Lorien Wood

  • Our mission is to help children explore God’s world and discover their place in it, by cultivating their character, intellect, and imagination.
  • To accomplish this mission, we use a rich, integral curriculum in small, mixed-age classes and equip our teachers to meet the needs of individual students while fostering a deep sense of community..

School Overview

Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded2004

Student Body

Total Students129 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Lorien Wood Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
20%
Average Class Size14 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform of polo and pants/shorts/skirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 31 / rolling
% on Financial Aid
25%
Admissions DirectorSonia Thomsen

School Notes

  • What We Teach – How We Teach Integral Curriculum All of Creation reflects the integral nature of God and the reality He spoke into being. We believe our curriculum should likewise reflect this truth. Lorien Wood faculty collaboratively develop thematic units of study that minimize artificial division into traditional subjects, demonstrating instead the integral interweaving of the disciplines into each day’s study. When our Form Three students consider Europe, they explore its literature, music, art, geography; they read about it, write about it, calculate and communicate about it. They simulate the European Union, figure out finances using the euro, retell folktales, examine religious beliefs. When our Form One students study trees, they observe Van Gogh’s cypress, read and write tree poems, count rings and measure girths of trunks, examine acorns, plant them, track their growth, spell “pine,” “oak,” and act out roots and branches. Teaching Methodology At Lorien Wood, our teaching methodology is founded on the same philosophy and holistic view reflected in our use of integral curriculum. While every educational approach addresses some facet of how and what children ought to learn, or do learn, or can learn, Lorien Wood’s teaching practices are aimed at providing “the whole story for the whole child.” We recognize the importance of using timeless texts and primary documents, exposing children’s minds to the great minds of the past by means of books, art, music, speeches and other venues by which those great minds expressed their most important ideas. We value the memorization of scripture, poetry and prose universally recognized as “classics,” and equip children to develop skills of logic and argument via Socratic seminar and debate. Lorien Wood embraces these aspects of classical study. However, we also affirm the view held by Charlotte Mason, a 19th century British educational reformer, who asserted that the child is born a whole person, deserving of respect and dignity, deserving of “living books,” as she would call them, rather than the predigested content of traditional textbooks. Children are image-bearers, deserving of authentic dialogue with the great minds, with their teachers, with one another, with God. Nature study, picture study, and the practice of narration, as well as a high view of the child are all components for which we at Lorien Wood are indebted to Charlotte Mason’s insights. The concept of “Multiple Intelligences,” made popular by Howard Gardner, also informs our pedagogy, as our teachers collaboratively develop learning activities with the kinesthetic, the auditory, the visual and the social learner in mind. Student initiative is highly regarded at Lorien Wood. We invite and respond to their ideas and proposals, and enlist their enthusiasm as fellow-adventurers in the educational journey. Joyful discovery is our modus operandi as our goal is a lifelong love of learning for all members of our school community. Lorien Wood’s academic program is shaped by several of the school’s Distinctives. Biblical World View The conviction that all truth is God’s truth and that all areas of Lorien Wood’s school life are to be understood in the light of the word of God. Our statement of faith is summarized in the Apostles’ Creed. Integral Curriculum The full-range of academic subjects presented in thematic units of study conveying the interconnectedness of God’s created order. Breaking down the traditional boundaries between disciplines reflects the reality and excitement of the world in which we live. Supported by JUMP Math, McDougal-Littell (now Holt McDougal) for Pre-algebra, Algebra and Geometry, and Saxon phonics, our faculty-developed curriculum emphasizes primary sources; great civilizations; inquiry-based science; and timeless literature, art, and music. Teaching Grounded in Classical Study and Joyful Discovery A teaching approach that infuses elements of the classical tradition with a Charlotte Mason perspective of the child as a learner. Our methodology incorporates lectures, coaching, and seminar discussions for developing intellectual skills and for enlarging the grasp of ideas and values. We engage the whole person with hands-on experiences, living books, recitation, narration, nature and picture studies. Character Development We aim to cultivate in the hearts of our students the ideals of biblical character including discernment, kindness, humility, integrity, joy, responsibility, diligence, and self-control. We encourage evidence of growth through faculty-student conversations, purposeful classroom management practices, and the study of role models in Scripture, history and literature. Nurturing the Uniqueness of Each Child With an emphasis on respect for each child within a supportive environment, our small, mixed-age classes are designed to identify and develop each child’s unique abilities while providing the freedom to progress at an appropriate pace. Parental Involvement A belief that excellence in education requires parents to see themselves as part of their children’s community of learning and to be willing to assume a high level of involvement. Tuition-Based Financial Policy A belief that parents should pay for their child’s education, while sharing that burden with those who cannot afford to pay, through scholarships based on need. A significant portion of all tuition is set aside for this purpose. We believe that a school should seek to operate within this tuition-guided budget so as to minimize the distractions common to fundraising.

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We have two boys, 5th and 3rd grades and have been at Lorien Wood since our oldest was in Kindergarten. We have loved the school. The integral curriculum and outdoor education have truly helped our children explore God's world and begin to discover their place in it. If you want to be highly involved in your child's education, and be part of a rich and vibrant community, this is the place for your family.
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