The school day at OLMC Academy is interwoven with the practice of virtue. Students must not only be well educated, but well rounded, especially gaining a an understanding and love of the Catholic religion. You can download the complete 2017-2018 OLMCA High School Curriculum here.
The goal of Catholic education is to form the man of sufficient character to live the good life. For this to be accomplished there is required not only a deep knowledge of the truths of the Faith, their basis, reasonableness and consequences, but also a true penetration of the will and the imagination with the spirit of Christ.
Our Theology courses from Grades 9 to 12 aim to provide a deep understanding of the Faith adapted to the adolescent mind which is on a quest for truth and understanding. Just as the simple elements of English and Math are no longer enough for the adolescent mind, so also the elementary truths of the Faith must be developed in a way adapted to a newly questioning mind. The OLMC graduate should leave convinced not only how to live his life and why, but also how to defend and spread the Faith.
Courses include: Theology 1, Theology 2, Theology 3, and Theology 4
The purpose of language is to clearly express ideas. Ideas should be clear in mind and well articulated in speech and writing. The human intellect is limited by its ability to categorize and to express thoughts. Competent communication of the English language translates into competent thought. Therefore, language studies are essential to a student’s intellectual formation, regardless of what future direction of study he may choose after school.
The study of English literature is presented as a quest for truth, goodness, and beauty. Good literature is not that which is merely well written and constructed, but rather that which, to the exposition of truth about God, about man in all his aspects, and about nature, is joined beauty of form and style. Classics of literature are presented in a way to educate the ability to discriminate between truly great literature, lesser forms, and bad literature.
In accordance with Pius IX’s instruction “Inter multiplices”, pagan works are not ignored, but are expurgated of gross content prejudicial to the age development of the student.
Courses include: English Literature 1, English Literature 2, English Literature 3, and English Literature 4; English Expression 1, English Expression 2, English Expression 3, and English Expression 4
Before a graduate practices a profession or trade, he must be first a thinking human being with a wide knowledge of philosophy, history, and culture, and the ability to practice the musical and fine arts. Crucially, the Humanities program seeks to inculcate the vital skill of discernment between truth and falsehood, good and evil, and between beauty and ugliness.
Due to their size and scope, the humanities are further broken down into separate plans as follows:
Philosophy plan, which include courses: Philosophy 1, Philosophy 2, Philosophy 3, and Philosophy 4
History plan, which include courses: History 1, History 2, History 3, and History 4
Latin plan, which include courses: Latin 1, Latin 2, Latin 3, and Latin 4
Music plan, which include courses: Music 1, Music 2, Music 3, and Music 4
Mathematics can serve to lay the foundations for a strong intellectual life in many ways. The most important aspect of mathematics is that it combats scepticism and uncertainty in adolescents. In other words, it answers the question: How can anything we are learning be true with certainty?
The Math studied here is based on the very successful “Cambridge International” program and requires rigorous mental exercise. In eleventh grade students must make a choice between two routes: Statistics and Pure Math or Consumer Math and Data Management. Students who are interested in university level studies should choose the challenging Statistics and Pure Math route.
Courses include: IGCSE Math 1 and IGCSE Math 2
Option 1: Pure Math 1 and Statistics 1
Option 2: Consumer Math and Data Management
The focus of the Science Program is to prepare students for the kind of methodical thinking that will assist them in approaching problems with confidence in their lives. The experimental method is taught as one way to approach the unknown in the natural world. A study of the sciences will assist students in knowing what it feels like to learn something through experimentation and be able to apply it with beneficial results in the physical world.
Experimental science, by definition, cannot touch the final cause which is the cause of causes. Logical thinking can present theories for science as well. Students are shown that experimental science is a rigorous, valuable way of obtaining certain knowledge, but it is not the only way.
Courses include: IGCSE Chemistry, IGCSE Physics, IGCSE Biology, Open Science, Astronomy
Not all lessons are suitably taught in the structured classroom environment. Some require more hands on or interactive instruction. These courses are essential for ordering the leisure time of our students and for directing them to their proper place in society.
Courses include: Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, and Art 4; Sport; Civics; and Career Guidance