St. Raphael School Offers Orthodox Response to Education Trends

St. Raphael School Offers Orthodox Response to Education Trends

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In just two weeks, St. Raphael School will begin its third year in operation. What is St. Raphael School? It began as the work of Dr. James Taylor–professor of education, teacher, philosopher, and author of Poetic Knowledge: the Recovery of Education–which he called St. Raphael Orthodox Online Homeschool.

Though the name is a little shorter now, the mission of the school continues to expand, energized by a growing number of dedicated families and talented teachers. Together, they aim to develop and deliver a uniquely Orthodox curriculum, designed for home school families, through daily classes taught by live teachers in online classrooms.

The convergence of two trends gave birth to St. Raphael School. The first was a growing number of Orthodox home schooling families searching for community and a curriculum tailored specifically to their needs–one which harmonizes with the life of the Church and gives proper emphasis to the spirituality and history of Eastern Christianity. A second trend, the growing interest in Orthodoxy among those involved with the Classical Christian Education movement, has made St. Raphael School a natural home for those who are already invested in traditional education but appreciate the riches of the ancient Faith.

Last year, Dr. Taylor handed over his duties as Director to Adam Lockridge. Adam is a home-schooling father, classical educator, and a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Overland Park, Kansas. Though Dr. Taylor continues in his role as Founder and Consultant, he has been freed from the responsibilities of day-to-day teaching and operations as he prepares to take up residence in Holy Archangel Michael and All Angels Skete, a fairly recent canonical monastery established on 80 acres of woods in northwest Missouri. Taylor says: “My very long journey has led me to the monastic door. I go in hoping to spend and end my days on earth there. We shall see. God knows. Certainly, my heart longs to be there and I ask for your prayers to persevere as well as to always discern His Loving Will.”


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