“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Lk. 10:21)                                      “Seek first the kingdom of God” (Mt 6:33)                                      “As a child has rest in its mother’s arms even so my soul.” (Ps. 131:2)                                      “Do whatever He tells you.” (Jn. 2:5)                                      “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” (1 Sam. 3:10)                                      “Everyone of us needs a half hour of prayer each day, except when we’re busy, then we need an hour.”                                      “Quo Vadis?”                                      “Lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.” (Mt. 6:20)                                      “The chief purpose of theology is to provide an understanding of Revelation and the content of faith. The very heart of theological enquiry will thus be the contemplation of the mystery of the Triune God.” (St. John Paul II, Fides et Ratio)                                      “No man can serve two masters.” (Mt. 6:24)                                      “Enter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.” (Mt. 7:13)                                      “By their fruits you shall know them.” (Mt. 7:16)                                      “Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock.” (Mt. 7:24)                                      “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father in not in him.” (1 Jn. 2:15)                                      “The fundamental difference between religious and other forms of education is that its aim is not simply intellectual assent to religious truths but also a total commitment of one's whole being to the Person of Christ.” (The Catholic School)                                      "During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with incomparable love." - St. Francis de Sales                                      “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)                                      “Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattices. My lover speaks; he says to me, ‘Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!’”(Song of Songs 2:9-10)                                      "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant." (Lk. 1:46-48)                                      "During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with incomparable love." St. Francis de Sales                                      "Remember that good confessions and good Communions are the first steps to a sound education."-St. Don Bosco                                      "A school without music is a school without a soul, for music aids education. It is a most effective means to obtain discipline, morality, and help good feeling..." - St. Don Bosco                                      "Frequent Communion and daily Mass are the two pillars of education." - St. Don Bosco                                     

Curriculum

Living Nazareth uses a Classical Curriculum complete with Theology, Philosophy, Literature, Rhetoric, History, Government, Economics, Math, Science, Foreign Languages, Music, and several electives. The Theology/Philosophy class for each grade meets every day as well as the 9th grade foreign language class. All other classes meet every other day. The 9th grade curriculum is meant to introduce and refine necessary academic skills and reasoning which will serve students throughout their remaining years. The later years will build on this foundation for an in-depth study into particular topics. The goal all the while will be to teach students how to become life-long learners, developing the skills necessary to carry their learning and research outside the classroom, reason well from premises to the conclusions they logically entail (and recognizing fallacious conclusions), and to "put on the mind of Christ" so as to form right judgments about the world around them and within them.

We strive to have our English, History, and Theology/Philosophy classes overlap and integrate with each other so that students can constantly be exposed to the sapiential dimension of human knowledge and thus grow in true wisdom. These classes will make extensive use of several primary sources (including art) from the relevant periods to aid in this instruction and give students an intimate look into the people, places, and events being studied. Some of the authors we read include St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis de Sales, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Therese, St. John Chrysostom, Chesterton, Belloc, Lewis, Tolkien, Shakespeare, Dickens, Aristotle, Plato, Homer, Cicero, Dante, Dostoyevsky, Hugo, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Lincoln, just to name a few. Electives may include further exploration into any of the core subjects (an additional class in science, math, literature, etc.) or may be used to pursue other interests (sports, music, woodworking, etc.). Please see the outline below for more detailed class information (This outline is meant to provide a sense of the expected trajectory for the course of study for the average student. Every effort will be made to accommodate the schedule to best suit the needs of particular students):


9th Grade

Theology/Philosophy (Focus: Sacred Scripture and Epistemology)

Foreign Language I

Math (depending on student level)

Universal Science

History and Government (Focus: Ancient World)

English (Focus: Analysis, Synthesis, Research, Grammar, & Composition)


10th Grade

Theology/Philosophy (Focus: Creed, Sacraments, and Metaphysics)

Foreign Language II

Math (depending on student level)

Science (either Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)

History and Government (Focus: Early Christendom)

English (Focus: Literature and Poetry)

1 elective


11th Grade

Theology/Philosophy (Focus: Devout Life, Contemplative Theology, and Philosophical Anthropology)

Math (depending on student level)

Science (either Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)

History and Government (Focus: Revolutions in the West and Early American History)

English (Focus: Rhetoric, Debate, and Public Speaking)

Introduction to the Fine Arts

1 elective


12th Grade

Theology/Philosophy (Focus: Moral Theology, Ethics, and Apologetics)

History and Government (Focus: Modern Period and Economics)

English (Focus: Literature and Poetry)

4 electives