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Religion

The mission of Holy Child Catholic School is to advance the development of the soul, mind, and body through a rigorous classical curriculum; to foster spiritual and intellectual growth; to develop stewardship of God’s gifts and inspire a love for the Eucharist, the Church, and evangelization.

The study of the Faith is not simply one subject among many. Rather, it is the supreme integrating principle from which all knowledge ultimately derives and which serves as its rational basis. Religion pervades all that we are and everything that we do, which is why our typical school day begins with either daily Mass or the Holy Rosary.

Through participation in the Holy Eucharist, our Lord is constantly calling our students to a deeper, more profound spiritual life. At Holy Child Catholic School, our teachers cooperate with our Lord in cultivating a religion of the heart. But as an academic institution, we insist that religion is also a matter of the intellect. Students are catechized to know the Mass, their prayers, Holy Scripture, moral theology, church history—in short, the Holy Catholic Faith.

 

Language Arts

Our Language Arts curriculum encourages a love for the beautiful expression of the spoken and written word, for only in a love affair withbeauty will students passionately seek to find and elegantly express truth. That love affair is ignited, in primary and middle school, when teachers model the structure and elegance of the English language. We“model” such expression in a number of ways:

  • The Telling and Retelling of Fables and Fairy Tales
  • Phonics
  • Poetry Memorization and Recitation
  • Dictation and Copying
  • Rigorous Grammar Curriculum

Our intense focus on writing, grammar, vocabulary, and the study of Latin lead to above grade-level achievement. Our students tend to be enthusiastic about reading original texts and esoteric novels simply because they are accustomed to it.

 

History

An educated person is one who understands himself, the world around him, and the cultural and historical context in which he finds himself. One of the key elements of a classical curriculum is that all subjects are presented with a keen awareness of their historical context. In this way the student comes to an appreciation of the way in which all knowledge is interrelated, that every discovery, every innovation, depends on the long historical “conversation” that preceded it. A successful education will, through this historical consciousness, provide an inculcation into the most profound dimensions of Western Civilization, grounding the student and providing the necessary background for further exploration of ideas and concepts. If self-knowledge has educational priority — and it does — then students who live under the influence of the Western world must learn western history. At Holy Child Catholic School, significant time is devoted to Greek, Roman and Medieval history.

History is not a mere curious interest in the past. It teaches us about the human condition, both noble and ignoble. We study history because we believe there are important lessons to learn from the past. The students of Holy Child Catholic School will be well equipped to think through the challenges of the present precisely because they will have received an education which is so insistent on the importance of the past.

 

Literature

Literature cultivates the human soul. The great existential issues of life are powerfully addressed though literature. At Holy Child Catholic School, therefore, we expose children to literature that develops the moral and religious imagination.

Good books also serve as precursors to the great books. The great books of literature are those perennial classics which have made their way into the canon of literature. Young students, by virtue of their age, are not able to read many of the great works—e.g., Paradise Lost or the Divine Comedy—but, sadly, many older students are also unable to appreciate great books precisely because they were not reading good books when they were younger. At Holy Child Catholic School, we expose children to age appropriate literature which grasps their attention and curiosity and prepares them for the sublime heights of Virgil, Dante, Milton, and Shakespeare.

 

Mathematics

Mathematics is an indispensable component of a student’s intellectual formation. The study of mathematics enriches and feeds the soul and
the intellect no less than literature and language. Math is not valuable only because it enables us to engineer great projects; math is first and foremost a transcendental discipline, and its primary value is that its very existence points to eternal realities. Given the highly abstract and conceptual nature of Mathematics, we intend to teach the subject in a conceptual as opposed to a formulaic manner. We use the Singapore Math Series (K- 8th grade) because we believe that the program will foster real mathematical thinking. We are also attracted to Singapore Math because of the strong curricular connection the series makes between concepts and manipulatives. In short, the best way for children to grasp concepts is to allow them to grasp things; the Singapore curriculum is built on that important educational insight.

 

Science

Young children are instinctively curious about the natural order and our science curriculum is designed to meet that curiosity with a systematic exploration of creation.

The primary and middle school science curriculum offers graduated and systematic exposure to many different scientific disciplines (e.g. physical, biological, and astronomical sciences) but the curriculum is unified in a number of ways. First and foremost, we are concerned to help our students think scientifically. The sciences are “experimental disciplines” with their own distinct methodologies and goals; above and beyond the facts of science, the elementary and middle school curriculum primarily intends to develop the intellectual ability to think scientifically.

Scientific thinking is fueled by wonder and curiosity. Therefore, developing wonder and having fun with science are hallmarks of a good primary and middle school science education. Finally, since the created order is God’s gift to the human race, we infuse naturalistic studies with an ethical component. In short we believe that students should constantly reflect on the moral obligation to use nature responsibly.

 

Art and Music

We live in a culture which tends to ignore or downplay things of the spirit; still, human authenticity is most manifest in those activities that point to the transcendental aspect of human nature. At Holy Child Catholic School, we reject the current trend in primary school education which relegates the fine arts to an after thought. Music and choral instruction is an important part of every student’s education at Holy Child Catholic School. Music is one of the myriad ways by which our minds and souls can rise to contemplation of God and the mysteries of his beautiful creation.

We also offer instrumental lessons to our student body after school. In short we want to develop a culture of music at Holy Child Catholic School and we fully believe that music—like math and science—should be a part of the lives of all our students. A life without good music is impoverished.

 

Physical Education

Human beings are embodied creatures. There is a reciprocal relationship between mind and body, and, if one intends to give a holistic education, care must be given to provide physical training. We want to develop excellence in all forms of human expression—the physical as well as the spiritual—precisely because all forms of excellence enhance a person’s existence while simultaneously giving glory to the Creator. But physical excellence has a dignity which is borrowed from the spiritual realm; therefore things of the spirit guide our school’s philosophy of physical education. In addition, our physical activities are developed such that they actually augment and enhance the classroom learning process. Our guided activities often focus on developing hand/eye coordination and dexterity. Because of our composite nature as human persons, developing one’s body has a salutary effect on the mind and the soul.

 

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