Where is the school located?
The school campus is in the Golden Triangle area of Eden Prairie, close to Hwy.s 169, 62, 212 and I-494. The school’s address is 9957 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. In June 2018, the school will move to its new location at Redeemer Bible Church in Minnetonka: 16205 MN-7, Minnetonka, MN 55345.
What grades do you offer?
We currently offer pre-K-9th grade. Additional upper grades will be added through grade 12.
What are the days and hours for each grade and program?
The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. from September to June.
Kindergarten meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (all day).
Preschool meets Wednesdays and Fridays from all day from September- May
What is a Classical education?
In short, a classical education at Agape Christi Academy is a curricular focus on western civilization using the teaching methodology of the trivium: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Go here for the long answer.
How do you know Classical education works?
Classical education has been the dominant type of education in the Western world since the time of ancient Greece and Rome. It was only replaced by “progressive” methods and values in the mid/late 19th century. Most of our country’s Founding Fathers were educated classically.
Agape Christi is part of a growing movement to recapture classical education. There are now over 200 classical and Christian schools in the U.S., and students graduating from them are moving on to college more than prepared for their studies and experiences (view stats). More importantly, Christian and classically trained young adults are equipped with intellectual tools that other educational methodologies neglect to develop.
Why is Latin mandatory?
Latin study is a defining feature of a Classical education because it is the foundational operating language for western civilization. A proper understanding of western culture cannot be achieved without knowledge of the culture’s chief language. Other pragmatic benefits are also gained by Latin study. As roughly fifty percent of English words are derived from Latin, its study has the added benefit of increasing students’ English comprehension (as evidenced in higher verbal scores on standardized tests). Also, Latin students are able to learn other Romance languages more quickly, as up to eighty percent of those vocabularies come from Latin.
Do you offer studies in modern languages?
At this time, we offer Spanish in grades K-2, and plan to offer modern languages again in Rhetoric School (grades 10-12). Latin and Greek will be studied in the intermediate years.
Do you have an athletics program?
Yes. “Physical training is of some value” (1 Timothy 4:8). Lower school (K-6) students benefit from a comprehensive physical education program. Learning the skills and rules of a variety of sports provides a platform for practicing Christian sportsmanship. As a growing school we are able to offer extracurricular athletics for the upper grades (7-12) on a volunteer basis.
Do we need to attend any particular church to be accepted into Agape Christi?
Agape Christi Academy is a non-denominational Christian school. That means we are delighted to have many churches represented among our student body. Our staff and board members also come from a number of different strong evangelical churches. We operate under our historical and common Statement of Faith.
How can our family afford a private education?
The reality is all education has a price tag. When evaluating cost, it is important to consider the true quality of the education — will it accomplish its intended purpose? Agape Christi strives to be an affordable option so that as many families as desire can receive the benefits of a classical Christian education. Need-based financial grants are offered to eligible families as resources are available.
Why do you require uniforms?
Uniforms are a visual indication of a person’s profession. A child’s profession is student, and a uniform conveys a sense of importance to that role. In addition, uniforms teach students to “consider others more important than yourself,” by not creating distractions to learning through their dress. Uniforms provide several other benefits to both the school and the family, such as providing a common standard of modesty, helping give cohesiveness throughout the school, and easing the daily decision-making of what to wear.
Is this a school just for gifted children?
No. Agape Christi is a school with rigorous academics, where ordinary kids can receive an extraordinary education and where gifted students can blossom as well. We hold children to high standards of both conduct and study, but we do not ask more than they are able, nor do we expect academics to be so demanding as to prevent their healthy emotional, social, and spiritual development as members of a family, a church, and a community. Click for more on what we mean by rigorous academics at Agape Christi.
Are you accredited?
Agape Christi is a member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS). ACCS requires member schools to be in operation for at least five years before seeking accreditation and have grades K-10 in operation. It is our goal to start the two-year accreditation process in 2018.