The Classical Approach


A classical education mentoring program combining a once-a-week meeting with four days of studies at home with the primary educator, the parent.

Integrated Curriculum


A 3-cycle curriculum framework based on learning facts and traditions, practicing skills and virtues, and discussing ideas and truth.

“Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.”

- St. Thomas Aquinas

 

Before “illuminating” others to discern and contemplate truth, our children first have to receive it themselves.  The classical approach to education is the mode by which culture, tradition, and truths have been transmitted for several generations.  Classical education produced great minds like Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul, John Adams, William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Toklien, Galileo, Isaac Newton, and so many others.

The classical approach is the natural approach to teaching and learning.  We were made in the image and likeness of God which means we have an intellect that thirsts to know.  Knowing is not simply memorizing trivial facts in order to pass a test.  Knowing is embodying and finally being able to express an idea.  As Mortimer Adler wrote, in teaching, there are three pillars: teaching FACTS (information); practicing SKILLS (for interpreting these facts and ideas as well as expressing them to others) such as thinking, reading, writing, listening, and speaking; and discussing IDEAS.

Aquinas Learning invites the student to WONDER as the great philosophers did.  With the help of great books and great thinkers that came before us, we are able to share in the common heritage of Western Civilization, informed by the Roman Catholic faith.  It is in providing truth, goodness, and beauty that the tastes and affections of our students will be raised to the awareness of God.

Aquinas Learning provides three levels of teaching:
Schola Parva  - Pre K – K
Schola Prima – Grade K-6
Schola Alta  - Grades 7-12 (beta years)
 

Get Started! There are three ways to join:

 

Join a center (providing the AL program): Sample form for the Manassas Center –
2014 Registration Form*

Start a center (licensed to use the AL Program):
AL Director Application 2014-2015

Register for the Aquinas Learning at Home Program:
2014 ALH Registration Form

 

* Tuition, facility, and materials fees may vary depending on center.
 

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