The Christian tradition is an integral part of education at AOS, providing a moral and spiritual foundation for students. Religious education is based upon sound Christian principles from an Orthodox perspective. Our relationship with the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a model association, admired across the denomination and regarded as the best in North America.
Beginning with a warm and trusting atmosphere, students are encouraged to be caring, cooperative and responsible individuals. Morning devotionals set a positive tone for the day while the "word of the month" gives a focus on a particular value such as joy, courage and peace. Students are taught that each individual has talents or gifts and that with those gifts come two responsibilities: to develop them and to share them. Through example, students come to understand that every human being deserves respect, and that we are caretakers of God's creation.
The hallmark of the AOS Religion program is the atmosphere of joy, respect, acceptance, love and understanding in which it is presented. It is designed to present God as the loving Creator of all things who is ever present and all knowing. While maintaining an Orthodox perspective, the curriculum's presentation is sensitive to the diverse backgrounds within the student body. The program is Christ-centered in its truest form where example and demeanor, not dogma, present God's love and expectations.
The program blends stories, songs, prayers, and teachings of the Bible with meaningful examples of positive living found in current events, daily experiences and secular materials, which present moral truths. Participation in Chapel is an integral part of the AOS Religion Program, and emphasis on a "Word of the Month" teaches students character values. It is a program that allows the spiritual to influence the academic and allows individuals the opportunity to respectfully interact and to share ideas and ideals.
Resource: Spiritual Development in Children "Tending the Garden" by Maria Newton