Our statement of faith is the Apostle’s Creed, the oldest and most broadly accepted summary of Christianity’s essential beliefs.
Redeemer Classical School begins our school year the Tuesday after Labor Day and ends the Friday before Memorial Day. We suspend classes for Thanksgiving and the Friday after it, 10-14 days over Christmas and New Year, a one-week spring break, and on Good Friday.
2017-18 School Calendar
September 5: First Day of School, School Opening Ceremony
November 23, 24: Thanksgiving break
December 22: No school; Christmas break begins
January 8: Christmas break ends, school back in session
March 30: No school, Good Friday
April 2-6: No school, Spring Break
May 25: Last Day of School, School Closing Ceremony
All-School Daily Schedule
8:30 a.m. Matins (This is part of school and required of all students. Parents, siblings welcome.)
12 p.m. Nursery school (Monday and Wednesday) and Forms A and B release (daily)
2:30 p.m. Forms 1-4 release (daily)
Our classes are capped loosely at 18 students per class. We will stretch to accommodate up to 24 students, our hard cap. At that point we will divide the class into two of 12 students each.
Students in forms A and B will receive no more than one hour of homework per week; Students in forms 1 and 2 will receive no more than two hours of homework per week; and students in forms 3 and 4 will receive no more than four hours of homework per week. Under no circumstances will RCS teachers assign “busywork” to students, but substantive, family-relationship-building reinforcements for what students are learning in class.
Redeemer Classical School students, faculty, and staff are organized into four houses. These houses develop servant leadership, commitment to others, comradery, and family-like relationships across ages and forms. They also channel natural social behaviors such as competition, friendship, hierarchies, and alliances into positive influences on students.
Our house system organizes interschool athletic, service, social, and extracurricular events, and fosters a year-long competition for the House Cup. Throughout the year, Redeemer Classical faculty award and penalize points to each house based on students’ service, exhibitions of good and bad character, and achievements.
We are in the process of finding both temporary and permanent locations. In approximately three to five years, we plan to build on wooded property. Until then, we will rent. In both cases we plan to remain in the southwest quadrant of Fort Wayne.
Our backup location is the Indiana Wesleyan campus. Since it has little greenspace for recess and nature study, we prefer to remodel Redeemer Lutheran Church’s top story and install a garden and playground. We are working with architects to develop a budget and timeframe.
As for many other private and charter schools, lunches are families’ responsibility. Children with allergies will be provided designated eating areas.
Directed movement is good for mental and physical development, for all children but especially boys. Free play at recess, standing desks, active learning techniques, short lessons, nature study, integrated art instruction, and more RCS features are designed specifically to harness this activity positively in ways most schools do not. This increases learning and decreases behavior problems.
Nursery School (two mornings per week plus weekly excursion): $750 yearly, $80 monthly
Forms A and B (half-day): $4,000 yearly, $425 monthly
Forms 1 through 4: $5,500 yearly, $575 monthly
These tuition rates are at approximately the local and state average for private schools, and dramatically less for preschool. The first price is if tuition is paid before school commences, the second if paid monthly before the first of each month for ten months.
We realize the effects on family life of daily pickups and drop offs, and will assist parents in developing car pools to mitigate those effects.
Redeemer Classical School students wear a uniform and faculty wear professional attire, outside of athletic activities and some field trips (such as hikes). The uniforms may be purchased from Land’s End. Parents will be notified once our school-specific website is available.