A Statement Regarding Gender Identity
From the Board of Directors of Bellevue Christian School
Bellevue Christian School (BCS) strives to provide a learning environment that recognizes the uniqueness of every student created in God’s image and likeness. This school aims to promote the spiritual, physical, and intellectual development of students in a loving, learning environment that upholds the teachings of Scripture.
In the last decade or so there has been a growing acceptance of the notion that gender is a social construct, in other words, a creation of culture. This claim contradicts the truth of Scripture which makes a very different claim, namely, that God created male and female, and that the idea of male and female is very good.
BCS is committed to a traditional Biblical worldview. As a private institution, we accept students and families who are in accord with our vision for Christian education. The primary factor of acceptance is a willingness to cooperate in developing a Biblical worldview.
Our view on gender identity is reflective of God’s creative acts, and we will continue to uphold a traditional Biblical worldview: 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 (ESV)
At BCS we regard all students as children of God equally entitled to love and compassion. This is clearly articulated in the BCS Educational Confession: Because human beings are created in God’s image, every person is of inestimable worth and deserves to be treated with love and respect. No difference of race, ability, sex, creed, status, class or anything else, can make one human being of greater or lesser worth than another. The deepest beliefs of other persons and other cultures, wrong though they may be, must be treated with the same respect which the Apostle Paul accorded the convictions of the people of Athens.
To ensure that all members of the community work together in an atmosphere of safety, respect, and dignity, BCS utilizes practices for the safety, health and educational needs of all students, including those with questions surrounding gender identity.
We consider questions about gender identity to be primarily a family, church, and counseling issue. As an extension of the Christian home, we will work with parents, therapists and medical professionals to provide a caring environment where students can work towards achieving the school’s mission.
This statement will serve to guide administrators and faculty at BCS as they interact with students and their families facing gender identity questions.