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:
Experience the richness and wisdom of a Classical Education faithful to the academic, theological, and spiritual heritage of the Catholic Church.
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.
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.
Grade 6: World Literature:
Grades 7/8: American Literature [TBA]
Grades 9/10: Greek Literature, Roman Literature
Grades 11/12: Medieval Literature, Modern Literature
Grade 6: World History
Grades 7/8: US History I & II
Grades 9/10: Ancient Greek, Ancient Rome
Grades 11/12: Medieval, Modern
Grade 6: Introduction to Science
Grade 7/8: Natural Science I & II
Grade 9: Nature Drawing / History of the Development of Scientific Thought
Grade 10: Biology
Grade 11: Chemistry
Grade 12: Physics
Saxon Math 7/6
Saxon Math 8/7
Supplementary readings: Great scientists and mathematicians
Grades 7/8: Correct Reasoning
Grade 9/10: Logic, Rhetoric
Grades 11/12: Ethics
All Grades: Latin
Grades 9/10: Greek