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Liberal Arts Education
The ultimate goal of the high school is to prepare students to become whatever God is calling them to be. It is vitally important that high school students are exposed to several 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 into. 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 are 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. Students come to class having prepared the readings, and teachers aim to facilitate classroom discussion by capitalizing on the interest and passions of the classroom. Seating arrangements are typically circular in shape, thereby cultivating an atmosphere this is conducive to productive discussion. The school is also equipped with a science laboratory, computer lab, and art room.
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Core Curriculum Sequence
At Mount Royal Academy students are introduced to Christ's command to serve and love one another. This mission and the theology that supports 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.