The purpose of the Academy’s curriculum and components is to instill in the students’ intellects a devotion to truth, to bring the students’ wills under the direction of their intellects, and to place their appetites and passions under the control of their wills. This inter-disciplinary approach informs our teachers’ approaches to instruction, and its principles are two-fold: (1) the perfection of the human intellect in its ability to know, to reason, and to express itself and (2) the formation of the will to adhere to what is good and right. To achieve the intellectual development of its students, the Academy employs the classical curriculum, the educational program which has produced the greatest works of culture and the great advancements in the sciences. The formation of the will and the moral development of students is dependent upon discipline, both of the student and teachers.
The Academy utilizes a “preventive” system based on the three pillars of reason, religion, and kindness. Discipline erupting from anger and passion is inconsistent, arbitrary, and unfair; it confuses and embitters the child rather than correcting and instructing him. When reason dominates the teachers’ actions, discipline is measured and consistent, fair, and constructive. Our instructors not only require right behavior in their students, but demonstrate it in their own actions and lives. Moreover, kindness makes virtue attractive. It is the love of Christ expressed through us, His human creatures. Our teachers express care for students by rejoicing with them in their prosperity, comforting them in adversity, and supporting them in their challenges.