The Center for Redemptive Education exists to articulate, cultivate, demonstrate and facilitate the quest to align with God’s design for teaching and learning, using an approach
that is Biblical, Relational, Integral and Experiential.


P.O. Box 150, Ashland, VA 23005



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The Redemptive Education logo symbolizes Truth and the Knowledge of that Truth - which God himself creates. He then invites us, as His image bearers, to design, build, innovate, and use human inventions such as "school" and "curriculum" in order to spread Truth and Knowledge.


A Biblical approach flows from the Person of Christ and a truth-centered worldview that permeates every aspect of the school, from curriculum, to methods, to board deliberations, to scheduling of classes and activities. It asks, “How does this thing we are considering match up with God’s original intent? How is it messed up? What is God’s message to us from this study? And finally, what is His mission for us now, in response to our study?” Biblical truth infuses and informs every lesson, game, activity and field trip, rather than being confined to “Bible class” or chapel.


A Relational approach to teaching and learning combines both delight in and respect for children, parents, teachers, individuals, the family, the community, the culture, the world, the Creator. This explains our commitment to parental involvement at school, multi-age classes, and nurturing the uniqueness of each child. It informs our interest in discipleship, stewardship, instruction, integrity, humility, collaborative work, individual work, obedience, honor, courtesy, dialogue, character development, service to others, love for God. It’s all about relationship!


An Integral approach to curriculum and instruction seeks to reflect the cohesive nature of God and His creation using multi-disciplinary thematic units of study organized meaningfully around important ideas. It minimizes the artificial separation of the typical school “subjects,” seeking to continually show the real connections between them, in order to create authentic and enduring understandings. It likewise informs our view of the child as a holistic being comprised of “head, hand, and heart” rather than merely an intellect to be filled with academic data and information.

God said, "Let there be Light," and there was Light. - Genesis 1:3

God himself thought up "Light" and called it into being. Then people, made in His image, took what God had created, and expanded on that creation to build, innovate, and use human inventions to spread that light: torches, flashlights, lamps, and lanterns such as the one in our Redemptive Education logo.


The Redemptive Education lantern is also a nod to the lamppost in C.S. Lewis's Narnia, suggestive of the influence our educational approach has received from Lewis's key ideas: the trinity of courage, sacrifice, and liberty; the importance of desire and imagination; the relationship between myth and immortality; the belief in objective reality vs. relativism.

The "living wreath" of leaves undergirding the lantern symbolizes the living Christ, whose life is "the light of all mankind," which cannot be overwhelmed or overcome by the darkness of the world in which He is actively doing His redemptive work. Redemptive Education is participation in that kingdom work through the quest to align with God's design by means of a Biblical, Relational, Integral, and Experiential approach to teaching and learning.

"In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it." - John 1:4

* (See Dr. Art Lindsley on "Seven Key Ideas" at cslewisinstitute.org)