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At Rivendell we believe that all knowledge is unified and that every subject has relevance for every other subject. Practically, this means that subjects are not taught in isolation but rather in constant conversation with one another. Works of literature are understood in their historical or cultural context, and the prevalent religious and philosophical ideas of their time must be understood in that context as well. Even math and science, while typically having a more formal character, were not drafted in a vacuum, but were themselves historical and philosophical events. A Rivendell education recognizes this interconnectedness and, whenever possible, interdisciplinary study will be emphasized through the use of integral thematic units. This educational approach also eliminates the need for a “Bible” or “worldview” class. A student’s entire time at Rivendell will be a study in Biblical worldview, with an emphasis on exploring God’s world at all times and in all disciplines.


"I love that at Rivendell subjects were never taught in isolation, but always making connections; for example, writing poetry while studying about World War I."
- Raquel, Rivendell Alumna


 

Integral Units of Study at Rivendell School

PATTERNS
 
Patterns in Creation (Year 1)
Patterns: A World of Clues
Earth and Space
Geography
Sunshine and Storms
Shakespeare
Biomes and Animals
 
Patterns in Community (Year 2)
Patterns in Creation
Native Americans
Christmas/The Gift of Giving
Economics
Community
Fables

 

ADVENTURE
 
Surviving and Thriving in New Worlds (Year 1)
Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes
New World/Colonial Christmas
One Nation Under God
Shakespeare
Character Matters
Plant Kingdom
 
Don't miss the Wonders (Year 2)
The Hidden Wonders of The Beach
The Wonders of the USA
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Fairy Tales: Tales of Wisdom and Wonder
Wonders of the Human Body
Wonders of the Animal Kingdom
GLOBAL STUDIES
 
Where Does Your Treasure Lie? (Year 1)
Age of Discovery: Where does your Treasure Lie?
Latin America: Treasure of Sacrifice
Middle East: Treasure of Tradition
Shakespeare’s Europe: Treasure of the Spoken Word
Asian Sub-Continent: The Treasure of India
Great Commission: Sharing our Treasure with the World
 
On a Journey (Year 2)
Geography Toolbox: Where are you Headed?
Journey through Africa: Land of Stories
Journey through Russia: Land of Contrasts
A Journey West: Westward Expansion
Journey through China: Land of Walls, Doors, Bridges
Dangerous Journey

YEAR OF WISDOM AND VIRTUE

Faith: Old Testament Era Kingdoms 
Loyalty: Forms of Government & U.S. Constitution
Compassion: A Christmas Carol
Self Discipline: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar 
Courage: Immigrants, Citizens, & Ambassadors
Responsibility: Who Am I?
WESTERN CIVILIZATION
 
The Hero’s Journey (Year 1)
Ancient Greece: The Call to Adventure
Ancient Rome: Heroes and the Challenge of Power
Middle Ages: The Search for Security (in the Ultimate Hero)
Shakespeare
Renaissance: The Heroic Desire to Discover
Reformation and the Counter Reformation Heroes: Qualities of a Courageous Stand
The Hero’s Journey for Today: The Hobbit
 
Man’s Hopes and Dreams, God’s Purposes (Year 2)
America’s Dream:  The American Revolution and Johnny Tremain
The Dream of the French Revolution:  France and America—Different Paths and Outcomes
The Testing of America’s Dream: The American Civil War
Dreams of a Better Life: The Industrial Revolution and Oliver Twist
Dreams and Disillusionment: World War I and Poetry
False Dreams:  The Russian Revolution and Animal Farm
The Dream Survives:  America’s Great Depression
Defending Freedom’s Dream:  World War II and The Hiding Place
Dreams in Conflict: The Cold War
Our Personal Dreams:  Coming of Age and To Kill a Mockingbird
YEAR 1
The Nature of Light
The Creation of the Universe
Simple Machines
Contributions of the Ancient Greeks
Contributions of the Ancient Romans
An introduction to Chemistry
The Atom
The Periodic Table
Cells: The Building Blocks of Life
Human Anatomy and Physiology
 
YEAR 2
Electricity and Magnetism
The Industrial Revolution
Newtonian Physics
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Weather
Climate Change

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