Classical education values knowledge for its own sake. It is a method of education designed to instill
understanding, not reward memory. Knowledge does not equal understanding.
Classical education began in ancient Greece and was adopted and embraced by the Romans. The fall of Rome temporarily slowed its momentum. Recovery came during the Middle Ages and its beauty was once again practiced in the Italian Renaissance. It traveled with its immigrants to America through colonial settlement. At the time of our nation’s founding, classical education was still thriving. We cannot deny its importance in the history of the civilization of the West and our world. Abraham Lincoln is one of our country's greatest examples of a witness to the classical. He had little formal education, yet he immersed himself in the classics to educate and feed his mind. Few men in our history have been able to articulate so forcefully and with so few words the principles of freedom and human dignity.
A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.
`September 30, 1859 Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society`
Faith and Life Catechetical Series. In honor of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, we are pleased to base our religion program on a textbook series from a Jesuit publisher (Ignatius Press). “The Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has found this catechetical text [The Faith and Life Series] to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”
Rich faith traditions. In honor of Bl. John Paul II and his vision to have both “lungs” of the church work closely together, we are augmenting our texts with education in the rich and unique traditions of the various rites of the Catholic Church.
Classical Education. We offer a distinct alternative: a common-sense, back-to-basics approach to education that fully integrates faith into the curriculum and gives impressive results on standardized tests such as SATs and ACTs.
Math Focus. We use a hands-on approach with math manipulatives to instill the basic math concepts necessary for continued learning. This method of teaching, will allow our students to master their skills before moving on to higher learning.
Beyond Common Core. Our program is not based on Common Core or the latest educational fads, but on a time-tested curriculum whose rigor exceeds those of the Common Core standards. Our school teaches students how to learn, not simply to repeat what they have been told.
We are members of NAPC*IS and working to implement the NAPC*IS standards, The National Association of Private Catholic* Independent Schools, instead of Common Core. (See www.napcis.org.) The Common Core Standards are solely focused on college and career.
In contrast, JPII is committed to a complete, comprehensive formation of the child to pursue truth, beauty and goodness in all subject areas, which in the context of the larger mission, makes them better prepared for college and beyond.
Benefits of a Classical Education
A Life-Long Learner
What a Classical Education Offers
The tools for learning and the foundation a student needs
to be confident and successful
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Gilbert K. Chesterton