Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius by Coëtivy Master. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.
MISSION STATEMENT: Aquinas Classical Academy is an independent high school, obedient to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Under the patronage of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom and St. Thomas Aquinas, the Academy provides an integrated, classical, liberal arts curriculum to form students in faith, reason, and virtue. Its program of study is ordered toward teaching students how to learn and seek truth, so that they become better able to succeed in any path of life, cultivate a well-ordered, joyful society and ultimately, find eternal happiness with God.
THE SEVEN LIBERAL ARTS
Trivium (Three ways) of studying language: Grammar - art of inventing and combining symbols Logic or Dialectic - art of right reasoning Rhetoric - art of persuasive communication
Quadrivium (Four ways) of studying math and science: Arithmetic - theory of discrete quantity (i.e., number) Geometry - theory of continuous quantity (i.e., space) Music - application of the theory of number (to physical sounds) Astronomy - application of theory of space (to physical, celestial objects)
Cf. Sister Miriam Joseph Rauh, C.S.C., The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric (Understanding the Nature and Function of Language), ed. Marguerite McGlinn (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Paul Dry Books, Inc., 2002), 1.
ABOUT US: Aquinas Classical Academy is a 9th-12th grade liberal arts school founded in 2018 to aid parents in their primary responsibility to educate their children:
"As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing a school that will best help them in their task as Christian educators." CCC 2229.
We humbly adopt the classical pedagogy, a tried and true, time-tested model of education that frees man. This liberal education is an education for man as man, a human education. It caters to man's nature as a rational animal, serving his various stages of development: the grammatical, the dialectical, and the rhetorical. Classical education exposes students to the true, the good, and the beautiful. These form their imaginations and their consciences, so students can abstract the truth and act upon that knowledge with virtue. All this takes place under the light of faith and is ordered to contemplating the Divine. Ex Sede Sapientiae (From the Seat of Wisdom), we pursue fides (faith), ratio (reason), and virtus (virtue). Graduates of Aquinas Classical Academy are prepared to enter the best colleges in the country and have a foundation for any direction they take in life.
MAILING ADDRESS: 11010 HARBOR HILL DR, STE B203, GIG HARBOR, WA 98332