and church.
The curriculum and course materials provided by LUOA are intended to support instruction that affirms Christian truth; the belief that we live in a created universe where all truth emanates from God as a guide for life (Nehemiah 9:6). Knowledge is presented as being both discovered and revealed, and the Bible is presented as the inspired, inerrant word of God and the sole Authority for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16).
Course materials teach that mankind is specially created in God’s image and that man’s sub-creative imagination and powers are inherent from that creation. The reality of evil and the fallen or sinful nature of man are presented in concordance with the belief that one can only receive personal salvation through belief in Christ, and Him alone.
Furthermore, curriculum materials are designed to help students achieve academic standards and master various skills that allow them to acquire further knowledge. The curriculum designers are experienced classroom teachers and education experts who utilize the personalized, individualized model for program delivery. Materials were designed to meet the academic needs of most students in grades K -12. Their research-based design incorporates many key features, including a formative and summative assessment system, and the use of individualized learning goals. LUOA curriculum materials provide each student with content (scope and sequence) and performance (mastery level) baseline. This provides an instructional base from which a personalized educational program is delivered, which includes criteria for a mastery competence level. User-friendly instruction directs students through the learning process, identifying benchmarks for mastery learning performance levels. This allows the student to work independently and learn responsibility by setting and accomplishing goals.
Information technology has enabled the parent-teacher partnership and personalized education to flourish from a distance. With LUOA, parents can choose a personalized curriculum that is best fitted to their student’s learning style and the family’s economic and technical capability.