traditions

At The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, we teach that subjects are not isolated from each other, but rather relate in fundamental ways, as the biblical story of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation ties all things together and gives them meaning and purpose. With this understanding (and with help from our WISE parents), the following annual traditions are incorporated into the educational atmosphere of our school program to enhance learning.

Feasts (Christmas & Easter)
We consider feasting part of our joyful obedience to God's command to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength. Not only is it referenced throughout the Scriptures, but Christian history places feasting as the central demonstration and expression of our gratitude toward God and the joy that comes from celebrating his Providence in our lives. Feasting is a cornerstone of student life. Arranged by house, the students come in their uniforms ready for a formal, two-course fresh-prepared feast that includes place settings, toasts, and recitations between courses. Our annual feasts include Christmastide and Resurrection Day Feasts.

Festivals (Monthly)
In addition to these school-wide feasts, each of the classes (and even some of the school houses) participate in special festivals which correspond to their history and literature studies. The class festivals take place throughout the school year, and usually include costumes, special foods, and music.


Spirit Days (Monthly)
Spirit Days are monthly events at each of our campuses in which students and families can show their school spirit by wearing school t-shirts from current or past years. On the dates at each respective campus, students and staff may wear current or former t-shirts (including house shirts) from The Academy, Providence Hall, or Veritas. Normal dress code applies from the waist down. Spirit Days are also a fundraiser supporting parent training initiatives and community building events throughout the year.

Night & Day Retreat (September)
Helping students recognize the uniquenesses and commonalities God has created takes place in community, which is why we’ve created our Night & Day Retreats. We encourage all students in our Dialectic and Rhetoric schools to participate in the retreats to better get to know others and themselves in this unique context apart from school.

The Western Wingding (October)
Ancient West meets Old West at our Western Wingding - a celebration of Western civilization and Oklahoma culture! Academy parents, students, grandparents, faculty, staff, and prospective families all enjoy a fun evening together. In addition to the community fun, the Wingding helps to raise funds - all of which we spend on our faculty! We want our teachers to have what they need to do what we've asked them to do in the classroom. so we ask them for their lists and they jot down a few notes. The good news: by helping provide for them, kids benefit!

Symposium (November)
Each November, The Academy aspires to host an annual symposium on the life and work of a historical figure who has impacted our curriculum. In 2012, our featured figure was Charles Dickens; in 2013, we honored the legacy of C.S. Lewis with two evenings of talks on Lewis as apologist as well as our own production of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe; in 2014, we focused on the imagination of both Dante and Shakespeare, hosting Dr. Anthony Esolen as our keynote and performing Romeo & Juliet. Our friends at Eighth Day Books provide the most carefully selected book table for parents, and our families (and guests) enjoy the time together.

Lessons & Carols, Christmas Feasts (December)
Lessons & Carols is our annual concert in which students involved in our Academy music program lead families in “reading and marking” the blessed tale of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Synaxis choir, along with all students currently involved in Academy choral and orchestra classes, lead us in Christmas worship.

Spring Dance (April)
At the end of testing week in mid-April, Academy 9th-12th graders take part in an annual spring dance. We theme the dance differently every year, but the evening is made up of the same basic parts: 1) classy and formal decoration; 2) 45 minutes of dance instruction in the genre of the year's theme; and 3) a really great time celebrating our Rhetoric community.

So far, we've enjoyed swing dancing as part of our 1940s Spring Swing dance, donned masks for our Spring Bling masquerade ball, learned the Charleston for our Downton Abbey-themed 1920s Spring Fling, and learned to waltz and dressed as our favorite "Classic" fairy tale characters for the Spring Thing! Students are responsible for decorating and parents provide the food.