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

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 are His image bearers and we thirst to know because it is in our nature to know.  We need to know beyond what’s on a test.  We need to know, apprehend, understand (as much as possible – some things are beyond our understanding) the logos (principle, idea,the essential thought, the Word of God, Jesus), and embody it.  The Aquinas Learning Program can be defined as a logocentric education because it focuses on the logos as the central unifying idea to which every topic, subject, concept points.

How do we teach?  Our curriculum (described in Philippians 4:6-9), divided into three cycles of content, is taught simultaneously to varying age levels.  The family will be studying generally the same topic/content on any given week.  Using Mortimer Adler’s ideas in Reforming Education, we focus our teaching on three pillars: IDEAS, FACTS, and SKILLS.  We teach IDEAS so that the students can learn to discern truth.  We teach FACTS in order to pass on a body of tradition.  We teach and practice SKILLS so that they will be able to apprehend and re-present the IDEAS they’ve learned.

We encourage students to WONDER, to DISCOVER, to INQUIRE, and to BEHOLD truth, goodness, and beauty, be it in literature & the great conversation, fine arts, science, math, copy work, or any subject matter they encounter. We share in the common heritage of Western Civilization, informed by our Catholic Faith & Tradition.  A rightly ordered education turns the affections of the students and leads to a rightly ordered society.

Aquinas Learning provides three levels of teaching:
Schola Parva  – Pre K – K
Schola Prima – Grade 1-6
Schola Alta  – Grades 7-12 (beta years)

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Get Started! There are three ways to join:

* Aquinas Learning at Home – register to use the curriculum at home with your own family. You will receive a Parent Guide, Workbooks, and a subscription to our online Course Site.  Aquinas Learning Program Subscription

* Join a center, an existing classical Catholic homeschool center that is using the Aquinas Learning Program.

* Start your own center, and apply for the license to use the Aquinas Learning program at your center. Director Application

For more details, please send an email to aquinaslearninginfo@gmail.com

 

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