Catholic School’s Classical Curriculum Wins News Award

A report that aired on EWTN Nightly News about the Catholic classical curriculum at Saint Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Md., has received a “Gabriel Award” as the “best single news story series in a national release,” according to Catholic News Agency.

The award is given by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals to programs that “uplift and nourish the human spirit.”

A few years ago, St. Jerome’s reportedly faced “declining enrollment and funding,” at which time it switched to a Catholic classical curriculum, according to the report done by EWTN’s Wyatt Goolsby.

The curriculum was designed by volunteers, teachers and scholars from Newman Guide-recommended Catholic University of America and is reportedly now a “go-to” for educators looking for a “unique Catholic take on what’s called the Latin Trivium—a medieval education plan focused on three disciplines: grammar, logic, and rhetoric.”

A parent of a student at the Academy is impressed by its curriculum, which includes learning Latin.

“The moral development, the moral thinking of right and wrong, [an] understanding of the questions of truth … how a society is built on certain ideals—those are the things that [my son] is learning in second grade that I think is just wonderful,” the parent reportedly said.

The Academy is striving to teach students to “read well, write well, speak well, and think well… we want them to reach the higher goods – wisdom and virtue,” according to a History teacher at St. Jerome’s.

St. Jerome Academy is one of a number of schools that have joined the classical Catholic education trend.  This month, The Cardinal Newman Society reported that the Diocese of Green Bay announced plans to create this type of school, and earlier this year, that a classical Catholic curriculum was bringing success to a school in Colorado.