Classical Education is a term that refers to the education developed during the Renaissance. It differed from the Medieval education of the time before and it differs from what followed (the scientific/vocational education of modern times). Classical education has the following distinctive marks:
Liberal Education. Liberal Education means students gain a broad understanding of all of the arts and sciences from the best minds throughout history—from the Great Books. The goal of Liberal Education is not to produce good engineers, accountants, lawyers, or doctors, but to form good men and women. Liberal Education is ordered to transmit the best civilization has to offer, and to prepare students to become leaders in their societies – men and women of understanding who can inspire others.
Reverence for Greco-Roman Civilization. Christian Europe inherited from its Greco-Roman parentage a rich cultural tradition of art, philosophy, and governance. Students of Classical Education immerse themselves in the in the reading of this culture, which gives them a firm foundation for their future.
Adaptive. In Classical Education, students take the objective values inspired by the Ancients - the Beautiful, the True, and the Good - andapply them to the challenges of their own times. Through questioning and discussion, students are able to develop their understanding of these timeless values.
Liberal Arts. The subject matter of a Classical school consists of the trivium and quadrivium. Through grammar, logic, and rhetoric (trivium) students develop in language and thought. Through geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, and music (quadrivium), students master truths about an ideal world, which leads to the study of the divine.Preparing for Higher Education. Classical education is ordered to the higher studies of philosophy and theology, but provides a firm foundation for whatever future course of learning or career choice its students might wish to pursue.
Preparing for Higher Education. Classical education is ordered to the higher studies of philosophy and theology, but provides a firm foundation for whatever future course of learning or career choice its students might wish to pursue.
Sedes Sapientiate School adheres to the tenets of the Catholic Faith in recognition of and obedience to the Magisterium. To that end, faculty, administrators, and Board Members of Sedes Sapientiae School take the Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and the Profession of Faith every year.
Although we are an independent school, not organized or run by any diocese or parish, the School was founded and is run by lay Catholics who are deeply committed to their faith and to the Church.
Sedes Sapientiae School is following the successful model of The Lyceum in South Euclid, Ohio. Founded over 8 years ago, The Lyceum has grown steadily, offering its unique Classical Catholic Education in the Cleveland area. Sedes Sapientiae School is bringing that same academic and cultural model to Northern New Jersey. Luke Macik, the headmaster at The Lyceum, is on the Board of Advisors for Sedes Sapientiae School.
The Lyceum proves the power of what Sedes Sapientiae School offers, as we offer the same type of education. It is what we will be. We encourage you to visit the website of The Lyceum to see the sort of success that comes from a Classical Catholic Education:
Sedes Sapientiae School is accredited by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS). NAPCIS applies their trusted rigorous standards of excellence in academics and Catholic identity to accredit private Catholic and independent schools schools.
Sedes Sapientiae School is also a Member School of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE). The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education exists to help Catholic educators. They are devoted to understanding the Church’s educational tradition that stretches back to the very beginnings of the Church and its encounter with the highly developed classical system of education. They study carefully the Magisterial documents on education and the contemporary situation so that they can help today’s Catholic schools benefit from the strengths of the tradition. They look at secular education to discover what can be learned from it while avoiding the dangers of pluralism, relativism, and vocationalism. The Institute helps Catholic educators understand, experience, and share their vision with their students and schools.
Sedes Sapientiae School is are a North East test center for the Classic Learning Test (CLT).
The CLT is a an alternative college entrance examination to demonstrate a student's proficiency in Reading, Writing, and Math. The CLT has been developed especially for Liberal Arts high school students, as an alternative to the SAT and ACT.
All our students participate in the National Latin Exam and in the National Greek Exam sponsored by the American Classical League (ACL). Each year are students have consistently won honors from the ACL.
Experience the richness and wisdom of a Classical Education faithful to the academic, theological, and spiritual heritage of the Catholic Church. Application form is here>>