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The curriculum at Aquinas Academy combines the traditional insights and proven practices of classical education with the best practices of modern instruction. Our curriculum is designed to help students form their minds and hearts to know and love what is beautiful, good, and true; to know who they are as human beings and as Christians; and to act accordingly.

The word “curriculum,” taken directly from Latin, refers to the academic “running course” that a school designs for its students. In keeping with our classical and Catholic roots, the curriculum that we have designed for our students is a “running course” that lasts a lifetime and has a finish line in the next life.

Goal of Education

The goal of education is to help children grow into mature adults. Accordingly, we strive to help our students develop, as much as possible, the attitudes, perspectives, sentiments, virtues, skills, knowledge, wisdom, and faith that they need in order to flourish in this life and to be with Almighty God forever in the next.

Western civilization is grounded on the knowledge, insights, and wisdom gained through Greek and Roman philosophical reflection and then, for the last two thousand years, through Christian philosophical and theological reflection. At the center of Western culture, as the source of everything that is beautiful, true, and good, stands the Incarnate Word of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As both Creator and Redeemer, He is the cause of both reason and faith and the foundation for their fundamental integrity and unity.

Although we take our goals, methodology, and much of our course material from the time-tested classical tradition, we remain cognizant of and obliged to meet or exceed the standards of both the State of Wisconsin and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Furthermore, as an important part of our history, the curriculum proposed by the NCE (National Consultants for Education) has served and will continue to serve as a guideline for designing many of our classes.

Our expectation is that an awareness of what other Catholic schools are doing, and even what public schools are doing, will help us continue to push beyond them in pursuit of ever greater academic excellence. Although far from being the most important indicator of academic excellence, the fact that our amazing reading and math standardized test scores place our little classical Catholic school among the top 15% of schools in the nation suggests that we are doing rather well.