Narrating a story similar to that of Saint Agnes School in Minnesota, another Catholic school is finding success in its newly adopted classical curriculum and renewed emphasis on Catholic identity.
St. Anthony Catholic School in Sterling, Colo., nearly had to close a tthe beginning of this academic year after 95 years of existence, but it was saved through the generosity of benefactors, according to an article by Catholic News Agency.
Principal Joseph Skerjanec and others in leadership decided that the School needed to “re-explore [its] Catholic roots in education.” The community is supporting the School in its efforts—St. Anthony has raised $1.1 million for the 2014-2015 academic year.
St. Anthony adopted a curriculum that incorporates the trivium –grammar, logic and rhetoric—and is focusing on an education that teaches students how to think and how to develop virtues, according to CNA.
Two people who are influential in strengthening the curriculum at St. Anthony are affiliated with Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide. Tutor Andrew Seeley of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., is credited with training the school’s staff in how to teach a classical curriculum.
And a first-year teacher at St. Anthony, Abbey Daly, is a graduate of Wyoming Catholic College in lander, Wyo., where she learned from a classical curriculum. Daly brings her first-hand experience into her middle school classroom as she teaches literature, history, logic, Latin and grammar.
CNA reports that Daly explained the importance of classical education “not as a means of getting ahead in life, but as simply a way of being happy no matter what you do in life – farming, or driving a truck, or being a lawyer, whatever God is calling you to be. Latin, learning history this way, learning philosophy and logic, are helpful no matter what God is calling you to do.”
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