Thank you for your interest in Chesterton Academy! Our school was born from a desire to provide the very best for our children: an enriching, meaningful education in an authentically Catholic environment.
Our Catholicism is central to our mission. For this reason, every school day begins with Mass. We teach theology out of the Bible, the Catechism and papal documents. Other important ways we live the Faith include an annual Lenten pilgrimage, modest and wholesome extracurricular activities, and crucifixes in the classrooms. Furthermore, our teachers take a public oath of fidelity to the Magisterium. Finally, we are ardently and unashamedly pro-life in all manifestations of that creed. It is an authentically, energetically Catholic environment.
That environment both demands and fulfills a worthy curriculum. Such a curriculum must provide content that is deep, rich and broad. It must celebrate all that is true and beautiful and it must neglect nothing of God’s creation. It must encompass math, science, languages, the humanities and the arts. It must be a coherent education; one that celebrates the unity of faith and reason and that teaches students how to think and how to learn.
These attributes are the essence of a classical curriculum. Through the great works of Western civilization, a classical education imparts essential knowledge in an ordered way. In the humanities, students progress chronologically from antiquity to the modern age. In math and science, learning begins with observation and basic skills and advances toward greater complexity and abstraction. A classical curriculum also teaches important real-world skills such as writing and public speaking using models from the very greatest thinkers. Finally, it engenders vital intellectual virtues such as fortitude, confidence and patience. A classical education eschews impoverished innovations and relies upon the tried and true tradition of reading great works, mastering mathematical and scientific principles and embracing the arts.
Nothing could be a better preparation for success at college. Classically educated students fare very well on standardized tests and college admissions. Yet our mission cannot end with merely getting students into college. We are preparing them for life, which includes finding their vocation. They must be ready to succeed there, to maximize their investment, to open doors, and to help them discern God’s calling for their lives.
Because the faith is at the core of our academic program, we can teach all subjects through the lens of the Church. And that endeavor is what makes our school unique. Religion at Chesterton Academy is not merely one academic subject among many. The truth is that the Faith is the central reality from which all academic disciplines flow and derive their meaning. As G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “Education is the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to the next.” It is the society of Christendom that we strive to pass on.
I encourage you to consider Chesterton Academy for your high school education. Spend some time here on our website and look at the wonderful opportunities our school has to offer. Take the time to visit the school, meet the students, and speak with our faculty. And don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.
David J. Beskar
Superintendent and Headmaster, Edina Campus
Chesterton Academy of the Twin Cities