What is the Chesterton Academy curriculum?
Students at Chesterton Academy enjoy a cohesive, content-rich education. Our scholars benefit from a broad exposure to many different disciplines, which helps expand their interests and their ability to think critically.
Intellectual formation at Chesterton Academy begins with a classical, integrated curriculum. Students read Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa of Avila, Dostoyevsky. . . and G.K. Chesterton. Chesterton students study the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. History, literature, philosophy, and theology are braided together. The sciences and the humanities are also intimately connected, so that the logic of math is seen in philosophy, and God’s handiwork is seen in the sciences.
Faith and reason meet in every class.
Equal emphasis is given to the arts, so that every student learns to draw and paint, sing in the choir, act on the stage, give speeches, and engage in debate. Each year builds on the previous, so that by the end of senior year, we have articulate, clear-thinking, well-rounded, and, very importantly, joyful individuals.
Nothing could be a better preparation for success at college. Our classically-educated students fare very well on standardized tests and college admissions. Yet our mission does not end with merely getting students into college. We are preparing them for life, which includes finding their vocation. A Chesterton Academy education helps students discern and follow God’s calling for their lives.
Because the faith is at the core of our academic program, we teach all subjects through the lens of the Church. That endeavor is what makes our school unique. Religion at Chesterton Academy is not merely one academic subject among many. The truth we teach 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.