CHARLESTON—A new Catholic high school with a curriculum based on faith and classic texts is coming to Charleston.
Corpus Christi Academy, opening in fall 2021, will offer a high school education based on the classical model, with both virtual instruction from home and in-person classes. The goal is to move to more on-site instruction in 2022. The school will begin with ninth-graders in the fall and add a grade each year.
Parents from Corpus Christi Catholic Community started discussing ways to offer their children a classical Catholic education back in 2019, and plans continued during the pandemic. The parish meets in downtown Charleston and is part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a non-territorial diocese that preserves Anglican liturgy and spirituality.
Father Patrick Allen, pastor of Corpus Christi, asked Nicole Koopman, a former history instructor at the College of Charleston, to become head of the new school in 2020.
Koopman received a classical education when she was growing up and already knew the positive effects the approach could have on young people. She believes the classical model will not only help prepare Corpus Christi students intellectually for a successful life, but also give them a solid spiritual and emotional foundation as well. The school’s curriculum will be built around the Catholic liberal arts tradition, with students reading and discussing classical works related to each subject and also being immersed in the history, tradition and teachings of the Church.