Our mission at St. Benedict Classical Academy is an ambitious one. We partner with parents as we strive to cultivate intellectual and moral virtue in children in the pursuit of academic excellence. Virtue, the pursuit of intellectual and moral excellence, is something we take very seriously at SBCA, that we teach intentionally and then seek to integrate into both academic study and into the life of the school. Why? Because worldly success without virtue doesn’t make for a flourishing community or a flourishing individual. Students can only truly excel—become their best selves, the people God intends them to be—if they strive to learn and put into practice the habits of mind and heart that enable them to develop strong moral character, an internal compass that guides them to use their gifts not for themselves, but in service of God and others, for the common good.
For this reason, we believe young children ought to be steeped in, and surrounded by, the goodness, truth, and beauty of the Catholic Faith, and the riches of classical literature, poetry, art and music, within a community of faith-filled families. This is what makes classical education distinctive: classical educators understand that some things are more excellent than others, more good, true, and beautiful, and so more worthy of our time. As St. Paul tells the Philippians: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
This distinctive kind of education requires—and thereby inculcates—good habits of the intellect and of the will. And this is why classical education is best integrated with the Catholic view of the person: created good because in the image of God—and called to greatness, to sanctity—but in need of guidance, encouragement, and the wisdom of faithful, loving, and joyful teachers for their proper formation.