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The Classical Liberal Arts

 
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
— Plutarch

A Timeless Approach

For parents who want to be intentional about choosing the very best education for their children, they can trust the OLMC promise: Our curriculum is carefully designed to give students an encounter with the best of our rich intellectual and artistic heritage. We won’t waste their time – or their minds – on anything less. OLMC students spend their days in the company of giants: the greatest thinkers, writers, scientists, and artists of all time.

We embrace an educational model that has stood the test of time for centuries and continues to be preferred in many of the most elite educational institutions today. The classical liberal arts method emphasizes inquisitiveness and wisdom. In other words, we don’t simply teach students the “right answers;” rather, we train them how to ask the right questions. In this way, they become lifelong learners.

Backed Up by Brain Science

The classical liberal arts method works in collaboration with children’s cognitive development, and our curriculum is intentionally designed to make the most of the various stages of intellectual development. From pre-k through eighth grade, we give our students an age-appropriate and active encounter with the very best literature, philosophy, mathematics, and social and physical sciences. By the time they graduate, students are proficient with these subjects and steeped in the greatest works in human history; as a result, they are intelligent, insightful, and imaginative.

Reinforced by Virtue

At OLMC, truth, goodness and beauty are not merely empty words signifying nothing. They are the guiding stars by which we orient our students — cornerstones on which they begin to build lives of great meaning and service to others. As a Catholic institution, we use these three properties of being to inspire within students an habitual and firm disposition to do the Good. Prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance play a pivotal role in the life of the school, and we strive to maintain an atmosphere in which God can freely infuse faith, hope and love into the soul of every child.

Guided by Experts

Our teachers are dedicated professionals and experts in their fields. They hail from many diverse backgrounds and experiences, but they are unanimous in their enthusiasm for the OLMC approach. All of them have trained extensively as classical liberal arts educators and are passionate about teaching in that tradition. Our students are blessed beyond measure to be learning from such capable and committed instructors.

An Education for All...

Time and again, the “classical liberal arts” method has been proven an ideal approach to education for all children. For academically gifted students, it challenges them to think across subjects, viewing the world as an integrated whole and solving problems accordingly. For students who find school more difficult, classical education engages and interests them: They discover that learning is not a chore but a delight, and they begin to cultivate hidden talents and abilities they never knew they had. 

...Without Exception

 Historically, a classical liberal arts education has been reserved for royalty and the very wealthy. Taught by the brightest minds, it was intended to prepare their children to take their place as the leaders of society. But at OLMC, we strongly believe that education is a matter of justice — the birthright of all. So we take the world-class experience that was once the prerogative of the affluent, and we offer it to all our students. And we meet with unparalleled success: Our families represent a wide spectrum of socio-economic circumstances, yet if you were to spend some time in an OLMC classroom, you would never be able to tell which child comes from what background.

Concilio et Labore

One way we bring out the best in every student is by teaching them Latin from an early age. According to those who administer the SAT, students who take even 2 years of Latin score on average 174 points higher on their SATs. This is no surprise, as Latin affords an ideal understanding of English roots, vocabulary, and structure. And beyond offering success on standardized tests, Latin’s precision provides students with a linguistic tool that cannot be achieved in any other way: they become adept at using the right word, at the right time, in the right context. This teaches them to become masters of persuasion and argument, a talent that will serve them extremely well in any field of study.


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