St. Joseph Academy
|175 Rich Cove Rd.
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Tel: (704) 926-5385
|Founder/Principal: Sister Mary Ruth Masters
St. Joseph Academy
A private Catholic day school nestled in the heart of North Carolinas Smoky Mountains, St. Joseph Academy was established in 1993 for the purpose of providing a Christian alternative to contemporary education.
While classes are combined, individualized instruction is given with special emphases devoted to the individual needs of the pupil. Teachers monitor and evaluate student progress constantly to find instructional methods best suited to the individual needs of each student while striving for excellence and achievement.
Communication between teacher and parent is perhaps the most important element to a successful educational experience; therefore, parents are not only invited to the school at any time, but are encouraged to regularly visit the school and meet with their childs teachers to discuss the childs progress.
Special attention is given to Math and Reading. Phonics and traditional English grammar are emphasized. Foreign languages, History and Geography, Science, Handwriting, Physical Education, Music and Art balance out a well rounded curriculum.
Along with respect for and responsibility to God and Country, students are taught to love and respect themselves, their families, and others.
The goal of St. Joseph Academy is to provide the best opportunity for each student to develop his or her potential, socially and spiritually as well as academically.
St. Thomas More Academy
|3109 Spring Forest Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27616
Tel: (919) 878-7640
Fax: (919) 878-7641
|Headmaster: Deacon Brad Watkins
St. Thomas More Academy
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Member, Catholic High School Honor Roll, Top 50 Schools:
2006, 2007 and 2008
Saint Thomas More Academy (STMA) is dedicated to continuing the vital tradition of Catholic education by integrating the very best academic curriculum with the deepest spiritual wisdom of Catholic Christianity. STMA offers teenagers a vibrant learning community in which to grow intellectually, and also provides the crucial spiritual guidance students need during their adolescent years. Our students are preparing to assume leadership roles as responsible, compassionate and contributing members of society. STMA's ultimate goal is to empower its students as whole persons to love and to serve God as Disciples of Christ.
Saint Thomas More Academy is a private, co-educational, college preparatory high school operated by Catholic laymen. It serves students and their families in the Raleigh, NC area by providing a classical liberal arts education in the Roman Catholic tradition. STMA's small size fosters an environment where students get more individualized attention and are more involved, and a family atmosphere exists where older students assist younger in many different ways. Students are anticipated to achieve academically beyond their expectations, to grow spiritually through study, worship and service, and to become leaders and role models within their secular and church communities by their example and attitudes in their daily lives.
Saint Thomas More Academy provides a classical college-preparatory high school curriculum that fully participates in the Catholic tradition. Our commitment to a classical education, informed by the Catholic tradition, is essential to the formulation of Saint Thomas More Academy's curricula, programs, and policies. The goal of the Saint Thomas More curriculum, simply put, is to produce graduates who can think. In order to accomplish this, we have designed our curriculum around three courses: grammar, logic, and rhetoric (the classical Trivium). As courses of study, these differ from typical subject matter in that they are methods for dealing with subjects.
Freshmen learn grammar through two courses: English grammar and Latin. These skills are reinforced through their sophomore year as they develop their writing prowess. Logical reasoning is taught generally Junior or Senior year, through a logic course that examines the formal structure of logic. Students also learn Rhetoric helping them express reasons explaining their actions and beliefs. This sequence (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) applies to each subject course, including history, mathematics, and science. First, the student masters the grammar, or the basic concepts, of the material; next, he or she learns the logic of how the discipline functions; and finally, through rhetoric, the knowledge is integrated into a conceptually unified whole.
St. Thomas More Academy also provides riches in participation in the sciences. Students learn many of the traditional subjects, but are also exposed on how to apply them in the real world through various clubs and competitions. St. Thomas More Academy believes in educating the whole person. As part of that we have a robust arts program which includes theater, music instruction and art classes. In addition, STMA offers teens various social opportunities such as clubs and sports.
The academy participates fully in all Catholic life. We celebrate our faith through various clubs, retreats, events and through a challenging theology program. By preparing ourselves spiritually and intellectually, we may be able to carry out our motto to give Greater Glory to God
All Saints Academy
All Saints Academy, a Maximum Challenge inclusion school, shall serve God by welcoming families with special needs children, regularly developing children and gifted children, and offering them a classical Catholic curriculum that challenges each student at his/her individual maximum. By creating programs tailored to each child, ASA enables families to keep their children together in faith and education, thereby upholding family unity, while encouraging the development of their souls, their minds and their bodies.
All Saints Academy endeavors to carry out this mission statement established firmly in a philosophy that encompasses the following principles:
1 All students are embraced as members of the Body of Christ an integral part of the Academy.
In 2004, the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), revised their Special Needs Directory, a compilation of what services are offered by various (arch)dioceses across the country to serve as an invitation, to us as bishops, and to our diocesan administrators, pastors, catechists, principals, teachers, and families, to strive constantly to open our doors wider to accommodate the uniqueness of all members of our Catholic family. May Jesus bless and guide those efforts, as we heed his exhortation to Let the children come to me.
Our commitment as Catholics to a culture of life calls us not simply to accept, but to celebrate the special gifts that persons with disabilities bring to our Catholic family.
In 2005, the USCCB also published a document entitled Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium. In this document, dioceses, schools, and persons who have taken the initiative to serve those students with disabilities by providing a Catholic education were applauded and encouraged to continue in this endeavor. It is with this visionary effort along with the presence of a true need in our Diocese that All Saints Catholic Academy has been established. No one should be denied the opportunity to receive a Catholic education. The inclusive philosophy requires that we see the person before we see the disability. This is visible in the emphasis on personalism that John Paul II often emphasized.
2 A Classical Education model offers a rich and complete foundation for learning for all students.
Classical education is a model of education, which dates back to medieval times. It consists of two parts: the Trivium and the Quadrivium. The Trivium refers to the first three instructional stages of this educational model, which correlate to a childs natural cognitive stages of development. All of the Trivium emphasizes the use of reading the great books. It places a priority on words as the foundation of thought. The mastery of words is gained through the careful study of highly inflected languages such as Greek and Latin.
The Trivium consists of:
I. Grammar Stage: The word Grammar refers to the mechanics of language. In this stage, the educational process emphasizes memorization of concrete facts and corresponding to the elementary grades. It capitalizes on a childs natural inclination and fascination with facts. This stage builds the foundation for learning by supplying the child with facts. Therefore in this stage, the focus is on the memorization of math facts, spelling rules, vocabulary building, key figures in history, descriptions, narration, story re-telling, and exposure to classic literature and values. Generally, the Grammar stage comprises grades 1 4.
II. Logic (or Dialectic) Stage: The word logic or dialectic refers to the mechanics of thought and analysis. Students begin to think more critically and ask why. Instruction focuses on cause and effect, relationships among fields of knowledge or facts, the logic of writing (structure/outlining), criticism and analysis, and scientific method. The student is given the logical tools for organizing information. The use of the Socratic method ( posing questions to search for what is true) is employed. Generally, the logic stage comprises grades 5 8.
III. Rhetoric Stage: rhetoric is the use of language to instruct and persuade. (High School Grades)
For the tools of learning are the same, in any and every subject; and the person who knows how to use them will, at any age, get the mastery of a new subject in half the time and with a quarter of the effort expended by the person who has not the tools at his command. Dorothy Sayers, The Lost Tools of Learning, 1947.
3 Parents are an integral component of each childs education.
The Vatican II document Declaration on Christian Education states that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children, and that "their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it." This is echoed in Familiaris Consortio, where it states "the right and duty of parents to give education is essential...it is original and primary with regard to the educational role of others...it is irreplaceable and inalienable and therefore incapable of being entirely delegated to others or usurped by others."
Therefore, the Academy views and encourages the participation of parents in the educational process as a priority. Parents will be expected to contribute their time to the school. Only when parents are integrally involved will the mission of the school be accomplished.
St. Catherine of Siena Parish School and
St. Catherine of Siena Early Childhood Center
|520 West Holding Ave.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Tel: (919) 556-7613 (School)
Tel. (919) 556-4104 (Center)
|Pastor: Rev. Philip Tighe
Principal: Mrs. Christine Preskenis (K-8)
Director: Jane Haga (Early Childhood Center)
St. Catherine of Siena Parish School
St. Catherine of Siena Early Childhood Center
Three and Four Year Olds
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School,
Finding its source and summit in the Eucharist,
Unites with parents and parish,
To model the teachings of Jesus Christ in daily actions,
And to provide for children an education
That forms and enlightens spirit, mind and body.
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School, as a unified body, grounded in its faith in Jesus Christ, extends the teaching mission of the Church to educate children in the love and joy of our Savior. Students from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade are challenged and inspired to achieve spiritual growth, academic excellence, and social awareness. Administration, Faculty and Staff accept the challenge to recognize and support the diverse talents and needs of all students whose families have entrusted their education to this parish school. Encouraged to begin discernment of their vocation now, they will be prepared to lead and light the way for their fellow Catholics into the new millennium.
The instructional program at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School reflects a dual commitment to spiritual formation and superior academic achievement. All subjects are taught according to the guidelines of the Diocese of Raleigh, which are consistent with those of the state of North Carolina.
Subjects taught daily: Religion, Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts Phonics, Grammar, Spelling, and Writing) and Handwriting (through Grade 4)
Subjects taught weekly: Spanish Language, Computer Science, Library Skills, Art, Music, Band, and Physical Education.
Religious instruction and faith development are integral parts of the curriculum for all Catholic schools. Virtues and values are incorporated in this curriculum. Every effort to invite the children more deeply into their faith will be made. Students will be led to understand that God is a part of every aspect of their lives. Religious beliefs and practices will not be just another subject, but rather will be integrated into their entire school day.
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