Middle School Core Program

Our three-day core middle school program (grades 5-8) meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and consists of:

Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment

Beginning Latin and Greek
Writing, Literature and Grammar
History and Geography
Art/Music/Architectural History

This program can accommodate and is supportive to students with mild to moderate learning differences such as ADHD, dyslexia, or dysgraphia.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Q. What grades do you offer in your program?

A. We offer grades 5-8 in the Middle School program.

Q. Where will your current Middle School students attend high school?

A. We expect to offer a high school program by 2024 in order for our current middle school students to be able to continue with us.

Q. What curriculum is used in the Middle School Program?

A. Most of our curriculum is Memoria Press Classical Core, with supplemental material as needed to best serve each student. The curriculum is taught dynamically using a variety of modalities, making connections to other subject matter, and facilitating long-term retention.

Q. How is your program unique?

A. We are a Christian and classical program with a vision to serve students with learning differences. Our teachers are experienced with learning needs such as dyslexia and dysgraphia and therefore able to appropriately adjust lesson plans to meet the individual needs of our students. Students are further supported with programs such as Barton and Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment. Small class sizes help to ensure that all students are getting the support they need.

Q. How does a three day academic program meet the needs of its students?

A. Our program is technically a homeschool support program though we function like a traditional school during the days that we meet. The parents still fulfill a significant role in the learning process by providing oversight for homework on Mondays and Fridays, as well as supplementing with at-home learning activities chosen by parents to best meet the needs of their own student. We believe that adolescents thrive when able to develop an identity nurtured by family, faith and intentional adult mentorship.

Q. How much homework will my student have on Mondays and Fridays?

A. The student will have up to one hour of math and one hour of language arts homework to complete each Monday and Friday. The rest of the day is for enrichment as the family feels best suits the student.

Q. How is your program shaped by a Christian worldview?

A. As a community we uphold and confess those things that are central to the Christian faith as stated in the Nicene Creed.

Each school day begins with Scripture reading and praying some of the most beautiful and ancient prayers of the Christian church in Greek, Latin and English. Learning and praying ancient Christian prayers gives the student an opportunity to think about and to be formed by the same words that have been spoken and prayed by Christians for centuries. Students are further encouraged in the Christian faith by teachers who deeply love Christ and who are personally committed to living out His teachings.

Our teachers are intentional in the mentoring of the student as a whole person: mind, body, and soul. We do not believe that God can be “set aside” for learning any subject, because He is present in all things. The teaching of any subject cannot be full, beautiful and complete without the acknowledgment of His work in it. We do not believe we can adequately teach a child if we do not know what a child is; that a child is made in the image of God and for communion with Him.

How decisive for the Christian educator, or for any educator of good will, is the revelation that man is made in the image and likeness of the three-personed God? That is like asking what difference it will make to us if we keep in mind that a human being is not for the processing of data, but for wisdom, not for the domination of nature, but for participation in it, not for the autonomy of an isolated self, but for communion.” ~Anothony Esolen in his forward to “Beauty in the World” by Stratford Caldecott

Q. What is a typical day like at Ransom?

A. Our school days start out with scripture reading and prayer, followed by structured class time subject by subject. The atmosphere is calm and low-stress. Students are given several outdoor recess/exercise breaks per day. We are serious about learning, but because we are efficient with our academic time we are also able to make time for enjoying friends.

See Daily Middle School Schedule Here

Watch a Parent Testimony from the 2023 Open House Here

All classes are structured, engaging, and teacher-led.
Thoughtful discussion, reading, and outdoor time are all components of our day crafted to facilitate personal growth. .
Limited class size means individual help is there when needed.
Creative opportunities compliment areas of study.
We cultivate a love for nature and the close observation of it with regular field trips to local parks and hiking places.

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”

C.S. Lewis