Classical Curriculum at the Regina Academies
Our Philosophy of Education
Academically, Regina Academy students consistently score in the 85th to 99th percentile on nationally standardized tests of academic achievement.
The rigorous classical curriculum at the Regina Academies is focused on guiding students to an honest relationship with the Truth who is Jesus Christ. That isn’t to say we’re a church posing as a school. In the Catholic tradition, the incarnation is the foundation of a classical liberal arts education. Just as human persons are an inseparable unity of body and soul, education of the mind cannot be separated from formation in faith. One informs the other.
We form students in faith and reason so that they can be truly free, not enslaved to contemporary addictions like technology, radical individualism, materialism, or scientism that fail at every level to bring true freedom and happiness.
Partial truths or false truths promise only illusory freedoms. They rob children of the whole truth about themselves and the world around them. We can see the result all around us in the despair and confusion so evident in our culture.
Formation of the intellect in wisdom and virtue gives content to belief, informs the emotions, and strengthens the will. It inspires wonder, leading to a deeper and more committed love of God, and an understanding that love of God must be completed, as Jesus said, in love of neighbor.
The Regina Curriculum challenges students to grow in knowledge and wisdom. It is…
- Ordered to the true, the good, and the beautiful. It provides confidence that we have the ability to know truth and communicate it to our peers.
- Integrated. For example, students studying medieval history also read literature from the same period appropriate to their grade level, they study scholasticism in religion class, reflect on what they are learning in writing classes, and may even discuss the development of science during the same period. In art and music class, they will learn about medieval art and music and maybe even sing some Gregorian chant to reinforce what they are learning in their Latin class. Consequently, their knowledge of the world is comprehensive and not fragmented.
- Rigorous. In addition to the usual academic subjects, students study Latin, Greek, and logic as a way of helping them learn how to think.
- Natural. It follows the natural stages of childhood development.
- Purposeful. In the Catholic liberal arts tradition, education only has value to the degree it enables the child to fulfill his or her calling and identity as a child of God. They learn to prayerfully discern their unique purpose that God has in mind for them.
Students leave the Regina Academies ready to grapple with the larger questions of life, to question developments in culture that are contrary to human reason and divine revelation, and to articulate the synthesis of what they have come to understand in their earlier years of learning.
The proof of the effectiveness of a classical liberal arts education are in the statistics. The scores below show how students educated in classical Christian schools perform compared to others: