"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts."
--C. S. Lewis
The High School 2020-2021
We are offering a full curriculum for high school students (approximately aged 14-17 by August 15) meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-3:15. At home assignments include reading, writing, and mathematics. The weekdays off from class should be used for studying, pursuing personal interests, physical exercise, or earning skills at a paid job.
Tuition for The High School Core $3400 includes the following:
The Saint George School's program of Spiritual Formation includes daily prayer, singing of traditional hymns, the study of the Bible, and weekly chapel.
This class fulfills the requirements for literature and history classes.
9th-10th Grades: The Ancient World
We will examine the ancient idea of arete through the eyes of such timeless thinkers as Homer, Sophocles, and Plato. Our history study will include biographies Greek and Roman heroes from Plutarch and early Christian heroes such as Saint Anthony.
11th-12th Grades: The American World
We will examine the American idea of "happiness" through the eyes of thinkers such as
Melville, Longfellow, Elliot, and Miller. Our history study will include primary source texts and biographies from writers such as Locke, Madison, Jefferson, and Roosevelt.
Students study the appropriate level of mathematics with our math specialist.
This class prepares students for college level writing by training students to write a formal academic multiple-source thesis according to the standard and style guidelines of MLA. In addition, attention is paid to the standard conventions of grammar and punctuation, author's voice, and rhetorical devices, so papers are correct, appropriate, and elegant. All students will complete a research paper using data bases to access peer reviewed journals. Expectations concerning the length of the paper and the number of resources required will vary based on the age of the students.
9th-10th Grades: Heavens and Earth
12th-12th Grades: Chemistry
Students participate in the school choir, learning the Sol-fa method of singing.
The Life of the School:
High school students participate in all school wide (K-12) events including Grandparents' Day (an opportunity for singing), Christmas Corralling (an opportunity to reach out into the community), Rabbie Burns Day (an opportunity to recite poetry and build community), The Feast of Saint George (an opportunity for recitations and celecbration of accomplishments), and The Shakespeare Festival (an opportunity to participate in a production of a play by the Bard).
Additional classes that can be added:
Performing Arts: The Children's Shakespeare Academy
Recommended for students 9-18
The Shakespeare Academy does shows year round through our Enrichment Program.
Each student will get a part in a production of play by William Shakespeare. Students learn the basics of acting, working in a cast, and the meaning of Shakespeare. With stage, sets, and costumes, the final performance is a night to remember!
What Should a High School Do?
An informal survey is likely to reveal that most people are not "using" their college degrees in the way they expected. Few people, except for traditional professions such as lawyers and doctors, can say that their degree pointed to their current career path.
When preparing children for their adult lives, no parents can predict their children's future occupations. In fact, in some cases, today's children's careers may not even be invented yet. If these assumptions are accurate, then what should a high school do to prepare a child for life?
It should provide a generous liberal arts education that teaches students to have a relationship with a wide range of ideas from a variety of disciplines; it should teach them how to read, think, write, and speak; it should train them in the good habits that make life full; it should form their loves so that they treasure the best and shun the worst; it should also give them opportunities to try their hands at employment. Most important of all, it should nurture spiritually deep people who exercise their poetic imaginations with the aim of obtaining wisdom.
All of this can be accomplished through a truly liberal arts education, the traditional kind of education for the free soul. A liberal education should prepare a person to be, think, and do what is True, Good, and Beautiful when leisure is available. We are not what we do, but we do pour who we are into all of our thoughts and actions.
Studying Great Books and mathematics is a part of that education, but so is having conversations with teachers and other students, thinking and speaking, writing and creating. Children are persons and best encounter the world side by side in relationship with mentors and peers, rather than in relationship with screens.
Will a liberal arts education help a student get good SAT scores? Will it help a child get into a college and have a career? Yes, since a liberal arts education seeks to study the best of our heritage, but if we truly understand a liberal arts education, we should also acknowledge that SAT and college admission are peripheral outcomes. Our greatest care ought to be directed at forming whole people, at educating the heart.