“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Corpus Christi Academy is a new Catholic high school in the classical tradition in Charleston, South Carolina. Our goal is to open a school initially serving 9th grade students in Fall 2021. The school will grow each year with the inaugural class to form a small cohort-style academy of high school students offering a classical, liberal arts education. Primary source texts will be the students’ ultimate teacher, with expert faculty present to guide and facilitate discussion. Corpus Christi Academy will thus rely on books and conversation rather than screens.
CCA recognizes that parents are the first teachers and the home the first school. We place importance on students’ time at home to grow and learn with their families. For this reason, we will limit homework to only that which is reasonably necessary. We also recognize that growth in mind, body, and soul takes place outside of the classroom. It is with this spirit we envision frequent excursions into the beauty of the Lowcountry and exposure to the rich cultural activities available in Charleston, such as museum exhibits, plays, and concerts.
CCA is a place where young people enter seeking truth and leave ready to share with others the ultimate Truth, Jesus Christ. Our school trains young people in virtue and academic skill, to love what is good, and thus to lead souls to truth.
Corpus Christi Academy’s mission is to cultivate a community of lifelong learners with love for Christ, the Church, and their neighbor. We seek to spark the natural curiosity in a student through an intentional, ordered, and integrated classical curriculum that leads the student to yearn for truth, beauty, and goodness. The curiosity and passion modeled by instructors ignite a student’s desire to ask questions and to engage in intelligent discussion with peers, skills which will enable a lifetime of seeking and learning. As part of the Ordinariate Catholic community, we form our young people to pursue truth through cultivating practices of virtue in mind, body, and soul. We strive to build a foundation for successful lives with our four educational pillars:
Sacred Wisdom Academic rigor in the liberal arts is essential to the formation of rational and virtuous people. Our education is in the Classical model which teaches the student to write and speak intelligently, clearly, and with grace. The curriculum trains students in the art of reason through the study of subjects such as mathematics and Latin. The curriculum broadens the mind and trains students to participate in intelligent conversations by allowing them to engage directly with great thinkers of the past.
Sacred Music Music is an integral part of the patrimony of English Christianity. Singing has been an essential expression of faith and worship for centuries. Music education is central to CCA’s curriculum and provides a point of integration to other core subjects.
Sacred Art Art is taught in both appreciation and creation. The student can study and appreciate the fruit of centuries of worship within the Christian tradition.
Sacred Worship The first education of the soul is not conducted by programs but by the Word of God and liturgical life. CCA follows the rhythm of the Church through morning prayer, the sacraments, and the celebration of feast days and other liturgical traditions.
Corpus Christi Academy is an apostolate of Corpus Christi Catholic Community, a parochial community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter – a non-territorial diocese in which the patrimony of Anglican liturgy and spirituality is preserved, nourished, and renewed “as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared” (Benedict XVI, Anglicanorum coetibus). Our name recognizes the importance of the true Body of Christ in all we do, including educating our children.
The Canterbury cross depicted in our logo hearkens back to our English patrimony. The red found in our school colors represents God’s love and the Feast of Corpus Christi. Light blue represents heavenly love, the pursuit of beauty, and our Holy Mother.
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