Our Core Beliefs

Building Living Cathedrals

Looking up at the Duomo, Florence, Italy

The parable is told of three stone masons working together at a construction site. The first mason, being asked what he was doing, replied, “I’m cutting and shaping stones.” When asked the same question the second stone mason responded, “I’m building a wall with these stones.” Much to the delight of the interviewer, the third mason answered the same question by asserting, “I am building a cathedral!”

What hard, arduous work it must have been, day after day, month after month, and year after year for the first two stone masons. With such limited perspective, no vision for the greater accomplishments of their labor, it must have seemed like nothing but drudgery to go to work each day and have no more idea of why they were cutting and shaping each stone. By contrast, what an exciting prospect each day must have held for the third mason despite the fact that he was doing exactly the same work as the other two each day.

When translated to education, the parable may have similar application. In the same classroom, one student might answer the question of what she is doing by saying, “I go from class to class to class all day long.” A second might respond by volunteering, “I’m fulfilling state graduation requirements so as to go to college so as to go to yet more classes in the hope of getting more good grades.” The visionary third student is eager to make it known that she is hoping to attain the stature of a virtuous scholar whose lifelong learning will contribute to a flourishing Christian life. Only the third student will build a cathedral with her life.

Dome of St. Peter's Basilica
The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy

The Geneva School is about casting a vision for building living cathedrals. Our goal is to cast a vision before each one of our students concerning the true and proper ends for which they are being privileged with a Christian and classical education. Our goal for each one is not so short-sighted as to be only about grades and test scores and transcripts, regardless of how significant they are in attaining the ultimate goal. Our goals for them include being a responsible servant leader in the kingdom of God. We aspire for them to attain wisdom and scholarship by cultivating the virtues of faith, hope, and love conjoined to goodness, truth, and beauty. We trust that each student will maximize his and her academic capabilities as well as their artistic, athletic, and leadership skills. We intend to educate and lead souls; our fervent desire is to see students grow into the image of Christ, and to bear the fruit of the Spirit, including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Medieval cathedral building was a lifelong endeavor. Likewise, education is a lifelong pursuit animated by wonder. Who is not captivated by the architectural marvel and aesthetic beauty of a cathedral? Why would we not desire the same lofty vision for each and every one of our students?

Let’s build living cathedrals at The Geneva School!

Rev. Robert Ingram
Founding Board Member (1993–2003) and Headmaster 2003–2020)

The Geneva School
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September 23, 2020
  • US Schedule C

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • SAT Test (seniors only)

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 8:00 am- 12:00 pm
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  • USC Chapel

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 9:35 am- 10:20 am
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  • French Club Meeting

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 3:00 pm- 3:30 pm
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September 24, 2020
  • US Schedule D

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Lower School Fall Photos (Retake Day)

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Soccer Interest Meeting

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:55 pm- 1:25 pm
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  • MS Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian (WHITE)

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
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  • MS Coed Soccer Home Game vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • JV Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • Varsity Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian **** SENIOR NIGHT

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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September 25, 2020
  • US Schedule E

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Fathers Watch

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 6:30 am- 7:30 am
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  • 5th Gr - St. Augustine Trip

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 7:00 am- 6:15 pm
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  • K4 - Great Outdoors Camping Adventure

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 11:15 am
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  • 6th Gr - Hobbit Feast

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
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September 26, 2020
  • Cross Country Meet Varsity, JV, MS

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • Cross Country Meet Varsity, JV, MS

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • 12th Gr - Fall Senior Dinner & Speeches

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 5:45 pm- 9:00 pm
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  • K - Parent Gathering for Mrs. Dudreck's Class

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 6:15 pm- 8:00 pm
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September 23, 2020
  • US Schedule C

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • SAT Test (seniors only)

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 8:00 am- 12:00 pm
    See more details

  • USC Chapel

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 9:35 am- 10:20 am
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  • French Club Meeting

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 3:00 pm- 3:30 pm
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September 24, 2020
  • US Schedule D

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Lower School Fall Photos (Retake Day)

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Soccer Interest Meeting

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:55 pm- 1:25 pm
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  • MS Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian (WHITE)

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
    See more details

  • MS Coed Soccer Home Game vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
    See more details

  • JV Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • Varsity Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian **** SENIOR NIGHT

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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September 25, 2020
  • US Schedule E

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Fathers Watch

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 6:30 am- 7:30 am
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  • 5th Gr - St. Augustine Trip

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 7:00 am- 6:15 pm
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  • K4 - Great Outdoors Camping Adventure

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 11:15 am
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  • 6th Gr - Hobbit Feast

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
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September 26, 2020
  • Cross Country Meet Varsity, JV, MS

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • Cross Country Meet Varsity, JV, MS

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • 12th Gr - Fall Senior Dinner & Speeches

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 5:45 pm- 9:00 pm
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  • K - Parent Gathering for Mrs. Dudreck's Class

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 6:15 pm- 8:00 pm
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