What is a living education and what are living books?

Students at RMCA do the scholar’s work of first hand reading of living books, primary sources of truth, beauty, and wisdom. These sources give the student the opportunity to experience for herself a living education, the thrill of encountering life-changing ideas. Avoiding textbooks of dry, predigested facts, our curricula is designed to nourish the child’s mind, soul, and body. This exposure also includes direct contact and observation of real objects from nature (plants, minerals, animals, the elements), and art, music, as well as other human disciplines (maps, instruments, etc).

As Charlotte Mason believed, we stress that living ideas – not mere information – should form the foundation of our educational efforts. We are not building an instrument that will be able to learn or think when we are finished with it. Rather, we are feeding the living mind of a person which will grow and flourish according to the nourishment it receives.



  • Christ-centered education
  • Founded in 1998
  • 200 students in preschool through 8th grade
  • Typical class size: Preschool and Pre-kindergarten, 12-18 students; Elementary, 12-16 students; Middle School, 10-17 students