at St. Anthonys: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm M & W, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm F
At-home Work Periods: Tuesdays & Thursdays*
* Some families may choose to enroll their students in co-op classes at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Co-op on Tuesdays or in the Our Lady of Fatima co-op on Thursdays, to take classes elsewhere, to work at a job, or to work at home.
For the MIND:
Lower School: a full program of study including Trivium, Quadrivium, Humanities, Practical & Fine Arts, & Economia (these may be supplemented with co-op classes if desired)
Upper School: a program of study including Trivium, Quadrivium, Humanities, Practical & Fine Arts, & Economia that may be supplemented with co-op classes to include lab sciences and other electives. Students who pass 3 AP exams during their sophomore & junior years may choose to begin a course of study through the University of London during their senior year.
For the BODY:
We invite students to learn not only with their minds, but through the work of their hands, experientially.
We begin the school day with a program of martial arts that incorporates elements of taekwondo, kickboxing, circuit training, and self-defense. We encourage movement throughout the day, reading in hammocks, enjoying the outdoors, active play at lunch. We connect with Creation through horticulture, planting and growing, & close observation of nature. We organize various sports & activities after school hours - tennis, archery, camping, foraging, & more.
For the SPIRIT:
Our Catholic Faith permeates all that we do. The primary goal of any education, any life, is to "learn to love what is beautiful", as Plato says, & our faith teaches us who is Beauty Himself. We sing the Divine Office to inscribe the Psalms on our hearts, poetically experiencing His Truth. We connect with His creation and engage with the real.
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.
Most importantly, we pray for a real relationship with Christ for each of our students as we are singing Scripture into their hearts and striving to be examples of Christ to them. We teach them fidelity to the Christ's Church, the lives of the saints who have gone before us, the necessity of standing up for Truth, & the falsity of moral relativism.
encourages us to observe
the proper order of knowledge, which begins with the poetic - he 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).
JOHN SENIOR GIVES US
the Good/Great Books; the Poetic, experiential mode; connection with Creation; the dignity of work
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.
MONTESSORI GIVES US
multi-age classes; self-paced, individualized work plans in Quadrivium & Trivium; connection with Creation; student-run business; creativity & independence
is echoed in our one-on-one and small group tutorials, allowing for a self-paced, individualized work plan for each student.
THE BRITISH TUTORIAL SYSTEM GIVES US
individualized work plans; small group tutorials (seminars); self-paced learning
In the ancient, rich
Eastern Catholic monastic tradition
the Liturgy of the Hours provides a visceral experience of the life of the Church and the love of Christ, along with an emphasis on beauty, mystery, and experience. 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 Bible, the lives of the saints, & the Great texts, providing the most monastic education possible outside
of a monastery.
THE MONASTIC TRADITION GIVES US
Divine Office; the "pedegogy of the monastics"; ora et labora