Holy Family Academy
by natural and divine law the right and duty of educating offspring belong primarily to those who, having begun the work of nature by begetting children, are absolutely forbidden to leave the work they have begun and expose it to inevitable ruin. For this most necessary task of education the best possible provision has been made in marriage, where the indissoluble bond between parents ensures their collaboration and mutual help in that work will always be available.
-Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii
Holy Family Academy is dedicated to assisting families in the education of their children in a manner that enhances strong family life. We recognize the fathers and mothers of students as the God-ordained teachers of their children. Hence, we shall strive to cooperate with parents in giving the educational background that they truly desire for them and that the children deserve as sons and daughters of their parents on earth and of God above.
Being given this responsibility calls the Holy Family Academy to strive to help you form children in the light of Christ; that is, to permeate your childrens environment with Catholic truth. Therefore, the entire curriculum will be directed to mirror Catholic truth in contrast to the attempt of the secular world to permeate a childs environment with moral and aesthetic relativism, with economic socialism with ideas that isolate, and collectivize the child into communal confusion.
The primary function of this school is to give your children the truth, which is an understanding to the level of their capability of who they are and why they are here, and of what they are and why they are here, and of what they ought to do. It is to give a clear understanding of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Ten Commandments, and the Beatitudes, the Sacraments, the Saints, and all the everlasting and unchanging truths of the Catholic Faith. These are to be taught and understood as objective truths and not presented as mere opinion or warm feelings. C.S. Lewis Abolition of Man gives a clear presentation of the dangers of subjectivism in education. He articulates the need for a clear presentation of objective values in both ethics and aesthetics.
|A NAPCIS Accredited School
|7644 Dynatech Court
Springfield, VA 22153
Tel: (703) 924-3996
|Principal: Joe Ammirati
Grades PreK - 8
Where the truth of Catholic teaching takes flesh in young lives.
In 2000, the Woman's Apostolate to Youth, a Public Association of the Christian Faithful in the Arlington diocese, founded Angelus Academy. This independent, non-profit school serves Catholic families in Northern Virginia by supporting parents in their sacred mission to transmit the rich and time-tested traditions of the Catholic faith and culture in a familial atmosphere characterized by mutual respect and generosity of spirit.
Angelus Academy desires to root its curriculum firmly in the reality of God's good creation, training the mind to seek the truth, the emotions to love the beautiful and the will to choose the good. To this end, we are continually working to shape a curriculum that stresses the existence of objective truths, enduring moral values and lasting standards of excellence. We seek to encourage the development of these enduring values in our young students by showing them how they have been embodied in great minds, great works and especially, in great lives throughout our entire curriculum. We are one of a select group of schools using the the challenging Core Knowledge Curriculum as its primary foundation for academic formation. We also use Saxon Math, Saxon Phonics (K-3) and the Faith and Life Series from Ignatius Press. We believe these materials provide the best opportunity for putting into practice the curricular principles we espouse.
Our pre-K program, Little Messengers, provides a carefully prepared environment that invites children to live with traditional virtues and Catholic values, thus allowing each little one's spirit, mind, body and character to develop to his or her fullest potential. The program includes the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the use of the liturgical year as a structure in which to teach the lives of the saints and Catholic values. The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence provides the basis for academic formation.
Sodalities for parents meet monthly, offering opportunities for spiritual enrichment and service to the school.
Commending ourselves to the patronage and prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Incarnate Love, and St. Gabriel, Angel of the Incarnation, we invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we seek to cultivate in every child:
a foundation for personal integrity and moral courage by encouraging personal prayer and devotion to Christ, to His sacraments and to His saints as winsome and compelling embodiments of Christian virtue;
a reverence for the sanctity of human life, regard for the dignity of every person and loyalty to the family, expressed in obedience to competent authority, empathy and respect for one's fellows, and compassion for all who suffer;
a taste for excellence and a love for what is lasting and authentically beautiful in all aspects of human culture as the basis for the wholesome development of the creative imagination;
a broad and rigorous intellectual formation through the training of the faculty of reason and a disciplined quest for the truth in every area of life.
To these ends Angelus Academy employs teachers who recognize that no testimony is more eloquent or convincing than personal witness and are therefore committed to their own ongoing intellectual and spiritual formation.
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