Why does RMCA use narration as a primary instructional method?

In its oral or written form, narration is the exercise of retelling what has been heard, read, or experienced. At RMCA, we look for opportunities for our students to narrate in every subject. Besides having centuries of experience to prove its worth, many studies have shown that the Ambleside approach of ‘retelling’ helps students of any age to absorb material. By narrating orally, pictorially, or in writing, students internalize ideas and information. Demanding the student’s full attention, narration requires students to remember, summarize, and attend to detail. Students are carefully guided into higher levels of response such as application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. It is also a form of oral composition, which lays the groundwork for writing and public speaking.



  • 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