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The Lyceum Named a "School of Excellence"

SEPTEMBER 15th, 2014: This morning The Cardinal Newman Society in its national press release has named The Lyceum a "School of Excellence" for the Catholic Education Honor Roll:

"Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics. This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States...

"The 2014 Schools of Excellence are located in 26 states...The Acton Institute founded the Catholic High School Honor Roll in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed the program in 2012, consistent with its mission of helping Catholic families and promoting faithful Catholic education..."

To read the entire announcement, click here.

In 2012, The Lyceum received an Honorable Mention from the Cardinal Newman Society's National Catholic High School Honor Roll for Excellence in Catholic Identity. In 2010 it received an Honorable Mention from The Acton Institute for Academic Excellence.

"We are, of course, very pleased this year to receive the highest honor as a School of Excellence," said Headmaster Luke Macik. "We have a strong commitment to our Catholic identity and academics through the reading and discussion of the Great Books."

In Cleveland Magazine's recent review of area private schools, The Lyceum had the highest SAT average. "That's not surprising," indicated Headmaster Macik. "When students read the best books of Western Civilization and discuss them in a wholesome Catholic community, good things are bound to happen."













  • Time-Honored Curriculum

    The Lyceum's course of studies is based on the classical understanding of the liberal arts: the Trivium of Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric, which are the arts of the mind and language, and the Quadrivium of Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy, and Music - the sciences and mathematics which are the arts of matter and quantity.

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  • Socratic Learning

    We stand by the principle that a student needs to be actively engaged in the formation of his own intellect, and that this is best accomplished by means of directed discussion among one's own peers about a shared text. At The Lyceum, the "Socratic seminar" method is adopted in all classes.

    The Lyceum seminar table regularly hosts a meeting of the minds of Lyceum students with the greatest minds of Western Civilization.

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    "I'd be delighted to have this kind of school and I'd want more of them.”

    --Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archdiocese of Denver, speaking about The Lyceum March 2010


Great Books

We believe that every student deserves a one-on-one encounter with the greatest minds that have ever lived. To a great extent, and whenever the subject matter is within their capacity, students read either original texts or excerpts from original texts.

From the study of Euclid's Elements to the Federalist Papers, Lyceum students are immersed in the perennial ideas at the very core of western civilization and will, as Newton says, see further because they "stand on the shoulders of the intellectual giants of the past."

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Proven Results

  • Verum - Bonum - Pulchrum

    By seeking all that is true, good, and beautiful, students of The Lyceum develop intellectual and moral virtues, and true charity for one another and for God. At The Lyceum, they experience an education that prepares them for college and for life.

  • National Merit Scholars

    The Lyceum made news recently when three of our seniors were named as National Merit Scholar semifinalists, placing them among the top 1% of seniors nationwide. A quarter of all Lyceum graduates have received National Merit Recognition.

  • SAT Scores

    The average SAT score for Lyceum students is in the top 13% nationally of all college-bound students taking the exam. Our class of 2011, consisting of eleven students, was offered over $1,000,000 in college scholarships.

  • Award-Winning Scholastics

    The Lyceum was one of six schools in the US awarded Acton Institute Recognition for Academic Excellence for 2010 & 2011, and is the only high school in Ohio recognized by the Acton Institute, which promotes a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and religious principles. Our students have won 64 Gold and Silver Medals on the National Latin Exam, and 68 Ribbons on the National Greek Exam

  • The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

    Lyceum graduates enter college with minds already provoked by the seminal ideas of great thinkers, ready to articulate and defend the reasons for their own intellectual positions. Our fixed curriculum places a unique emphasis on the intellectual skills and habits that prepare a student for life-long learning.