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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What grades do you offer?

We cur­rent­ly offer pre-K-6th 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.

Full-time stu­dents meet Mon­day through Fri­day each week

Kinder­garten meets on Mon­days, Tues­days, and Thurs­days (all day).

Pre-K meets Wednes­days and Fri­days from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m, 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 will be stud­ied in the inter­me­di­ate years. If stu­dents wish to pur­sue addi­tion­al mod­ern lan­guage study con­cur­rent with Latin, we encour­age them to do so at home.

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. It is our plan to add an ath­let­ics pro­gram for the upper grades (7–12) in the com­ing years.

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 schol­ar­ships 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. For more infor­ma­tion on our uni­form pol­i­cy, see the School/Family Covenant, avail­able from the school office.

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?

We plan to pur­sue accred­i­ta­tion through the Asso­ci­a­tion of Clas­si­cal Chris­t­ian Schools (ACCS) of which we are a mem­ber school. ACCS requires mem­ber schools to be in oper­a­tion for at least five years before receiv­ing ini­tial accred­i­ta­tion, so it is our goal to seek accred­i­ta­tion by 2018.

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