Traditions at The Academy

At The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, we teach that subjects are not isolated from each other but 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, our annual traditions are incorporated into the educational atmosphere of our school program to enhance learning.

School Feasts

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 singing. Our annual feasts include Christmastide and Resurrection Day Feasts.

Throughout the year, individual houses also hold feasts to commemorate the days of their house saints.

In addition to these school-wide feasts, grammar classes 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 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)  along with uniform shorts, pants, and tennis shoes. 

Looking for a new spirit shirt for this school year?  Check out the current offerings at our Spirit Store!

Night and Day Retreat

Helping students recognize the uniqueness and commonality 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 this annual retreat to get to know others and themselves in this unique context apart from school.

Lessons and Carols

Lessons & Carols is The Academy’s annual Christmas program. Students involved in The Academy music program, from grades PreK-12, lead families in “reading and marking” the blessed tale of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Griffin Games

Griffin Games is a beloved tradition at The Academy, full of competition, fellowship, and fun.  All three campuses work together with their brother and sister houses to compete in team building field day events, including a tug of war versus our faculty and staff.  We end the day with a run and award the winning team the coveted Griffin Games Cup!