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Our Approach

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 which is the intellectual and spiritual center of every person. In this mode of education we begin to see into the mystery of things.

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How It Works

Only basic equipment needed to log on to
St. Raphael Orthodox Online Homeschool:

A PC or Mac and a working headset.
 
Connection and navigation information is explained at enrollment and orientation.  The classroom is “live” and coordinated across time zones to take place in “real-time”, spontaneously and conversationally.  No web cameras or high tech gizmos that distract the students' focus and attention are required.  We occasionally use colorful graphics, maps, photographs, paintings, and portions of the text we are reading at the time are posted on on screen.

The App for Tablets and Smart Phones does not have some of the features needed for class.  These devices are not recommended.

System Requirements

 

SR STATEMENT FOR FACULTY, FAMILY AND STUDENT FELLOWSHIP

St. Raphael Orthodox Online Homeschool was created in order to meet the unique needs of Orthodox homeschoolers through fellowship and support. We all come from various traditions and jurisdictions, each having various and personal reasons for being where we are.  Discussion or statements in class that will divide us because of these "various traditions and jurisdictions" are prohibited.  Or to put it more in the Christian spirit, Love of God and Neighbor, cannot permit unkind or argumentative expressions along these lines.  We have serious, and enjoyable, work to do and should not allow ourselves to be distracted.  We pray that St. Raphael's serves to strengthen our faith, develop supportive and lasting friendships, and helps us to improve the quality of education in our homes.

Click Here to listen to Dr. Taylor's recent interview on Ancient Faith Radio.

April 02, 2014    Length: 21:38

Bobby Maddex interviews Dr. James Taylor, the founder and director of the St. Raphael Orthodox Online Home School. The school has just finished its first year of operation, and registration has begun for the summer session, which will feature four new course offerings.

 


 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE RIGHT REV. BISHOP THOMAS (JOSEPH), ED.D. ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA

From His Grace's Article, "Sanctified Schooling" - sanctified-schooling.pdf

Another of these [schools], explicitly Orthodox, is the newly launched St. Raphael Orthodox Online Homeschool - (raphaelschool.org). Under the guidance of a priest in the diocese I serve, Dr. James Taylor has employed his great love of the Orthodox Church with his technical expertise, as well as a life time of education, to create a rewarding, affordable, and challenging option for stepping up the academics of the homeschooling family. If you are comfortable with the Internet and serious about the development of your child’s reading, writing, and discussion skills, I recommend you look into this new online school. This program could actually be useful as a supplement to any family, even non-homeschooling
families.


Fall 2014 Tuition Prices

Early Elementary Tuition (Ages 5-8): $400
Elementary Tuition (Ages 9-11): $450
Middle School Tuition* (Ages 12-14): $500
*
includes required Beginning Greek class either Year 1 or Year 2
High School Tuition: $550

5% Early Enrollment Discount coming with dates TBA.

Due to the many requests we have received for the fall tuition prices, we are publishing these prices now.  Please be looking for more information soon on new teachers joining us for the 2014/2015 school year and updated program description pages.  Also, separate fees will be charged for Greek and math classes except in the case of the required Beginning Greek class for Middle School students.  Thank you for your patience while we continue to make the necessary updates to the website!


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