At Guardian Angel Orthodox Day School, Orthodox Christian faith and practice are woven throughout the curriculum each and every day. The school day begins and ends with prayer and—in between—scripture, lives of saints, and hymnology are taught in a variety of ways across disciplines. For example, the hymns of an upcoming feast day are chanted during music class; a passage of scripture is tied in with a science lesson; or the life of a saint is used as a model for Christian behavior.
In addition to learning about God, the school emphasizes giving students an experiential knowledge of God through prayer, worship, and the sacraments. Students in K-8 attend Divine Liturgy during the school day twice a month; preschool attends once a month. Families also attend special services together throughout the year, and especially during Great Lent and Holy Week.
In Kindergarten through 8th Grade, the pastoral staff at St. John the Baptist teach a religion class once a week at each grade level.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Guardian Angel Orthodox Day School offers physical education to Kindergarten through 8th grade students. Physical Education is taught by Mr. Andrew Spiropoulos, and includes calisthenics and sports. Mr. Spiropoulos is also a fitness coach at Wright College.
The music curriculum established at Guardian Angel Orthodox Day School inspires our students to create, express and analyze. Throughout each weekly lesson our students enhance their knowledge of rhythm, melody, harmony, expression, form and musical history. This is done through various exercises in musical listening, movement and song, instrumental coordination, score interpretation and musical notation.
As aspiring young composers, performers, and critical listeners, our students learn that the encouragement given to one another, the smiles of pride and the emotions expressed through music, are the intangibles that make musical study truly worthwhile.