What is the Regina Chesterton Academy?

A Rich & Rewarding Classical Honors Program

The Regina Chesterton Academy is an honors level tract that uses a classical curriculum and is open to all motivated Cardinal O’Hara students.

The goal of a Catholic, Classical Education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue through the study of the Classics, the Liberal Arts, and the Catholic Faith, in order to pass on the heritage of Western Civilization and prepare students to be leaders in the New Evangelization. Although many educational models today focus on how to do and what to think, we aim to teach students how to think (wisdom) and what to do (virtue). We aim to provide students much more than just college placement and vocational training.

We help them to discover and achieve what the Greeks called eudaimonia – a life of flourishing, meaning, and purpose.

The Hallmarks of a Regina Chesterton Academy Education At Chesterton Academy, we create environments where students encounter Christ and experience His love, so they can, in turn, share His love with others.

Daily Mass, pilgrimages, spiritual retreats, and individual spiritual direction are incorporated into the life of the school. Students have the unique opportunity to experience an integrated life, a life of faith lived out in community.

It is our sincere aim that each student comes to understand and embrace the truth of why they exist: to know God, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world and be happy with Him forever in the next .

Regina Chesterton Academy approaches education in a particular way to meet this aim: 

  • An Incarnational Environment.
    The central truth of the Incarnation is the central truth of the Chesterton Academy education. From history to theology to math and science, the Incarnation is the central mystery we explore across the entire curriculum. It is our prayer and desire that each student would personally experience the Incarnation; that Christ would grow and mature within the heart of each student.
  • A Joyful Learning Environment.
    At Chesterton, we seek to create environments where students experience the joy of community, the joy of the discovery process, and the joy of learning. We work to provide students with an opportunity to live out their spiritual life and grow in holiness in an atmosphere of joy and fun. We hope to inspire lifelong learners, committed to building up joyful communities of faith as they mature into adulthood.
  • Rediscovering the Lost Tools of Learning.
    Education should be about becoming a more fluent reader, a more eloquent writer, a better communicator. Our curriculum is centered on skills seemingly forgotten in our modern society – reading, writing, oral presentations, and the development of critical reasoning skills through the study of logic and philosophy. Through the transfer of these vital skills, we prepare men and women to lead and to succeed, positioning them to transform the culture, to lead the nation, and to make all things new in Christ.
  • The Socratic Seminar.
    Learning happens in the shared discovery of ideas. The Socratic seminar is perhaps the oldest educational tool and the most highly regarded educational format. Through this method, a teacher imparts knowledge through directed questions and guided dialogue, bringing ideas and knowledge to life. Knowledge gained in this way is more meaningful to the student, makes a greater impact, and can be retained more easily than rote memorization.
  • A Focus on Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.
    Classical education can be described as the cultivation of wisdom and virtue through meditation on the good, the true, and the beautiful. Our classical curriculum combines a broad, liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the development of Christian virtues and an appreciation of beauty. It is our hope that our students will be able to proclaim the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Catholic faith as they encounter an increasingly dark and skeptical world, so desperately in need of Jesus Christ.
  • The Wit and Wisdom of G.K. Chesterton.
    Regina Chesterton Academy is named for the great English writer and Catholic convert, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936). G.K. Chesterton is a model for our school because he exemplified the Catholic faith through a life filled with joy, wonder, and gratitude. In him, we have one of the best guides for navigating the modern world, through his wit, his clarity, his kindness, and his ability to love people with whom he disagreed, while sharing the truths of the faith in Christian charity. These are all characteristics we aim to cultivate in the Chesterton Academy student.

How do we hope to accomplish these goals?

  • Classes focus on reading classical texts, thorough in-class discussion , and developing superior writing skills .
  • The curriculum has an interdisciplinary approach: the curriculum is designed so that the classes compliment each other and build on one another.
  • We develop critical thinking skills through the study of Logic, Rhetoric, Philosophy, and Latin.
  • There is a strong emphasis on Catholic Identity through the study of Scripture, Church Doctrine, the History of the Catholic Church, and Western Civilization.
  • Through prayer, example, witness, and close partnership with the parents.

Students who participate in the program do not pay any extra tuition. Math, Science, and Electives are offered through the normal program. RCA students participate in all activities that are open to Cardinal O’Hara students and are leaders throughout the school.

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