“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Lk. 10:21)                                      “Seek first the kingdom of God” (Mt 6:33)                                      “As a child has rest in its mother’s arms even so my soul.” (Ps. 131:2)                                      “Do whatever He tells you.” (Jn. 2:5)                                      “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” (1 Sam. 3:10)                                      “Everyone of us needs a half hour of prayer each day, except when we’re busy, then we need an hour.”                                      “Quo Vadis?”                                      “Lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.” (Mt. 6:20)                                      “The chief purpose of theology is to provide an understanding of Revelation and the content of faith. The very heart of theological enquiry will thus be the contemplation of the mystery of the Triune God.” (St. John Paul II, Fides et Ratio)                                      “No man can serve two masters.” (Mt. 6:24)                                      “Enter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.” (Mt. 7:13)                                      “By their fruits you shall know them.” (Mt. 7:16)                                      “Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock.” (Mt. 7:24)                                      “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father in not in him.” (1 Jn. 2:15)                                      “The fundamental difference between religious and other forms of education is that its aim is not simply intellectual assent to religious truths but also a total commitment of one's whole being to the Person of Christ.” (The Catholic School)                                      "During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with incomparable love." - St. Francis de Sales                                      “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)                                      “Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattices. My lover speaks; he says to me, ‘Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!’”(Song of Songs 2:9-10)                                      "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant." (Lk. 1:46-48)                                      "During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with incomparable love." St. Francis de Sales                                      "Remember that good confessions and good Communions are the first steps to a sound education."-St. Don Bosco                                      "A school without music is a school without a soul, for music aids education. It is a most effective means to obtain discipline, morality, and help good feeling..." - St. Don Bosco                                      "Frequent Communion and daily Mass are the two pillars of education." - St. Don Bosco                                     


1) Isn’t this type of formation best pursued in the family at home?

Yes. We firmly believe that parents are the primary formators of their children and that no school should ever attempt to usurp that role. A school exists to reinforce and support the parents’ efforts at home. A school must do this lest children be trained to compartmentalize their formation, rather than view it as an integral whole, both with respect to time and place. Additionally, the family is the microcosm in which the child begins the journey towards mature Christian adulthood, but along the way children need intermediate communities that can give new context to the lessons learned in the family and provide new ways for them to practice the virtues before being thrust into the context of the broader human society. We understand that a school is not the only place where such a community can be found but, for those children who are called, it should be that kind of community.

2) Why include so much break time in the daily schedule?

Any great act throughout history has always been the fruit of sufficient time and freedom. If students are to continue building on this great tradition they will do so by the same means. Therefore, they will need opportunity to learn how to use their time and freedom well. This comes both from being able to exercise the virtues necessary to do so and from proper guidance. Our breaks constitute the space in which both can be provided. They are themselves the circumstances where they will be called to exercise these virtues and they are also the times when our students can seek spiritual direction, which is absolutely necessary if they are to be formed well enough to seek, practice, and acquire said virtues. In addition to this, many students are often prevented from receiving extra help and attention or participating in activities of interest to them due to insufficient time being afforded them. This is a phenomenon we wish to avoid at our school so that every student, by discovering and developing their unique talents and interests, may grow to full Christian maturity.

3) Aren’t you concerned that your schedule doesn’t allow children to exercise intellectual discipline or receive a truly rigorous classical education?

Actually, our schedule was born out of a concern that these problems pervade other schools with supposedly more “rigorous” schedules. Time is only one factor in imparting such an education, but it must also be used well. A well trained student knows that an hour of quiet study time where he will not be disturbed is more valuable than three hours of “study time” in front of the television set. Our approach is simply the natural extension of this common sense principle. If a student is overwhelmed or exhausted, the time they spend in the classroom will yield little or no effect. A student who is interested in a topic, but is prevented from following up on that interest may later be prevented by distraction, forgetfulness, or lack of opportunity. Every day, in schools all over the country these scenarios, and others like them, take place regularly. Our schedule actually minimizes such occurrences allowing the time that remains to be used far more effectively than if twice that time had simply been dedicated purely to “seat time.”

With regard to discipline, consider that it requires more discipline to complete a class in a shorter period of time than a longer one. With regard to rigor, consider that by treating our students less like machines (trying to constantly and mechanically crank out work) and more like human beings (giving the mind sufficient time and rest in order to contemplate reality deeply and fully), we allow them to achieve in each subject a level of mastery worthy of the highest creature in material creation. Ultimately, the greatest argument for this will be the change you note in your child. It is one thing to articulate the principles at work here and it is entirely another to see them in action. The answer you are looking for lies not in any kind of written response, but with our students themselves.

4) Isn’t this model more suited to those who are called to the contemplative life?
Yes, that’s why we are not accepting applications from dogs, cats, fish, birds, or other household pets at the present time. :) While some chosen individuals have a special call to the contemplative life within the context of religious life, all human beings by virtue of their human nature as such, are called to the contemplative life as their natural (and supernatural) end. That is the goal towards which all other proximate ends should be ordered.

5) You mention spiritual direction in many of your descriptions. What is spiritual direction?

St. Francis de Sales is quoted elsewhere on the site as saying: "Do you seriously wish to travel the road to devotion? If so, look for a good man to guide and lead you. This is the most important of all words of advice." This is the most basic and straight-forward description of a spiritual director. Traditionally the faithful often choose a priest or religious to serve in this capacity whom they admire for their progress in the life of devotion. Many of the saints throughout history grew to the heights of sanctity they acheived with the aid of such direction. Direction is usually given during in-person meetings or through letters where the directee shares with the director the interior movements and dispositions of their souls in an effort to give the director an accurate picture of their interior life. The director, in turn, tries to provide the directee with the Holy Spirit's counsel for him to continue his progress in the life of devotion.