Our Promise


We believe God has given parents the primary responsibility for the education of their children. Therefore we will value parents as genuine partners in their children’s education, and we will actively seek to strengthen their involvement in the school wherever possible.


We believe God’s purpose is to reconcile all things in heaven and earth together under Christ. Therefore we will seek to preserve the unity of the spirit and create a school community that reflects the denominational, cultural, ethnic, and economic harmony which the Lord desires for the body of Christ.


We believe a child’s education is enhanced by a disciplined and orderly environment. Therefore our students will reflect order in their appearance, and we will vigorously promote the biblical virtues of kindness, politeness, respect, and self-discipline.


We believe the Bible instructs us to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city.” (Jeremiah 29:7) Therefore Promise Academy will become a means of blessing and renewing the city of Tyler and beyond, to the cities of our world.


Promise Academy is founded on the conviction that — as an outpouring of God’s goodness and grace — all children are created with promise, and we believe that it is to God’s glory to nurture, affirm and fight for every child’s potential and God-given gifts. We also believe God created children as body, mind, and spirit. Therefore we foster an educational program that addresses the needs of the whole child, including the spiritual dimension.


The goal of education is to produce lifelong learners. We believe demonstrated academic achievement is a true basis for community leadership and gaining access to opportunity. Therefore Promise sets high standards of academic achievement. We also recruit outstanding teachers and use textbooks of the highest quality.


We believe the Golden Rule implies that we should work for the same educational opportunities for the children of the city that we desire for the children of the suburbs. Therefore we joyfully share with the poor in our midst the resources God has entrusted to us. “This is true religion that our God accepts as pure and faultless: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27) Tyler’s six low-performing schools are all north of Front Street. Only a quarter of college-bound graduates from the North Tyler high school are considered “college-ready” based on testing scores. The abundance of private schools in Tyler are all south of Front Street, and most of them south of Loop 323. Even if these schools were more geographically accessible, the financial chasm between already reduced tuition and the financial reality of these families is often impassible.