At A2OCA, we strive to offer a Christ-centered, loving, and academically-challenging, learning environment for our students. When placing Christ at the center of all learning, we honor the Creator of all and recognize our place and purpose in this life (to be images of Christ and to strive for Theosis) and we prepare students to stay steadfast in the faith when faced with the challenges of secular living.
A typical school day at A2OCA includes:
* church attendance on certain Feast Days;
* morning and afternoon prayer;
* reading the life of a Saint of that day;
* reading the Gospel reading for that day;
* recitations (grammar, geography, mathematics, Latin [starting in 2nd grade]);
* lessons in language arts, mathematics, science, poetry, history/geography, cultural studies, fine arts (visual, music); and
* Latin instruction (starting in 2nd grade), with other languages (Ancient Greek, Church Slavonic) added in later years.
The purchase of a school uniform is required for each student in our Microschooling, Blended Learning, and Full-Time programs. More information will be shared with families upon enrollment. In the coming years we wish to offer a buy-back program so that we can purchase lightly-used student uniforms from parents and offer them back to other A2OCA families at an affordable cost.
School uniform-wearing not only enriches the learning environment within the classical education tradition (e.g., by decreasing distractions, increasing student professionalism, etc.), but, also, deepens students’ feelings of school community and supports their development of the virtues of humbleness and self-discipline. In case you are interested, the following articles provide information on some benefits of school uniform-wearing:
Baumann, Chris; Krskova, Hana. International Journal of Educational Management, 2016. DOI: 10.1108/IJEM-09-2015-0118.
Summary: “[F]or countries where students wear school uniforms, our study found that students listen significantly better, there are lower noise levels, and lower teaching waiting times with classes starting on time.”
Gentile, Elizabetta; Imberman, Scott A. Journal of Urban Economics, 2012, Vol. 71. doi: 10.1016/j.jue.2011.10.002.
Abstract: “By including student and school fixed-effects we find evidence that uniform adoption improves attendance in secondary grades, while in elementary schools they generate large increases in teacher retention.”
Enrichment activities are offered based on parent/student needs/interests. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Each A2OCA family is requested to donate 20 hours of their time per trimester to help foster community-building relationships and offset operating costs. We invite you to learn more here.