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CURRICULUM

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As a parent you might be asking yourself, “How will this prepare my child for college, compared to students at other schools? Nothing could be a better preparation for success at college. Classically educated students fare very well on standardized tests and college admissions. Because they learn how to think and how to learn, instead of how to master an ever changing matrix of technology and test taking, Chesterton students are prepared to excel. 

Our mission, however, cannot end with merely getting students into college. We are preparing them for life, which includes finding their vocation.   All of the tools they receive at Chesterton will not only prepare them to succeed academically and open career doors, but to also to succeed in discerning God’s calling for their lives and open the door to the fullness of life in Christ Jesus.

An Integrated Education

Students at Chesterton Academy enjoy a cohesive, content-rich education. A broad exposure to many different disciplines helps students avoid the pitfalls of specializing too early, which can lead to limited interests and narrow thinking.

What is the Chesterton Academy model? It 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. The truths of the various disciplines are taught through the lens of the Church.

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 human beings.