THE LYCEUM'S MISSION & PHILOSOPHY
The Lyceum has as its mission nothing less than the formation of a liberally educated Catholic lady or gentleman. Broadly stated, The Lyceum aims to produce graduates who, having been formed by Catholic western civilization, then become bearers and guardians of that civilization. In more specific terms, the Lyceum aims to prepare its students not only for successful performance in excellent colleges, but to prepare students who will be a “leaven” in the world. Most importantly The Lyceum seeks to form students who will become lifelong learners in a joyful pursuit of the Truth who is Christ.
The Seven Liberal Arts
The Seven Liberal Arts, comprised of the Trivium (Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric) and the Quadrivium (Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy, and Music), are so named because they are those subjects which one ought to study in order to be truly free. They order the students minds, allowing them to think critically and to discern what is good, true, and beautiful in the world in which they live.
At The Lyceum, we have a curriculum that infuses these arts into a college preparatory track, allowing our students to prepare for college, while still nurturing those intellectual virtues that allow them to think for themselves.
The Socratic Method and Great Books
The Socratic Method, sometimes called the Seminar Method, is the style of teaching that uses discussion rather than lecture. In a lecture class, a student sits and receives information from the lecturer. This is a passive experience that lends itself to recitation rather than understanding. At The Lyceum, our students, with the aid of their teachers, engage in those timeless discussions that formed Western Civilization, such as the nature of beauty and whether one can prove the existence of God. Discussing such things themselves not only gives our students a greater understanding of the material, but it trains them to think critically and discern truth for themselves.
The Great Books refers to those works that are the foundation of Western Civilization. They are the writings of the greatest thinkers of the last 25 centuries. Wherever possible we at The Lyceum forego textbooks in order to read these authors directly, exposing students to those titles that have proven to be timeless and that touch on issues that are constantly part of the human experience.
Aside from regular instruction in Theology from The Catechism of The Catholic Church (as well as from Fathers and Doctors of the Church and excellent Catholic Authors), Lyceum students receive an education that proceeds from an integration of faith and reason. There is no academic subject that is able to be taught divorced from the teachings of the faith or split off from the mind of the church. The school holds fast to the principle that all the sciences, philosophical disciplines, and arts are ultimately handmaidens to Theology. Ultimately to form students who are able to live, defend, and grow in the faith, demands that they study all subjects grounded in the habit of scientific and philosophical thinking that is most properly the mind of the Catholic.