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Our Mission

Our purpose is to partner with parents in educating their children to become the next generation of Christian leaders equipped to shape culture through faithful, wise and joyful Christian living.

Our Core Values

We provide a thoroughly CHRISTIAN, whole person education, creatively combining CLASSICAL and innovative methods, JOYFULLY taught in a RELATIONAL context.

1.  We offer a thoroughly Christian education:

“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commands that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”  (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

Deuteronomy 6 gives us some of the earliest intentions of Christian education.  Children were to be raised in a culture where the commands of God were at the forefront of mind, heart, and action – specifically where everything in their day was aimed at helping them love God with their heart, soul, mind and strength.  Jesus echoes this passage when asked to recite the greatest commandment by adding: 

“The most important one . . . is this:  Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.”  (Mark 12:28-31)

These two passages form the crux of Christian education at The River Academy.  We believe that the whole of the Scriptures can be summed up in one word love.  First, in God’s love for us, and then in our response to that love, we love him and love our neighbors.   With this in mind, we hope that everything we do throughout our days – whether academic, physical, spiritual, relational, or artistic, would be aimed at growing in our discovery of God’s love for us and then learning to love Him and our neighbor in return.   

2.  We educate students using the classical approach:

As Albert Einstein noted: “education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” Similarly, the classical method of education recognizes that facts by themselves are not adequate enough to prepare students for a successful future.  Instead, understanding that God has given all of us a natural curiosity for life, we must provide students tools that enable them to think and learn for themselves. In doing this, students not only acquire a love for learning, but also a toolbox for life long discovery.  This method of education, also known as a Liberal Arts education, guides our students to read carefully, think logically and then speak eloquently.  Two quotes summarize this method of education at The River Academy well:

“The evolution of the liberal arts (classical education) and their application in various cultures had very specific ends in mind.  They were preparatory to higher learning and were intended to produce individuals who were skilled, lifelong, independent learners having no further need of tutelage and who, through their continued self-directed learning, would become wise and eloquent servants in their societies.”  (Wisdom and Eloquence Pg.29)

“Is it not the great defect of our education today that although we often succeed at teaching our pupils subjects, we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think?  They learn everything except the art of learning.”  (Dorothy Sayers, The Lost Tools of Learning)

3.  We seek to cultivate an environment of joy:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23)

Joy is one of the most contagious of all virtues.  It’s also one of the most obvious results of the Spirit’s work in us as individuals and as an institution.  As the Spirit works in The River Academy, one of the most natural out-workings will be joy.  Joy from teachers because they are growing in love for God and neighbor, and because they are fulfilling their God given calling and helping to build the Kingdom of God.  Joy from our students because they are learning to love God (heart, soul, mind, and strength) and love the world he created (neighbors, friends, science, history, etc). 

4.  We educate in a strongly relational context:

"In the beginning when God created Adam, He said “It’s not good for man to be alone.”  (Genesis 2:18)

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.”  (I John 4:7-8)

We are wired for relationships.  From the beginning, God created us to be in communion with others.  Why?  Because He himself exists in relationship (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and His very essence is love.  Recognizing this, we aim for our education at The River Academy to be relationship heavy.  We believe that in the context of these relationships, we will learn what it really means to love, as God is love.