Our Programs

Program Overview

Chesterton Academy of St. Isidore is a new classical high school in the Catholic tradition opening Fall 2020. We will raise up a new generation of joyful leaders and saints, educated in the classical tradition and the truths of the Catholic faith.  Our rigorous, integrated curriculum will unlock student potential and prepares students to succeed in college and professional life, and to excel in service of family, of country, and of Christ our Lord.


 

Great Books at Chesterton Academy of St. Isidore

Humanities at Chesterton Academy

GRADE 9: ANCIENT WORLD

GRADE 10: EARLY MEDIEVAL PERIOD

GRADE 11: HIGH MIDDLE AGES TO THE RENAISSANCE

GRADE 12: MODERN WORLD

 

LITERATURE

Our study of literature is tied to the study of history and the rest of the humanities. Students are first introduced to classical epics of Homer and then exposed to early English classics such as The Canterbury Tales and modern literary renderings of medieval history. Moving towards the modern period, they read Dante, Shakespeare, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Chesterton, and American Literature. Reading and writing go hand in hand, and each student masters the art of the essay in their writing assignments in all subjects.


HISTORY

The history classes at Chesterton Academy form the backbone of our curriculum. The four-year history sequence covers ancient history through the Greek and Roman civilizations, early Church history, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation and Counter reformation. In senior year, students study the modern era, including the American and French Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, the Communist Revolution, and the Sexual Revolution. Each history course is tailored to provide a colorful backdrop for literature, art, and science classes, and also contains components reflecting our Canadian context.


PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy, “the love of wisdom,” exercises the brain while it elevates the soul. The ability to understand abstract concepts leads to clear and systematic thinking in all things. We use philosophy to connect the humanities, but also to show its obvious connection to logic and mathematics. We study the development of philosophy from its classical roots focusing on Plato and Aristotle, its dramatic encounter with the early Church, its christening by St. Thomas Aquinas, and its deterioration in the modern era.


THEOLOGY

Theology, “the study of God,” is the context by which all other texts are studied. The principal theological texts studied are the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We also read selections from the Church Fathers, Documents of the Church Councils, and Papal Encyclicals.


FOREIGN LANGUAGE

The study of a foreign language is required of all students for three years. All students are required to take two years of Latin and then go on to choose Latin III and IV, or a study of French as a Second Language.

Math & Sciences at Chesterton Academy

 

MATH

Mathematics is the art of measuring. Science is the study of what can be measured. While math is woven together with the sciences, it is also connected to the humanities. It teaches logic, which is a basic philosophical principle. It teaches balance, which is a basic aesthetic principle. Math at Chesterton Academy covers Euclidean geometry and algebra, all the way through advanced Calculus.

MATH SEQUENCE

Foundations Track: Euclidean/Analytical Geometry - Algebra I - Algebra II/Trig - Pre-Calculus or Statistics

Grade 9: Math 9
Grade 10: Math 10C (Common)
Grade 11: Math 20-2
Grade 12: Math 30-2


Academic Track: Euclidean/Analytical Geometry - Algebra II/Trig - Pre-Calculus - Calculus

Grade 9: Math 9
Grade 10: Math 10C (Common)
Grade 11: Math 20-1
Grade 12: Math 30-1 (+ a Calculus option)

 


SCIENCE

Science is the study of the physical world, that is, of God’s creation. None of these subjects can be approached without a sense of wonder. It is fitting, therefore, to begin by looking up at the heavens, at the lights in the sky: Astronomy. Then we take a look at the world God created (Geology), the creatures he created (Biology), the intricate substances of which all things are made (Chemistry), and the nature and properties of matter and energy (Physics).

Students in Grades 9 and 10 all share a common track.  In Grade 11 students can choose focus courses (any or all) and/or continue the generalist route.  That means, in Grades 11 and 12, students can choose anywhere from one to four courses (based on interest or plans for post-secondary studies.)

SCIENCE SEQUENCE

Grade 9: Astronomy and General Science 9
Grade 10: General Science 10
Grade 11: General Science 11 and/or Focus Track 11 (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
Grade 12:General Science 12 and/or Focus Track 12 (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Fine Arts at Chesterton Academy

Fine Arts at Chesterton Academy

 


MUSIC

Music appeals to the ear and the mind, the emotions and the intellect, the senses and the spirit. Chesterton Academy students are exposed to a wide variety of music that they perform chorally several times a year. An education at Chesterton includes music theory, performance (submitted electronically), ear training, note reading, and musical analysis. Music history is taught according to the grade level with an emphasis on music development within the Church, and corresponds to the historical period in which the students are immersed. Students are expected to involve themselves in their parish choirs and/or community choirs.


ART

A complete education must include the development of the creative nature and must provide students with the tools and the technique with which to express their ideas, their feelings and their love. It must also include the analytical skills with which to judge a work of art and exposure to great art. Finally, the mechanical skills and the aesthetic aptitude must be put into the proper context of eternal Truth. A good artist is a complete thinker and vice versa. The influence of the arts in today’s society cannot be overstated, and this is why art is mandatory at Chesterton Academy all four years.

ART HISTORY AND STUDIO ART SEQUENCE

Grade 9: Ancient Art History | Drawing and Calligraphy
Grade 10: Late Roman and Early European Art History | Pastels and Colors
Grade 11: Late Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque Art History | Oils
Grade 12: Classical, Romantic, and Modern Art History | Oils


DRAMA

The dramatic arts are particularly powerful in our present culture where movies and the media are often the primary source of knowledge and ideas for many young people. Drama involves the study of how words are brought to life, and in order to successfully do this on stage the actor must learn to see the work as a whole, to understand the author’s vision and the time in which it was written. In other words, the actor must learn to be a good literary critic, philosopher, and historian. Drama ties together the information students learn in the classroom and asks them to actively participate in its performance.

At the Chesterton Academy of St. Isidore, students will collaborate on video and audio productions, including works like radio plays.

PERFORMANCE SEQUENCE

Grade 10: Comedy
Grade 11: Drama
Grade 12: Shakespeare