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  • Middle School Great Books Program

    “True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.” ~ Mortimer Adler, author of How to Read a Book

    Great Books

    At St. Peter’s, we are committed to Catholic identity. This means that we not only provide religious instruction, but that we cultivate an authentically Catholic curriculum in both content and instructional methodology. Crucial to the fulfillment of this mission is to cultivate a love of virtue, and to learn powerful lessons from our history.

    Aside from religious instruction, there is no greater way to do this then to do so by a love of good, classical literature that is consistent with a Catholic worldview. A Great Books program empowers students in all these dimensions and allows literature to come alive in the imagination of students. In a truly Great Books approach, the powers of the soul are cultivated beyond merely providing information: the imagination, the memory, the intellect/understanding are all strengthened through dramatic reading, discussion, and a range of other instructional methods.

    Our teachers incorporate readings of the classics within our ELA curriculum. Parents of teachers grades 6-8 should review course syllabi for Honors and Regular Literature classes for more information on the selections for the current school year.

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