Essential Principles of Classical Pedagogy
Festina Lente (make haste slowly)
The Academic Mentor works to ensure mastery of each step of learning, and does not
advance students to further study until mastery has been reached.
Multum Non Multa (much not many)
The Academic Mentor prefers to teach a few things deeply and well rather
than cursorily covering many things that will not be mastered.
Repetitio Mater Memoriae (repetition the mother of memory)
The Academic Mentor understands that regular repetition and review is
necessary to acquire mastery.
The Academic Mentor understands that classical education aims first for
the formation of a human soul and thus seeks to cultivate each student by
bodily pathways and not only by rational means.
Songs, Chants, and Jingles
The lower school Academic Mentor regularly (daily) employs songs,
chants, and jingles to help students master important information.
Wonder and Curiosity
The Academic Mentor understands that all learning should be stimulated and
motivated by a student's natural wonder and curiosity about God, the world, and ourselves.
The Academic Mentor's lesson plans reflect her effort to develop student
virtues such as love, humility, courage, temperance, constancy, diligence, and patience.
Schole, Contemplation, and Leisure
The Academic Mentor understands that contemplation and reflection are
necessary for students to deeply understand and love various manifestations
of truth, goodness, and beauty.