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A K-12 Classical Christian School
Serving the Annapolis Area
Pursuing Goodness, Truth, Beauty
Learning by Active Participation
Serving and Honoring Others
Educating the Whole Person
Competing to the Glory of God

Rockbridge Academy is a K-12 classical Christian school serving the Annapolis area (including Baltimore and Washington, DC). We were established in 1995 as one of the very first classical Christian schools in the nation and have lead the way since in classical Christian pedagogy. Though excellence in educational training is clear through the academic results of our students, the heart of our mission is and ever will be an unwaveringly Christ-centered focus where students are prepared, not just for a vocation, but for a life-long journey with Christ.  

  • January 15th Preview Night

    The best way to learn more about the distinctly classical and unwaveringly Christian education Rockbridge Academy offers is by visiting us. Our January 15th Preview Night will showcase snapshots of our classical curriculum and school culture. Hear from students, teachers, and administrators, and see what classical Christian education is all about. 

    Reserve your space for our Preview Night here. (Space is limited.)

    We look forward to meeting you! 

  • Emma McLaughlin Signs with George Washington University

    Congratulations to Emma McLaughlin. She has signed on to play D-I lacrosse for George Washington University. Hannah Bumgarner, 9th grade journalism students, writes about Emma's love for the game and insights from her teammates. Read Hannah's article here. 

  • At Rockbridge Academy, we take a deliberate approach to helping our students see Christ ruling over every thought, every subject, every historical moment. This is a responsibility that we don't take lightly and something we cannot do alone. By God's grace, the support of an all-Christian faculty who prays together each day for one another and for our students helps keep our eyes set on Christ. We acknowledge our dependence on Christ and make an effort to point our students to Him daily. 

  • At the Heart of Teaching Bible

    Why do we teach Bible at Rockbridge Academy? How do we teach Bible in a way that makes a difference in students' lives. Hear from Mr. Northup who has been teaching Bible here at Rockbridge since 2005. Click here.

  • Mrs. Williams, Veteran and Teacher

    Mrs. Williams, a former Air Force pilot and now teacher, shares about her passion for God's Word and her joy in pointing students to the Lord. Chloe DuBois, 11th grade student, writes about the journey the Lord has taken Mrs. Williams on in the Air Force and now at Rockbridge. Read her full article here. 

  • Writing for High School SCOTUS

    Noelle McDowell (Class of 2022) has started writing for High School SCOTUS, a blog written by teenagers analyzing Supreme Court opinions, interviewing legal experts, and covering other major judicial happenings in our nation. In June, Noelle wrote an article analyzing the Supreme Court decision in June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo, which dealt with the legality of abortion facility restrictions. More recently, she interviewed U.S. Representative Andy Harris (serving Maryland's 1st District). In her interview, they discuss what it's like to be in Congress, the question of D.C. statehood, and some possible dangers to 1st Amendment rights that have been raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • An Unexpected Opportunity...

    Lauren Bailey (class of 2020) wasn't planning to run D-1 track and cross-country in college upon graduation, but God opened up some unexpected doors. Natalie Watson, 11th grade student and former running mate, writes about Lauren's road to running for Loyola University. Read the full article here.

  • BLOG: A Great (Mathematical) Adventure

    Math at Rockbridge Academy prepares students to embark on the adventure of studying math as a product of God’s character and creativity. Nathan Daly (class of 2019) describes his experience on this adventure. He currently studies computer science and math at Johns Hopkins University. Read his full Blog here. 

  • Interview with Ivanna Rhodes: Novelist

    By Olivia Reardon, 11th grade student

    Writing a story, editing a novel, and navigating the world of publishing are not simple, but Ivanna Rhodes, Rockbridge Academy sophomore, did it all. Read about Ivanna's journey to a published book here. 

  • Remembering 9/11

    On September 11th, 6th grade students lowereed the flag to half mast in remembrance of 9/11 and those who lost their lives that day. Homerooms spent time in prayer for our nation and those who lost loved ones. For 10th grade U.S. History class, students interviewed their parents with questions like: What do you remember about that day? How did it impact you and our country? What changed as a result of 9/11? Making these personal connections and hearing first accounts give students a greater appreciation and personal perspective. Thank you, first responders and those in military service. 

  • BLOG: The Motto Amid Trial

    "Taking every thought captive..." Emily Marsh, class of 2019, shares what our school motto means in the midst of a pandemic..."that the administrators, teachers, staff, and students practice dedicating their worries, joys, fears, and opinions in submission to the unchanging truth of God’s Word, no matter the trial, even a pandemic."  Read her full Blog here. 

  • BLOG: Building Rockbridge Relationships: 10 Tips for Transfer Students

    Two of our current students, Oliva Reardon (class of 2022) and Chloe Dubois (class of 2021) who both transitioned to Rockbridge in 10th grade, tell about their experiences as new students and share tips for incoming transfer students as they make their way into our community. Read more here...

  • Missed Our Live Information Session?

    The recording of our Live Virtual Information Session is now available! Missed the live webinar? No problem! 

    CLICK HERE to access our live recording. 

    We covered the top 11 most asked questions. Contact us at: admissions@rockbridge.org so we can address any of your specific questions. 

    • How our school community has "come together" to support one another and pivot to an online system that has enabled each of our students to finish on track this year.
    • Ask questions about STEM
    • How tuition assistance has been re-tooled to make Rockbridge more accessible.
    • The academic results of classical education. This year our graduates will attend Princeton, William and Mary, and Johns Hopkins in the fall with additional acceptances to the University of Virginia, Auburn, Rensselaer, and Wheaton College, and more.
    • At the heart of all this is our Christ-centered approach; Christ is the foundation of all we do. To Him be glory. 

    Visit our Admissions Events page!

  • BLOG: Zachary Reardon Shares

    God really used what most teens would deem a set-back in their senior year to really open Zachary Reardon's eyes to the greater good and bigger picture that God had in store for him. Read the full story of how God used a torn ACL to show Zach His favor and grace. 

  • Leading by Example: The Class of 2020

    Olivia Reardon (class of 2022) shares some perspectives on how the class of 2020 has impacted her and other students. The senior class has led by example in the faith, their joy, and in the way they extended themselves, especially during the quarantine. Read her full article here. 

  • By the Lord's grace we had a successful transition to distance learning which enabled each of our students to finish on track for the school! Take a look at how we tackled the challenges to online learning and with some fun along the way.  

  • Summer Wonder

    Building a garden. Investigating creatures. Striving for gold at the "Olympics." For the first time, our summer camps are being held at our very own campus, where the campers started by helping build a garden and competing in their own Olympics. Read this Blog post featuring interviews with Mrs. Mackes, Mrs. Kaiss, and Claire Mackes to learn how summer wonder and classical education go hand-in-hand. 

     

  • Summer Reading Lists Are Here!

    Every year, Rockbridge Academy releases a summer book list for her students. This year, these lists seem more critical than ever. Emily Marsh, class of 2019 alumna, writes for our Blog on summer reading. 

    Read the full Blog and access the reading lists here. 

  • Mourning with Those Who Mourn

    A message from our Headmaster Roy Griffith to our community regarding recent events. 

    Dear Rockbridge Families,

    The past few months have been exceedingly challenging. The weight of a global pandemic, an economic crisis, and the re-imagining of “school” in an uncertain future felt heavy enough. But then we witnessed something weighty and tragic in a very different sense—the needless and unjust killing of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer. Such carelessness with life is unconscionable. But this tragic event—along with the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor as well as the video recording of Amy Cooper in Central Park—has raised the issue of racial injustice in ways that cannot be ignored, and the ensuing protests and riots have left our nation’s communities in turmoil.   

    Continue reading here.

  • A feast for the eyes and ears, indeed! 

    Our first musical at our new Evergreen Campus was spectacular! Bravo to all the cast, crew, creative team, and many, many helpers who poured their time and hearts into making our inaugural show amazing! 

    Click here for details and more photos! 

  • National Merit Recognition

    Congratulations to Ben Ault, Alanna Craig, Jillian Schwartz, and Ryan McDowell who have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Ryan McDowell has been named a semifinalist. 

    The NMSP recognizes the top 1-3% of the highest scorers in the nation for those who take the PSAT in their junior year. Most schools reflect the national percentage of 1-3% (at best). At Rockbridge Academy, these 4 out of 30 students in the graduating class reflect over 13%. Last year, nearly 17% of our graduates were recognized by the NMSP. Our average SAT score over 2017, 2018, and 2019 is 1312. 

    What makes a Rockbridge education so unique when we do not teach to the test? Come. Ask. Discover. 

    Our integrated, classical, Christian approach aims to graduate students who love Christ first and foremost and are equipped to move into their next steps (whether college or the workplace). Clearly they are well-equipped academically, a natural fruit of the classical method. To God be the glory. 

    Read more about our vision for our students, staff, parents, and community here. 

    Click here for our testing and scholarship summaries. 

  • A Charge to Laugh Well

    Pastor Unthank was asked to give the charge at the end-of-year Awards Assembly. Enjoy his exhortation to laugh.

    In Jesus Christ, our future is set—there is a glorious inheritance to be enjoyed, unending joy with Christ, laughing as we inevitably will be around the table and feast which Revelation calls the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. No matter how dark the world around us gets, no matter how interesting our era becomes, remember Christ and look forward to Christ and in him find true joy. Laugh well and laugh often!

    Continue to read here...

  • The 5th grade Colonial Ball is one of the most anticipated feasts of the year in the K-6 grammar years.

    Learning activities outside the classroom like feasts and field trips bring history to life. Our 5th graders get to sail the shores of the Chesapeake Bay on the Sultana and also participate in an overnight field trip to Colonial Williamsburg. 

    Read more about student life in Beyond the Classroom here

  • Celebrating 25 Years and a New Building!

    Rockbridge Academy celebrates our 25th year and the opening of our new campus at 680 Evergreen Road in Crownsville, MD. 

    What does an educational model from 500 hundred years ago have to do with a 1349 average SAT score today, an 18-day capstone trip through Greece and Italy, a 25-year anniversary, and new building?

    Find the answers here! 

    These are exciting times to visit and learn more about the classical Christian education model--one of the fastest growing movements among believers in the last 30 years. Rockbridge Academy is one of the oldest and most established classical Christian schools in the country.

  • The Woodbridge Classic

    Bringing Some Rockbridge to the Woodbridge

    by Natalie Watson, Rockbride Journalism Student and Cross Country Runner

    The Rockbridge varsity cross-country team traveled to Los Angeles, CA, from September 19-21 to run in the Woodbridge Classic, a nationally acclaimed annual meet with over 15,000 runners and 400 teams present. As the only MD team to participate in the history of the Woodbridge meet, the team witnessed beautiful running. When the 2018 varsity girls’ cross-country team won the small school division in the Maryland Private School State Championship last year, no one expected to wind up in California at a national invitational 10 months later.

    The article continues with more photos here! 

  • HomeComing and ComingHome

    Thanks be to God for a wonderful dedication weekend full of celebrations, great homecoming games, a festive pep rally, a tree planting ceremony, beautiful fall weather, and prayers for the next 10 years. 

    Great photos and more here. 

    Photo credit: John Daly

  • HomeComing and ComingHome

    Come out and join us on October 11th and 12th for our Homecoming and Cominghome dedication weekend!

    Friday night we will hold our Homecoming games under the lights at Old Mill High School at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM (girls' and guys' games respectively). 

    Saturday night we will have a special dedication ceremony and a tour of the Evergreen Campus (680 Evergreen Road, Crownsville, MD 21032). We thank the Lord for establishing our steps for 25 years and invite everyone to join us for this historic evening.  

    RSVP to our Coming Home Dedication Ceremony HERE!

  • Family Worship

    How does your family engage in family worship? Honestly, it is a struggle for many, if not most, families. First of all, how does one even lead a family worship time? How do we carve out time for this? Is it really worth fighting for that time? Why do it? 

    Jay Mitchell, our former board chairman, shares how he persisted through the years with 8 children and now 12 grandchildren. 

    Read the full article here. 

  • Reading Original Sources

    By Denise Hollidge, Grammar School Principal

    During my many years at Rockbridge Academy, I’m often asked what curriculum we use for science, history, math, or Bible. While we provide many resources to our teachers and have a few typical textbooks for occasional student use, for the most part we use original sources. An original or primary source is evidence from the past. For example, diaries, letters, constitutions, wills, naturalization papers, treaties, and military papers are all primary source documents. A secondary source is developed from primary sources. It tries to make sense of the past and can be very helpful, but our bias is to encourage our students to go ad fontes. Ad fontes is the Latin phrase which means “to the sources.”

    Read more!

  • Hear the latest on our Evergreen Campus Fund.

    We have been praying for and seeking $3 million in pledges and 100% participation from our community.  So far, we are grateful to announce that we have reached $2.35 million in pledges and 70% participation from our community! If you have not yet participated, please help bring our 70% up to 100%! 

    Click here for information on ways to pledge and give.

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