"I can not teach anybody anything, I can only make them think"
- Socrates -
The Socratic method of learning is named after the Greek philosopher Socrates and is focused on stimulating critical thinking skills through open dialogue between the teacher and students. The teacher leads the discussion by asking probing questions to draw out the ideas and underlying beliefs of the students, thereby guiding them towards a faithful and factual conclusion. This style of learning keeps students active and engaged as they develop their thoughts and opinions and share them with others. They learn logic and the art of having respectful dialogue with both charity and humility. Students in the logic stage (grades 6th-8th) have their tables arranged in a rectangle allowing them to face each other for frequent group discussions. The Socratic method is also introduced and incorporated in our younger grades during the grammar stage.
EMBRACING THE CATHOLIC FAITH
The academic program at Archangels Academy places an emphasis on an authentic Catholic education. We believe that the kind of education that best serves this purpose is one rooted in the ancient past and is tested by the passage of time. This is why we have chosen to educate our students in the classical model of education.
PARENTS AS PRIMARY EDUCATORS
Parents are the primary educators of their children. Archangels Academy enters into a partnership with parents to educate and form their children. Archangels respects this fundamental principle of education.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Finally, we believe that the faculty and staff are to model the minds and hearts of our Catholic parents, who expect the school to help form their children in the faith and prepare them for a life of virtue and reason. Archangels is dedicated to finding the absolute best faculty to fulfill this mission: passionate Catholics, dedicated to learning, experienced in the classical model of education, and those who understand the close partnership with parents that undergirds an authentic model of education.