COLORADO SPRINGS. Chesterton Academy of Our Lady of Walsingham, a member of the Chesterton Schools Network, has begun compiling a waiting list for high school students interested in the school’s inaugural semester in Fall 2021. This classical Catholic high school is the first Chesterton Academy in Colorado Springs and one of 30 across 14 U.S. states, Canada and Italy. Twelve new Chesterton Academy high schools opened in 2020.
Chesterton Academy students wear uniforms, attend daily Mass and study Latin and Gregorian chant. The new Chesterton Academy of Our Lady of Walsingham plans to offer robust academics including math, biology, chemistry, and other sciences, steeped in the classic traditions of Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas. Chesterton Academy faculty encourage students — freshman through senior — to study books rather than digital devices and build a personal library of classic authors including Chaucer, Homer, Dostoevsky, Twain and Shakespeare.
Named for the English convert and author, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Chesterton Schools employ the classical approach to education. “All subjects are taught in light of the Catholic faith,” said Mark Langley, the new school’s headmaster recently recruited from his post as academic dean of The Lyceum, a classical college preparatory high school in Cleveland.
“Our goal is to have students grow in intellect, spirit, and character, advancing to successful lives as informed Catholic men and women. Helping students learn and how to think is the model of education the Catholic Church has embraced through its history. It’s a curriculum that uses all subjects to lead students to Christ.”
The school location will be announced shortly. Tuition, start dates, and staffing decisions are being determined now, and already 20 students have joined the waiting list.
The next information night for families interested in Chesterton Academy of Our Lady of Walsingham is Feb. 27 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the parish hall of St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2650 Parish View, Colorado Springs, 80919. Other information nights, newsletter sign-ups and school applications are available at www.olwclassical.org, by sending an email to OLWCS.firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 719-368-9131.
The Chesterton Schools Network supports a growing number of joyfully Catholic, classical high schools with comprehensive curricula and support services. The network grew out of the original, highly successful Chesterton Academy of Minneapolis, Minnesota, that was established in 2008. In December, Chesterton Academy founder Dale Ahlquist was appointed to the National Board of Education Sciences.
Chesterton Network Schools are among the lowest-cost private high schools in the nation thanks to a unique business model and dedicated faculty, parents, and clergy. The Cardinal Newman Society routinely recognizes Chesterton Academies as among the top high school options for Catholic families.
(Paul Dusseault is a member of the board of directors of Chesterton Academy of Our Lady of Walsingham.)