ST. THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL
1106 East Alhambra Road, Alhambra CA 91801 ~ (626) 289-3364
Principal: Mrs. Alma Cornejo – firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Therese Carmelite School is fully accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA). It offers:
· Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
· Fine Arts and Physical Education
· Religious Education provided by the Carmelite Friars, in collaboration with the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
· Carmelite Spirituality, with an emphasis on the Carmelite saints
· Full-time Carmelite chaplain
· Rigorous Classical Curriculum
· Small class sizes
· Before- and After-School Academic Enrichment Program (optional), and more!
WHAT IS THE CLASSICAL APPROACH TO EDUCATION?
“Creating the ability to think is our goal in a classical curriculum; we want our children to acquire the art of learning. It is not the number of facts they are acquainted with that measure the educational success, but what they are able to do with the facts: whether they are able to make distinctions, to follow an argument, to make reasonable deductions from the facts, and finally, to have the right judgment about the way things are.” — Laura Berquist (Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum)
A Classical Education:
· Teaches the Child How to Think
· Follows the Child’s Natural Stages of Learning
· Takes Account of the Child’s Individual Needs
· Supports the Spiritual Formation of the Child
· Allows the Parents to Play an Integral Role
A Classical Education Creates:
· Learners who have the knowledge and ability to perform independent research
· Students who are effective Communicators
· Students who are able to read and comprehend diverse written materials
· Students who demonstrate rhetorical and analytical skills in their written work
· Students who express themselves with confidence in written communication
· Students who are independent thinkers
· Students who are able to analyze information, and form and explain their own opinions
A classical education will give our children the beginning of the education every educated person in Western Civilization once received, a classical or liberal arts education. The idea is to educate the students so that they develops all the powers of their souls, and their minds are formed, strengthened, and developed. The end of this educational process is wisdom. Man desires by nature to know, and that means we want to have not only the facts, but the reasons for the facts. We want to think about the most noble things, the most interesting in themselves. Therefore, the goal of education is to teach children how to think; to help them learn the art of learning. If children learn how to learn, they will be to master any subject. Thinking can be done well or badly, but one can be taught to do it well. In large measure, the role of the teacher of grade and high school children is this: teaching children to think well. It begins in wonder and aims at wisdom.
The tools of learning, through which children learn the art of learning, are acquired by concentrating, at each stage of intellectual formation, on the areas of development that are appropriate to that stage in the child’s intellectual and spiritual development. Further, all we do will be faithful to the doctrine and teaching of the Catholic Church, which shall enlighten and inform all the areas of the curriculum.