Orangewood Academy believes the highest form of education must include a spiritual component.
In fact, we believe that Spirituality is foundational to the entire process of educating a child. Without a spiritual anchor, we are left to pursue our life goals as an end in themselves, without considering any over-arching sense of morality, purity, and charity. Our mission is two-fold, to provide the environment and encouragement for every student to find and develop a relationship with Jesus Christ as a personal Savior, and to prepare every student for a life of service and discipleship as we await the Second Coming of Christ. To this end, we unapologetically integrate a spiritual component into every facet of our school culture. Of our “Four Ss: Spirituality, Scholarship, Service, and Sportsmanship,” Spirituality is first and foremost.
Orangewood Academy believes in the power of prayer. Every teacher begins her or his teaching day with prayer. Our teachers pray with their students at the beginning of every class. They regularly pray individually with students in moments of special need. They gather in the morning before the beginning of the school day to pray as a faculty. Our students pray for each other and for special needs they might be facing. We encourage our students, through word and example, to develop a prayer dimension to their lives. Few things warm the heart more than hearing a young child or a young person lead the student body in corporate prayer. This happens regularly at Orangewood Academy.
Our students regularly attend chapel services. Our elementary begin every day with in-class devotional time with their teachers. Every Friday morning they gather as an Elementary School to sing together, pray together, and learn spiritual lessons provided by teachers, the school principal, or special invited guests. Our Middle School students gather as a group on Tuesdays and Thursdays for prayer and spiritual nurturing. They join the High School for a special chapel service every Friday. The Friday Chapel service takes place at the end of the school day. We send our students home with the songs they sang and the message they heard resonating in their minds and hearts. The High School gathers, as well, on a weekly basis (Monday and Wednesday) for personal and spiritual nurturing. These opportunities are the core of what we do at Orangewood.
WEEK OF SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS
Two school weeks out of the year become special spiritual events for the entire campus. Once in October and once in late January the school sponsors a Week of Spiritual Emphasis. Special guest speakers are invited to meet with the Elementary, Middle and High School on a daily basis to share spiritual themes with the students. These are special seasons of spiritual re-awakening, bonding and reflection. Presentations are age-appropriate and are complemented with student participation through drama, music, and interaction.