A Classical course of study for your children.


The Homeschool Enrichment Programme complements the vocational mission of homeschooling parents by providing academically challenging courses in a deeply committed Catholic community. Holy House provides a rigorous course of studies faithful to the doctrine and teaching of the Catholic Church, which enlighten and inform all areas of the curriculum. Understanding our faith and the ideas that shaped Western civilization allows our students to deepen their belief and expand their understanding of the world. We strive to maintain an environment in which our students can learn both the joy of intellectual inquiry as well as the perseverance required for true study. Our curriculum is rooted in the classical tradition.

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Daily Schedules

Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:15–3:45
Two Day a Week Programme for Junior, Intermediate and Senior students.


Primary Division: Grades 1-3

Junior Division: Grades 4-6

Intermediate Division: Grades 7-9

Senior Division: Grades 9/10-12 


The daily schedule for all Primary Division students at Holy House will include story time, prayer time, snack time, and free reading time. Grades 1-3 will be combined for some of the day and separated into smaller groups for other parts of the day. For instance, students study the faith, music, art, Latin, science, and physical education together as one larger class, but are divided into several small classes for literacy (phonics, spelling, literature, printing, cursive etc.). Students are not placed into smaller groups by age or grade but rather by experience and mastery of skill in consultation with the parents. Holy House strives to give each primary student the best place to start and depends upon active parental involvement for the child to progress. Parents should tour Holy House and see the beautiful room for the Primary Class and meet its tutors. 


Holy House offers some courses which are aligned with the Programme of Studies for the Province of Alberta and some which are not.

Aligned Courses:

  1. Art

  2. English Language Arts (Literature & Spelling, Grammar & Composition) 

  3. Health 

  4. Math (Recommended. Not a scheduled class at Holy House)

  1. Music (Schola Cantorum)

  2. Physical Education

  3. Religion

  4. Latin

Traditional Courses:

  1. Science

  2. History & Geography


Please consult with the Programme Director regarding the Holy House Senior Division and Requirements for a High School Diploma. Holy House offers a full course load which students can use towards their Province of Alberta High School Diploma.

*Depending on student commitment, interests, and activities outside of Holy House, students may qualify for 5 credits per course, per year.

To qualify for a high school diploma, students will need to complete three years of Social Studies (15 credits total) and CALM (3 credits) entirely on their own. Unless a student is planning on going into one of the social sciences at the post secondary level, it is recommended that students pursue Social Studies 10-2, 20-3, 30-2. 

Parents and students might consider completing diploma requirements over four years of classes rather than the usual three. This extra year allows students to take a broader range of courses in the humanities at a rate in which they can absorb and reflect more deeply on the required material. No matter what a student pursues after his or her high school studies, a solid and complete introduction to the sciences and humanities from a pervasive Catholic world view is essential. A student may receive provincial funding so long as the student has not turned 18 as of September 1. 

An Interdisciplinary Approach 

There is an intentional integration of material in the various curriculums of the Junior & Intermediate Academic Divisions; all of which revolve around a common time period being studied in history class. World history is divided into a four year cycle. This scheme allows the students to be more thoroughly immersed in the time period they are studying in each given year, with subjects constantly reinforcing each other. At the same time this arrangement makes studies less complicated for the homeschooling family who have children in different grades at Holy House. The four year historical cycle also allows for theme oriented and multi-grade history projects, science fairs, music and drama productions, feasts and perhaps a field trip or two.

Assignments, assessments and reading material will be adjusted according to the grade of the individual student and parental expectations. Generally, the higher the grade, the greater the expectations for assignments and assessments.


Integrated Portfolio     

History, Literature, Science, Art, Music, and Geography

Students will assemble their own integrated history portfolio in a large binder with materials completed in various courses. At the end of each term, students will add in historical order: book reports, history-based science reports, art history projects, colouring pages, maps, music, history timelines, biographies, news paper articles, figures and events in church history and various other assignments. At the end of the four year cycle, students will have created their own comprehensive history reference book that relates man’s story, beginning with the six days of creation.  


All classes at Holy House will be infused with the Catholic Faith. Understanding our faith and the ideas that shaped Western civilization allows our students to deepen their beliefs and expand their understanding of the world. Holy House will utilize the Disciple of Christ Education in Virtue 

programme developed by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. All literature 

classes will include the study of Holy Scripture and the Lectio Divina materials also developed by the Dominican Sisters.

Disciple of Christ Education in Virtue.  Click here.
Lectio Divina materials.  Click here.

The day at Holy House will be sanctified with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The community will chant short form Mattins and Evensong in the church as well as the Little Hours in some classrooms. Hymns, chants, and motets will be sung at daily Mass. As singing permeates the day, the text of sacred song penetrates the hearts and minds of students. Daily life at Holy House will foster a life of harmony with one another by being in tune with the heart of the Lord.

All staff of Holy House will take the Oath of Fidelity at the beginning of each academic year. All classes at Holy House will strictly adhere to the Magisterium and it is expected that all who are present (staff, students, and parents) will attend all liturgies.



Junior Religion

Grades 1-3

The Primary Religion Programme will use a different Children’s Bible each year, as well as material from the Penny Catechism.

Thematically, the Grade 1/2 & 2/3 class will focus on two questions:

What is God’s plan?

What is my role in God’s plan?

In response, children will study God’s Plan of Salvation as shown to us in Holy Scripture and the sacramental life of the Church. As children mature and develop moral intelligence, they will listen and reflect together on the stories Jesus told of mercy and justice, as well as His suggestions such as “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” Children will discover their role in God’s plan and their own place in the community of believers - the Church. 



The Holy House of Our Lady and St. John holds one of the oldest academic traditions in Catholicism as integral to its daily community life: the singing school — schola cantorum.  The venerable tradition of the schola cantorum attributes its origins and patronage back to St. Gregory the Great. Holy House will strive to cultivate this ancient tradition along with the patrimony of the celebrated English choral tradition.

In order for any schola cantorum to sing the Lord’s praises capably, the choristers must learn vocal technique, sight singing, as well as music theory & history.

Holy House will consist of three scholas: The Beginner’s Schola (K-grade 3), the Junior Schola (grades 4-7/8 unchanged treble voices) and the Senior Schola (grades 8/9-12). Each schola practices the skills mentioned above as appropriate to their level. Each also learns its own set of repertoire as well as repertoire for the combined choirs.

Generally, choristers will be assigned listening homework which consists of listening to YouTube links of the music they are studying.  In addition, students will have music theory homework and regular theory exams at the end of each of the four terms.



Junior Art 

Young artists will have the opportunity to develop visual language and technical skills in drawing, painting, and sculpting. Students will study art history as well as deepen their understanding of the faith through exposure to the great visual works of the Catholic artistic tradition. The Artistic Pursuits series will be used selectively with some projects corresponding to the time period being studied in history class.  

Senior Art  
This course will be a general survey of the great works of Western art with a significant studio component. Powers of observation and art appreciation will be encouraged as classical skills are developed in drawing and painting.  During the 2019-2020 academic year, beauty in relation to key images of the modern period will be discussed using St. Thomas Aquinas’ criteria for the beautiful: wholeness, proportion, and radiance.

Junior & Senior Art History

The art history portion of Junior and Senior art for the 2019-2020 academic year will feature the work of Monet, Van Gough, Dali, and Picasso. These artists reflect the time period being studied throughout Holy House this year. 



In every grade students will work through the various components of the English Lessons Through Literature series by Kathy Jo Devore. This comprehensive work includes a thorough instruction in grammar, composition, and handwriting, all of which are directly connected to the classic literature they are studying. Spelling is reinforced through dictation and copy work, as well as word lists grouped by spelling rules. Over the course of the year, written assignments will be added to the student’s writing portfolio. Students will be expected to complete their portfolio compositions and other written assignments in cursive handwriting.  

Junior Literature & Spelling, Grammar & Composition 

Literature for junior scholars ought to penetrate and conquer the child’s imagination with the good, the true, and the beautiful, as it is naturally found in the tried and true classics of children’s literature. Some of the literature will also correspond to the time period being studied in history class. In this way, the great books of classic children’s literature can memorably instil the details of history into the minds of young readers. In addition to novels, students will regularly study and memorize poetry, read short stories and fables, as well as prepare short dramatic presentations to be performed throughout the academic year.

Intermediate Literature, Grammar & Composition 

Intermediate students are maturing passengers on a journey of wonder and inquiry and Great Books provide the map for this adventure. Passengers are naturally compelled to engage and debate the deepest questions and timeless themes that emanate from the texts. The journey ought to be filled with great conversation and is meant to end in reasoned observations and answers.



Primary Latin

The Primary Programme (Grades 1-3) will use Song School Latin. Parents will be required to purchase Song School Latin Book 1 with CD (Student Edition). 

Junior & Intermediate Latin

Although Junior and Intermediate students (Grades 4-8) will not have a specific Latin class, they will encounter the Latin language frequently in the course of a day. Utilizing a revised Libellus programme, the grammatical aspects of Latin will be taught in all English Grammar & Composition classes, which will also include the translation of selected verses and passages from the Latin Vulgate Bible. As well, short Latin dialogues, plays, poetry, and proverbs will be taught in English Literature class. Holy House is also developing its own five-year curriculum for Junior and Intermediate students to learn the vocabulary and chants of the church’s liturgical tradition in the Schola Cantorum programme. There will be weekly vocabulary quizzes and frequent scavenger hunts in Latin, as well as some daily announcements and prayers in Latin.  Ecclesiastical pronunciation will be used at Holy House.

Latin will not be taught in the Senior Programme (Grades 9-12) at Holy House during the 2019-2020 academic year.



A misguided notion exists in modern education that it is not necessary for a student to know, let alone memorize, the facts of history. We at Holy House reject that idea, yet we do not suggest that the remedy is to merely memorize as if memorization equalled understanding. One must be guarded against the danger of giving the student a head full of non-involved facts without a heart full of beauty to make sense of those facts in a deeper and wider context - the context of salvation history and God’s plan for mankind. 

History is taught in two ways at Holy House for one larger purpose.  There is a history class where content is taught in an explicit manner and children learn and connect facts, but then there is every other class at Holy House where history is taught implicitly in the subject matter as found in the literature, art, poetry, music, and science of a designated time period. Through this subject matter children become real historians, examining the primary sources of a particular age, but, even more importantly, culture permeates the classes of Holy House and instills something more significant than the facts: identity. Through a composite study of history, children realize that they are truly loved characters with their own will to act in the real drama of Divine Providence, that they are inheritors and curators of the civilization in which the drama is set, and that the Author of life desires and inspires their own contributions to His story.

Junior History & Geography

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the junior history curriculum will use as its main text The Story of the World Volume 4: The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer. Map work and geography will be included with each unit. As well, Canadian history will be studied at various points where it naturally fits into the chronology of the main text.

Intermediate History & Geography

In many ways the intermediate history curriculum will resemble the junior history curriculum, but will use as its main text All Ye Lands: Origins of World Culture produced by the Catholic Textbook Project. All Ye Lands will be studied over a four-year cycle, allowing for an intentional deep reading of the text and time to truly absorb its contents. Intermediate students will also spend considerable time studying primary sources selected by the tutors of Holy House: speeches, letters, diary entires, and various other documents.



Junior & Intermediate Science  

In all matters Holy House defers to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. In regards to science, particular attention is paid to the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 279-327; 2292-2295; 2415-2418. The ultimate curricular goal of the science class is to provide and expose the students to scientific principles and procedures as well as the ethics that should guide them.

Carefully chosen lessons from the new Berean Builders Science Series by Dr. Jay L. Wile will be employed in the science course. Selective lessons from these texts will be studied in tandem with the main history text. During class, students will have the opportunity to complete the many excellent and interesting activities and experiments provided.



Primary, Junior, Intermediate & Senior P.E.  

Active participation in a variety of team sports is encouraged throughout the day at Holy House. Students will grow to appreciate the importance of physical activity, co-operation, leadership, fair play and teamwork.

In addition to daily gym class, students organize themselves to play sports before classes, at lunch and after classes. (See “Student Houses & Intramural Games” below.)  Should they wish, students have frequent opportunities to be physically active with supervision and coaching.



House Leagues are designed to instil a sense of student ownership and responsibility, foster community and nurture student leaders. At the beginning of the year all students are placed in one of two houses: Gilbert or Becket. Each house has a student prefect and is presided over by a faculty member. The houses engage in friendly competition in three categories to win end of the year championships.

House Champions in Service. Students maintain simple aspects of the physical environment by completing the “Daily Duties” (sweeping, dusting, kitchen crew etc…)

House Champions in Athletics. Students compete in optional but highly encouraged intramural games.   

House Champions in Academics. Tutors may award points for exceptional written work or contributions to class discussion and activities. Tutors may also award points in this category for outstanding public presentations by students.




For children ages 3 to 5.

For the most part, the programme at Clitherow Cottage will be rooted in the pedagogy of Maria Montessori. The children will also receive spiritual formation through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the Virtue in Education Programme by the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist. They will participate in the Beginner Schola Cantorum, singing and playing time-honoured children’s songs, games, and dances while learning the fundamentals of music literacy. Some time each day will be spent being immersed in the great classics of children’s literature. The day will also include some structured time playing in the gymnasium of Holy House. Clitherow Cottage will provide specific activities for five-year-olds to develop numeracy and literacy skills so they can be ready for Grade 1. Most importantly, the children will attend all morning and afternoon prayers as well as the daily Mass with the older children and staff of Holy House.

Parents may enrol their children in two to four of the sessions that are available in the course of a week.

Tuesday:  Morning and Afternoon sessions

Thursday: Morning and Afternoon sessions

Morning sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 11:15 a.m.

Afternoon sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 3:45 p.m.

Cost: $20.oo per session or $30.oo per day (two sessions).

Make an appointment to see Clitherow Cottage and meet the tutors

…all branches of knowledge are connected together, because the subject matter of knowledge is intimately united in itself as being the acts and work of the Creator.
— Blessed John Henry Newman