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*What is Aquinas Classical Academy (ACA)? Aquinas Classical Academy is an independent co-educational high school using an integrated, liberal arts curriculum to form students in faith, reason, and virtue.
*Are you an archdiocesan school? We are a private, independent school and, as such, are not classified as an archdiocesan high school.
*Which grades are being offered? Our 2021-2022 opening school year, we started with a freshman and sophomore class. This fall (the 2022-2023 school year) will incorporate a junior class, and by the 2023-2024 school year, the school will be open to all four high school grades.
*What is classical education? Classical education can be defined as: the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty by means of the seven liberal arts along with the Great Books of Western Civilization.
*Is Aquinas Classical Academy a homeschool co-op? No, ACA is a full-time high school and is on the list of approved private schools for the 2022-2023 school year published by the Washington State Board of Education.
*Where is Aquinas Classical Academy located? Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Bremerton has kindly allowed us to use their JP2 Youth Center, although our mailing address is still in Gig Harbor. The permanent location is being actively sought.
*Will colleges accept your transcript? Yes, colleges will accept our transcript. The curriculum sets a high standard with an abundance of high school credits which exceed state requirements.
*How do you choose your faculty? Faculty are chosen according to their ability to contribute to the Catholic culture and lively academics of the school. We look for teachers who love Christ and live out the Catholic faith in their daily lives. Academically, we look for teachers with an expertise and love for their subjects as well as their students. We also look for familiarity with classical education because of the specific skill set it requires.
*What is the annual tuition? Tuition has been set at $7,275 for the 2022-2023 school year. Because of factors such as inflation, this rate will increase modestly each year.
*Do you offer financial aid? Yes, to the extent that funding allows. This great blessing is made possible by the generosity of our donors.
*Is there a dress code? Yes, students have a full uniform. The school colors are red, black, white and gold. Girls wear white or yellow dress shirts, plaid knee length skirts, plaid sailor ties and burgundy sweaters. Boys wear white or yellow dress shirts, grey pants, plaid ties, and burgundy cardigans. Black blazers are required for mass days and full dress uniform days.
*What can I do to help? Please pray for our school. In addition, there are many other ways to help. In order to keep tuition affordable, we subsidize our costs by the generous donations of the community. Please see our SUPPORT page. Another way to help is by spreading the word to the larger community. If you want to help in a more particular way, please send us a note here or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAILING ADDRESS: 11010 HARBOR HILL DR, STE B203, GIG HARBOR, WA 98332