To educate, train, and develop leaders who are able to give back to their own communities in meaningful ways.
Akili students are accountable to God, their communities, and themselves. They are accountable first to God, who provides them with the greatest sacrifice and illustration of love in Christ, offering a new identity and opportunities (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). They are accountable to their communities, including their families, local churches, classmates, and teachers as we are “members of one another” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). Akili students are also accountable to themselves, taking ownership of their own choices (Romans 14:12).
“We are each other’s harvest, we are each other’s business, we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” – Gwendolyn Brooks
Akili students learn to reason and to apply their thinking to worthy subjects and goals. Through developing life-long critical thinking habits, students analyze and understand their world and the thoughts of others, discern misinformation and faulty reasoning, and resist mental carelessness (Romans 12:2). Students apply this thinking to a broad knowledge of God through the study of his Word (1 Peter 2:2), the study of his creation through the Sciences and Mathematics (Psalm 19), and the study of his people through Language Arts, the Social Sciences, and World Languages (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). Akili students do not live in an ivory tower, but will apply this knowledge to benefit their community, combining street-smarts and book-smarts (Proverbs 2:9-11).
"Truth is powerful and it prevails.” – Sojourner Truth
Akili students demonstrate consistent commitment to the values of God, namely truth and love (Matthew 22:36-40). Akili students express integrity through honesty and transparency while not compromising godly values in difficult situations (Colossians 3:9-10). Students maintain these values as a sense of personal conviction, understanding the most important quality in a leader is his or her character and therefore refusing to live a life of hypocrisy (1 Timothy 3:8-9).
“The time is always right to do what is right.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Akili students are devoted to sacrificial and active others-centered love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). They are motivated by the love that God has shown them personally, and since God’s love is not limited to specific people, Akili students strive to show love to all (John 3:16-17). They forgive those who hurt them and resolve conflict in a godly manner (Ephesians 4:25-27). They encourage their peers towards God by speaking the truth in love, and they rely on the love that God provides as they move positively towards others.
“While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.” – Maya Angelou
Akili students are called by God to be influencers for good in the lives of others, actively following Jesus as the ultimate model of servant leadership (Mark 10:42-45). Rather than conforming to cultural values and societal pressure, they open themselves to the Holy Spirit's influence by practicing the means by which God has given Christians to grow: praying, studying the Bible, actively participating in Christian community, serving others, and being an example while suffering (Romans 12:1-2). Akili students recognize that all great influencers lead by example while being under authority, whether God’s or human, and as such Akili students respect and recognize the leadership God has placed in their lives (Hebrews 13:7; 17).
“Godly leadership is not about attaining recognition or glory; it’s all about serving others.” – John M. Perkins
Akili students never quit. They work hard, aware they are stewards of the special gifts that God has given them (1 Corinthians 4:2,7). Students understand that developing character requires perseverance, endurance, and patience through difficulties, striving toward contentment (Romans 5:3-4). Akili students maintain focus on their goals and discipline themselves to reach those goals (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). Finally, students see their sufferings as an opportunity to come alongside one another to achieve more than they could alone (Romans 12:15).
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass