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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.

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 Semester 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

STILL ENROLLING THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES!

Email Dr. James Taylor at <jamesstaylor22@gmail.com> with questions or
Photini Roegner at <roegnerfamily@gmail.com> to enroll after Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.


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