Academics


Mater Christi Classical Academy aims to foster in its students a sense of wonder, and a love of beauty, nature, and music, through an education in the Catholic faith and the liberal arts. Mater Christi aims to form the whole human person, helping students to develop virtues – good habits – as citizens of heaven and earth. The students’ physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs will be met through the integrated methodology of classical education in the Catholic tradition though the study of subjects like Mathematics, the Natural Sciences, Poetry, Language Arts, History, Religion, Latin, Logic, Grammar, Literature, Music, Art, and Drama. Physical education will take place in recess and frequent outings, such as nature walks and hikes.


Philosophy of Education

Why Classical Education at Mater Christi?

Classical Education is on the rise today. Rather than see it as an earthly and passing trend, however, Mater Christi recognizes that, rightly ordered, it is truly the best approach to learning offered by educational methodology. Integrated subjects, introduced at the naturally appropriate stages of learning for children at every stage, allow students to excel in mind, body, and soul. Allowing mixed age groups of students to learn together maximizes growth in virtue as well, since younger students look up to their older role models and older students develop habits of good leadership and modeling for their younger followers. Needless to say this kind of learning environment supports that of the home and family, the domestic Church and first place where charity prevails. Mastery and growth in virtue are patiently and naturally accomplished through serious study, loving support, and wholesome, balanced duties and pastimes. Young souls are encouraged to wonder, minds are nurtured with good fodder, and imaginations are formed to recognize Truth and love good things, while the will is trained to subdue the passions and holy desires are properly fulfilled. Socratic discussion style classes draw out the fruits of contemplative thought and reflective conversation over the Good, True, and Beautiful. Further, the use of primary sources and the elimination of technological devices for instruction on campus ensure that the matter and the medium of study avail themselves to the highest kind of learning experiences. While classical education is not the most direct route to worldly success, the result of classical education in the Catholic tradition is typically a well-rounded, able, and diversely accomplished person suited for nearly any calling or career, marked in character by excellent habits of diligence, charity, and individual strengths.

Our academics are primarily philosophical and theoretical, meaning we seek the highest and enduring things with the aim of Truth being the end or goal. Our method is the use of the seven liberal arts, the Trivium and the Quadrivium. The Trivium consists of grammar, logic and rhetoric and helps us to master the order of reality, thought and language and to see written words in their proper place. The Quadrivium consists of arithmetic, music, geometry and astronomy. These arts help us to master the weights and measures of the created order.  Altogether, and progressively through the appropriate stages, the seven liberal arts lay the proper foundation for the good life rooted in the ancient Greeks and Romans, the precursors of Western Civilization, and perfected by the Medievalists, the Christians aspiring to a life of excellence in habit, virtue, and holiness unto salvation.

Our academics are primarily philosophical and theoretical, meaning we seek the highest and enduring things with the aim of Truth being the end or goal. Our method is the use of the seven liberal arts, the Trivium and the Quadrivium. The Trivium consists of grammar, logic and rhetoric and helps us to master the order of reality, thought and language and to see written words in their proper place. The Quadrivium consists of arithmetic, music, geometry and astronomy. These arts help us to master the weights and measures of the created order.  Altogether, and progressively through the appropriate stages, the seven liberal arts lay the proper foundation for the good life rooted in the ancient Greeks and Romans, the precursors of Western Civilization, and perfected by the Medievalists, the Christians aspiring to a life of excellence in habit, virtue, and holiness unto salvation.