St. Basil of Ostrog
Serbian Orthodox Church
Lake Forest, Illinois
Church School

The St. Basil Church School community is blessed to have a dynamic Sunday School Program designed to complement the Orthodox formation of children pre school through high school.

From September to May, each Sunday morning experienced teachers take a Gospel-centric approach to instruct students about Orthodoxy, Tradition, theology, and history.

Each academic year is dedicated to a special theme.  For example, the theme for 2015 – 2016 was the Colors of Orthodoxy. Children gained a greater understanding of the liturgical cycle by exploring the meaning and symbolism of colors used in iconography and vestments.

Pre-School through Eighth Grade

The basic curriculum for all students focuses on lessons and activities based on the weekly Gospel readings, great feasts, and the lives of the Saints of the Church.  In addition throughout the academic year, students prepare for and participate in numerous extracurricular workshops and programs and including:

  • Start of the school year picnic
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Altar Servers Workshop
  • High School Class leadership training
  • Nativity of Our Lord Workshop
  • Vertep (Nativity) Presentation
  • Children’s Day
  • Family Fitness Nights
  • St. Sava Day Presentations
  • Kumovi Sunday Program 
  • Paschal Workshop
  • Nikola Tesla Science Day
  • Volunteer stewardship projects
  • Year-end picnic

High School

The curriculum for high school students is augmented with a greater emphasis on philanthropic service and leadership development.  High school students have the opportunity to fulfill Christ’s command to feed the hungry and visit the sick.  Each year high school students host a special event for veterans housed at the Great Lakes Veterans Hospital. 

In addition, they:

  • Host Church School class guest speakers
  • Receive professional advice on building a personal resume and the college application process
  • Participate in teen leadership and team building projects

Each year some high school students are selected to participate in the annual IOCC Stewardship Conference for Teens, the Diocesan Summer Youth Conference and the annual summer Diocesan Youth Conference.  Students are also encouraged to enter the annual Diocesan St. Nikolai Oratorical Festival.

Students with Special Needs

In 2016, St. Basil started a first-of-its-kind program for children with special needs and challenges. The Special Needs Program is a tailor made curriculum intended to give students with learning challenges or other difficulties, an opportunity to receive one-on-one or small group instruction about their faith in a comfortable environment and assistance in participating in the sacramental life of the Church.

Altar Service

Boys aged seven and up interested in becoming an Altar Server, have the opportunity to enroll in the Altar Boy Workshop.  Upon successful completion of the seminar given each year, and with the priest’s blessing, boys may serve in the altar on a rotational basis, on specific dates and times set forth in a published schedule.

Choir

School-aged girls and boys are invited to sing in the parish choir throughout the year, especially during the summer months when the Sunday School is not in session. Anyone who would like to join, choir practice is usually Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the social hall.

Faculty

The Church School Program and curriculum are designed and implemented under the leadership of the parish priest, Very Reverend Fr. Djuro Krosnjar, Protinica Anne, and Sunday School Coordinator Valerie Rupich Vojcanin. 

Applications and Enrollment

Parents interested in enrolling their children in the St. Basil Church School classes may complete an application for enrollment at the start of the school year.  Students may also enroll throughout any church-school year. The church-school registration fee is a free will voluntary donation that is used specifically to off set school costs for books, materials, etc.

Church School classes are conducted in English. Children, however, also learn to recite or sing various prayers, troparions, and hymns in Church Slavonic and/or Serbian. 

Children interested in participating in the St. Basil of Ostrog Friday evening culture classes which include folklore and the Serbian language class, need also be enrolled and participating in the Church School Program as well. There is also a coordinator for Friday classes, along with a highly qualified dance and Serbian language teachers.

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