There we go...room to breathe. Now then...:
I didn't know we had that many members who are interested in becoming postsecondary educators? To start such a school I think we would need at the bare minimum of faculty:
An English Professor
A Mathematics Professor
A Science Professor
A Social Sciences Professor(someone who can do history, psych, etc until the school grows)
A Religion Professor
Some of these cold also hold administrative offices. You would also need a few staff members. Make up a two year curriculum for an AA and an AS.
What do you think Peter?
I think it sounds like the beginnings of a good idea! Whether something like this happens in 5, 10, or 20 years, it's good to discuss the prospects of it happening at all.
As for an Orthodox High School- this would be much easier to put together. Having worked in a boarding school for the past year, I've become interested in the prospects of an Orthodox boarding school where students study and live together with the faculty. This type of living really fosters a sense of community and communal responsibility. For this type of school(or any kind of Orthodox school for that matter) to take off we'd need take a few things into account:
-We'd need academically qualified teachers who parents can trust. Preferably teachers who have teaching certification and Masters' degrees. After all, who is going to send their kids off to study with just anyone?
-A very concrete mission and academic plan to present to parents and prospective students.
-Recognition of the fact that many of our students would be preparing for colleges- colleges which require standardized testing to enter, look favorably upon Advanced Placement classes, and are increasingly looking for "interesting" students who are well versed in many disciplines. In addition to spiritual formation and the teaching of religion, I think an affective Orthodox school would have to stay away from that "insular" kind of mentality which you can see some places in the Orthodox world. The school should be ready to prepare students for the workings of secular schools and institutions, while never losing a spiritual focus.
-Donors! Will the school be associated with a particular diocese? Where will the money come from? Do we try to organize under the Greeks just to make sure we have enough cash?
-Location. Starting an Orthodox school in Nebraska(no offense to Nebraskans) would probably not be the best idea. Where are the Orthodox people? Need to take that into account.
-Accreditation. How to work within the laws of the new school's state to make sure the kids graduate with real diplomas.
Just a couple of ideas, anyway.
Here's a link to a K-12 Orthodox school in San Francisco:http://www.stjohnsacademysf.org/
Here's a link, if interested to the school where I work:www.berkshireschool.org
I think writing something like the "overview" and statement of mission http://berkshireschool.org/admissions/overview/index.htm
,with an Orthodox emphasis of course, would be a good start.