Holy Spirit Academy Curriculum
HOLY SPIRIT ACADEMY MISSION STATEMENT
“Holy Spirit Academy is a private high school in the Catholic intellectual tradition offering an integrated academic program. The school’s Christ-centered approach to education fosters an environment grounded in the Truth, which prepares students for a life at the service of others. Through the action of the Holy Spirit and with the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the academy strives to help students realize their God given purpose, instilling in them confidence to enrich the current culture.”
Holy Spirit Academy Curriculum
- A well-defined integrated curriculum.
- Core curriculum dedicated to a classical emphasis of original texts.
- Use of Great books put students with the greatest ideas of Christendom and Western Culture.
- The school utilizes a mixture of Socratic methodology and lecture.
- Classroom format fosters wisdom and sound reasoning.
- Intensely person to person, so no student is left behind.
- Faculty takes an oath of fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
- Training cultural leaders, defending the Faith and the family, and actively promoting the culture of life.
- Learn more by reading our in-depth educational philosophy, the PROSPECTUS.
- All-school arts program includes classical studio arts (drawing and painting) and choir.
- Learn more about our ARTS PROGRAM here.
Classical Education—A “Culture of the Word”
One hears of classical education in a variety of contexts today as if it were the latest on the entrée of educational models. The Catholic tradition of Classical Education (also known as a “Liberal Education”) is a tradition of learning, as old as the Church herself, that starts from the conviction that “there are things and one can know them.” A recognition of the world outside oneself and wonder at that world is the starting place for any authentic education.
This recognition leads one to seek an understanding of things (i.e., the world, its creatures, man himself, existence and, ultimately, God). This desire to know is in our very nature and is the restlessness of our heart of which St. Augustine speaks. It is the desire to know the good, the true, and the beautiful. It is also the desire to act rightly and honorably. One understands these fundamental issues best by appealing to tradition and the ways and thoughts of those who have come before us (e.g., Homer, Euclid, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Boethius, Aquinas, Dante, Bellarmine, Newman, Belloc, Chesterton, Sheen, Solzhenitsyn, et al.). In this sense, an authentic classical education seeks to identify and develop those powers of the human person that are unique to him among all earthly creatures: the intellect and the will. It also challenges students to consider their purpose in life and how they may fulfill that purpose as free individuals.
The great schools and universities of the classical tradition had mottoes such as “Dominus Illuminatio Mea” (“The Lord is my Illumination”), “Veritas Vos Liberabit” (“The Truth Shall set you Free”), “Lux et Veritas” (“Light and Truth”), etc. These mottoes addressed the other fundamental aspect of education in this tradition: the necessity of Divine Revelation. To fail to consider and reflect upon God’s words to the human race, is to close oneself off to the deeper realities that animate the universe and the human person. In a sense, it is to be content to sit in Plato’s cave looking at shadows and reflections instead of gazing upon the thing itself, the really real. It is to be “half a man” instead of a being a whole man, an integrated man. In this way, students and faculty alike need to have “the courage to engage the whole breadth of reason,” to consider all and sift the true, good, and beautiful from that which is not.
In sum, this type of education firmly moors itself to the teaching of the Church, docile to her pastors, and excludes nothing that is true from its embrace. Perhaps it is expressed best as being a “Culture of the Word”—the Word made Flesh, the Divine Logos, Our Lord Jesus, our origin and our end, the center of all we do; the word, the logos, reason and learning—of literature, of the sciences, of expression in the arts, of the moral life. This is the culture of classical education, this is the culture of Holy Spirit Academy.