There are always topics, ideas, and books which do not fit neatly into a scope and sequence. The fact that they don’t fit does not lessen their importance, however. On the contrary, these topics are some of the most important and memorable things students learn in high school. -Kenny Scagel

In order to address the above problem, we have created space in the curriculum for topics that fall outside the usual classes, or are part of those disciplines but cannot be covered due to time constraints. This is our Symposium. The Symposia are classes that change from semester to semester, each working on a different topic. They cover such diverse areas as geography, Biblical history, Art history, Philosophy of Man, the Apostolic Fathers, and Semiotics. Several are set – classes that Mr. Scagel developed at LMR and found to be particularly helpful or engaging. However, part of the design of the Symposium class is to put in some unscheduled time to allow the questions and interests of each particular class to guide the teacher as to what materials should be covered. Some groups of students may gravitate towards debate and controversial issues, others towards art, or philosophy, or theology. Whatever the particular passions of our students, the Symposium is supple enough to move with their interests.

Symposia 2014-2015:

First Semester

  • Lower School – Biblical History to Macabees
  • Upper School – The Gnostic Mystery Tour

2nd Semester

  • Lower School – New Testament History and the Early Church
  • Upper School – Bookleggers and Memorizers: The Genius of A Canticle for Leibowitz