Quick Facts- Grammar School
Quick Facts: Grammar School (Grades K-5)
PreK - Second Grade Curriculum
Children experience the world of reading through a phonics-based curriculum and enticing literature cycling through historical periods. Latin and English grammar are taught through songs and motions. Math and science are discovered by looking into the numbers and patterns in nature.
Third - Fifth Grade Curriculum
Students will begin to write well-formed paragraphs using principles of English grammar and reasoning. Latin is taught using stories and games. Observation of nature characterize science and math including math facts. Art, music, geography and physical education enrich the curriculum.
Class Field Trips
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Redeemer Classical School is an independent Christian school without institutional ties to any church or denomination and is governed by a board of directors. Our statement of faith is focused on the truths that have bound orthodox Christians together through the ages, across the boundaries of time, place, race, denomination and tradition. All Redeemer faculty members subscribe to this statement, but it is not a requirement for parents or students.
The study of history is central to classical education. As with many great accomplishments, the link between what we study and why it makes better thinkers is not always obvious. Western history, art, and literature provide a unique window into the formative cultures of our own. If you simply learn the who, what, when, and where of history, you probably will not get much out of it.
When a student is immersed in the mind of historical people, he develops a sense of perspective. He slowly comes to realize the limits of his own worldview and how those limits affect his thinking. This is the great power of the classical approach — it permits us to act with reason rather than presumption. Redeemer students concentrate on one period of history at a time. Students investigate each time period in depth through the perspectives, works, words and deeds of artists, musicians, writers, scientists, mathematicians, theologians, philosophers, historians and heroes belonging to a particular stage of history. The study of history at Redeemer Classical is roughly divided into four sections:
Ancients (5000 BC-400 AD)
Middle Ages (400-1600)
Late Renaissance (1600-1850)
Modern Times (1850-Present)
Each year in school, students move chronologically through a section of the timeline. The following year, the students pick up with the next section and continue their travels through history, so they get to cycle through history in greater depth at each stage of the trivium.
Yes. Redeemer Classical School is accredited by Christian Schools International whose accreditation process has been approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education as authorized by the Virginia State Board of Education.
Music and art are an integral part of classical education. All Redeemer students have regular music and art classes. By studying music, theater, and the fine arts in their historical context, we come to know the views that produced them. RCS also has a unique and exceptional handbell program
Yes, students have regular classes in structured physical education where they learn a wide variety of sports and learn how to set and meet physical improvement goals. In addition, numerous other opportunites are given for active learning as well as unstructured time outside. Students are also able to participate in extra-curricular sports teams such as cross country and track and field, and clubs such as volleyball and basketball.
Classical education is an excellent way to educate children whatever their abilities. Gifted children will do well in many different educational environments. They can excel at Redeemer, as we provide a challenging and robust academic environment. Classical education works with the natural development of the child and teaches fundamental skills in grammar, logic, history, math, and science. This knowledge is accessible to everyone; it is knowledge that forms the basis of good thinking. Moreover, classical education communicates these skills in a way that is enjoyable. Finally, at Redeemer, we stress that education is holistic, engaging the entire person. And so we aim to provide a moral and spiritual grounding which is invaluable for every student — whatever his or her academic ability may be. Everyone deserves a classical education.
One of the benefits of classical education is that effective classroom teaching reduces the need for excessive homework, especially in the lower grades. While some homework is necessary to develop study skills, the amount of homework given to grammar-stage students at Redeemer Classical School will be minimal. The faculty members coordinate homework load in middle school to ensure it is not excessive
When an older student transitions into classical education, there is typically an adjustment period in which that student is introduced to new material and educational methods. With a little work, the transition is one in which students typically come through extremely well. Most importantly, we are committed to shepherding students through this process. So, for example, if your child has not had any Latin, he or she will be put in the beginning Latin class. Our teachers, you will find, are generous with their time. They are happy to provide extra help when the need arises.
In short, we try to accommodate them. Subjects such as Latin, reading, and math can be taught at the same time period throughout the school so that students may be placed in the appropriate level. We believe this affords enough flexibility for students who need either an extra challenge or extra grounding in a particular subject. Our teachers are also happy to work with students and parents to provide whatever assistance is needed
Great minds begin by reading great books. While we do utilize a few textbooks, we seek to offer students direct contact with great minds as much as possible. Our students read the great books that have formed Western thought for centuries. They also read good books, classic literature, and a wide variety of source documents in all disciplines. Students who read good books write better because they have history’s best teachers. More importantly, the ideas in good books inspire and educate students for a lifetime.
Knowledge of classical languages increases English vocabulary
Classical languages aid in the understanding of English grammar
Latin is the key to modern languages.
Latin students perform exceptionally well on standardized tests and are sought after by competitive colleges.
Several careers require knowledge of classical languages.
Knowledge of the classics increases cultural literacy.
Classical history is our history.
The cultural experience of the ancient world is highly relevant to us today.
The classical curriculum imparts exceptional intellectual discipline.
The classical curriculum inspires moral insight and virtue
The classical curriculum forms aesthetic judgment