AN INTEGRATED CLASSICAL CATHOLIC CURRICULUM

St. Michael Academy offers a unique, yet time-honored, approach to education through its Integrated Classical Catholic Curriculum. The program is based on the three pillars of a classical education: integrated history and literature, a rigorous study of the natural world, and an appreciation of the visual and performing arts, all suffused with the light of the Catholic faith.

English, History, Religion, Philosophy and the Sciences, are taught with an emphasis on the Permanent Things (love, beauty, justice, truth, etc.). Apologetics are not taught as a separate class, but are threaded throughout all of our subjects; Arts and Sciences alike.

HUMANITIES

Literature, Theology, Philosophy are woven together along the History of time to give the broadest understanding of modern civilization Read More

STEM

The study of Math and Science also requires and integrated approach, involving measurement, experimentation, the development of systematic thought, a capacity for analytical reasoning, and a sense of awe and wonder for God’s created order.  Read More

FINE ARTS

Music, Art, and Drama cultivates in our students a love of beauty; a penchant for creativity; and a deep appreciation of the battle between good and evil-the source of all meaningful drama. Read More

Humanities

THE HUMANITIES PROGRAM

GRADE 9:  ANCIENT WORLD TO THE START OF THE MEDIEVAL WORLD and RHETORIC AND LOGIC

GRADE 10:  MEDIEVAL WORLD TO THE MID-RENAISSANCE

GRADE 11:  MID-RENAISSANCE TO THE MODERN WORLD

GRADE 12:  CREDIT AMERICAN LITERATURE

LITERATURE

In the modern era, academic subjects tend to be compartmentalized so that they operate independently of each other. This has done a disservice to students, especially in the areas of history and literature. Students study dry dates and figures in history, while puzzling over the extensive amount of historical questions on English exams. At SMA, we have aligned and integrated the study of history and literature. This means students studying Ancient Greece read Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Sophocles. Then studying the Middle Ages, they read Chaucer and de Joinville, and so on throughout the ages. This method helps students to understand the motivations of some of the most important historical and literary figures, while also understanding the effects of these individuals on society as a whole.

HISTORY

As a hallmark of classical education, SMA’s history curriculum walks hand-in hand with our literature studies. History is studied chronologically, allowing students to see how the actions of people influenced future civilizations. More than just names, places, and dates, history is a study that encompasses a careful examination of people and events of the past. It looks at the consequences, both heroic and tragic, that have played a role in the shaping of our modern world. Through the lens of Catholic morality, students gain wisdom and understanding and develop a sense of compas-sion. In addition to text books, primary source documents and biographies are read. Teachers engage all students in thought-provoking class discussions.

PHILOSOPHY

Students build on the works which they study in English classes, such as Summa Theologica. They learn about philosophical inquiry. They trace philosophy throughout history up to the modern day. Schools of Philosophy are carefully studied and evaluated. Special attention is paid to the Church’s extensive philosophical tradition.

THEOLOGY

This course will serve as an overview of the basic fundamentals of the Catholic faith. Students increase their understanding of the biblical and theological underpinnings of the teachings of the faith. They cover: the existence of God, the Universal Church, the Sacraments, the Decalogue, the Beatitudes, as well as the relationship between the Old and New Testament. Students learn the theology behind the practice of the faith. Students use the Didache series, as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Bible. In addition to content, students are encouraged to practice the virtues and corporal works of mercy.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

With half of English vocabulary and much of the language of modern science and law stemming from Latin roots, SMA students are well equipped for success in a variety of fields. Studies also show that Latin students consistently outperform their peers on the SAT test.  In The Lost Tools of Learning Dorothy Sayers states, “I will say at once, quite firmly, that the best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say this, not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least fifty percent.” Two years of Latin study are required for graduation.

math

THE MATH & SCIENCE PROGRAM

The realm of mathematics is primarily in the mind, it strengthens the ability of the student to handle abstraction. Mathematics involves measurement, quantity, and logic, and as such, trains the mind to think clearly.

 

MATH SEQUENCE

ALGEBRA I

GEOMETRY

PRE-CALCULUS

CALCULUS

Science helps the student develop an appreciation of the order and beauty of creation. and introduces the student to the scientific disciplines. Through classroom instruction and experimental investigation, they will discover the interconnection of all branches of science and will develop the ability to link their growing knowledge of the physical world to other components of the school curriculum.

SCIENCE SEQUENCE

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

ADVANCED BIOLOGY

PHYSICS

SENIOR SCIENCE ELECTIVE

Art

THE FINE ARTS PROGRAM

The study of the Fine Arts is integrated throughout the entire curriculum. Students also receive separate instruction in both music and art, and perform a dramatic work as a school. As a result, they are exposed to the classics in western art, music, drama, and architecture. And since modern music and drama are such powerful forces in contemporary culture, the grounding our students receive in true and lasting beauty empowers them to effectively evaluate the quality of modern movies, songs, and other works of art.

 

ART

ART I, II, III, IV

CHOIR / CHORAL

BAND (with PHS)

FAITH and SERVICE

Rather than a separate component of a student’s school experience, the entirety of the Catholic Faith – Sacred Scripture; Sacred Tradition; the Sacraments; the Magisterium; the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy; the Lives of the Saints; Special Prayers and Devotions – in other words, everything that is Catholic, permeates all that we do at St. Michael Academy.

DUAL ENROLLMENT

As of Fall 2018, SMA students will have the opportunity to take college classes through a Dual Enrollment program. Dual Enrollment enables SMA high school students to take college level classes, earn potentially transferable college credit, and also expands the available class offerings to our students. Please speak with SMA directly regarding questions about Dual Enrollment.

ELECTIVES

Just as we believe in a well rounded person, we believe in a well rounded curriculum. We are willing to work with students, to the best of our abilities, who wish to explore class opportunities not listed here. As examples, current SMA students have taken courses in Spanish and Personal Finance as electives. We are working diligently to give our students options for a broader range of electives (such as Auto class, Horticulture/Sustainable Farming Practices, Languages, etc.)

ENRICHMENT

Fridays are Enrichment Days. Time is scheduled for students to participate
in excursions related to their curriculum as well as those which help to develop an appreciation for our region’s natural environment and unique opportunities – i.e. museums, working farms, and places of business. Local and global professionals are also invited for on-site/virtual enrichments to speak about their experiences and introduce potentially new careers and life skills. Previous guests include a former Chief Justice, a casket maker, local store owners, personal finance & investment consultants, State Representatives, and an EMT to name a few. Social and professional etiquette is also taught.