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Angelus Academy

Angelus Academy

Coed: Grades PreK-8

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Angelus Academy

Honorable Mention: Academic Excellence 2007

School Summary

In 2000, the Woman’s Apostolate to Youth, a Public Association of the Christian Faithful in the Arlington diocese, founded Angelus Academy. This independent, non-profit school serves Catholic families in Northern Virginia by supporting parents in their sacred mission to transmit the rich and time-tested traditions of the Catholic faith and culture in a familial atmosphere characterized by mutual respect and generosity of spirit.

Angelus Academy desires to root its curriculum firmly in the reality of God’s good creation, training the mind to seek the truth, the emotions to love the beautiful and the will to choose the good. To this end, we are continually working to shape a curriculum that stresses the existence of objective truths, enduring moral values and lasting standards of excellence. We seek to encourage the development of these enduring values in our young students by showing them how they have been embodied in great minds, great works and especially, in great lives throughout our entire curriculum. We are one of a select group of schools using the the challenging Core Knowledge Curriculum as its primary foundation for academic formation. We also use Saxon Math, Saxon Phonics (K-3) and the Faith and Life Series from Ignatius Press. We believe these materials provide the best opportunity for putting into practice the curricular principles we espouse.

Our pre-K program, Little Messengers, provides a carefully prepared environment that invites children to live with traditional virtues and Catholic values, thus allowing each little one\’s spirit, mind, body and character to develop to his or her fullest potential. The program includes the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the use of the liturgical year as a structure in which to teach the lives of the saints and Catholic values. The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence provides the basis for academic formation.

Sodalities for parents meet monthly, offering opportunities for spiritual enrichment and service to the school.

Commending ourselves to the patronage and prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Incarnate Love, and St. Gabriel, Angel of the Incarnation, we invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we seek to cultivate in every child:

• a foundation for personal integrity and moral courage by encouraging personal prayer and devotion to Christ, to His sacraments and to His saints as winsome and compelling embodiments of Christian virtue;

• a reverence for the sanctity of human life, regard for the dignity of every person and loyalty to the family, expressed in obedience to competent authority, empathy and respect for one\’s fellows, and compassion for all who suffer;

• a taste for excellence and a love for what is lasting and authentically beautiful in all aspects of human culture as the basis for the wholesome development of the creative imagination;

• a broad and rigorous intellectual formation through the training of the faculty of reason and a disciplined quest for the truth in every area of life.

To these ends Angelus Academy employs teachers who recognize that no testimony is more eloquent or convincing than personal witness and are therefore committed to their own ongoing intellectual and spiritual formation.

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