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Biblical Worldview

We believe that God is the source of all Truth. All areas of life at Lorien Wood School are to be understood in the light of the Word of God. We believe the Bible teaches that reality is governed by the paradigm of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Our statement of faith is summarized in the Apostles’ Creed.

Integral Curriculum

Our approach to curriculum aims to align with the integral nature of God, reflecting the interconnectedness of His design of the world. The faculty-designed curriculum seeks to minimize the traditional boundaries between subjects, as we aspire to study the whole reality of the world in which we live. Supported by specific skills-based curriculum for math and phonics, we emphasize primary sources, great civilizations, inquiry-based science, and explorations of timeless literature, art, and music.

Teaching Grounded in Classical Study and Joyful Discovery

We use a comprehensive approach to education that embodies our understanding of what it means to be a lifelong learner, including elements of both classical study and joyful discovery. Our teaching methodology aims to educate both the mind and the heart: we are disciplined and experiential, we foster intellect and curiosity, and we always seek to engage and meet the needs of the whole child (mind, body, and spirit).

Character Development

We aim to cultivate in the hearts of our students the ideals of biblical character including self-control, discernment, kindness, humility, integrity, joy, responsibility, and diligence. We encourage growth through faculty-student conversations, purposeful classroom management practices, and the study of role models in Scripture, history, and literature.

Nurturing the Uniqueness of Each Child

Our faculty strives to develop a deep knowledge of and appreciation for every child at Lorien Wood. Our small, mixed-age classes are designed to provide a supportive environment in which each child’s unique and God-given design is revealed and developed, while also providing the freedom for each child to progress at an appropriate pace.

Parental Involvement

We believe that excellence in education requires parents to see themselves as part of their children’s community of learning and to be willing to assume a high level of involvement. By active participation in the life of the school, parents model service, leadership, and life-long learning as they explore God's world alongside their children.

Tuition-Based Financial Policy

Operating within a tuition-based budget enables us to stay focused on education, without the distraction of fundraisers. We believe parents should contribute significantly toward their child’s education, while sharing that burden with those who cannot afford to pay, through tuition assistance based on need. A portion of all collected tuition is set aside for this purpose.