While students are not required to be Catholic in order to attend Koinonia Academy, the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are fundamental to the philosophy and purpose of the school. This is clearly stated in both the Vision of Koinonia and the Goals and Academic Philosophy of the school. Religious education is a daily part of student life at Koinonia. The Faith and Life curriculum is used by grades K-6. The religious education program for 7-12th grade students is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Holy Scripture, and papal teachings.
In a new program for middle school students, a member of the Community of Franciscans of the Renewal (CFR) provides lectures on vocations and religious life on a regular basis. Advanced religious education classes for upperclassmen have included seminars on the works of C.S. Lewis, such as The Four Loves, and Mere Christianity, Peter Kreeft’s The Handbook of Christian Apologetics, and Toward a Philosophy of Praxis: An Anthology, by Pope John Paul II/Karol Wojtyla.
Participation in Catholic sacramental life is strongly encouraged. On the first Friday of every month, mass is celebrated for the student body by a local priest. A priest is on campus every day of the week, so the sacrament of confession is readily available. In order to strengthen and encourage the prayer life of both students and faculty, the school gathers to say the rosary on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to pray and worship charismaticly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Both the rosary and charasmatic prayer are led by students.
A Eucharistic Chapel will open on campus in the winter of 2008, which will allow students to regularly participate in Eucharistic adoration. This was an incredibly generous gift from Archbishop Myers, on the 30th Anniversary of the People of Hope. It should be clearly understood that Koinonia is not a diocesan school and is not run or supervised by Catholic Church officials. Koinonia is an outreach of the People of Hope, an officially recognized private association of Catholic faithful, and is funded and operated by members of the community.