Our Program

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At Saint Anthonys, we strive to combine the educational philosophies of John Senior and Maria Montessori with the Byzantine Catholic Tradition and a bit of the British tutorial system.

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 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.

Program Options

the Full Program

the Practical Arts track

When: Mondays - Fridays,

1:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Mondays - Thursdays:

1:30 pm: Students participate in construction, welding, and engineering work, as well as practical arts such as book binding, small metal working, and more.

3:30 pm: chores

3:45 pm: pick up

Fridays:

1:30 pm

1st, 3rd, 5th Fridays:

1:30 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

2nd, 4th Fridays:

1:30 pm: 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.

3:30 pm: chores

3:45 pm: pick up

Arts & Life Skills Track

When: Fridays,

8:30 am - 3:45 pm

8:30 am: Prayer, Martial Arts

8:45 am: Community meeting & Check-in

9:15 am: communal singing of the Divine Office

9:30: folk music, art, field trips, guest speakers

12:15pm: communal singing of the Divine Office

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

1st, 3rd, 5th Fridays:

1:30 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

2nd, 4th Fridays:

1:30 pm: 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.

3:30 pm: chores

3:45 pm: pick up

Athletic Club

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4 pm - 5 pm

A chance to run, jump, train, play, and have fun 

Afternoons may include

- soccer

- slack line

- basketball

- four square

- discus throwing

and more

When: Mondays - Fridays,

8:30 am - 3:45 pm

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 - 12:15 pm:

 academic work time, lessons, reading groups

(OR, by special arrangement, families can opt for a full day of practical arts and students can participate in construction, welding, and engineering work, etc.)

 

12:15pm: communal singing of the Divine Office

12:30 pm: lunch & leisure - students eat lunch with their tutors, & 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, as well as practical arts such as book binding, small metal working, and more.

3:30 pm: chores

3:45 pm: pick-up

Fridays:

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

9:30 am: community meeting & mentor meetings

10:30: folk music, art, field trips, guest speakers

12:15pm: communal singing of the Divine Office

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

1st, 3rd, 5th Fridays:

1:30 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

2nd, 4th Fridays:

1:30 pm: 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.

3:30 pm: chores

3:45 pm: pick-up

the Afternoon Track