Culture & Traditions

Rooted In Tradition

Historically, to be educated meant to be immersed into a set of intellectual and cultural traditions. At Augustine School, we believe that education should be grounded in meaningful traditions that teach students to see themselves as a part of a specific culture worth preserving.

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.
- G.K. Chesterton

Our School Culture:

Augustine Traditions

Back to School Night

Early August

Held the night before school starts, families and friends reunite for the upcoming school year. Parents and students are encouraged to visit their new classrooms, meet their teachers, and drop off their supplies. Exciting announcements are made, popsicles are shared, and the school year is kicked off with high spirits.

Convocation

Early August

At this evening service led by our founders and administration, Augustine School again presents itself to God for His work at our school in the upcoming year. It is strongly encouraged that every family is represented at this event.

Monday Chapels

Weekly

Attending Chapel on Monday mornings sets the tone for the upcoming week as our Dean of Academic Affairs leads the students in orienting their heart and mind toward God before they begin their studies for the week.

Upper School Retreat

Early Fall

In an effort to promote friendship between students, the Upper School takes a break from their studies in the fall for a day of outdoor team building activities on our campus.

Grandparents’ Day

Early October

At Augustine School, we dedicate the first recitation of the year to our students’ grandparents – or in many cases, grandfriends. On this day students honor the legacy laid by generations past though singing, reciting of scripture and poetry, and special classroom visits.

Reformation Day

October 31st

Reformation Day marks the anniversary of Martin Luther’s protest against church corruption and false teaching that began the Protestant Reformation. Each year, “Martin Luther” makes a personal appearance to our students to explain what took place on the first Reformation Day and why.

Carols and Cider

Early December

Each December, Augustine School celebrates the Christmas season by opening the campus to friends and family as we sing carols, read scripture, and sip steamy beverages.

Christmas Recitation

Mid-December

Augustine School lets out for Christmas Break each year with a special off-campus Christmas Recitation. Students recite and sing seasonal pieces and songs as families enjoy a morning of community before saying goodbye for the winter break.

Special Activities Week

February

A bright spot in the winter months is Special Activities Week. Augustine Upper School students have the opportunity to choose from several week-long courses offered by their teachers and other community members. These courses can cover topics and activities such as history, strategic games, crafts, special skills, and more.

Edwards Colloquium

Fall and Spring

The Edwards Colloquium is an opportunity for high school students to meet twice per year in homes for dinner and conversation about a seminal writing that has implications for everyday practical Christian living.

Field Trips

Throughout Year

Augustine School values on-site learning and interaction with experts in various areas of culture. For that reason our students take multiple field trips throughout the year in the Jackson area and beyond.

Field Day

Mid-May

At the end of the school year, the entire student body comes together for a day of physical fun and challenges where students enjoy friendly competition on our school athletic fields.

Year-End Recitations

Late May

Augustine School students participate in quarterly Recitations, which hone their public speaking and memorization skills. Our final Year-End Recitation is particularly special as students dress in costumes reminiscent of the history cycle their class studied that year. This event is typically held off-campus as families enjoy refreshments and fellowship before school lets out for summer break.

Outdoor Movie Night

Mid-Summer

Students and families have an opportunity to reconnect during the summer break when we open our campus for a special night of outdoor picnic dinners, popcorn, and a classic family friendly movie under the stars.

Want to experience some of our school traditions for yourself? Visit our school calendar for a list of upcoming events that are open to the community.