How did our family come to join the Geneva community? When our oldest Martin was two years old, we were talking at the playground with some good neighborhood friends of ours about school options. They were leaving to check out a prestigious school even though the boys were just two. We tagged along and that night we fell in love with The Geneva School. We were captured by the philosophy and curriculum and our only disappointment was that we had to wait until Martin was four to enroll him!
Rhetoric has sometimes been described as the art of moving souls. The Geneva School strives to give each student the ability to think well, using wisdom and discernment, and to polish and refine his/her oral and writing skills to communicate winsomely.
Alec Ortiz, a current eighth grader, came to The Geneva School when he was four years old. His family loves to reminisce about one of the seminal moments that confirmed the value of the education he is receiving.
The Bowser family says they weren’t looking for a school for their daughter, but rather, The Geneva School found them! Katherine Bowser explains how they found TGS and the impact the school is having on their daughter Abigail.
We spent last year home schooling with a classical education homeschool community. It was a really wonderful experience and I thought we would probably always home school. Christian classical education is very important to us and I thought that home schooling would be the best way to give that to my children.
Keira Raesly is our beloved fourth grade lead teacher and it’s easy to see why her students love being in her class.
I wanted to be able to teach the whole child and help cultivate both the heart and mind within each student. I was longing for a place where teaching was both mission and profession. I have that at Geneva.
Andrew Nelson—upper school physical science and chemistry teacher, star of the faculty basketball team, and faculty head of the House of Wittenberg—understands he is privileged not only to teach, but also to mentor. He spent a year teaching in another school, but lamented that he was unable to help the students make one of the most significant connections—the one between chemistry and the God of chemistry. “I wasn’t permitted to highlight the beauty of creation through the world of chemistry. I love the fact that exploring the smallest parts of creation gives us a larger view of God.
As an integral part of their study of FL natives, the first grade students travel to Fort Christmas to meet FL native, Jimmy Sawgrass, and see a fascinating demonstration of life before the first European explorers arrived on the land. Then they tour the fort and grounds and enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to school.
Students visit Medieval Times in order to reflect upon their studies of the Middle Ages. Students tour a medieval village complete with artifacts, pictures, and historical specialists. Then students enjoy an educational presentation on medieval weapons and falconry. Finally, students are entertained by a live joust during a traditional feast. Leaving at 8:00 from Aloma Baptist on SR 436 (one block north of the main campus).
Colonial Day is a culmination of the fifth grade Early Colonial unit. The students give a speech about one of the thirteen original colonies, eat a "Thanksgiving Dinner," and spend the afternoon as a colonial child churning butter, making candles, and playing parlor games and outdoor games such as hoop and stick.