"The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful."
A classical education at The Good Shepherd Academy gives students exposure to rich academic content, broadens their view and experiences, and prepares them with skills and wisdom that they will use for the future. It is a complete, comprehensive education that has a record of successfully educating generations. Classical education distinctively cultivates students who can develop facts into arguments and convey these arguments clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing. It develops independent learning skills by teaching students how to learn, enabling them for further pursuits.
Classical education is taught using the fundamental structure of the Trivium which is divided into 3 stages: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. These stages coincide with a child’s natural development therefore teaching methods focus on the natural stage of maturation, maximizing the learning that is possible. The word classical refers to the structure and form of the education as well as the content of the curriculum including the knowledge and appreciation of Western civilization, great works of literature and art, Latin and Greek studies, all of which enables an understanding of human history and human thought and achievement. A classical education in the Catholic tradition builds a firm foundation of knowledge and reason with an inclination towards virtue. It expands a student's natural openness to wonder and awe, increasing recognition and reverence of truth, goodness and beauty. We believe that reverence will ultimately lead into a love for Jesus Christ, who is Truth, Goodness and Beauty incarnate.
"The sole true end of education is simply this; to teach men how to learn for themselves..."