Grades: PK - 6 | 37 students
Introduction and History
Exploration into the feasibility of opening a parochial elementary school at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, located in Mogadore, Ohio, was started after the parish revised its mission statement and long-range plan in 1997, which were published as follows:
Mission Statement of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Through worship and life together as a community, we will attempt to continue Christ’s mission to transform the world around us by bringing it to God.
We will do this by:
• Learning and teaching God’s statutes
• Inspiring our faithful
• Reaching out to those seeking the Kingdom of God
• Inviting all to come and see
• Being sensitive to the spiritual, physical, and material needs of all
• Attempting to make ourselves true reflections of God’s glory
Excerpt from the St. Nicholas Long-Range Plan
Item 6: Establish an Akron-area parochial elementary school to offer an educational alternative to parents interested in providing their children with a quality academic education and deeper knowledge of the True Faith.
A school committee, consisting of the parish priest, deacon, and six interested parents, began meeting bimonthly in August 1999. After representatives from this group attended two Charter School Start-Up workshops sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education in Columbus, the committee decided the project was quite feasible, considering the facilities available at the parish complex, the pool of potential students and skilled volunteers available in the Akron-Canton area. The committee approached the parish assembly at the end of January 2000 for permission to officially begin the project, which was granted, and set a “Year 1” goal of five students and one paid teacher. That committee agreed to become the first School Board.
In the fall of 2000, St. Nicholas Orthodox School opened its doors. Drawing from the classical model of education, the school developed a curriculum which incorporated the philosophies of the Ancient Greeks, Thomas Jefferson and Dorothy Sayers. This model focused on natural cognitive development and provided the students with the tools of learning. This philosophy has continued to the present.