Central to the student experience at Lumen Verum Academy is a pledge to retain and deepen the faith of every student and foster their relationship with Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through engaging and relevant in-person student activities with an emphasis on prayer, contemplation, deep discussion, the sacraments, and the lived experience of a Christian community among peers and mentors.
The academic schedule of the school ensures that the doctrinal teachings of the Catholic Church are discussed not only in theology classes but also in all academic courses. This will include the Church’s moral teachings, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and an education in the myriad ways that the Catholic Church has shaped Western culture. Students will learn to appreciate the Catholic commitment to service to the poor and marginalized across the globe, and the Church’s impact on culture through art, music, architecture, law, human rights, and science. Essential to Catholic formation is an education in character formation with a specific emphasis on growing in the life of sanctity through a life of prayer and virtue.
This education in faith and reason will be provided through the core teaching staff in virtual classes and also through academic seminars provided during the school’s in-person days on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Parents may choose one or two in-person days per week.
Additionally, all in-person days will include a Mass or Eucharistic Adoration.
In-person Student Activities
In-person days (Wednesday and/or Saturday) will always include Mass or Adoration and incorporate the four pillars of formation (human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral) as found in Pope St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation, Pastores Dabo Vobis. The format for the in-person days will allow students to develop deep and lasting friendships with fellow students while growing in the tangible expressions of living as disciples of Jesus Christ through the sacraments, prayer, community, discussion, club involement, and their relationships with teacher-curators who exhibit life in Christ. In-person days will also include monthly excursions that will expose students to the wealth of Boston’s historic and educational sites, as well as the beauty of God’s creation through hikes and outdoor explorations.
The student schedule (see below) was designed to attain several key goals:
• An exceptional focus on faith formation, including daily theology classes, Catholicism woven throughout all courses, and daily selections from the Liturgy of the Hours as well as the Angelus, the Examen, and the Act of Contrition. Opportunities for confession will be provided monthly.
• A school day that matches the typical work day and ensures students can receive a full night’s sleep, which is key to their health and ability to focus
• Two full days per week of engaging in-person activities that deliberately is designed to encourage strong and lasting friendships among students
• Ensuring that at no point do students have more than two back-to-back days of virtual instruction
• Daily classroom screen time is capped at three hours per day
• Daily lecture time is capped at three hours per day to encourage students to learn in multiple ways other than sitting through lectures. Most classes are organized as small-group discussions based on the Socratic Method.
• Within each academic time block — typically 50 minutes to one hour in length — half of the time is set aside for student preparation by themselves off-line and half for discussion and review with a teacher/curator online. This shared approach — rather than endless lectures — will encourage students to take greater responsibility for their education and instill the habits of time management, organization, discipline, and independence.
• Students are given a one-hour period per day for homework, in addition to half-hour blocks throughout the day to help them prepare for classroom discussions and review. The combination of the homework period and the student-preparation blocks is intended to make sure students are prepared, but also to reduce student and parental stress related to evenings full of homework.