We would like to share with you two important documents that help define Holy Family Academy's objectives and approach, as well as the ends we are striving to achieve.
Mission & Purpose
Holy Family Academy is a private, independent classical liberal arts academy, providing students in grades K-12 with a truly outstanding education in the classical liberal arts in an environment that is conducive to the formation of the whole person.
Supporting families as the primary educators of the student, we continue the development of spiritually centered lifelong learners, who are academically prepared, effective communicators and productive citizens of an increasingly global world. As educators and ministers, we promote a vision of live that gives witness to faith beyond the school setting.
Aside from regular instruction in Theology, Holy Family Academy students receive an education that proceeds from an integration of faith and reason. There is no academic subject that is able to be taught divorced from the teachings of the faith or split off from the mind of the church. The school holds fast to the principle that all the sciences, philosophical disciplines, and arts are ultimately handmaidens to Theology. Ultimately to form students who are able to live, defend, and grow in their faith, demands that they study all subjects grounded in the habit of scientific and philosophical thinking that is most properly the mind of the Catholic.
Our purpose is to cultivate wisdom and virtue by nourishing the souls of our students on all that is true, beautiful, and good, so that, in Christ, the student is better able to attain the noble end for which he was created – to know, love, and serve God.
We aim to graduate young men and women who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding, who reason persuasively and articulate precisely, who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in the light of Tradition and Sacred Scripture, and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God. We desire them to recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical, and to be unswayed towards evil by the former. We aim to find them well-prepared in all situations, possessing both information and the knowledge of how to use it. We desire they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious; equipped with and understanding the tools of learning; desiring to grow in understanding, yet fully realizing the limitations and foolishness of the wisdom of this world. We desire they have a heart for the lost and the courage to seek to dissuade those who are stumbling towards destruction; that they distinguish the one true religion established by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from all others; and that they fully possess and live out the former, knowing, loving and serving God in word and in deed. And all these we desire them to possess with humility and gratitude to God.
We likewise aim to cultivate these same qualities in our staff and to see them well-paid so that they may make a career at Holy Family Academy. In these times of unprecedented attacks on the traditional family, we desire them to model fidelity to the Truth and virtuous behavior, to be strong witnesses by professing and living out our Catholic faith – in particular, core teachings on marriage and family (e.g., marriage, chastity, contraception, abortion). We desire them to be professional and diligent in their work, gifted in teaching, loving their students and their subjects. We desire that they clearly understand classical education, how it works in their classroom and how their work fits into the whole; that they possess a lifelong hunger to learn and grow; and that they have opportunity to be refreshed and renewed. We desire to see them coach and nurture new staff and to serve as academic mentors to students. We look to see them mature in Christ, growing in the knowledge of God, their own children walking with the Lord.
We aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of responsibility for the school and to see them well-informed about the goals of our classical and Christ-centered approach to education. We desire them to grow with the school, involved in and excited about the journey, serving as role models for our staff and students. We aim to help them embrace Catholic virtues and biblical principles in addressing concerns, to be inclined to hearing both sides of a story before rendering a verdict, and to embrace the Scripture’s injunctions to encourage and stir up one another to love and good works.
Finally, in our relationship with our community, we aim to be above reproach in our dealings with our fellow man and be supportive of the local business community. We further seek to exemplify the unity of the body of Christ, to develop greater fellowship and understanding with others, and to bring honor to our Lord in all our endeavors.
Note: Adapted from School Start-Up Notebook, Page 12, with permission from Association of Classical and Christian Schools, Moscow, ID Copyright 2013