for mind, spirit, & body

OUR PROGRAM

 MARTIAL ARTS

As Catholics, we believe in the importance of caring for the whole person - mind, spirit and body. We know the importance of the physical, which is emphasized even in our Liturgy with aromatic incense, processions & prostrations, & covering ourselves with the sign of the Cross, to name a few examples.

Particularly in adolescence, when the body is growing rapidly, the hormones & chemicals are finding balance, & the need for movement is greater, we want to teach our students proper outlets for their energy.  Studies have also shown that physical activity is closely linked to mental focus, & that starting the day off with healthy activity can increase attention & respectful behavior throughout the day.

DIVINE OFFICE

We sing the Divine Office in the Byzantine tones each morning and noon. 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.

ACADEMIC WORK TIME

Academic work periods are in the style of the British tutorial system; they involve reading and studying the humanities, the Trivium, and the Quadrivium, working to complete individual work plans, and (when applicable) preparation for advanced placement or university exams in an area of choice. During this time students will read & discuss in seminar groups, write and go over their papers, work on their work plans, and meet with Guides individually or in small groups to receive instruction or correction.

 HUMANITIES

Literature, History, Theology, Philosophy, Politics

Students meet daily to read and discuss source texts together, as well as doing reading on their own and at home.

Seminars are conducted as Socratic dialogues between one or two Humanities instructors and the students. Reading is often done aloud in class together, requiring that students learn to listen and ensuring their participation and understanding. We believe books are generally better taken in as a community, but there will be some reading assigned for home, as well as some summer reading to be completed before the school year begins.

"..The books...are not the end of education and certainly not intended to produce “bookish” students with overstimulated minds. It is not a school for parents to be able to say: My kid is smarter than your kid. The books, while being good in themselves, are first of all to be enjoyed. They are also occasions of something more important. 

The philosophers recognize such distinctions by speaking of causes or ends; that is, in addition to reading the book for enjoyment, the student is able to learn about life in a vicarious way and also in some specific ways...as well as learning more about the living language. Students become better readers and writers by reading and writing, not by methods of attacking the discrete topics of a language arts program. These ends would be called immediate and proximate causes." - James S. Taylor, Poetic Knowledge

 HUMANITIES MODULES

 Lower School three year cycle

THE WINE DARK SEA:

the ancient world,

before the birth of Christ

Readings are drawn from:

- The Old Testament

- Plutarch's Lives for Children

- Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream;

Comedy of Errors; Julius Caesar; Corialanus; King Leer; Cymbeline

- Egyptian Mythology (various sources)

The Cat of Bubastes - G.A. Henty

- Greek Mythology (Olivia Coolidge & various sources)

Black Ships of Troy - Rosemary Sutcliff

The Wanderings of Odysseus - Rosemary Sutcliff

Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff

- Virgil's Aeneid for Boys & Girls

G. A. Henty's The Young Carthaginian

- Henry van Dyke's The Other Wise Man

Galen & the Gateway to Medicine

The Silver Branch - Rosemary Sutcliff

The Story of Civilization, Vol. I

INTO THE GREEN WOOD:

Christendom in the Medieval & Early Renaissance World, after the birth of Christ

Readings are drawn from:

- the New Testament 

- Norse Myths

 - Shakespeare's Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI

- Pyles' Robinhood

- "The Lady of Shallot" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Sword Song - Rosemary Sutcliff

Beowulf, Dragon Slayer - Rosemary Sutcliff 

The Long Ships - Bengtsson

The Shining Company - Rosemary Sutcliff

The Chronicles of Robinhood - Rosemary Sutcliff

Knight’s Fee - Rosemary Sutcliff

The Witch’s Brat - Rosemary Sutcliff

Adam of the Road - Elizabeth Janet Gray

The Black Arrow - Robert Louis Stevenson

The Lion of St. Mark - G.A. Henty

The Dragon & The Raven- G.A. Henty

Winning His Spurs - G.A. Henty

Knight of the White Cross - G.A. Henty

- Conan Doyle's The White Company & Sir Nigel

Otto of the Silver Hand - Howard Pyle

The Story of Civilization, Vol. II

The Book of the Order of Chivalry - Ramon Llull

The Golden Legend

The Song of Roland

BRAVE NEW WORLDS:

Exploration & Adventure,

from the Renaissance to present day

Readings are drawn from:

- Jack London's White Fang

Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain

- Frederick Marryat's Mr. Midshipman Easy

- Call of the Wild by Jack London

- The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope

- Verne's Around the World in 80 Days

- Sabatini's Captain Blood

- McCulley's The Mark of Zorro

- Dumas' The Three Musketeers

- Kipling's Captains Courageous

- Stevenson's Kidnapped

- Verne's The Mysterious Island

- London's The Sea Wolf

- Nordhoff's Mutiny on the Bounty

- Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms

At Agincourt - G. A. Henty

St. George for England - G. A. Henty

Under Drake's Flag - G. A. Henty

Through Russian Snows - G. A. Henty

With Wolfe in Canada - G. A. Henty

- Story of Civilization, volumes III & IV

 Upper School three year cycle

THE WINE DARK SEA:

the ancient world,

before the birth of Christ

Readings are drawn from:

- Plutarch's Lives

- Hesiod's Works & Days

- Herodotus' History

- Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream;

Comedy of Errors; Julius Caesar; Corialanus; King Leer; Cymbeline

- Egyptian Mythology (various sources)

- Greek Mythology (various sources)

- The Old Testament

- Homer's Illiad

- Homer's Odyssey

-Virgil's Aeneid

- Adler's Aristotle for Everybody

- Warren Carroll's The Founding of Christendom (A History of Christendom, Vol. 1)

INTO THE GREEN WOOD:

Christendom in the Medieval & Early Renaissance World, after the birth of Christ

Readings are drawn from:

- the New Testament 

- Tolkien's Beowulf

 - Shakespeare's Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI; Macbeth; Romeo & Juliet; Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice

- Tolkien's Gawain & the Green Knight

- "The Lady of Shallot" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Shakespeare's Sonnets

- Mark Twain's Joan of Arc

- Sigred Undset's St. Catherine of Siena

- A Man for All Seasons

- Scott's Ivanhoe

- Tolkien's Sigurd

- Severus' Life of St. Martin of Tours

- St. Athanasius' Life of St. Anthony

L. Joseph Letendre's When You Fast

- Warren Carroll's The Building of Christendom (A History of Christendom, Vol. 2)  &

The Glory of Christendom (A History of Christendom, Vol. 3)

BRAVE NEW WORLDS:

Liberty, Justice, Mercy, & Humanityin the modern world, from the Renaissance to present day

Readings are drawn from:

- Dickens' Hard Times,

A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations

- Poetry of Gerard Manly Hopkins

- Animal Farm, by George Orwell

- Watership Down, by Richard Adams​

- Anthony Trollope's Short Stories

- Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- Alduous Huxley's Brave New World

- Austen's Pride & Predjudice

- Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground

- Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice; Hamlet; The Tempest

- Solzhenitsyn's A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

- Silence

- The Bells of Nagasaki

- Waugh's Sword of Honor Trilogy

- Adler's Ten Philosophical Mistakes

- Warren Carroll's The Revolution Against Christendom (A History of Christendom, Vol. 5) &

The Crisis of Christendom, 1815-2005 (A History of Christendom, Vol. 6)

TRIVIUM

grammar, logic, & rhetoric

Students may work through the Henle Latin Series in order to learn grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

Students are guided in logically and creatively presenting oral arguments and crafting outlines, essays, research papers, short stories, and more as they think & write about what they are reading & discussing. 

Once a week all the students come together for a TRIVIUM SEMINAR to discuss and refine points of grammar, present their arguments in both oral & written form, receive constructive criticism, and practice their rhetorical skills.

QUADRIVIUM

geometry, astronomy, arithmetic, & music 

Work plans will be created based on the needs of each student, working with manipulatives, and drawing from various sources. Students may choose to study in the British system, which does not separate mathematics into geometry, algebra, statistics, probability, calculus, etc, as if they were independent subjects that do not influence each other. Rather, all of these are integrated into a system that conveys the grammar of mathematics to enable students to approach problems logically and communicate their ideas. Some students may work better with the Saxon curriculum; our goal is to find what best suits each student. 

We will also draw upon sources such as Euclid, Newton, and Ptolomy.

As the students work to complete their individual work plans, they will have access to the Quadrivium Guide, who will offer individual assistance & assessment and small group lessons.

Once a week, the students come together for QUADRIVIUM SEMINAR to discuss Mathematics problems that they have been working on, compare methods, and collaborate.

 ADVANCED EXAM PREPARATION

Clep and University of London

CLEP EXAMS: Most U.S. colleges grant credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying Clep scores.  If a student wants to take a Clep exam, we can help prepare her. Students who wish to may read through the available Clep Exam Topics here. Clep exams may be sat at any time throughout the year.

 

AP EXAMS: If a student decides she would like to pursue an AP exam, we will help her to prepare & to find a location to sit the exam. Students who have completed two AP exams by their junior year can apply to begin their Bachelor's Degree at the University of London and complete their first year of university during their senior year of high school at St. Anthonys. If she would like to stay for an additional two years and complete her BA with us, we will provide tutoring, reading groups, writing labs, lectures and community events. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF LONDON/OPEN UNIVERSITY CLASSES: Students over 17 who have completed the necessary requirements may choose to begin taking classes through the University of London or the Open University. Our guides will help students to lay out a plan of study, gain a deeper understanding of the material, and prepare for the course exams. These students and/or their families are wholly responsible for registering with the University of London & paying all requisite fees to that institution.

You can view the University of London courses here & Open University courses here

LUNCH & LEISURE

Students have time to eat together as a community and then to enjoy some sport, relax in a hammock, or sit in conversation.

CLASS MEETING

We are interested in building a community that fosters belonging, mutual respect, and cooperation. The Class Meeting is key in building such a community. In class meeting, students develop life-long problem solving & communication skills, create a peaceful environment more conducive to learning, and grow in individual responsibility. Democratic classroom environments have also been shown to significantly impact the development of critical thinking.

MUSIC, DRAMA, SPEECH

We join in singing & playing folk music, performing, and practicing eloquence.

ECONOMIA:

PRACTICAL & VOCATIONAL ARTS, TRADITIONAL ARTS,

APPLIED MATHEMATICS, NATURAL SCIENCES

Students receive training in various Practical & Traditional Arts with the goal of uniting the beautiful & the useful. They pursue Journeyman and then Master Badges in areas such as candle making,  gardening, jewelry making, sewing, woodworking, book binding, calligraphy, ceramics, crafting Montessori materials & more. As they grow in skill, they are able to contribute products to the student-run business, the Black Arrow Market.

Students learn  applied Botany & Horticulture, Chemistry & Food Science, Biology & Animal Husbandry, Astronomy, Physics, engineering, book keeping, & other natural sciences and applied mathematics through Practical Arts and running their their student business.

Our schedule allows for students who wish to take lab sciences/pursue AP exams in the sciences to sign up for these classes at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Co-op (Tuesdays) or the Our Lady of Fatima Co-op (Thursdays).

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

In addition to the opportunity to work through the Henle Latin Series (classes are available with the Our Lady of Good Counsel co-op), we embrace the whole-language approach to learning foreign languages throughout our day. 

Duel Credit in partnership with Dallas College

We are in the process of pursuing a partnership with Dallas College that will allow students to earn duel credit while doing some of their St. Anthonys' classes. A list of of eligible classes will be posted when available.

"Course credit is provided to high school students for both high school and college credit. College credit may be for certificate or associate degree programs. College courses offered for dual credit must be college-level academic courses in the current edition of the Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) or as college-level workforce education courses in the current edition of the Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM)."

- https://www1.dcccd.edu/catalog/GeneralInfo/HighSchool/hs_dual.cfm?loc=EFC