Classical Education

Two elements define classical education: a philosophy or world view and a pedagogical approach.

 

A Clear Philosophy

 

At SLSW we believe that every educational system teaches an inherent set of values. The school should instill values that are consistent with the ones received at home. We believe that standards of right and wrong exist in all subject areas; therefore, students should be taught to make judgements accordingly. We recognize the essential contribution of Western culture as preserved and shaped by the Catholic Church. It is that Western Catholic heritage that we must prepare our students to pass on to the next generation.

 

A Bold Pedagogical Approach

 

At SLSW we strive to bring the young to their highest possible potential, therefore we hold to educational standards that have a clear record of success. Because human beings need to have integrated personalities, they should be taught in an integrated way. Students should learn beyond the subject; content, information is not the goal. The goal is wisdom.

 

Why Latin matters

 

When studying Latin, you study several subjects at the same time.

 

  • Professions steeped in Latin vocabulary: law, medicine, science, music, art, philosophy, and theology. Romance languages are all forms of Latin.

  • Educational virtues: the study of Latin requires concentration, analysis that develops a student as a student.

  • 50% of all English words come from Latin (90% of all polysyllabic words).

  • The regular grammar of Latin is ideal for shedding light on the way English grammar works; and an increased vocabulary and understanding of grammar enables students to write and read with greater ease and clarity.

  • To have access to the great authors in their own tongue is not only a great formation, it is also a pleasure

 

The language of the Church

Latin is venerable on account of its origin and antiquity. It was the language in which the praises of God resounded from the lips of Christians during the first centuries. A sublime and solemn thought fills us when the holy Sacrifice is offered with the same words in which it was offered in times long past, even in the obscurity of the Catacombs. Unlike the language we use daily, Latin is not subject to change, to that continual process that wears down a language; it is the perfect vessel to receive the unchanging formulas of the Catholic faith.

 

Latin as an academic tool

According to those who administer the SAT, students who take 2 years of Latin consistently score an average of 174 points higher on their SAT’s.

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