Sedes Sapientiae School students learn from many of the greatest minds produced by civilization

Classical Education: Forming the Mind, Heart, and Soul

A rich encounter with Eternal Wisdom

Classical Education is a term that refers to the education developed during the Renaissance.  It differed from the Medieval education of the time before and it differs from what followed (the scientific/vocational education of modern times).  Classical education has the following distinctive marks:

  • Liberal Education. Liberal Education means students gain a broad understanding of all of the arts and sciences from the best minds throughout history—from the Great Books. The goal of Liberal Education is to form good men and women, as the foundation for them being good engineers, accountants, lawyers, doctors, parents, and citizens. Liberal Education hands on the best civilization has to offer, and prepares students to become leaders in their societies – men and women of understanding who can inspire others.
  • Reverence for Greco-Roman Civilization. Christian Europe inherited from its Greco-Roman parentage a rich cultural tradition of art, philosophy, literature, and governance. Students of Classical Education immerse themselves in this culture, which gives them a firm foundation for their future. 
  • Adaptive.  In Classical Education, students take the objective values inspired by the Ancients - the Beautiful, the True, and the Good - and apply them to the challenges of their own times. Through questioning and discussion, students are able to develop their understanding of these timeless values.
  • Liberal Arts. The subject matter of a Classical school consists of the trivium and quadrivium.  Through grammar, logic, and rhetoric (the Trivium), students develop in language and thought.  Through geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, and music (the Quadrivium), students master truths about an ideal world, which leads to the study of the divine.
  • Preparing for Higher Education. Classical education is ordered to higher studies in any field (particularly philosophy and theology), providing as it does a firm foundation for whatever future course of learning or career choice students might wish to pursue.

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Experience the richness and wisdom of a Classical Education faithful to the academic, theological, and spiritual heritage of the Catholic Church.

A great education begins with the great books

The greatest minds on eternal Truth, Beauty, and Goodness

The Great Books – from Ancient to Modern times -- are those books that constitute an essential foundation in Western Civilization. As a Catholic institution, Sedes Sapientiae School hands on to the students what it has received – the great stories of History and Literature, the beauty of the Fine Arts, and the wisdom of Philosophy and Theology.

Why we call our faculty "tutors"

Learning is an activity that the student does. A teacher can display knowledge, but it is up to the student to learn it.

The primary teachers at Sedes Sapientiae School are the authors of the Great Books. Our students learn directly from them. Our faculty act as tutors to guide students through what they are learning from their primary teachers.


Socrates and the art of discussion

Sedes Sapientiae School offers classes conducted in the Socratic or Seminar method in which the students and teacher engage in discussion rather than lecture.

Students and teachers will engage in the great discussions that formed Western Civilization. Discussion topics, such as the nature of man or the existence of God, will aid students to understand the texts and develop critical thinking.

The discussion process also cultivates the important skill of advancing a point of view while challenging others who hold a different opinion - all with a respectful, collaborative attitude ordered to discerning and recognizing Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.


Academic reading list




Grade 6: World Literature:

  • The Golden Goblet
  • Hittite Warrior
  • God Kind
  • Theras and his Town
  • The Bronze Bow
  • Beyond the Desert Gate
  • Flame over Tara
  • Augustine Came to Kent
  • Son of Charlemagne
  • Otto of the Silver Hand
  • The King’s Fifth
  • The Shakespeare Stealer
  • I, Juan de Paraeja
  • Master Cornhill
  • Madeleine Takes Command
  • The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
  • The Ravenmaster’s Secret
  • The Broken Blade
  • Nory Ryan’s Song
  • The Good Master
  • Snow Treasure


Grades 7/8: American Literature [TBA]

Grade 9: Greek Literature:

  • Edith Hamilton's Mythology 
  • The Illiad, Homer                               
  • The Odyssey, Homer                          
  • Oreesteian Trilogy, Orestes
  • Theban Tragedies, Sophocles
  • Poetics, Aristotle
  • The Great Dialogues of Plato
  • Works of Shakespeare

Grade 10: Roman Literature:

  • The Aeneid, Virgil
  • Confessions, St. Augustine
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
  • Plutarch's Lives,  Plutarch
  • Shakespeare's "Corialonus", "Julius Caesar", "Antony and Cleopatra"

Grade 11: Medieval Literature:

  • The Dream of the Rood 
  • Beowulf - Seamus Heaney                  
  • Song of Roland
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Undset's Gunnar's Daughter
  • The Divine Comedy, Dante  (Esolen)
  • Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
  • Shakespeare's "Richard III", "Macbeth", "Tempest", "Hamlet", "Midsummer Night's Dream"
  • Dr. Faustus
  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained, Milton
  • American & English Poetry

Grade 12: Modern Literature:

  • Early Puritan poetry
  • Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne
  • Mass of Brother Michel
  • Arundel, Roberts
  • Pride and Prejudice, Austen
  • My Antonia, Cather
  • Huckleberry Finn, Twain
  • Tale of Two Cities, Dickens
  • Jane Eyre, Bronte
  • Up from Slavery, Washington
  • Death of Ivan Ilych, Tolstoy
  • The American, James
  • Frankenstein, Shelley
  • Picture of Dorian Grey, Wilde
  • Brideshead Revisited, Waugh
  • The Good Earth, Buck
  • Greenleaf, O'Connor
  • Gunner"s Daughter, Undset
  • 1984, Orwell
  • Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Solzhenitsyn
  • Brave New World, Huxley
  • Shakespeare's works
  • American / English Poetry




  • Saxon Math 7/6

  • Saxon Math 8/7

  • Algebra I, Saxon

  • Euclid's Elements 

  • Algebra II, Saxon

  • Pre-Calculus: Advanced Mathematics, Saxon

  • Calculus, Saxon

  • Supplementary readings of great men of science and mathematics




Grade 6: Science

  • The Universe is in My Hands, Mary Daly
  • Book of Trees, Sean Brooks
  • Birds

Grade 7/8:  Natural Science I & II

  • Exploring the World of Astronomy, John Hudson Tiner        
  • The Stars, H.A. Rey
  • Find the Constellations, H.A. Rey

Geology [TBA]

Meteorology [TBA]

Natural History [TBA]

Grade 9: Natural History / 

History of the Development of Scientific Thought

Natural History:

  • Fabre’s Book of Insects Fabre
  • Nature Drawing 
  • King Soloman’s Ring Lorenz

History of the Development of Scientific Thought:

  • Presocratics (Edward Hussey)
  • The Mystery of the Periodic Table (Benjamin Wiker)
  • The Catholic Church & Science (Benjamin Wiker)  
  • Creator and Creation (Daly)
  • In the Beginning, Cardinal Ratzinger 

 Grade 10: Biology [TBA]

Grade 11: Chemistry:

  • Prentice Hall Chemistry
  • Supplementary readings of the great men of science                    

Grade 12: Physics:

  • Introductory Physics, John D. Mays


Classical Languages


Grade 6:  World History

  • Story of the World Series, Baur
  • Book of the Middle Ages (Memoria Press)
  • World of Columbus and Sons, Foster
  • Augustus Caesar's World, Foster

Grades 7/8: US History I & II

  • From Sea to Shining Sea, Zehnder
  • Landmark History of the American People, Boorstin
  • George Washington's World, Foster
  • Abe Lincoln's World, Foster

Grade 9: Ancient Greek

  • Histories, Herodotus
  • History of the Pelopponesian War, Thucydides
  • Rise and Fall of Athens, Plutarch
  • Persian Expedition (Anabasis), Xenophon
  • Great Dialogues of Plato, Plato

Grade 10: Ancient Roman

  • City of God, Augustine
  • The Early History of Rome, Livy
  • The War with Hannibal
  • Maker's Rome, Plutarch
  • Annals of Imperial Rome, Tacitus

Grade 11: Medieval

  • The Era of Christendom Reader (Kolbe)                   
  • Byzantium, Geanakoplos                                
  • Viking Portable Medieval Reader
  • Chronicles, Froissart

Grade 12: Modern

  • Modern History Reader, (Kolbe)
  • A Documentary History of the United States
  • Federalist Papers, Hamilton
  • Democracy in America, Tocqueville
  • Modern Times, Johnson


Classical Languages

Classical Languages

Grades 7/8:

  • Introduction to Correct Reasoning, Polk

Grade 9:

  • Logic, Polk

Grades 11/12:

  • Nicomachaen Ethics, Aristotle
  • Rhetoric, Aristotle 

Classical Languages

Classical Languages

Classical Languages


  • Lingua Latina: Familia Romana,  Hans Ørberg        
  • Lingua Latina: Roma Aeterna


  • Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Karen Mohs   
  • Anthenaze I, Maurice Balme and Gilbert Lawall       


Our robust and comprehensive theology program utilizes works from Sacred Scripture, Church Fathers and Doctors, proven theologians, and the Magisterium.