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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.

An Independent College Preparatory Middle/High School
Si quis indiget sapientia,
postulet a Deo in fide

Spiritual Life

Each day the school begins by praying as a community. 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.  Mass is available weekly to our students and faculty.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction occurs every First Friday.

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


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


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

  • Catechisms on prayer
  • Various readings by the Doctors, Fathers, and Magisterium of the Church


  • 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


  • 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

Grade 6 Science

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

Grade 7/8:  Natural Science I & II

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


  • TBA


  • TBA

Natural History:

  • TBA

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
  • Pre-Socratics

Natural History:

  • Fabre’s Book of Insects
  • ​Lorenz's King Solomon's Ring
  • Nature Drawing


  • TBA


  • Prentice Hall Chemistry
  • Supplementary readings of the great men of science                    


  • Introductory Physics, John D. Mays


  • Saxon Math 7/6
  • Saxon Math 8/7
  • Algebra I, Saxon
  • Euclid's Elements                   
  • Algebra II, Saxon
  • Pre-Calculus: Advanced Mathematics, Saxon
  • Calculus, Saxon
  • Supplementary readings of great men of science and mathematics


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

  • TBA

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
  • Undset's Gunnar's Daughter
  • 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
  • Mass of Brother Michel
  • 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


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


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


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

Grades 7/8:

  • Introduction to Correct Reasoning, Polk

Grade 9:

  • Logic, Polk

Grades 11/12:

  • Nicomachaen Ethics, Aristotle
  • Rhetoric, Aristotle