Grades 9-12

Liberal Arts Education

The ultimate goal of the High School is to prepare students to become what God is calling them to be. It is vitally important that High School students are exposed to a wide range of topics and fields of knowledge in order to make sure that every door remains open to them. A broad curriculum forms well-rounded students who are capable of positively impacting whatever social environment they enter. Teachers point students towards the magnanimous thinkers of the Western tradition while allowing students to discover the universal truths that have guided and shaped our modern world.

During the final phase of the classical curriculum - the "Rhetoric stage" - a High School student is challenged to write and speak with persuasion, clarity, and originality. Building upon the foundations and logic of the earlier stages, students learn how to express their observations of the truth and subsequent opinions with conviction and confidence. By this point, students are capable of discovering that all knowledge is in fact interrelated. Therefore, students will often study American literature alongside United States History. Students are also challenged to examine the relationship between two seemingly unrelated types of knowledge, such as science and theology (bio-ethics).

In the humanities subjects (literature, theology, and social studies), the Socratic method is the primary mode of instruction, whereby discussion is fostered through questioning. Students prepare for the class by completing required reading assignments and teachers aim to facilitate learning by capitalizing on the interest and passions of the classroom. Seating arrangements are typically circular in shape, thereby cultivating an atmosphere that is conducive to productive discussion.

The school is also equipped with a science laboratory, computer lab, and art room.

Core Curriculum Sequence

Grade 9

  • Literature and Composition: American/British Classics I
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Biology
  • Western Civilization
  • Foundations of Catholicism and Christian Discipleship
  • Latin I

Grade 10

  • Literature and Composition: American/British Classics II
  • Geometry or Algebra II w/Trigonometry
  • Chemistry
  • Government and Politics and United States History I
  • Old Testament and New Testament
  • Latin II or French I or Spanish III (Latin I pre-requisite)

Grade 11

  • Literature and Composition: Great Books I
  • Algebra II w/Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, or Engineering
  • United States History II
  • Catholic Morality and Catholic Social Teaching
  • Latin III or French II or Spanish II

Grade 12

  • Literature and Composition: Great Books II
  • Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Business Math, or Statistics/Trigonometry
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, or Engineering
  • Apologetics
  • Senior Seminar

Service Portfolio

At Mount Royal Academy students are introduced to Christ's command to serve and love one another. This mission and the theology behind it are learned not only in the classroom, but also by modeling our behavior and actions accordingly. Therefore, students in each grade level are expected to complete a minimum number of community service hours. Their work is encapsulated in a portfolio that is begun as part of the freshmen Theology curriculum and is completed for credits. The service complements both the academic experience and the Christian identity of the Mount Royal community.

Students are encouraged to explore volunteer opportunities in their own communities and in areas of particular interest to them. However, the school also helps coordinate service opportunities with different local charities. Here are a few examples:

  • Listen Community Services - MRA has committed to bringing volunteer students every other month to the LISTEN Community dinners in White River Junction, VT. Students are responsible for preparing, serving and cleaning up a meal for those who are in need.
  • Dismas Home of New Hampshire - Students have participated in clean-up days for this charity. Dismas Home shelters and trains those who have recently been released from prison.
  • Sunshine Diner in Newport - Students join the Newport Moose Lodge in providing a warm meal on a Sunday afternoon to anyone who would like to attend.