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Students are provided a superior academic formation essential to their integral development and understanding of their social responsibility. Academic formation is the formation of the intellect; it consists of acquiring knowledge, developing intellectual capacities, properly using one’s ability to reason, and forming habits, attitudes, and skills so that students can be thinkers who analyze, synthesize, compare and contrast, judge, reflect, discern, and identify the truth. Overall, it is to form a disciplined intellect and love for truth, making one an intellectually mature person. Intellectual formation depends on an assimilation of rich content of the Christian faith, culture, science, and the arts.
Students are taught to apply and reflect on acquired life principles to guide their actions, to live in accord with those principles, and to express balanced judgments enlightened by truth. Intellectual formation is acquired throughout the school years and enables students to transmit this knowledge to others and use these skills throughout their lives. It places an emphasis on developing the imagination, creativity, originality and memory. In an environment where faith leads reason; academic formation takes place in a rigorous, challenging, and creative environment, utilizing a rich curriculum, the most up-to-date resources, and state-of-the-art technology.
Everest Academy of Lemont implements a standard curriculum developed and licensed by International Center for Integral Formation USA (ICIFUSA) for schools implementing the Integral Formation® method of education. The objective of this educational program is to form each child’s mind, heart, and will according to Christian ideals.
The curriculum sets high, yet reasonable, academic expectations for its students, creating a healthy balance between the student’s current abilities and his potential. This delicate balance is guided by knowledge of the student’s individual strengths and areas for growth, as well as prudent judgment regarding the form and content of the curriculum. Parents wishing to learn more about the academic curriculum are encouraged to contact the principal.
The lower school curriculum provides a solid, coherent foundation of knowledge, concepts, and skills for later learning. Core content is designed to achieve the goals of integral formation and challenges students daily to expand their intellects to the utmost. At all grade levels the core school subjects of English, mathematics, history, geography, humanities, and sciences are complemented by study of a second language, fine arts, physical education, and technology programs.
The middle school
years, coming at the onset of adolescence, are when a rigorous yet formative
environment is crucial. It is during the middle school years that the habits
and skills acquired during previous grades come to fruition. Our environment
presents each student with a variety of teachers grouped by subject with an
approach that cultivates the skills needed for High School in an atmosphere
that supports, teaches and demands individual responsibility.
It is the combination of our small class sizes, formative environment and our balanced and academically challenging curriculum that prepares well-rounded individuals for a demanding college-prep high school program.