About Capstone

Is not the great defect of our education today. . . that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils “subjects,” we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.

—Dorothy Sayers, author of The Lost Tools of Learning

Why Capstone Classical Academy?

Capstone Classical Academy believes education is meant to cultivate students into virtuous human beings who are equipped to live well. Therefore, education should be about formation, not just information.  

This process of education in a child begins in the early years and, if done well, creates a love for learning that spans the child’s lifetime. Laying a foundation with specific curriculum and teaching techniques that build into the child’s natural abilities during each phase of growth creates the best soil and fosters healthy growth of knowledge and application to life.

Capstone brings a classical Christian program, noted for its educational excellence, to North Dakota for the first time. The process of education at Capstone Classical Academy begins in Pre-Kindergarten. We currently serve families through 8th grade and will add a grade level each year until we have a 12th grade class. This education will accentuate students’ natural development and style of learning, forming students who actively engage in learning and elect not to be spectators in their education. 

Every day, Capstone hands its students more pieces of a puzzle. Each school day, the child studies the individual pieces, placing them in the correct place with the guidance of their teacher. There will be days that the pieces just won’t fit—or days when the end picture seems unclear. The teacher exists to pull the student back in and provide clarity where there was once murkiness. 

Over time, a fuller picture will come into view. The student will be able to look back and understand that what had felt like disparate and individual sections and pieces were in truth creating a larger, cohesive, and more beautiful picture. The student will be able to look back on the process and understand why some pieces did not fit with others, and why some other pieces that did not initially seem to be connected in fact were integral to one another. 

As the days unfold, the child learns that even though the subject matter changes from math to history, each subject is a different part of a unified whole. When a Capstone graduate enters college or the workforce and is required to learn new things along the way, he or she will be able to use the skills they learned to piece together his or her own puzzles.

The child that graduates from Capstone will be taught to think critically and grow in virtue through study of history’s greatest works and respectful engagement with their peers.  This is the takeaway—the child is learning to think, to reason, and to love what is good for its own sake and is not merely absorbing facts.

Mission Statement

Capstone Classical Academy engages students to acquire wisdom, cultivate virtue, and pursue rigorous academic study within a Christian worldview. Our students will study what is Good, what is True, and what is Beautiful for the purpose of glorifying God and benefiting their community.

“If we are going to be wise spiritual people, prepared to meet the crises of our age, we must be a studying, learning community that values the life of the mind.”

J.P. Moreland

Team Members

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Ron Robson

Founding Member
Board President
Ron is the former COO of Aldevron, LLC. He earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M. He has decades of startup experience and ownership, as well as non-profit experience with the F5 Project and Valley Christian Counseling Center in Fargo. Ron serves the Capstone board as chairman and provides leadership in facilities, business, and legal matters. Having witnessed the effects of a classical education as a Hillsdale College Trustee, he desires to offer the same valuable education to families in Fargo. He and his wife, Dawn, make their home in Fargo and are members of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church; they have an adult daughter in Fargo and a son at Notre Dame Law School.
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Terinne Berg

Founding Member
Board Secretary
Terinne is the former Superintendent of Park Christian School. She has an M.Ed. in Education Administration, which she has applied to 19 years in Christian school administration, and has been trained in policy governance by John and Mariam Carver. She is currently the owner of Raising the B.A.R. Consulting, which serves local non-profits. Terinne brings board experience from service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Northern Plains, Great Plains Evangelical Foundation, M State Foundation and Alumni, Valley Christian Counseling Center, and Jail Chaplains. She has also served on the education committee of the Moorhead Chamber of Commerce. Terinne is passionate about Capstone Classical Academy because she believes God is opening the door to provide an effective, unique, and much needed form of PreK-12 Christian education to our growing community. She and her husband, Al, have been married for over 40 years and are proud parents to two adult sons and grandparents to four grandchildren. Terinne and her husband, Al, attend Calvary Fargo.
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Larry Nygard

Founding Member
Board Treasurer
Larry is the President of Crown Development and former President of Roers Development. He holds a B.S. in Accounting and Business Management from Moorhead State University. He has worked in real estate development for over 30 years, with projects in the upper Midwest and Cape Coral area of Florida. He serves as board member of the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency and has extensive experience helping non-profits solve their real estate needs. Larry assists the Capstone board with facilities planning and management as well as business strategy. He and his wife, June, have three married sons and two grandchildren. They enjoy spending time at the lake, celebrating the 4th of July, and hunting. He believes Capstone’s emphasis on the True, the Good, and the Beautiful will cultivate young adults who can think critically and speak well. He currently attends Northview Church.

Dawn Robson

Founding Member
Dawn is the founder and owner of Refresh Equine Assisted Learning. She has a B.A. in nursing, holds certificates in Life Coaching from the American Association of Christian Counselors and the John Maxwell Team, and she is currently working toward certification in Natural Lifemanship. She has operated as a philanthropist with numerous organizations and continues to organize non-profit operations today. She assists the Capstone board with parent and donor outreach. She is passionate about classical education as it promotes excitement for learning and the pursuit of virtues and the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. She has been married to her husband, Ron, for 30 years. Dawn is a member of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church.
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Al Berg

Founding Member
Al is founder and owner of Premier Benefits Group, where he has served the insurance needs of the Fargo-Moorhead community for over 30 years. Al supports the work of Capstone Classical Academy with business and sales consulting, community engagement, and legislative engagement and outreach. Al has been married to his wife, Terinne, for over 40 years and is the proud parent of two adult sons and grandparent of four grandchildren. He and his wife, Terinne, attend Calvary Fargo.
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June Nygard

Founding Member
June is the former marketing and admissions director for another Christian school. She holds a B.A. in marketing from the University of North Dakota. In her time serving Christian education, she has helped plan and implement the expansion of a high school and a second campus. She currently serves as a board member for Valley Christian Counseling Center and volunteers for ND Family Alliance. June assists the Capstone board with marketing, community outreach, and fundraising. She believes that the Capstone model is the best way to reach children and teach according to their God-given strengths. She currently attends Northview Church.

Luke Robson

Founding Member
Board Member
Luke is a graduate of Hillsdale College and current JD candidate at the University of Notre Dame Law School. He has worked for multiple governors and has experience starting businesses and identifying opportunities for economic and community growth. In college, Luke experienced firsthand the transformative experiences that a classical education provides and is excited to bring a Pre-K-12 classical education to North Dakota. Luke is a member of the Orthodox Church of America and attends Holy Resurrection Church in Fargo and Holy Ascension Church in Albion, MI, while in law school. He and his wife Emma reside in Hillsdale, MI.
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Rachelle Lee

Founding Member
Board Member
Rachelle is an RN-Screening educator at Sanford Health. She holds a BSN. She has two years of teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at a local college, as well as multiple years of board experience at another Christian school. Rachelle assists the Capstone board with community outreach and engagement. She is drawn to classical education because its framework is built upon the framework of child development and fosters curiosity, passion for learning, critical thinking, eloquence, and the art of persuasion. Rachelle, her husband, Chris, and their three children attend Harvest Valley Church.

Chris Lee

Founding Member
Chris is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Gate City Bank. He is also the former CFO of Butler Machinery Company and a partner in the Financial Institutions group at Eide Bailly. He volunteers on the 4-H Foundation Board of Directors and the United Way Finance Committee. Chris advises the Capstone board regarding financial management and capital campaigns. Chris, his wife, Rachelle, and their family attend Harvest Valley Church.

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