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Lower School Academic Departments

Religion

The curriculum of the JK-12 religion program is grounded in the question posed in "The Baptismal Covenant" of The Book of Common Prayer, "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?" The mission of the department is to challenge all students to formulate an affirmative response to this question and act to make it a reality. Our students are empowered by being engaged in dynamic moral and spiritual formation, responding to God through worship, prayer, and service.

The mission of the Lower School religion program is to enhance each child’s relationship with God, with others, and with all of God’s creations. Art, music, and drama are incorporated into religion classes and weekly JK-5 chapel services in order to promote active participation by students. The philosophy and teaching of the Episcopal Church are the foundation for our study of religion. The goals are for each child to become familiar with the sacred stories, parables, and liturgical actions of the Judeo-Christian tradition; to understand the sequence of stories and the rhythm of the church year; to participate in creating a safe community for one another's spiritual growth; and to become fluent in the basics of common workship. While the emphasis is on the Judeo-Christian tradition, insights from other faiths are also honored.

The Lower School’s four character traits (compassion, honesty, respect, and responsibility) are integral parts of religion classes. Biblical and contemporary literature are used to demonstrate these value traits. Students have opportunities throughout the year to participate in age-appropriate community service projects.
  • Religion JK

    Meets for One Class and One Chapel Service Weekly
    This course uses the Godly Play curriculum, an imaginative way of telling the stories of the Bible using multisensory materials. The stories and lessons are presented "chronologically" and in sync with the liturgical year, within a routine that mirrors the pattern of Christian worship. The curriculum offers a religious language that deepens the students' knowledge of God through the stories of scripture, lessons about liturgy, and the theological reflection called "wondering." In a setting that surrounds students with stories of faith made visible, each class period focuses on one story and the opportunity to wonder aloud about its connection with the students' own lives. Periodically, children work hands-on with the stories of their choice, learning and reflecting - individually or in small groups - through art, journaling, or dramatic play.

    As children return to this spiraling curriculum in junior kindergarten through fourth grade, they bring new experiences and advancing developmental skills, increasing their ability to analyze, to connect with the events of their own lives, and to respond more deeply to the open-ended wondering questions. Each year, familiar stories are re-explored and new stories are integrated, along with lessons on prayer, significant examples of faithful lives, and discussions of our responsibility to serve people in need. While the emphasis in on the Judeo-Christian tradition, insights from other faiths are also honored.


  • Religion K

    Meets for One Class and One Chapel Service a Week
    This course uses the Godly Play curriculum, an imaginative way of telling the stories of the Bible using multisensory materials. The stories and lessons are presented "chronologically" and in sync with the liturgical year, within a routine that mirrors the pattern of Christian worship. The curriculum offers a religious language that deepens the students' knowledge of God through the stories of scripture, lessons about liturgy, and the theological reflection called "wondering." In a setting that surrounds students with stories of faith made visible, each class period focuses on one story and the opportunity to wonder aloud about its connection with the students' own lives. Periodically, children work hands-on with the stories of their choice, learning and reflecting - individually or in small groups - through art, journaling, or dramatic play.

    As children return to this spiraling curriculum in junior kindergarten through fourth grade, they bring new experiences and advancing developmental skills, increasing their ability to analyze, to connect with the events of their own lives, and to respond more deeply to the open-ended wondering questions. Each year, familiar stories are re-explored and new stories are integrated, along with lessons on prayer, significant examples of faithful lives, and discussions of our responsibility to serve people in need. While the emphasis in on the Judeo-Christian tradition, insights from other faiths are also honored.
  • Religion 1

    Meets for One Class and One Chapel Service Weekly
    This course uses the Godly Play curriculum, an imaginative way of telling the stories of the Bible using multisensory materials. The stories and lessons are presented "chronologically" and in sync with the liturgical year, within a routine that mirrors the pattern of Christian worship. The curriculum offers a religious language that deepens the students' knowledge of God through the stories of scripture, lessons about liturgy, and the theological reflection called "wondering." In a setting that surrounds students with stories of faith made visible, each class period focuses on one story and the opportunity to wonder aloud about its connection with the students' own lives. Periodically, children work hands-on with the stories of their choice, learning and reflecting - individually or in small groups - through art, journaling, or dramatic play.

    As children return to this spiraling curriculum in junior kindergarten through fourth grade, they bring new experiences and advancing developmental skills, increasing their ability to analyze, to connect with the events of their own lives, and to respond more deeply to the open-ended wondering questions. Each year, familiar stories are re-explored and new stories are integrated, along with lessons on prayer, significant examples of faithful lives, and discussions of our responsibility to serve people in need. While the emphasis in on the Judeo-Christian tradition, insights from other faiths are also honored.
  • Religion 2

    Meets for One Class and One Chapel Service Weekly
    This course uses the Godly Play curriculum, an imaginative way of telling the stories of the Bible using multisensory materials. The stories and lessons are presented "chronologically" and in sync with the liturgical year, within a routine that mirrors the pattern of Christian worship. The curriculum offers a religious language that deepens the students' knowledge of God through the stories of scripture, lessons about liturgy, and the theological reflection called "wondering." In a setting that surrounds students with stories of faith made visible, each class period focuses on one story and the opportunity to wonder aloud about its connection with the students' own lives. Periodically, children work hands-on with the stories of their choice, learning and reflecting - individually or in small groups - through art, journaling, or dramatic play.

    As children return to this spiraling curriculum in junior kindergarten through fourth grade, they bring new experiences and advancing developmental skills, increasing their ability to analyze, to connect with the events of their own lives, and to respond more deeply to the open-ended wondering questions. Each year, familiar stories are re-explored and new stories are integrated, along with lessons on prayer, significant examples of faithful lives, and discussions of our responsibility to serve people in need. While the emphasis in on the Judeo-Christian tradition, insights from other faiths are also honored.
  • Religion 3

    Meets for One Class and One Chapel Service Weekly
    This course uses the Godly Play curriculum, an imaginative way of telling the stories of the Bible using multisensory materials. The stories and lessons are presented "chronologically" and in sync with the liturgical year, within a routine that mirrors the pattern of Christian worship. The curriculum offers a religious language that deepens the students' knowledge of God through the stories of scripture, lessons about liturgy, and the theological reflection called "wondering." In a setting that surrounds students with stories of faith made visible, each class period focuses on one story and the opportunity to wonder aloud about its connection with the students' own lives. Periodically, children work hands-on with the stories of their choice, learning and reflecting - individually or in small groups - through art, journaling, or dramatic play.

    As children return to this spiraling curriculum in junior kindergarten through fourth grade, they bring new experiences and advancing developmental skills, increasing their ability to analyze, to connect with the events of their own lives, and to respond more deeply to the open-ended wondering questions. Each year, familiar stories are re-explored and new stories are integrated, along with lessons on prayer, significant examples of faithful lives, and discussions of our responsibility to serve people in need. While the emphasis in on the Judeo-Christian tradition, insights from other faiths are also honored.

    Students also learn to navigate the Bible as they look up and read aloud text on which a Godly Play story is based. They also practice leading group prayer and reading aloud for chapel.
  • Religion 4

    Meets for One Class and One Chapel Service Weekly
    This course uses the Godly Play curriculum, an imaginative way of telling the stories of the Bible using multisensory materials. The stories and lessons are presented "chronologically" and in sync with the liturgical year, within a routine that mirrors the pattern of Christian worship. The curriculum offers a religious language that deepens the students' knowledge of God through the stories of scripture, lessons about liturgy, and the theological reflection called "wondering." In a setting that surrounds students with stories of faith made visible, each class period focuses on one story and the opportunity to wonder aloud about its connection with the students' own lives. Periodically, children work hands-on with the stories of their choice, learning and reflecting - individually or in small groups - through art, journaling, or dramatic play.

    As children return to this spiraling curriculum in junior kindergarten through fourth grade, they bring new experiences and advancing developmental skills, increasing their ability to analyze, to connect with the events of their own lives, and to respond more deeply to the open-ended wondering questions. Each year, familiar stories are re-explored and new stories are integrated, along with lessons on prayer, significant examples of faithful lives, and discussions of our responsibility to serve people in need. While the emphasis in on the Judeo-Christian tradition, insights from other faiths are also honored.

    Students learn to navigate the Bible as they look up and read aloud the text on which a Godly Play story is based. They also practice leading group prayer and reading aloud in chapel.
  • Religion 5

    Meets for One Class and One Chapel Service Weekly
    The fifth grade religion class encompasses a thematic survey of the Judeo-Christian tradition as conveyed through the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Students learn to connect individual Old Testament stories together within the larger narrative of God’s covenantal relationship with people. The students studied maps and timelines to supplement this narrative history. The theme of God’s everlasting covenant with humanity serves as a unifying thread throughout the year. Students finish the year by studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. They explore Christ’s humanity and divinity and the concept of a new covenant with his followers.
     

Department Faculty

  • Grace Pratt
    Lower School Chaplain
    703-212-2919
    Sewanee, VTS - B.A., M.Div
Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

Campuses

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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304