Spiritual Development

One of the core values at Rosslyn Academy is Christ-likeness, imitating Jesus Christ in all that we do and say as individuals and as a school.

This aim is at the heart of the schools culture and is the foundation for the other four Core Values – Excellence, Service, Intellectual Virtue, and Community. Rosslyn values the spiritual development of each student and provides opportunities at each grade level for students to grow in their knowledge and understanding of who God is. This is done through an integrated Christian Religious Education (CRE) curriculum at each grade level, weekly chapel services and morning devotions and prayer at the beginning of each day.

Elementary

In the Elementary School, classes begin each day with morning devotions and prayer.  Each grade’s curriculum includes a CRE class built around Bible knowledge which is developmentally tailored to that age’s understanding.

Each week there is a chapel period composed of singing and a variety of learning activities. Each year there is a Spiritual Emphasis Week when time is set aside to focus on knowing God better and learning more about Him.

Middle School

Rosslyn Academy Middle School strives to educate students wholly, including seeking to help students grow spiritually. Class begins each day with morning devotions and prayer time. Students are also encouraged to grow spiritually through weekly chapel services. Students are invited to be a part of the Middle School worship team, and to share other God-given gifts and talents with their peers in the chapel setting. 

The Middle School has a Spiritual Emphasis Week once a year, which often involves a guest speaker coming to encourage and challenge students in their walk with Christ. Students also take Christian Religious Education (CRE) each year they are at Rosslyn. In Grade 6, students take Old Testament Survey, in Grade 7, New Testament Survey, and in Grade 8, Ethics. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an elective Discipleship Class for one semester.

High School

A wide range of opportunities for spiritual growth is available and encouraged for Rosslyn Academy High School students.  Students participate in weekly chapel services which are designed to teach, disciple, and encourage from Scripture those who already have a personal relationship with Christ while inspiring and drawing to faith those of other faith backgrounds. The aim is to develop unity through worship and pray together.

In addition, each year the high school dedicates a week to spiritual formation and learning.  This week is called Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW). During this week, guest speakers challenge students to evaluate their spiritual life and to dedicate themselves more fully to God’s purposes for their life.

Each student also participates in Christian Religious Education (CRE) courses each year of attendance. A variety of age-appropriate courses provide opportunities for students to interact with Scripture and to better understand the teachings of Christianity.  The courses focus on topics such as Old Testament (9th grade), New Testament (10th grade), World Religions (11th or 12th grade), Ethics (11th or 12th grade), Christian Leadership (elective), Christianity and Culture (elective) and Discipleship (elective).

Finally, faculty members are committed believers who provide a devotional time and prayer at the start of each school day. Many students also participate in small student centered covenant groups that are typically led by staff members or local Christian youth leaders.  These small groups work to challenge the students to grow in Christian knowledge and faith, to be accountable to each other and to serve one another. 

 

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