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.
All classes occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. John the Evangelist Church 1423 - 8th Avenue SE, Calgary. The day begins at 8:15 am with Mattins and ends at 3:45 pm with Evensong.
Holy House offers some courses which are aligned with the Programme of Studies for the Province of Alberta and some of which are not.
English Language Arts (Literature & Spelling, Grammar & Composition)
Math (Recommend. Not a scheduled class at Holy House)
Music (Schola Cantorum)
Second Language (Grades 7-9 Intermediate Latin)
History & Geography
All Grade 10-12 students of The Holy House of Our Lady and St. John must also be enrolled in the High School programme with Centre for Learning at Home. Holy House only offers elective courses which students can use towards their High School Diploma.
Choral Music 10-20-30 | 5 Credit | Full Year (Senior Schola)
Physical Education 10-20-30 | 3 Credit | Full Year
Art 10-20-30 | 3 Credit | First Term
Art 11-21-31 | 3 Credit | Second Term
Religion 15-25-35 | 3 Credit | First Term
Latin 10-20-30 | 3 Credit | Full Year
Curriculums are divided by the following divisions:
Junior Division: Grades 1-5/6
Intermediate Division: Grades 6/7-9/10
Senior Division: Grades 9/10-12
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.
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.
The day at Holy House will be sanctified with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and sung prayer informed by the Gilbertine tradition. The community will chant short form Mattins and Evensong in the church as well as the Lesser Hours in some classrooms. Hymns 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 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, grow in holiness 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.
Grades 1-2 / 2 classes per week
The Holy House of Our Lady and St. John is pleased to be able to offer the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) to Grade 1 and 2 students. CGS helps the young child to draw himself nearer to God. Its goal is to give the child a serene enjoyment of God.
Thematically, the Grade 1&2 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 teachings such as “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you”. Children will discover their role in God’s plan and their own place in the community of believers — the Church.
Grades 10-12 / half year, 2 classes a week.
High school students will have a specific twice-a-week Religion class taught by the clergy of St. John the Evangelist Church. The class will fulfill the requirements for Religion 15-25-35.
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 2), the Junior Schola (grades 3-7/8 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 : The Art of Seeing / 2 classes per week
In addition to being deacons (soon to be priests), the clergy of St John the Evangelist are also professional artists. Students will have the opportunity to study with them 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 - The Art of Seeing / 2 classes per week
A general survey of the great works of Western art with a significant studio component.
The Art of Seeing is a course of study designed to provide students with a foundation in art history with an introduction to visual language, as well as to further technical skills with a focus on composition, form, line and colour. The Catholic faith, and salvation history, will be explored in relation to key images of the classical, Renaissance and Counter-Reformation time periods. Powers of observation and art appreciation will be encouraged as classical skills are developed in drawing and painting. There will be an emphasis on articulating themes and meanings found in the great masterworks, as well as locating these significant images in history.
LITERATURE & SPELLING, GRAMMAR & COMPOSITION
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, spelling and handwriting, all of which are directly connected to the classic literature they are studying. 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 / 4 classes per week
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 / 4 classes per week
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.
Intermediate & Senior Latin / 2 classes per week
Latin students will largely use the famed Cambridge Latin Course series. In addition to the traditional study of vocabulary and grammar, this holistic series includes the study of Roman culture and history as well as Latin plays for students to perform. The Cambridge Latin Courses will be supplemented with studies in Ecclesiastical Latin which will help students understand and be able to pray traditional Catholic prayers.
Junior History & Geography / 2 classes per week
The junior history curriculum will use as their main text The Story of Civilization by Phillip Campbell published by TAN Books. 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. This class will also include the reading of historical fiction that corresponds to the time period being studied.
Intermediate History & Geography / 2 classes per week
The intermediate history curriculum will use the 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. It will also allow for the reading and discussion of excellent historical fiction as well as the opportunity for first investigations into primary sources. All Ye Lands ends in the mid 1800s. At that point Canadian history will be the focus of the class. Map work and geography will be included with each unit.
Junior & Intermediate Science / 1 class every second week
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.
Junior, Intermediate & Senior P.E. / 2 classes per week plus House Leagues
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.
STUDENT HOUSES & INTRAMURAL GAMES
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 four houses: Newman, Campion, Becket or Langton. 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. Points may also be awarded by tutors in this category for outstanding public presentations by students.
Homeschool Enrichment Programme Fees
Junior, Intermediate Divisions: $2000 / child / year
Senior Division: $150 / child / year / course
The majority of tuition fees will be paid of out of each student’s designated homeschool funding. Interested parents are encouraged to contact the Programme Director at email@example.com for detailed information.
Holy House is committed to providing tuition assistance for those families with genuine need. Parents who have limited financial resources but who are committed to the overall vision of The Holy House of Our Lady and St. John, should contact Br. Robert-Charles Bengry GSmp regarding a bursary for the participation of their child(ren). All enquiries will be held in the strictest confidence as will any relief provided. No family will be denied registration simply because of an inability to pay the full tuition. Br. Robert-Charles can be contacted by telephone at: 403-764-6827 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Financial Considerations
1. Uniform — details to come in early June
2. School Supplies — a list is to be provided in early August
3. Novels — Recommended to purchase from Fair’s Fair Books. 907 9 Ave SE.
4. Carry On Luggage — standard size carry on luggage of approximately 9" x 14" x 22" Instead of a backpack. It will serve as locker while at Holy House.