St. Constantine School of Lehigh Valley
was born out of the long-frustrated desire of the Eastern Orthodox Christian community in the Lehigh Valley (Greek, Syrian, and Slavic Christians) to start a school, kindergarten through 12th grade.
In the Spring of 2019, clergy and laity met to discuss starting a K-12 Orthodox school that would minister not just to all the Orthodox churches of the Valley (Greek, Syrian, Slavic, Carpatho-Russian, Ukrainian), but to anyone else who wished, regardless of creed, or even lack thereof; an Orthodox school not just for the Orthodox.
To help in this regard, we sought outside council from the St. Constantine School of Houston, Texas. Thus in mirroring what they are doing, and also joining with them in aim, curriculum, and mission, we have adopted their name (their patron saint).
St. Constantine School of Lehigh Valley will be classical in model, built around the seven liberal arts. We see these as the basis on which individuals will thrive and prosper, since the liberal arts are those skills necessary for the free mind of the free citizen (as opposed to the servile arts, which serve the end of maintaining body and soul, i.e., carpentry, masonry).
The Classical Model
Emphasis will be placed on grammar, logic, and eloquence (the trivium) in preparation for the advanced subjects of math, geometry, astronomy (physics), and music (the quadrivium). In short, the classical model the school will follow is one for developing the soul in goodness, truth, and beauty, in order to thrive in any occupation, and to develop the critical elements of the mind so that the student will be a master of her own person, and not in the thrall of fads, propaganda, or demagogues.
The emphasis upon the external world as well (biology, physics, chemistry) shall round out the curriculum, preparing the students either to enter work immediately, or for college, but will above all emphasize the unity of creation within the full confines of the liberal arts.
An Orthodox Christian Foundation
The school will be Christian, following explicitly the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and as such will always have local Orthodox clergy on its board. But while it will be Orthodox in teaching and outlook, the school is open and welcoming to all who wish to pursue the rigors of our curriculum, whether Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or even atheist.
We intend on developing students not just in the subjects associated with the liberal arts (languages, history, math, geometry, physics, biology, music), but also in horticulture, animal husbandry, contemplation, and even in play–a central aspect of human existence.
As a private school, we will charge tuition commensurate with other private schools in the area. We also plan that any student who truly wishes to come to the St. Constantine School will not be turned away for lack of resources. And as the Orthodox Church comprehends all areas on our globe (e.g., China, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Syria, Russia, inter alia), so will our school comprehend all the ethnicities of our area who wish to come.