The Language Arts curriculum is entrusted to St. Catherine of Siena. St. Catherine of Siena was a member of Dominican order and a valiant woman of faith. She was taught how to read and write by Our Lord Himself. The astonishing results of this miracle are the Dialogue, a classic treasure of the Catholic Church forever. Her feast day is April 29.
Language is the student’s most important tool, for without language there would be no communication. Spiritus Sanctus Academy seeks to help in developing the communication skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – so that students can become effective human beings and gain confidence and competence in their own abilities to use their language effectively.The curricular goals for language arts include, but shall not be limited to, the following: A thorough comprehension of the mechanics of English language and usage, demonstrated in a clear ability to write well; Exposure to and development of the ability to appreciate different types of literature.
The Mathematics curriculum is entrusted to St. Matthew the Apostle. He is the patron saint of accountants and bookkeepers because of his writing skills and his role as Roman tax collector, which required ability with numbers. The feast of St. Matthew the Apostle is September 21.
Mathematics reflects order and unity in God’s universe and deals with truth; therefore, it plays an integral role in Spiritus Sanctus Academy. Mathematics also contributes to the development of the whole person by enriching one’s life and providing a practical tool for daily living.
Every student needs an understanding and knowledge of the basics of mathematics which play a role in the pursuit of other academic career subjects. Contemporary society demands a kind of mathematical knowledge which helps students develop their ability to reason and to think critically and logically, as well as to discover creative ways of solving problems.The curricular goal for mathematics is to provide the students with an understanding of mathematics commensurate with their ability and age level.
The Science curriculum is entrusted to St. Albert the Great. St. Albert was a member of the Dominican Order and one of his famous pupils was St. Thomas Aquinas. Steeped in biblical and theological studies, St. Albert could see the hand of God in all creation. Therefore, when he turned to the study of the natural sciences, he saw all things with the ‘eyes of faith’. He was among the first and greatest of natural scientists. He gained a reputation for his expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, botany, astronomy, geography, metaphysics, and mathematics. The feast of St. Albert is November 15.
In science, the students have the privilege of learning about all of God’s creation from a Catholic Christian perspective. The emphasis is placed on the dignity and sacredness of the human person and the respect that is due to all forms and stages of life. Students are taught to take responsibilities for their actions and to be stewards of God’s creation.
Drawing from the students’ natural curiosity and enthusiasm, they are given the opportunity to make discoveries by participating in hands-on activities, to investigate, make hypotheses, test ideas and draw conclusions. They are also challenged to develop skills in gathering, categorizing, quantifying, and interpreting information. The use of critical thinking skills enables them to analyze situations and draw conclusions based on facts and realistic discoveries.
Formed by the natural sciences from a Christian viewpoint, the students will be able to distinguish between scientific and technological advances which enhance the dignity of mankind and creation and those which disrupt the beauty and simplicity of God’s creation and contradict the dignity of the human person and the natural moral law.
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 279-327; 2292-2295; 2415-2418. The curricular goal of the Science curriculum is to provide the scientific principles and procedures and the ethics that should guide those principles.
The Social Studies curriculum is entrusted to St. Theresa of Lisieux. Although St. Theresa lived as a Cloistered Carmelite nun, she is the patron of missions because of her love for each individual soul created in God’s image and likeness. Indeed she possessed a Catholic world perspective shaped by the Church’s teaching and inflamed with God’s love. Her feast day is October 1.
The unique aspect of teaching Social Studies from a Catholic perspective is that the emphasis is placed on the dignity and sacredness of the human person. The students’ perception of the world and its political, cultural, and religious dimensions will be shaped by the teachings of the Catholic faith with an emphasis on its social teachings.
By sharpening the analytical abilities of the students in identification, definition, and resolution of social problems, they will acquire a Catholic global perspective which will move them to recognize and accept responsible membership in the world community. The curricular goal for Social Studies is to provide students with an accurate perception of the world and its political, cultural and religious dynamics.
The Physical Education curriculum is entrusted to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Blessed Pier was a member of the Third Order of St. Dominic and prayed the Rosary three times a day. He was an able skier, never missing making a visit to the Blessed Sacrament after skiing. He was also fond of swimming, rowing, and bicycle riding. He died at the age of 24 and is a model for Christian athletes. His feast day is July 4.
Physical education is an integral part of Spiritus Sanctus Academy philosophy of educating and developing the whole person. The human body, as St. Paul states, is the temple of the Holy Spirit; therefore the Catholic Church views the body as having its play, like the soul, in giving glory and homage to God the Creator.
Participation in physical activities contributes to the development of self-confidence, self-mastery, and the virtues. Likewise, it fosters an appreciation of God’s gift of life and movement. The curricular goal for physical education is to provide recognition of the values of good health and physical fitness.