UPDATED — It was 17 years ago that St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral broke ground on an educational wing just west of 13th and Rock Road, but the timing wasn’t right to start a school.
It is now.
Christ the Savior Academy will open in the fall for the new school year.
“Now, everything has come together,” says Jennifer Sebits, president of the board. “This is a project of the entire Orthodox community in Wichita.”
That includes St. George, St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Christian Church and St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church.
“We believe that it’s important to educate the whole child – so mind, body and soul,” Sebits says. “We think that children are spiritual beings and their soul needs to be nurtured as well.”
Sebits says Christ the Savior will offer a classical education, which emphasizes education in three parts.
Initially, there’s a grammar stage in which there’s a lot of memorization.
Next is a logic stage where children begin to learn and ask questions about a lot of the facts that they’ve earlier memorized.
Finally, there’s a rhetoric stage where children put what they’ve learned into spoken and written form.
Students will learn Greek and Latin starting in first grade. Sebits says classical schooling also means students often study from original sources instead of text books.