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Our School

mission

St. Raphael School came into existence to serve homeschooling Orthodox families.  We offer classes for K-12 students based primarily on the classic Good and Great Books from Western and Eastern European culture.  All classes take place in the collegial spirit of the Orthodox Church where education is seen as a friend to theosis, our journey of transformation into the life of Christ.  While we are committed to preserving an environment of Orthodoxy for our students, we welcome inquiries and applications from non-Orthodox students.  We will happily offer some further information and guidance on how to determine if the program is a good fit.

vision

In accordance with our mission St. Raphael School, with God's help, aims to...

  • Create a complete curriculum uniquely suited for Orthodox families in the spirit of a classical, liberal arts education

  • Connect Orthodox homeschooling families with teachers and tutors in an online classroom environment

  • Provide ongoing and up-to-date resources, articles, and reviews from the perspective of the Orthodox faith

  • Deliver a poetic and holistic education drawing extensively on the classics

  • Utilize technological resources to offer a worthwhile education at a low cost

pedagogy

We are unique not only by using classic books in these days of popular culture education, and of teaching them in a thoughtful manner, we are also unique in this regard: the classroom is conceived as members of the body of Christ, made in the image of God, Baptized and Chrismated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

We never consider our students as mere names or numbers – or even as mere “students”. When we experience the truth, beauty and goodness in our books and conversations, it is the whole person as icon of God whose heart is lifted up, the heart of man which is the intellectual and spiritual center of every person. It is in this mode of education that we begin to see into the mystery of things.

Following from this Orthodox Christian vision of the classroom and the enlightened view of the human person, classes from St. Raphael's are taught in the “conversational mode” rather than mere lecture. The term “conversation” indicates a “turning together” around a subject of significance and the questions of wonder and inquiry that naturally follow.