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Si quis indiget sapientia,
postulet a Deo in fide

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Socrates and the Art of Discussion


Sedes Sapientiae School offers classes conducted in the Socratic or Seminar method in which the students and teacher engage in discussion rather than lecture.


Students and teachers will engage in the great discussions that formed Western Civilization. Discussion topics, such as the nature of man or the existence of God, will aid students to understand the texts and develop critical thinking.


The discussion process also cultivates the important skill of advancing a point of view while challenging others who hold a different opinion - all with a respectful, collaborative attitude ordered to discerning and recognizing Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.


A Great Education Begins With  the Great Books


The Great books – from Ancient to Modern times -- are those books that constitute an essential foundation in Western Civilization. As a Catholic institution, Sedes Sapientiae School hands on to the students what it has received – the great stories of History and Literature, the beauty of the Fine Arts, and the wisdom of Philosophy and Theology.

Sedes Sapientiae School offers classes conducted in the Socratic or Seminar method in which the students and teacher engage in discussion rather than lecture. Students and teachers will engage in the great discussions that formed Western Civilization. Discussion topics, such as the nature of man or the existence of God, will aid students to understand the texts and develop critical thinking. Classes will also have a rigorous writing component, which will include expository and creative writing. In addition, Sedes Sapientiae School will provide fundamental courses in the sciences, music & chorale, mathematics, art appreciation & drawing, physical education, and immersion-style courses in the classical languages.

Spiritual Life


Each day the school begins by praying as a community. Each class begins and ends with a prayer.


Liturgy: Students at Sedes Sapientiae School begin the school day singing and reciting lauds in Latin and English.


Rosary: Each week, the students pray the rosary and other devotions.


Confessions and Exposition/Benediction will be offered regularly, subject to our facility and availability.

Academics


All students at Sedes Sapientiae School will have the following courses, with materials suited to their grade level.


READING LIST BY SUBJECT AND GRADE


THEOLOGY
Grade 6:
The Commandments

  • Following Christ  (Faith and Life Series)
  • Catechisms                                         
  • Books on the Saints


Grade 7/8: The Old Testament and New Testament

  • The Holy Bible (Ignatius)
  • Bible History, Schuster
  • Life of Christ (Ignatius)
  • Our Life in the Church (Ignatius)


Grade 9: The Creed

  • Aquinas Catechism
  • Catechisms of the Catholic Church
  • Holy Bible
  • Youcat
  • Jesus of Nazareth, Benedict XVI
  • Lumen Gentium
  • Pope Benedict’s Wednesday Audience, 23 May 2012
  • Homilies of St. John Chrysostom on Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews
  • Third Letter of Cyril to Nestorius
  • Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday from Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Dives in Misericordia, John Paul II
  • Against Heresies,  Irenaeus
  • Homilies on purgatory and heaven, John Paul II
  • Homily on the Ascension (sermon 74), Leo the Great
  • Redemptor Hominis, John Paul II
  • Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas
  • Catholic Christianity, Peter Kreeft


Grade 10: The Sacraments

  • Mass and the Sacraments, Laux
  • The History of the Church, Eusebius
  • Early Christian Writings, Apostolic Fathers


Grade 11: Christian Idea of Man

  • Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Vix Pervenit, Benedict XVI
  • Nature of Love, Dietrich von Hildebrand
  • Veritatis Splendor, John Paul II
  • Laborem Exercens
  • Rerum Novarum, Leo XIII
  • Humanae Vitae, John XXIII
  • Sources of Christian Ethics,  Rev. Servais Pinckaers, O.P.
  • Quadragesimo Anno, Pius XI
  • Spiritual Life: A Treatise on Ascetical and Mystical Theology, Adolphe Tanquerey, S.S.
  • Current articles in bioethics, various authors.


Grade 12:  The Devout Life
Prayer:

  • Catechisms on prayer
  • Section on the "Our Father" in Way of Perfection, Teresa of Avila


Vocation:

  • Introduction to the Devout Life, Francis De Sales
  • Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, S.J., and St. Claude de la Colombier
  • Rule of St. Benedict
  • Story of a Soul, Therese of Lisieux


Spirituality:

  • Dominican: Rule of St Augustine (study)
  • Franciscan: Little Flowers of St. Francis (poverty)
  • Ignatian: Rules of Discernment, Examen Prayer, Spiritual Exercises
  • Benedictian: Rule of St. Benedict
  • Carmelite: Story of a Soul


Apologetics/World Religions:

  • TBD


SCIENCE
Grade 6 Science

  • The Universe is in My Hands, Mary Daly
  • Book of Trees, Sean Brooks
  • Birds


Grade 7/8:  Natural Science I & II
Astronomy:

  • Exploring the World of Astronomy, John Hudson Tiner        
  • The Stars, H.A. Rey
  • Find the Constellations, H.A. Rey


Geology:

  • TBD


Meteorology:

  • TBD


Natural History:

  • TBD


Grade 9: Science and Faith / Natural History
Faith and Science:

  • The Catholic Church and Science, Benjamin Wiker
  • In the Beginning, Cardinal Ratzinger
  • The Mystery of the Periodic Table, Wiker
  • Creator and Creation, Daly


Natural History:

  • Fabre’s Book of Insects
  • Nature Drawing


Biology:

  • TBD


Chemistry:

  • Prentice Hall Chemistry                     


Physics:

  • Introductory Physics, John D. Mays


MATHEMATICS:

  • Saxon Math 7/6
  • Saxon Math 8/7
  • Algebra I, Saxon
  • Euclid's Elements                   
  • Algebra II, Saxon
  • Pre-Calculus: Advanced Mathematics, Saxon
  • Calculus, Saxon


LITERATURE:

Grade 6: World Literature

  • The Golden Goblet
  • Hittite Warrior
  • God Kind
  • Theras and his Town
  • The Bronze Bow
  • Beyond the Desert Gate
  • Flame over Tara
  • Augustine Came to Kent
  • Son of Charlemagne
  • Otto of the Silver Hand
  • The King’s Fifth
  • The Shakespeare Stealer
  • I, Juan de Paraeja
  • Master Cornhill
  • Madeleine Takes Command
  • The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
  • The Ravenmaster’s Secret
  • The Broken Blade
  • Nory Ryan’s Song
  • The Good Master
  • Snow Treasure


Grades 7/8: American Literature

  • TBD


Grade 9: Greek Literature

  • Edith Hamilton's Mythology               
  • The Illiad, Homer                               
  • The Odyssey, Homer                          
  • Oreesteian Trilogy, Orestes
  • Theban Tragedies, Sophocles
  • Poetics, Aristotle
  • The Great Dialogues of Plato
  • Works of Shakespeare


Grade 10: Roman Literature

  • The Aeneid, Virgil
  • Confessions, St. Augustine
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
  • Plutarch's Lives,  Plutarch
  • Shakespeare's "Corialonus", "Julius Caesar", "Antony and Cleopatra"


Grade 11: Medieval Literature

  • The Dream of the Rood                      
  • Beowulf - Seamus Heaney                  
  • Song of Roland
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • The Divine Comedy, Dante  (Esolen)
  • Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
  • Shakespeare's "Richard III", "Macbeth", "Tempest", "Hamlet", "Midsummer Night's Dream"
  • Dr. Faustus
  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained, Milton
  • American & English Poetry


Grade 12: Modern Literature

  • Early Puritan poetry
  • Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne
  • Arundel, Roberts
  • Pride and Prejudice, Austen
  • My Antonia, Cather
  • Huckleberry Finn, Twain
  • Tale of Two Cities, Dickens
  • Jane Eyre, Bronte
  • Up from Slavery, Washington
  • Death of Ivan Ilych, Tolstoy
  • The American, James
  • Frankenstein, Shelley
  • Picture of Dorian Grey, Wilde
  • Brideshead Revisited, Waugh
  • The Good Earth, Buck
  • Greenleaf, O'Connor
  • Gunner"s Daughter, Undset
  • 1984, Orwell
  • Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Solzhenitsyn
  • Brave New World, Huxley
  • Shakespeare's works
  • American / English Poetry


HISTORY:

Grade 6:  World History

  • Story of the World Series, Baur
  • Book of the Middle Ages (Memoria Press)
  • World of Columbus and Sons, Foster
  • Augustus Caesar's World, Foster


Grades 7/8: US History I & II

  • From Sea to Shining Sea, Zehnder
  • Landmark History of the American People, Boorstin
  • George Washington's World, Foster
  • Abe Lincoln's World, Foster


Grade 9: Ancient Greek

  • Histories, Herodotus
  • History of the Pelopponesian War, Thucydides
  • Rise and Fall of Athens, Plutarch
  • Persian Expedition (Anabasis), Xenophon
  • Great Dialogues of Plato, Plato


Grade 10: Ancient Roman

  • City of God, Augustine
  • The Early History of Rome, Livy
  • The War with Hannibal
  • Maker's Rome, Plutarch
  • Annals of Imperial Rome, Tacitus


Grade 11: Medieval

  • The Era of Christendom Reader (Kolbe)                   
  • Byzantium, Geanakoplos                                
  • Viking Portable Medieval Reader
  • Chronicles, Froissart


Grade 12: Modern

  • Modern History Reader, (Kolbe)
  • A Documentary History of the United States
  • Federalist Papers, Hamilton
  • Democracy in America, Tocqueville
  • Modern Times, Johnson


CLASSICAL LANGUAGES:

Latin:

  • Lingua Latina: Familia Romana,  Hans Ørberg        
  • Lingua Latina: Roma Aeterna


Greek:

  • Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Karen Mohs   
  • Anthenaze I, Maurice Balme and Gilbert Lawall        


LOGIC:
Grades 7/8:

  • Introduction to Correct Reasoning, Polk


Grade 9:

  • Logic, Polk


PHILOSOPHY:
Grades 11/12:

  • Nicomachaen Ethics, Aristotle
  • Physics, Aristotle