The central symbol in Redeemer Classical Academy’s logo and crest is a mighty oak. This image is drawn from Redeemer’s foundational scripture: to grant those that mourn in Zion – to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruin cities, the devastations of many generations, Isaiah 61:3-4. Redeemer’s second keystone scripture, Psalm 1:2-3, also invokes the image of a tree as a representation of the blessing that comes from placing God at the center of all things: his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The more the founders of Redeemer Classical Academy reflected on these verses and on the image of the tree, a mighty oak of righteousness planted for the glory of the LORD, the more they saw in this symbol the embodiment of their dreams for Redeemer.
The tree stands as a lasting reminder that, like all Christ-followers, we at Redeemer find our source and our sustenance in our Savior. In Isaiah, the image of the tree reminds us that nothing we build at Redeemer is ever really the work of our own hands; rather, it is the LORD alone who causes all things to grow and prosper, in His time and for His own glory and purposes. Psalm 1 calls us to place our focus first, foremost and forever on the LORD and His word, for only here will we find joy, fulfillment and fruitfulness. At Redeemer, our primary objective is to do all things in and through Christ in order that the name of Jesus might be lifted up and that God’s will might be done on earth even as it is in heaven. This thought is embodied in our motto: Omnia Per Eum – All things through Him.
The mighty oak, the fruit-bearing and un-withering tree of scripture, also provides for Redeemer Classical Academy a visual metaphor for the traditional classical model that guides our teaching methods. The roots of the tree represent the grammar stage, during which, like the deep, strong roots of a healthy tree, students soak up knowledge in all areas of study. The trunk of the tree represents the logic stage of instruction, when Redeemer’s instructors capitalize on students’ desire to understand relationships and reasons by emphasizing connections among facts and data and ordering knowledge into sound and rational conclusions. Like the trunk of the tree, the thinking skills established at this stage provide stability for future growth, allowing students to understand how things fit together in the light of God’s Word and His Truth. Finally, the foliage of the tree stands as a figure for the rhetoric stage of the classical model, where we see the full flowering of a student’s learning in the expression of his or her own unique conclusions and perspectives on what has been studied and in the student’s ability to present information with confidence, grace, and humility. Thus, the mighty oak of our logo and crest speaks to us constantly of who we are and what we are about as a Christ-centered classical school.
This passage is a Messianic prophecy, speaks to heart of why our founding group was lead to form RCA, and gives us our mascot. We are “The Mighty Oaks!” This symbol is prevalent in our logo and crest and serves as a constant reminder of our purposes and goals, keeping us daily focused on our calling from God – to provide a Christ-centered Classical education.
Redeemer Classical Academy is an interdenominational organization and is not affiliated with any denomination.
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