Music Theater

Music Theater starts this Wednesday. Click here to sign up Days: Wednesday & Thursday Afternoons April 19, April 20, April 26, April 27, May 3, May 4, May 10, May 11 (8 rehearsals) Grades: 4 – 8 Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Rehearsal Location: Sanctuary Performance Date & Location: May 12, Valor Cost: Free Only 2 spots left Please prepare a 1 minute monologue and 1 minute song to…

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Happy Easter

Easter means different things to different people. For some it’s about candy and toys. For others, it’s about family get-togethers and represents the comfort and warmth of home. To still others, Easter Sunday is just another day… God is not involved. But to many, and to us at Arma Dei Academy, Resurrection Sunday is much, much more. To us Easter represents a connection to something and Someone greater; there is…

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Easter Celebration

Like a lot of stories, the Easter story is dramatic. Like a lot of dramatic stories, it’s true. And like a lot of true stories it involves betrayal and death. But unlike any other story it ends – or really where it begins – with the resurrection of Christ. Jesus the Son of God was crucified on a cross, but he didn’t stay on the cross. He is alive! We…

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Robotics Club

Congratulations Robotics Club!! Competition in eight robotic challenges took place on Saturday, April 1, at Rocky Heights Middle School. Arma Dei placed 1st in Minesweeper (Shane Pranno), 1st in Black Line (Shane Pranno), and 3rd in RoboDance (Ethan Rainey). Robotic Challenges: Black Line: Robot must navigate a black line course. Minesweeper: Robot must clear a 36 inch square mat of 40-1 inch square blocks. Hill Climb/Speed Conversion: Robot must complete…

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8th Grade Gift

Each year the 8th grade class gives a gift to the school to show their gratitude of an amazing Christ-centered education. This legacy gift reminds current students of the young men and women that have gone on before them and are now changing this world for Christ. This year, the class of 2017, would like to purchase a beautiful piece of art to be hung on the large wall of…

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Ancient Egypt

Second Grade students at Arma Dei Academy begin a chronological study of history and the Bible. This provides the student with an overview of events from creation through the fall of Egypt to Rome. Emphasis is on how the one true God, the God of the Israelites, not the false gods of the Egyptians or other cultures, created the world and worked through history to bring about his purpose. God’s…

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Speech Meet

Arma Dei Academy and Augustine Classical Academy joined together for the first Speech Meet in each school’s history. Grades 1-7 competed in the memorization and presentation of poetry, Bible, and various other readings. Grade 8 engaged in a lively debate. First Place Winners Click here to view videos 1st Grade Marshall Foley The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 2nd Grade Austin Butler Egypt and Menes by…

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Lent

Yesterday, March 1, was Ash Wednesday. This began a 40-day period when Christians all over the world remember their sinfulness, ask God’s forgiveness, repent and recognize that God’s forgiveness comes at an infinite price – the death of Jesus Christ on the cross on our behalf. This year let’s make it about something bigger, something beyond ourselves. This year we can put our relationship with Christ as our highest priority….

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The fourth grade presents the periodic table

The fourth grade presented the periodic table in song at Chapel last week, along with a special “volcano” science experiment. The periodic table is a tabular arrangement of the chemical elements, ordered by their atomic number, electron configurations, and recurring chemical properties. This ordering shows periodic trends, such as elements with similar behavior in the same column. It also shows four rectangular blocks with some approximately similar chemical properties. In…

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Chronological Study of History

Arma Dei Academy purposefully selects our curriculum and pursues a chronological study of history. It is our desire for each student to not only know the who, what, where, when and why of events, but that they are able to place themselves on God’s timeline and connect and relate the events to their lives. Each year every grade level has an opportunity to share their excitement and bring to life…

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Incoming Head of School, Mr. Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor will be joining our community as Head of School on July 1, 2017. He currently lives in Corpus Christi, TX, along with his wife Emily and two children, Ellena and Corin. He loves the outdoors, from snowboarding to canoeing, and is a voracious reader. His favorite place to camp is in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. Mr. Taylor comes to us as an experienced leader and administrator…

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Why Classical Education?

We as parents and educators are constantly asked, Why Classical Education? Besides that it is proven, not a trend, and been around for thousands of years – there are many reasons why Classical Education is considered by many the best way to educate a child. One such educator, Jody Capehart, has a great synopsis of Classical education. Additionally, we encourage you to read more about classical Christian education by checking…

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Cursive writing is important in the learning process at Arma Dei Academy and it starts in kindergarten. By MARIA KONNIKOVA JUNE 2, 2014 New York Times Read more here  Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency…

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Diving Deep Into The Classics

Classical education includes reading and diving deep into the classics. Fifth graders are learning first hand in the book, “Calico Captive” by Elizabeth George Spear, about true friendship. Their teacher Mrs. Wenger quoted President George Washington, “Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.” Students have had several thought provoking discussions on this topic alone….

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Is Classical Christian Education Traditional or Progressive? Yes.

by Dr. Aaron Denlinger Ours is an age that values the new over the old. We all want the newest fashion, the latest release, the most recent model of whatever technology is currently sweeping the marketplace, because we’ve been shaped by our culture to value that which is new over that which is old. Our privileging of the new and exciting over the old is reflected in our shopping habits…

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February Open House

More and more families are going back to what has been time tested. Classical education has been proven, is not a trend, and has been around for over 2,000 years. Come see why our students are passionate about learning and becoming life-long learners with this proven method of teaching.

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The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education

The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education Excerpt taken from https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-exponential-growth-of-classical-christian-education  Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra / January 9, 2017 On a Monday morning 17 years ago, Russ Gregg quit his job because of a sermon he’d heard the day before about “venturing something for God that’s a little bit crazy.” So he left his position as development director for a Christian school in one of Minneapolis’s wealthiest suburbs in order to launch a classical Christian…

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Epiphany

Mrs. Robi Marshall, Principal Christmas decorations are probably packed away at your home, but we hope that Christmas is not. Medievals celebrated Christmas for twelve continual days each with its own significance, often commemorating important events that surrounded the birth of Christ. Today, January 5th marks the twelfth and culminating day and is also known as Epiphany eve.Tomorrow highlights Epiphany, an important day for Christian believers. The Greek word Epiphany…

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2017-2018 School Year Preview

Join us Thursday, January 12 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. This meeting offers an overview of the upcoming  2017-2018 Arma Dei Academy school year and news about the academy’s growth and development. Classrooms will be open for touring. Please arrange for childcare.

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Matching Gift Opportunity

Matching Gift Opportunity Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalm 100:4 Because of an overwhelming response, generous families have offered to match up to $150,000.00 donated to Arma Dei Academy between now and December 31. Fifty-six donors, including students, grandparents, faculty, parents, and friends of the school, have contributed $139,315.82 to date. Please help us capture every penny of…

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Open House

Join us for an Information Open House at Arma Dei Academy January 4 at 9:00 A.M. Click here to RSVP

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Thankful

We are thankful that our students are learning to see the world through a Biblical lens and training to be Christ-like; we are thankful for our incredible parent community of like-minded families; we are thankful for our teachers who give of their time, talent and treasure equipping students to live purposefully and intelligently in service to God and others. <p></p>We are thankful for all of these things, but most of…

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Merry Christmas

Luke 2:1-14 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house…

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History is HIS Story

by Mrs. Wenger, 5th Grade Teacher We gather together in celebration as the students of Arma Dei Academy bring life to history. As is typical in Classical Christian schools around the country, Arma Dei students are immersed in a chronological study of History. History is HIS Story  – how God has been at work through all times and civilizations. “His Story” is the organizing backbone whereupon our entire curriculum is…

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The First Thanksgiving

by Mrs. Cindy Holden, 1st Grade Teacher Early American history is formally introduced in the First grade. Our students presented a drama depicting events that may have occurred at the first Thanksgiving celebration. We begin our studies in the fall with Columbus convincing world leaders that the world was a sphere and that if one traveled west, eventually they could return to the site of the beginning of their journey….

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Classical Schools – What happens when Christianity is silenced?

Article from The Classical Difference Read more here TALE OF TWO SCHOOLS In February of 2013, in a high school class at one of the nation’s largest secular classical school chains, a discussion was held. It was very impressive, but an unusual turn of events shed light on a problem. Earlier that week, in a class at a classical Christian school, juniors were discussing a passage midway through Dostoyevsky’s Brothers…

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WWII USS Arizona Survivor

Donald Stratton Seaman, First Class, US Navy Donald was born July 14, 1922, in Inavale, Nebraska. He enlisted in the US Navy in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1940 after gradating high school. After completing basic training at the Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, he reported for duty on the USS Arizona at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on December 9, 1940. He was assigned to the 6th Division, battle station port AA…

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Why should common core concern Christian parents?

The Common Core’s narrow, protected control of K–12 educational standards in the U.S. is unprecedented. For the past 100 years, progressive educators sought the holy grail of power in America—universal control of education. John Dewey, Charles Potter, and a host of other progressives made a play for universal educational control and standards in the early twentieth century. Charles Potter’s statement in the 1930s reveals this progressive intent: “What can theistic…

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Cur Lingua Latina?

  by Dr. Aaron Denlinger Why Latin? Why include Latin in a school curriculum? The question is a reasonable one. Latin, after all, is a “dead” language (meaning no one now speaks it as a first language). Wouldn’t some living language like Spanish or Mandarin Chinese open more doors for our students in the future? Are we wasting our students’ time and energy? Are we making them jump through some pedantic hoop merely so we…

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2016 ACCS Conference

Greg Vigil, Board Chairman I have attended this conference for five consecutive years and always come away refreshed and encouraged to learn from those who have gone before us who are willing to share lessons learned along the way. This year, I was especially challenged by a speaker on the Value Proposition of private education. It is my hope to invigorate our staff and board culture with a deeper passion…

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What U.S. students miss by not learning Latin

Recent reports have suggested that reintroducing the so-called “dead” languages of Latin and Greek may actually boost scores in reading, math, and science. So why does learning Latin seem to give students an advantage in life? Latin educators and authors Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn suggest seven possible reasons in their book Teaching the Trivium: 1. Latin is basic to English 2. Latin is a springboard for mastering other inflected languages,…

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The Benefits of a Classical Christian Education

by Principal Robi Marshall Twice in the last week, new families, asked me what a classical Christian graduate looks like?  Albeit, our academy educates only through eighth grade with students completing high school elsewhere, it begs a great question. And while just beginning our fifth year at Arma Dei Academy, stories of students I’ve taught in the past, educated at a classical Christian school, abound. Two weeks ago Kaitlyn graduated…

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Summer Reading

    Students entering grades K-2 must read and record a minimum of four books from The Classical Reader.  New families, this book has been purchased for you and will be available on May 20 in the lobby after chapel. Returning families, if you have misplaced The Classical Reader you may purchase it here.     Record sheets and book report forms may be downloaded here. Students entering grades 3-8 must complete 1 required reading book (list is below)…

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Once More, What is Classical Education?

by Christopher Perrin, PhD, CEO Classical Academic Press As I present seminars on classical education and train teachers around the country, I find that this question—What is classical education?—persists. Even experienced classical educators keep asking it. To be honest, I keep asking it, and have been asking it and answering it for nearly twenty years now. It is a profoundly important question for our time, and one we should continue…

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Easter

As we approach Easter this year, how will we appreciate it in a new way? In John 17, Jesus said that he had brought glory to the Father by accomplishing the work that the Father had given him to do.  Strangely, Jesus was referring not only to his work of healing, saving, serving and giving, but the work he was about to complete on the cross.  In his crucifixion and…

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Class Festivals

Author: Mrs. Robi Marshall Last week marked the beginning of three grammar grade level festivals that will be presented this spring in Chapel and gives a glance into the Arma Dei Academy course of study. Over the course of a student’s education here at Arma Dei Academy, boys and girls grow familiar with God’s unfolding plan from creation to today. Starting in second grade, students study ancient Israel and Egypt.  Each successive year, students learn about the next civilization God established and sustained. Third graders…

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At Chapel on Friday

Author: Mrs. Robi Marshall   At chapel on Friday,  seventh grade student leader, Ryan Lavey reminded us, that all that is taught at Arma Dei Academy is based on the principle that God is the creator of all that exists.  Therefore all knowledge, all that we learn, is interrelated and proceeds from Him.  Ryan directed our attention to the church calendar, which provides much instruction.  We are currently in the…

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3 Clues Why Today’s Students Can’t Write

According to Annie Holmquist in This 1897 Text Gives 3 Clues Why Today’s Students Can’t Write the Nation’s Report Card announced that only 27% of American 8th and 12th graders attained proficiency in writing. Why are American students such terrible writers? According to a text by Dr. Edwin Lewis entitled A First Book in Writing English, American schools, students, and even adults regularly violate three principles, which Lewis deemed essential…

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Go Broncos!

Recently, three of our students shared with their classmates, their dad’s journey in the NFL and his Super Bowl and AFC Championship Rings. Coach Rick Dennison, Broncos’ Offensive Coordinator and Arma Dei dad also received letters and prayers from sixth grade students for the upcoming Super Bowl.   Prior to leaving for the Super Bowl, Coach Dennison sent a special letter back to our students. He stated “It was such…

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National School Choice Week

Arma Dei Academy celebrates National School Choice Week with special events. National School Choice Week is an effort that raises awareness about the importance of education options for students. Invite a friend to tour Arma Dei Academy.  Thursday, Jan 28 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Chapel next Friday, Jan. 29 at 8:15 am.  Mrs. Holden will be speaking on Light, and the 1st Grade students will be presenting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s classic poem…

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Why I Chose a Classical School for My Children

by Lee Cordon on January 12, 2016 in Education, Homeschooling, School-Aged With the flip top wooden desks and lack of computers or iPads, you could easily mistake my daughter’s classical school for something out of the 1950s. But it’s not a longing for the good old days that motivated my husband and me to make the counter-cultural decision to send our daughters to a classical school. After five years of…

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One for the History Books

Arma Dei Academy hosts Thanksgiving event at Highlands Ranch Mansion by the Highlands Ranch Herald Arma Dei Academy, a classical Christian school at 345 Wildcat Reserve Parkway, held its annual Thanksgiving event at the Highlands Ranch Mansion on Nov. 30. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade dressed as prominent people from Colorado’s history and re-enacted scenes in different rooms of the mansion. Upstairs was a flashback to Colorado’s early industries. One…

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Veterans brought history to life

Arma Dei Academy and family members attend weekly Chapel on Friday mornings, but on November 6, 2015 a very special Veteran Day Celebration chapel was held. The Academy celebrated Veterans Day with almost 15 men and women, related to Arma Dei families, representing careers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Army Reserves. These decorated individuals honored and allowed the Academy to celebrate them and their service to our…

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Classical Christian education cooperates best as a model with the growing child’s mind

Classical Christian education cooperates best as a model with the growing child’s mind.  Ancient, yet contemporarily effective, classical Christian education applies the trivium to organize and graduate a students learning from the simple to the complex.  The trivium is known as the grammar, logic and rhetoric stages. In the grammar stage, a classical, Christian school teaches the structure, vocabulary, rules and conventions of each branch of learning.  Next the student is ready…

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The problem with one of the biggest changes in education around the world

By Roberto A. Ferdman There’s an interesting thing happening in countries where kids are the most comfortable with computers: they aren’t reading all that well. In fact, the more children use computers at school, the more their reading abilities seem to suffer. The chart below,  from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), shows the relationship between computer use at school and reading abilities in developed countries around the world, including the United…

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Why a Classical Christian Education?

Why is it that in general, students today read at a lower level, reason less clearly, and are more receptive than ever to the misinformation constantly bombarding them? Why is it that Christian students are ill prepared to defend what they believe and often drift from their biblical moorings? Educationally, how has this country lost its way? Has it always been this way or did teachers of past generations educate…

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Wish List

ITEM PRICE TOTAL RAISED REMAINING Operating Fund $100,000 $100,000 $8,724 $91,276 Tuition Assistance $25,000 $25,000 $- $25,000 Fresh Flowers $50 $450 $- $450 Great Books of the Western World $887 $887 $887 $- More P.E. Equipment & Facility Rental $2,000 $2,000 $- $2,000 Tool kit $100 $100 $- $100 Set of iPads for Logic School $849 $13,587 $10,000 $3,587 $142,024 $19,611 $122,413

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Reading to our children

Brain research is fascinating.  And the fact that more research has been done on the physical brain in the last 30 years than in all the years before is a wonder. Early educator books on brain research and its relation to the growing, maturing brain were insightful reads.  Dr. Jane Healey’s books, Endangered Minds and Your Child’s Growing Mind cautioned against too much television and video games. It begged the…

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Arma Dei Academy is off to a great start!

Thanks to the many efforts of parents, students, faculty and staff, the school year has begun peacefully and in order. Learning is underway in each classroom; we have already seen 8th Grade students constructing DNA models, making certain the correct nucleotide bases were linked together.  Fourth grade students have encountered Pilgrim’s sojourn to the Celestial City.  Second and third graders are discovering Latin is alive and sixth graders are on a raft down…

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The Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts are skills to be developed. These skills are the three arts having to do with thinking properly (the Trivium: Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric), and the four arts having to do with the things to think about (the Quadrivium: Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy and Music). All of the liberal arts, while retaining their classical form, are ordered toward Philosophy (love of wisdom), and ultimately toward Theology. The Liberal Arts open…

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Back to School Night

August 20, 6:30 – 8:30pm.  We request that all parents attend our Back-To-School Night.  Parents will have opportunity to meet their each of their students teachers, overview the year’s course of study and become familiar with procedures and other parents.  Because of this, please arrange for childcare for the evening.

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Enjoy these last weeks of summer!

Construction is currently underway on the Kindergarten/First grade room. First grade will gain a needed six feet to welcome 16 students. Logic Level Cubbies have been scheduled to be installed next week. Mike Burch led a maintenance crew in late June and much was accomplished. Thank you Mike! Enjoy these last weeks of summer!

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ACCS Conference 2015

Classical Christian education, as a movement, has been compared to the working of yeast within the homemade loaf. Added as a dry agent, the yeast is activated by other wetter ingredients. Left unchecked, it far exceeds the bowl. Silently and consistently it grows, tumbling onto countertop and covering all it contacts. Its affects are messy, all-encompassing, and animated. Throughout the years having attended at least 10 Association of Classical and…

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2015 Summer Camps at Arma Dei Academy

Summer STEM armadeiacademy.com/STEM Grades 2 – 5 Lego® Wedo™ Robotics Movie Making Grades 5 – 8 CO2 Car Design Magnetic Levitation Car Design Lego EV3 Robotics Rocketry Video Production STRINGS armadeiacademy.com/STRINGS July 15 – 17 July 22 – 24 9:00am – 12:00pm MUSIC armadeiacademy.com/MUSIC Ages 4 – 8 Wild, Wild West July 6-10 July 13-17 9am – 12pm Ages 9-14 Composition Camp July 6-9 1pm – 3:30pm

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Readers are Leaders!

By Wendy Powell and Robi Marshall Summer vacation—a refreshing time for recreation, relaxation, and …reading! Not an after-thought or an “add-on,” summer reading is a core component of an education at Arma Dei Academy. Our summer reading books are carefully selected to complete our school year curriculum, to create a shared culture, to foster the development of lifelong learners, and to enrich the moral and spiritual development of students of all ages. A Complete Curriculum:…

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Finish Strong

As we approach the end of our school year, we strive to finish strong. Men and women of integrity possess an internal quality-control, a longing for excellence, a passion to honor God and others in the way they live, speak, and think. It pushes them to greater levels of achievement and keeps them accountable. God commands us to give our “first fruits,” not what’s left over at the end of the day. Because…

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Why Choose a Classical & Christian Education for Your Child?

Why Choose a Classical & Christian Education for Your Child? Classical Christian schools provide the best possible education, while helping students reach their God-given potential. Age specific K–8th grade learning Arma Dei Academy, a classical Christian school, cooperates with the student’s God-given strengths at each stage of growth. Young learners enjoy memorizing, singing rhymes and recitations laying a solid foundation in each subject.  Logic level students are inquisitive, so they are…

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February at Arma Dei Academy

As third quarter ends on March 6, Arma Dei Academy students remain hard at work on many projects. Just to touch on a few levels, Kindergarten and First Grade continue to make great strides in mathematics and phonics, adding and subtracting double digits, and making cursive penmanship progress. <br>Third grade has been reconstructing Rome! Studies surrounding the ancient city motivated students to build and learn about many of the key…

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About Us

When Arma Dei Academy opened in a church basement in 2012, it had just nine students — seven of them children of the Christian school’s board members. Just two years later, the K-8 school started the 2014-15 academic year with 67 students reporting to a new, two-story, 16,000-square-foot building. By next year, its leaders hope to fill the Highlands Ranch school to its 135-student maximum. Family and community donors who…

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Amazing start of the 2014-2015 school year

What an amazing start to the school year! Sixty-eight students representing forty-three families filled the halls of Arma Dei Academy, ready to go! Already we have heard about Science experiments detailing bubble gum’s sugar content, the Trojan War, Pilgrim’s journeying to the Celestial City with his very heavy burden, Latin in the world around us and so much more! Lunchtime in the Dining Room is a sight to behold with…

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