Our Program

At Saint Anthonys, we combine the educational philosophies of John Senior and Maria Montessori with the Byzantine Catholic Tradition.

This means observing the proper order of knowledge, which begins with the poetic - as outlined by John Senior who tells us that “in the poetic mode, one experiences things rather than examining them in any critical spirit.” This is the time to learn through “experience of two kinds, direct and imaginatively participatory” (James S. Taylor).

Maria Montessori recommends, along with intellectual development, that the education of adolescents focus on nurture during this difficult time of physical transition, strengthening of self-confidence, building community, and doing real work with their hands.

In the ancient, rich Byzantine Catholic tradition, the whole person, body and soul are taken into account; the Divine Liturgy and the Liturgy of the Hours provide a visceral experience of the life of the Church and the love of Christ. The Eastern Church's primary emphasis on beauty, mystery, and experience beautifully complements the education we offer at St. Anthonys'. St. John Chrysostom believed that parents' first responsibility was to educate their children in Christian virtue. He says, "The best context for this Christian education is the pedagogy of the monastics, but since that is not always possible, the parents must make sure that the children have as monastic and spiritual an education as possible." Our days are structured around the Liturgy of the Hours, the feasts & fasts of the Church, working in the earth, learning crafts, & contemplating the Great texts, providing the most monastic education possible outside of a monastery.

We see that adolescence begins as a time for connecting to particular & concrete instances of beauty in nature and the liberal arts and for learning through experiences both imaginative and participatory. We aim to help our students recapture their innate sense of wonder and realize their dignity and sense of purpose without disregarding the psychological and physical development unique to adolescence. We seek to engage our students' minds with the great books and their bodies with hands-on experiences, projects, & activities, guiding them as they begin to choose special areas of interest.

Track Options

the Morning Track

When: Mondays - Fridays,

8:30am - 1:30 pm

Where: Akathist House/St. Hilda House

Mondays - Thursday:

8:30 am: Prayer, Martial Arts

8:45 am: Community meeting & Check-in

9:15 am: communal singing of the Divine Office

9:30 am - 12:30 pm:

Students go to work at St. Hilda House doing timber frame construction, welding, mechanics, & other projects, learning hands-on science & math

12:30 pm: lunch & leisure - students eat lunch with their tutors & practice table manners & conversation, & then they may play chess, read in a hammock, play guitar, play foursquare or basketball, etc.

1:30 pm: dismissal

Fridays:

Friday Track from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

the Afternoon Track

When: Mondays - Fridays,

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

BOYS or GIRLS

Where: St. Hilda House

Mondays - Thursdays:

1:30 pm: Students go to St. Hilda House to participate in construction, welding, and engineering work, learning hands-on science & math

Fridays:

Friday Track from 1:30 - 3:30 pm

the Practical Arts track

When: Mondays - Thursdays, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm; Fridays 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

BOYS or GIRLS

Where: Akathist House, St. Hilda House

Mondays - Thursdays:

8:30 am: Prayer, Martial Arts

8:45 am: Community meeting & Check-in

9:15 am: communal singing of the Divine Office

9:30 am - Go to St. Hilda House where students participate in construction, welding, and engineering work with help from the Guide

12:30 pm: lunch & leisure - students eat lunch with their tutors & practice table manners & conversation, & then they may play chess, read in a hammock, play guitar, play foursquare or basketball, etc.

1:30 pm: students participate in construction, welding, and engineering work with help from the Guide

3:30 pm: students return to Akathist House for pick up

Fridays:

see Just Fridays Track for schedule details

the Just Fridays Track

When: Fridays, 8:30 am - 3 pm

BOYS or GIRLS

 

Where: St. Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church, Akathist House

1st, 3rd, 5th Fridays:

8:30 am: Divine Liturgy at St. Basil's

10 am - 12 pm: Restoration of Christian Coffee speaker series; students make & serve coffee drinks, welcome and greet guests and speakers, listen & take notes on the lectures, review and critique notes afterwards

12:30 pm: lunch & leisure - after lunch, students may play chess, read in a hammock, play foursquare or basketball, etc.

1:30 pm: students may choose between folk music and art

3:30 pm: pick up

2nd, 4th Fridays:

8:30 am: Divine Liturgy at St. Basil's

10:00 am - community meeting

10:30 am: Life Skills lessons & role playing - students will learn to create a budget, write a resume, how to behave in a job interview, what to look for in buying a car, how to invest in stock and open an IRA, etc.

12:30 pm: lunch& leisure - after lunch, students may play chess, read in a hammock, play foursquare or basketball, etc.

1:30 pm: students may choose between folk music and art

3:30 pm: pick up

the Full Program Track

When: Mondays - Fridays,

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where: Akathist House, St. Hilda House, St. Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church

Mondays - Thursdays:

8:30 am: Prayer, Martial Arts

8:45 am: Community meeting & Check-in

9:15 am: communal singing of the Divine Office

9:30 am - 12:30 pm:

 Individual academic work time; tutors can offer assistance in various disciplines & in creating work plans.

Students may choose to participate in discussions, read, work on projects, prepare for AP exams (high school students will be asked to choose 1-3 AP exams or A levels)

12:30 pm: lunch & leisure - students eat lunch with their tutors & practice table manners & conversation, & then they may play chess, read in a hammock, play guitar, play foursquare or basketball, etc.

1:30 pm: Students go to St. Hilda House to participate in construction, welding, and engineering work, learning hands-on science & math

3:30 pm: students return to Akathist House for pick up

Fridays:

see Just Fridays Track for schedule details