Ave Maria Academy uses a Classical, Catholic curriculum.

Why Classical?  This is the learning of the patriarchs of Western Civiliations.  It teaches more than basic skills and competency, it teaches method.  Today’s society has lost the tools of learning;  Classical Education provides the tools to make our students independent thinkers.  They learn the art of learning.

Classical Education is systematic.  It develops virtue and provides the means for students to join in the “Great Conversation” of our classical philosophers.  It integrates subjects and provides a unity between History, Science and Literature.  History is the center, with other subjects linking to it.  Classical Education is language focused, and great literature is a tool for learning.

The three stages (Trivium) of Classical Education are:

  1. Grammar (Observations / Memorization)
  2. Logic (Logical Organization /  “Why”)
  3. Rhetoric (Clear Expression)

History, as the center, is divided into four time periods, that are repeated in each of the Trivium:

  1. Ancient
  2. Middle Ages
  3. Renaissance
  4. Mondern

For more information about Classical Education, see:

“The Well Trained Mind” by Susan Wise Bauer http://www.welltrainedmind.com/classical-education/

“The Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy L. Sayers http://gutenberg.ca/ebooks/sayers-lost/sayers-lost-00-h.html

“Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum” by Laura Berquist http://www.homeschoolchristian.com/allabout/interviews/interviewberquist.php

 

Curriculum at Ave Maria Academy

For Elementary and Middle School, classes consist of:

  1. History
  2. Science
  3. Excellence in Writing
  4. Latin (one day per week)
  5. Religion (one day per week)
  6. Art Appreciation
  7. Math study-hall (students bring their own math to complete.)

For High School, classes consist of:

  1. Great Books (this is a combination of History and Literature)
  2. Logic / Rhetoric (one day per week)
  3. Religion (one day per week)
  4. Science
  5. Math
  6. Spanish