A strong curriculum in the classical languages is one of the secrets of our curriculum that not only explains our near 100% college acceptance rate, but also why our students achieve such success in college. It is at the very heart of a classical curriculum. Moreover a strong emphasis on leaning the Latin language, specifically, is especially important for those who wish to form their children according to the heart and mind of the Church.
In addition we might add the following:
Broadly these arts develop the student so that he can master language and thinking for himself (i.e. logically), and with the arts of The Quadrivium the student is developed so that he has a deep understanding of mathematical theory and a scientific mind.
Euclid’s Elements is easily the most influential and beautiful work in the history of Science and Mathematics. It is second only to the Bible in the number of editions published. Among works that have formed the most influential thinkers in History, Elements ranks very near the top. This is not surprising given the fact that the work was a presumed part of the curriculum for any well educated person for centuries. Among the chief benefits of studying Euclid are the following:
Each student studies the individual theorem (i.e. proposition) and then demonstrates the theorem at the board in front of his peers. The audience listens critically and ask questions about any point of the demonstration that is unclear. Aside from learning mathematics the student learns how to think logically and critically in the Euclid class.
In school a student may either read
For a more complete explanation see http://thomasaquinas.edu/a-liberating-education/great-books
“Text books” are a relatively new phenomenon in the history of education. While there may be many causes for the educational crisis which besets our nation, the use of textbooks must certainly be considered one of them. Prior to the advent of the modern “text book,” “great books were the norm. For example, John Adams, our second President in a letter of reference for his son, John Quincy Adams, wrote:
Other famous people who were educated through the great books include:
The transition from Middle school to High school involves not only learning to manage the increased responsibilities that arise from taking multiple courses and increased levels of homework, but also learning to prioritize school work with the various other extra-curricular projects and responsibilities that a student may have. This transition might present a challenge for a student with even very good study habits. For this reason, enrolling in The Lyceum in the seventh or eighth grade can go far to prepare a student for success in is High school years. The classical languages, in particular, offer a striking example of the advantage of early entrance.
The middle school years also present a challenge for parents and students, because these are the years when natural growth accompanied by increased social pressure beckons him to explore and experiment with an increased sense of independence. While parents certainly wish to encourage the natural growth and maturation of their children, they will want to make certain that this growth happen in as wholesome an environment as possible. They will want their children to grow in a joyful atmosphere surrounded by children from families with shared values.
While our grade school tuition is higher than that of most Diocesan grade schools, we will entertain any reasonable request for financial aid based on need.
As a College Board Level III Test Center, The Lyceum does offer AP Tests on site, but the school makes a very judicious selection of AP tests that it chooses to offer. For example Lyceum students taking calculus have often chosen to take the AP “Calculus AB Exam,” because this exam represents a solid understanding of problem solving in Calculus that we wish our students to obtain.
Likewise our students have the option to take the AP Virgil Latin exam because here again the exam presents a learning goal which matches well with what the school would like students to learn when studying Virgil’s Aeneid.
Students may also study for other AP tests (e.g. AP English or American History) but the school does not specifically prepare students for these tests because they require a significant amount of focus on subjects and concepts that distract from the school’s own college preparatory curriculum.
Although The Lyceum is a relatively new school, it is quickly gaining a reputation for academic excellence because of the success which our graduates are having in college. Many of our graduates are receiving full tuition scholarships at fine secular and Catholic colleges throughout the country. Graduates of The Lyceum are studying engineering, pre-medicine, liberal arts, directing and producing, psychology, theology, literature, politics, and classics. Many colleges and universities are actively seeking out our graduates to enroll in their institutions. Lyceum students are prepared for college because they have learned to think well and deeply.
Classical education is an education for everyone no matter what intellectual gifts they may or may not have. The beauty of the classical curriculum is that it has the power to make the ordinary mind capable of extraordinary thoughts. On the other hand because of the intrinsic value of the “great books,” no student is wasting his time by reading and discussing them. In this way the classical curriculum is an “equalizer.” There is something for every mind to discover and grow.
An obvious example of this is The Holy Bible. It is meant for everyone and of immense value for every mind to read and ponder. There is something like this with the great books. Euclid’s Elements are for everyone. The Iliad is a work for everyone. And so it is with all the great books.
It is difficult to choose a school for your student. We suggest that each parent prayerfully ask the following questions (at least) when they begin to discern the right school for their child.