December 13, 2012
Welcome to Rockbridge Academy! If you are looking for a quality Christ-centered, classical education, you will find Rockbridge to be an exceptional value. As headmaster, permit me to give you a brief overview of the qualifications of the school, our faculty, and the achievements of our students: The school is accredited through the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS). All of our teachers are required to achieve ACCS certification within two years of hire, and are strongly encouraged to proceed on to Permanent and Master's level certification soon thereafter. Advanced degrees are held by 53% of our teachers. Our entire faculty undergoes a challenging teacher training regimen before entering the classroom, and their continuing professional development is encouraged and opportunities are provided. Our student/teacher ratio in the grammar school (K-6) is approximately 12:1, and in the upper school, that ratio is approximately 8:1. Some of our faculty members have written for educational journals, and several of our faculty and administrators have been repeat guest speakers at the ACCS National Teachers Conference. We are occasionally asked to conduct teacher training and consulting services for schools both nationally and internationally, and our curricular materials are sold to schools around the globe. Our annual teacher training seminar is attended by teachers from classical Christian schools around the world, as Rockbridge Academy is increasingly seen as a leader in the Classical Christian School movement. Our graduates have completed a challenging course of study, including: Four years of English/Literature, History, Math, Science, and Theology courses; three years of Latin (required in grades three through ten); two years of Rhetoric; two years of PE; and a variety of electives in the fields of fine and performing arts, athletics, and academics. The mean SAT summary for the class of 2012 is as follows: Reading, 695; Math, 663; Writing, 648. The class of 2012 (15 students) had one National Merit finalist and one National Achievement finalist. Over 50% of the AP exams taken by our students resulted in college credit, and over 86% of our students pass their AP exams. The class of 2011 was offered more than $1.4 million in academic scholarships (more than $14,000 per year, per student). Our graduates have been accepted into over 80 different colleges and universities, such as: MIT, St. John's College in Annapolis, Georgia Tech, University of Virginia, all three U.S. Military Academies, NYU, George Washington University, Hillsdale College, Messiah College, Washington and Lee University, and many more. Above and beyond that, our students are characterized as thoughtful, hard-working problem-solvers, forthright and winsome communicators, and ethical and moral men and women. These are the ideals which we promote in our student body, which no college prep profile can adequately reflect. If you'd like to come and see Rockbridge Academy for yourself, you are welcome at any time; our doors are always open to visitors. Please call the school office (410-923-1171) or visit our web site (www.rockbridge.org) to schedule a visit. I look forward to seeing you!
- submitted by a school leader