Where is Lumen Verum Academy located?
Lumen Verum Academy is located in the Archdiocese of Boston. The headquarters for the staff is located in Braintree, Massachusetts. Activities related to instruction, Catholic formation, and student life will be held at multiple sites across the Archdiocese of Boston.
An absolute “admissions preference” is offered to students who reside in the Archdiocese of Boston. For school year 2021-22, Lumen Verum Academy also may consider enrolling students who reside within a reasonable distance of the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Boston.
Is this a virtual, hybrid, or in-person school?
The answer is “all of the above.” This is not a typical “bricks and mortar” school. There is no building with classrooms to which students are transported every day, saving students and parents substantial daily commuting time.
Daily instruction is held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and will be delivered virtually. Most typically, students will remain home on these days, but students also may participate virtually from family vacations or the homes of friends, fellow students, relatives, or caretakers.
An array of in-person options will be offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays for: Catholic faith formation, Catholic Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, hikes, field trips, student clubs, and special academic seminars. These in-person activities will be offered at multiple locations around the Archdiocese and on two days each week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) to ensure that students will have lots of options geographically to participate in these in-person activities. Students are required to attend Mass or Eucharistic Adoration with fellow students at least once a week.
Lumen Verum Academy will open in September 2021 with sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. The school will add a grade each year until it offers sixth through twelfth grades.
While there is a baseline for tuition at Lumen Verum Academy, we understand that our families come from varying financial backgrounds. Our commitment to families and Christian charity has led us to the principle that no student will be turned away from Lumen Verum Academy for financial reasons. We will work with each family to review all demonstrated need to ensure their son or daughter may attend Lumen Verum Academy in order to receive a quality Catholic education and formation.
What is the curriculum of Lumen Verum Academy?
Lumen Verum Academy will offer a college-prep curriculum focused on providing a classical liberal arts education. The curriculum is based on the Core Knowledge learning standards (not the national Common Core) and is focused on classic texts and Western culture. The religious instruction is based on standards developed by Sophia Institute and is fully aligned with the magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church, specifically the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The teaching of all academic disciplines will also reflect the impact of the Catholic intellectual tradition, consistent with standards developed by the Cardinal Newman Society. The complete standards are available for review upon request by any parent.
What are standards for hiring teachers?
Teachers of all academic disciplines will be required to be devout practicing Catholics consistent with the precepts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. All teachers will be required to take the Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
Will Lumen Verum Academy be accredited?
A new school cannot be accredited until it is in actual operation and goes through a formal accreditation process. All Catholic schools in the Archdiocese are required to be accredited, as soon as is practical after their initial opening, and Lumen Verum Academy will be as well.