An Exceptional Environment of Faith and Learning

Lumen Verum Academy will provide a unique educational experience that will retain and enrich your child’s faith, provide an exceptional academic program, and prepare them to be independent learners. 

Our educational philosophy is rooted in the conviction that human beings are made by God in His image, with a desire to seek and know the Truth. As Catholics we believe that this search finds its fulfillment in the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Our educational program is designed to enable students to learn in a manner that honors their God-given desire to become free and joyful members of a community of faithful learners striving for growth in wisdom. 

Co-Principal Karen Celano on Personalized Education

Rooted in Faith and Tradition 

At Lumen Verum, our students’ faith will be enriched by daily prayer offered three times a day; a faculty and staff that consists of devout, practicing Catholics; a curriculum that embeds Catholic teachings across every academic subject; and an uncompromising commitment of fidelity to Church teachings. 

The school embraces the Catholic intellectual tradition and the Western canon. While other schools are “canceling” classic texts, we embrace students learning from the incredible works of literature, art, and science that are our common heritage. Lumen Verum Academy will provide a classical education focused on the best that has been thought and written. We believe that these texts and ideas are our students’ inheritance, and our educational program strives to help them see themselves as active participants in this ongoing legacy of intellectual inquiry. 

Supporting Students’ Natural Development

Education at Lumen Verum will naturally complement our students’ intellectual growth with appropriate teaching methods and a schedule that meets their developmental needs. We believe that children have the innate capacity to be active participants in their education, rather than empty vessels filled through endless lectures. Typical class instruction will consist of small-group, Socratic discussions, in which teachers serve as curators and guides rather than as dispensers of information. Students will be expected to engage with rigorous material and to come to class ready to question, wonder, and learn with and from one another. Substantial time will be allocated during the day to enable them to prepare to be full participants in class conversation. Small class sizes will ensure that each child has plenty of opportunities to participate, and teachers will be available throughout the day to provide support and assistance.

The school day will match the typical work day, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will ensure students are engaged in focused activities during the work day, and the 9 a.m. start reflects extensive research that shows students learn better with a school day that more closely aligns with the circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycles) of adolescents. Since academic instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday is virtual, students will not waste considerable time on a daily commute to and from school. 

Complementing Family Life

We also believe that education should serve as a complement to students’ family life. Thus, students will be given time during the school day to complete most if not all of their “homework,” eliminating the daily tension around parents getting their children to do their homework each night. Evenings will then be available for students to engage with their families. Each evening, parents will be given daily reports on what their children are learning, making parent-student discussions of school at the dinner table more substantive and interactive.

Cultivating Community

Our unique model allows us to complement our academic programming with rich opportunities for cultivating community and friendship outside of the classroom. The in-person days on Wednesday and Saturday (parents may pick one or both) ensure that students will develop lasting friendships and participate in engaging activities and field trips along with attending weekly Mass or Adoration. 

Prudent Use of Technology 

We believe that the best education comes when students are given the opportunity to engage with the best scholarship. Our unique model will utilize technology to give students access to distinguished guest lecturers from across the English-speaking world and to create a sense of a genuine intellectual community among students that we will draw from across the Archdiocese. The technology platform we will use will be dramatically more engaging than those typically used in other settings during the pandemic.

At the same time, we also want children to learn to detach themselves from technology and embrace the written word in a book that they can hold in their hands, experience the outdoors and physical activities, and engage with friends and have meaningful conversations with their parents and siblings. To aid in this healthy approach, we are capping classroom screen time at just three hours per day. 

http://academics/grade-8/We also are transparent about what we will be teaching. The academic program for Lumen Verum Academy is explained here,  here, and here for our opening grades as is a sample student schedule.

The in-person student schedule (see below) will be utilized every Wednesday and Saturday, and was designed to attain several key goals:

  • Provide opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experiences that will complement and enhance their academic studies.
  • Celebrate Mass and/or Adoration as a community.
  • Develop relationships with fellow students, staff, priests and religious.

Sample Lumen Verum Student Schedule

Arrive at destination and prepare for Mass
Celebration of Mass.
Field trip to historic site, museum, hiking trail, etc.
Angelus & Lunch.
Field Trip Continues.
Examen and Evening Prayer.
5:00pmParent Pickup.

The virtual student schedule (see below) was designed to attain several key goals:

  • An exceptional focus on faith formation, including regular theology classes and prayer throughout the day.
  • A school day that matches the typical parent workday, with a later start time that ensures students can get the rest they need.
  • An effort to ensure that students have a balance between asynchronous and synchronous work, both on and off the screen.
  • Plenty of opportunity for social and intellectual interaction with peers with in-person days on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Plenty of opportunity to receive feedback and guidance from teachers.
  • Time built into the school day for homework and check-ins with teachers and advisors.
  • Flexibility after 3:30pm to allow students to engage in activities outside of school (town sports, enrichment classes, etc.)

Sample Lumen Verum Virtual Student Schedule

Optional Wake-Up Workout.
Get your brains and bodies physically ready for the day!
Morning Prayer with full school community.
Gather on LVA On-line to hear the Gospel and a brief reflection. Offer your day up to God.
Watch a video lecture on the Trojan War and take a quick online quiz on Canvas to prep for our Socratic discussion tomorrow.
Gather on LVA On-line to listen to each other's speeches.
Work on your problem set for the first 20 minutes, then sign into LVA On-line for the last half hour to review as a class with your teacher.
Angelus with the whole school, followed by Lunch.
Take a break with a lunchtime club!
Physical Science.
The teacher will be guiding you through a demonstration of inertia using ping pong balls and springs, with materials that were distributed to you last week so you can follow along at home!
You watched a video lecture last time, so today you'll sign in and discuss with your class and the teacher. Then you'll begin work on your own essays!
Yesterday you read John Paul II's Letter to Artists and wrote our questions about the text. Today you'll gather on LVA On-line for a Socratic discussion on the topic.
Advisory and Homework.
Today you've got your weekly check-in with your advisor. Tomorrow a guest lecturer is coming to speak, so you might use your time to write a few questions for him and post them on the community discussion board. You might also check in with your Latin teacher to make sure you're on the right track with your translations.
Examen and Evening Prayer.
Gather with your school community on LVA On-line to say goodbye and end the day in prayer, thanking God for the gift of the day.

Sample Lumen Verum Student Schedule