Welcome to Chesterton Academy
A Joyfully Catholic Classical Education
Inspired by Saint Pope John Paul II, we take as our motto Cultura Vitae, a Culture of Life. We make it our mission to prepare our students to triumph over the materialism and despair that pervade our culture and to accept our Lord's offer to have life and to have it abundantly. Our classical curriculum combines a broad, liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the development of Christian virtues and an appreciation of beauty, through our Three Pillars Model of Intellect, Character, and Spirituality.
As of September, 2020, we opened the virtual doors of Canada's first Online Chesterton Academy, implementing the rich, joyful, and classical Catholic learning developed by the Chesterton Network of Schools.
In September 2021, we add a full slate of Grade 11 courses, and to enrolling Grade 12s we can offer a hybrid program, which prepares students for Alberta Diploma exams while delivering a faithful, classical program.
Briefly, the Chesterton Program provides:
A rich, classical education.
A joyful, orthodox Catholic community of learning.
A path to earning an Alberta High School Diploma (with an open door to Rutherford and other scholarships, post-secondary entrance, etc)
All this without any tuition (for in-province students). We crafted a program which provides these things so parents don't have to make difficult decisions like a classical vs a diploma-granting education. There are enough other difficult choices involved in parenting.
We're excited to be here!
Ad majorem gloriam Dei!
What is Chesterton Academy?
Chesterton Academies across North America (and Italy!) are raising 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 unlocks student’s 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.
Chesterton Academy offers:
- A well-rounded education that develops strong intellectual habits
- A supportive community growing in virtue and holiness
- A catalyst for promoting character and leadership skills
The Chesterton Academy framework includes:
- A four-year, sequential, integrated curriculum with an interdisciplinary, faith-filled approach to all courses, from the Humanities to the Sciences
- Accredited, faithful Catholic teachers
- Programs delivering an Alberta High-school Diploma, delivered according to the philosophy Chesterton Academies are known for.
Our Patron: G. K. Chesterton
The Chesterton Academy of St. Isidore is named for the great English writer and Catholic convert, G.K. Chesterton (1874- 1936). Chesterton is a model for our school because he exemplified the Catholic faith through a life filled with joy, wonder, and gratitude.
Chesterton was considered one of the world’s most outstanding men of letters in the early 20th century. An accomplished essayist, novelist, and poet, he wrote a hundred books on all different subjects. In 1922, he shocked the literary establishment by converting to Catholicism. He was later eulogized by Pope Pius XI as “a gifted defender of the faith,” and there is presently a popular movement to have him canonized. The school has chosen him for its patron because he not only represents the fullness of faith and reason, but also Catholic joy and common sense.