Afterthoughts Archive

A Blog of Dominion Christian School

Confessions of an Overachieving Parent, Part V

By Matt Mitchell | February 27, 2018

By: Matt Mitchell, Head of School Dominion offers a compelling college-preparatory education using the time-tested classical model in the context of a Christian worldview. We are passionate about the liberal arts and about helping each child achieve to his or her fullest God-given potential. Yet, we also recognize that the overachieving culture of Northern Virginia…

Confessions of an Overachieving Parent, Part IV

By Matt Mitchell | January 23, 2018

By: Matt Mitchell, Head of School Dominion offers a compelling college-preparatory education combining the best of the time-tested classical model with the latest beneficial educational options in the context of a Christian worldview. We are passionate about the liberal arts and about helping each child achieve to his or her fullest God-given potential. Yet, we…

Confessions of an Overachieving Parent, Part III

By Matt Mitchell | January 8, 2018

By: Matt Mitchell, Head of School Dominion offers a compelling college-preparatory education combining the best of the time-tested classical model with the latest beneficial educational options in the context of a Christian worldview. We are passionate about the liberal arts and about helping each child achieve to his or her fullest God-given potential. Yet, we…

Confessions of An Overachieving Parent, Part II

By Matt Mitchell | December 14, 2017

By: Matt Mitchell, Head of School Dominion offers a compelling college-preparatory education using the time-tested classical model in the context of a Christian worldview.  We are passionate about the liberal arts and about helping each child achieve to his or her fullest God-given potential.  Yet, we also recognize that the overachieving culture of Northern Virginia…

The Intimidation of Ceiling Fans

By Matt Mitchell | December 5, 2017

A Message to My Students, From: Mr. Richard Henkle, Middle School English Teacher I am just enough of a handy man that I can (mostly) fix a leak in my kitchen sink, but not enough of one that I have (or could even name) three types of power saws sitting in my garage. In fact,…

Confessions of an Overachieving Parent, Part I

By Matt Mitchell | November 30, 2017

By Matt Mitchell, Head of School Having served in two independent schools and observed many more, I am convinced that there is no aspect of a K-12 educational institution that matters more than its culture. It influences how long a child’s innocence will be preserved, if a teenager will pursue dating in high school, a…

2016 National Merit Commended Student

By Matt Mitchell | September 28, 2016

Congratulations, Christy Isler, on your letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation! Christy, who has been at Dominion from grades 3 to 12, is among less than 0.5% of students in the Nation to be recognized in this manner. She is the second Dominion student to receive accolades through the National Merit Scholarship…

Congratulations to Our National Merit Scholar

By Matt Mitchell | September 14, 2016

Congratulations Abigail Flanders, National Merit Scholarship Program WINNER & Semi-Finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Congratulations Abigail Flanders, National Merit Scholarship Program WINNER & Semi-Finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program After achieving status as semi-finalist and then finalist, Abigail has been selected to win the esteemed National Merit Scholarship, placing her among less…

The Ancient Mast

By Caroline Cross | June 13, 2016

“Go back, go back to the ancient pathsLash your heart to the ancient mastAnd hold on, boy, whatever you doTo the hope that’s taken hold of youAnd you’ll find your way…” Andrew Peterson, “You’ll Find Your Way” In one of the most iconic sections of The Odyssey, Odysseus commands his followers to tie him to…

Celebrating 20 Years

By Caroline Cross | January 5, 2016

Dominion’s present rests squarely upon its past. God has used a series of committed men and women to contribute to the work of our school, and yet, as the school ages, we might be prone to forget our roots.