This approach is suited to basic human nature and development and has been tested over centuries. Its purpose is not to teach the student everything, but instead to form in the student the ability to learn new material. Instead of teaching what to think, students are taught how to think. It is a rigorous education and requires self discipline. It trains students to be analytical, to be able to draw conclusions and it fosters a love of learning.
Theology, as queen of the sciences, comes first, so that our students will always know the two most important things: who they are and for what they have been made. Our instruction emphasizes knowledge of the bible, the tenets of the faith, the sacraments, living a life of prayer, the lives of the saints, the liturgical calendar and the practice of virtues. An all school mass occurs weekly and families and faculty and encouraged to attend mass daily before the start of school.
Achieving a culture of reading is a main goal for Regina Pacis Academy. Younger students are taught to read by learning the phonetic sounds that make up the English language. Understanding grammar enables students to put together their thoughts so they express themselves clearly and succinctly through both the written and spoken word. Poetry demonstrates the beauty of putting those words and thoughts together gracefully. It allows the child to boost their memory skills through recitation.
The purpose of our Drama program is to teach students to see their acting abilities as a gift from God which they can use to enrich the lives of others. In order to give the best gift possible, the students put a great amount of work into every production. All students audition and receive roles, memorize lines, and learn to bring their characters to life. They are instructed in the basics of projection and enunciation, and are taught how to move and behave onstage. Students learn to present themselves with confidence, and many also learn a sense of humor about themselves, as theater requires even the meekest students to sometimes take center stage.
The classical educational approach is language-based, instead of image-based. The study of Latin supports the study of language. Latin is the language of the Church, the root language of English and the language used by minds educated in the classics throughout the history of Western Civilization. It serves to train the mind in a clear and logical manner.
A classical curriculum is history-intensive – many subjects are studied within the context of history which is divided into four periods (the ancients, the medieval period through the early Renaissance, the late Renaissance through the early modern era, and modern times).
Mathematics is taught to order the mind and promote accuracy, insight and self discipline. Math prepares the students to tackle higher ordered thinking in subjects such as Philosophy. A full math curriculum through Algebara 1 is offered.
Exploring, Observing and understanding the natural world aids in our knowledge of God's creation. Earth Science, Biology, Physics and Chemistry are all taught at the appropriate grade level.
Art is a major language of childhood and a compelling expression of who a child is and how they view the world they live in. The children learn: an appreciation for the visual arts, to understand art as a visual record and expression of mankind, the six fundamentals of art (line, shape, color, texture, space and value) and to create works that are uplifting, edifying and pleasing to God.
Children are exposed to the great music of the masters, and sing with their teacher frequently.
Physical Education Children learn the basics of bdy control, endurance, strength and balance. Cooperation, self control and kindness are virtues that team play allows students to practice.
* The Terra Nova Standardized Test is administered annually and upper school students participate inthe National Latin Exam.
- To develop a desire within each student to strive for excellence in all their endeavors
- To teach a child to be able to think and reason clearly and wisely
- To nurture a love of learning
- To provide an educational formation in full accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church
- To train young minds to ". . . always [be] ready to give an answer to anyone who asks from you
a reason for the hope that is within you . . ." (1 Peter 3:15)
- To prepare children to continue on to high school with self confidence, secure in their faith