Advent Chapel

Students and parents alike were blessed this morning with a lovely performance from our Teacher Chorale! Click on the link below to watch them sing "Snow"! ❄️🎄 Chapel also entailed a Scripture reading and lighting of the first two advent candles from our 5th Grade students and Dr. Aaron Denlinger, Dean of Student Culture shared how the love of God can be seen in the details of Christ's coming as we continue to focus on the virtue of love. Click here to watch and listen to this message of love. Click here to watch our Teacher Chorale!

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Countercultural by Aaron Denlinger – Dean of Student Culture

The unique culture that exists at Arma Dei Academy is not, in fact, a product of any effort on our part to be countercultural per se. It is not, in other words, a product of persistent crankiness or contrariness in relation to present-day Western thought and practices. It is, rather, a product of persistent efforts on the part of Arma Dei’s faculty and staff to glorify God by providing an excellent classical Christian education founded upon a biblical worldview, an education that equips students to live purposefully and intelligently in service to God and others. Our school culture, to put the…

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Committed Community by Ally Tedrow – Sixth Grade Humanities Teacher

Faithfulness Ripens Well For the Sake of God’s Fame Sojourner Songs by Ben Palpant What broad sky! What big, blue tent! Is it not proof text? Morning majesties and milky way testify to God and explicate his divine craftsmanship in a universal lounge. Look at the sun, rising like an Olympian to swing across heaven’s cerulean hue for the sake of God’s name, for the sake of God’s fame, and to gladden every beating heart. And look at me; a parable, a breathing proof text, rising this morning to chase the sun, to gladden hearts, to serve the world, to bless…

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Cultivation of Character by Dr. Kristen Ault – Second Grade Teacher

Character is the set of inward values that determine our outward actions. In modern culture, character is thought of as a binary concept: people either have strong character or weak character. Strong character is celebrated when an individual acts in accordance with what they believe is right or beneficial, and the opposite being true of those with weak character. Neither acknowledges one source of truth as the foundation by which the measures of “right” or “beneficial” are based and the individual plays the role of judge. In contrast, classical Christian education recognizes a third type of character, Christian. Christian character is…

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2019 Annual Family Summit – Raising Sturdy Kids with Keith McCurdy

This year Arma Dei Academy had the pleasure of having Mr. Keith McCurdy as our guest speaker at our annual Family Summit. Mr. McCurdy is the president and CEO of Total Life Counseling in Roanoke, Virginia. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for Faith Christian School, a classical Christian school in Roanoke. Mr. McCurdy has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for three decades in the field of mental health, and during that time he has recognized a trend - culturally we do not equip our children to handle challenges and difficulties. To watch the summit, please click…

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Classical Curriculum by Kara Rainey, Dean of Academics – Humanities

When I was introduced to classical Christian education twelve years ago, my first impression of classical Christian education was how beautiful it was. Flipping through the pages of the books, I was drawn in by the artwork, the stories of virtue, and the inspiration of those who had gone before us. It reminded me of my grandma’s house. She taught at a one-room schoolhouse in Iowa, just like Little House on the Prairie, and her house was filled with classic books and artifacts. Everything she said was directed towards teaching us about God and the world around us. When I saw…

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Aiming Your Students Toward Virtue by Colleen Leonard, Director of Sola Gratia Classical Academy

If you are educating your own or other people’s children classically, then you desire to instruct them towards virtue. That sounds like a philosophical concept that isn’t very tangible to our lives in practice. However, there are practices and aims that will take your students towards virtue. James K. A. Smith, in his book "You Are What You Love", talks about how humans are teleological creatures, that is; that we are oriented toward a “goal” or an end. It is our loves that orient us toward that ultimate end or telos. When we talk about virtue formation, we are talking about…

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