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Welcome to the Lecture Hall:
Rich discussions and curated resources to bolster home or school educator’s craft. We aim to inspire & inform, with the help of a group of creative, committed thought-leaders within the renewal of Classical
Christian Education. Come join the Great Conversation!

Scholé Academy Lecture Hall Presents
Ecclesiastes: What the Strangest Book in the Bible Teaches Us About Education
with Author/Teacher/Consultant Josh Gibbs

No book in the Bible offers a more glum assessment of this life, or inspires deeper yearning for the life to come, than Ecclesiastes. This glum assessment is a caution for those who believe that classical education can “change the world” or that reading old books can help students “get ahead in the world.” And yet, Ecclesiastes also insists that refusing to “love the world or the things of the world” will actually make a man’s life tolerable, joyful, and spiritually fruitful.

Josh Gibbs Bio


Joshua Gibbs teaches classic literature to children & adults and offers consulting via GibbsClassical.com. He writes for the CiRCE Institute blog The Cedar Room, his long running column on pedagogy, parenting, and classical literature. He is the creator of the weekly Proverbial podcast in which he works through one proverb, discussing its meaning for a modern audience. Josh is also the author of several books, including Something They Will Not Forget and the forthcoming Love What Lasts.

To contact Joshua Gibbs, please use the inquiry form on GibbsClassical.com.

Fall Scholé Academy Instructor & Tutor Recruitment Night

Scholé Academy, including St. Raphael School, Canterbury House of Studies, and The Aquinas House of Studies*, is seeking online instructors and tutors, K-12, for the 2022-23 academic year! Instructors and tutors in math, science, humanities, Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, Latin, modern foreign languages, writing, catechism, Bible, and art will be considered. If you’re passionate about restful learning and would like to contribute to the renewal of Christian classical education, we invite you to Scholé Academy’s Instructor & Tutor Recruitment Night.

Please visit our Employment Page for more information. Interviews begin December 2021. Please email questions to support@scholeacademy.com.

*Catholic instructors interested in hosting courses in The Aquinas House of Studies for the 2022-23 academic year should email support@scholeacademy.com.


Coffee with the Principals

Thursday, November 4, 2021  |  3:00pm ET

Join Scholé Academy principals and parents for a leisurely reading of “A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. We hope that this can be a time for building relationships as a community, and parents can participate in close reading, a way of diving deep into readings. This is a common reading practice typical for a Scholé Academy student. You can find a copy of this poem HERE

Welcome to the Lecture Hall:
Rich discussions and curated resources to bolster home or school educator’s craft. We aim to inspire & inform, with the help of a group of creative, committed thought-leaders within the renewal of Classical
Christian Education. Come join the Great Conversation!

Scholé Academy Lecture Hall Presents
Citizenship in Heaven: Augustine and the Liberal Arts
Dr. Joseph Clair, Executive Dean of Cultural Enterprise and Associate Professor of Theology & Culture at George Fox University

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Writing in the explosive finale of the Roman Empire, Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) radically revised the connection between education and citizenship by introducing the Biblical concept of “citizenship in heaven” as the central goal of liberal arts education. This not only imbued classical education with a different sense of purpose but an entirely new view of history, human nature, virtue, and the role of sin and grace. Now at our own historical turning point in the history of education and citizenship, this lecture will apply Augustine’s insight into the creative tension between our earthly and heavenly citizenship in the present context. Ultimately our schools, and our lives, remain caught in the fray between these two cities – the city of man and the city of God – imperfectly marked by a conflict of lower and higher loves, and pride and humility. For Augustine, the formation of good or bad citizens ultimately comes down to the everyday work of raising children and teaching and learning. For it is by the essential, everyday work of creating reading lists and curricula, honestly confessing our weakness and sin, and beginning again that new citizens are formed and find the grace to be both eternal sojourners and loyal citizens here on earth.

Dr. Joseph Clair Biography

A native Oregonian, Joseph Clair followed his educational pursuit all over the world and earned degrees in both England and the United States. He became professor of Theology and Philosophy and now dean at George Fox University after receiving his doctorate in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Princeton University in 2013. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College (IL), a master’s in theological studies from Duke, a master’s in philosophy at Fordham, and a master’s in philosophy of religion from Cambridge where he studied as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is the author of Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine (Oxford University Press, 2016) and On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning (Bloomsbury, 2017) along with numerous articles and essays on faith, culture, education, and ethics. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife, Nora, play with his four kids, fly fish Oregon’s many rivers, and work on his hobby farm.

Canterbury House of Studies Music Workshop no. 1
Gregorian Chant–A Cathedral in Time
with Garth MacPhee

The 18th century writer Goethe once wrote, “Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music.” The ethereal sounds of Gregorian Chant transcend time and place, not unlike the feeling of entering an ancient cathedral. Like the cathedral, Gregorian Chant is both a living embodiment of prayer, but also a jewel of Western Art which can be admired and appreciated by pilgrims of every walk of life. In March, 1994 an album simply entitled “Chant”, performed by a choir of Spanish Benedictine monks went double platinum, landing incongruously on the hit parade alongside Pearl Jam and Jimmy Hendrix. 

So what is it about chant that, like the great cathedrals, can capture the popular imagination and yet retain its essential purpose and integrity? This is the question we will explore in our October session. Read more about this series of music workshops entitled “O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness” here.

Coffee with the Principals

Thursday, September 23, 2021  |  3:00pm ET

At the September Coffee with the Principals, Scholé Academy Principals joined parents & community members to consider Luke 10:38-42 in which we see Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary. We considered the ideas of rigor versus rest and how a combination of both Martha and Mary is Scholé. How can we, too, make time, at the right time, for both?

For additional resources on this idea, please see The Age or Martha: A Call to Contemplative Learning in a Frenzied Culture by Devin O’Donnell. You can also read some of Mr. O’Donnell’s wise insights on the Classical Academic Press Blog: Learning Like Mary in the Age of Martha.

July 15, 2021 – Community Book Discussion on Fortitude from Joseph Pieper’s The Four Cardinal Virtues


Join fellow Scholé Academy and SRS parents and teachers for an evening discussion on the topic of courage.  For the past two summers we have read and discussed the virtues of prudence and justice.  This summer we will read chapter section three of Joseph Pieper’s The Four Cardinal Virtues entitled “Fortitude” (pages 117-141).

About Joseph Pieper & The Four Cardinal Virtues
Josef Pieper (1904-1997) was a distinguished twentieth-century Thomist philosopher. Schooled in the Greek classics and in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, he studied philosophy, law, and sociology, and taught for many years at the University of Münster, Germany.

In The Four Cardinal Virtues, Joseph Pieper delivers a stimulating quartet of essays on the four cardinal virtues. He demonstrates the unsound overvaluation of moderation that has made contemporary morality a hollow convention and points out the true significance of the Christian virtues.


“Dr. Pieper, with his grounding in Scholastic thinking, especially Thomas Aquinas, brings to the reader an interpretation of this classical tradition that has things to say about the human person today. He attempts to make what could become a list of requirements for ethical behavior into a human quest for the wisdom that enables one to become the kind of person one strives to be.” —Studies in Formative Spirituality

The academic foundations of classical education do not alone guarantee human flourishing. The liberal arts—the trivium and quadrivium—represent the core frameworks for cultivating virtue and practicing skills vital to our life in the world. And yet, they alone are insufficient, for we must eat, heal, defend ourselves, trade, build, find our way around, and more. It may seem evident that the common arts should be an integral part of education, and yet we see that every generation is losing skill in the common arts as we increasingly rely upon others to provide them for us. In Common Arts Education, author Chris Hall provides not only an argument for an integrated liberal, fine, and common arts pedagogy, but also some practical advice for crafting a robust, hands-on curriculum.  This webinar introduces and explores themes from the book.

Chris Hall has a BA in philosophy from Gettysburg College and an MAT in elementary education from Towson University. He has been a classroom educator and administrator for 25 years, having served in public, independent, and classical schools. Along with his professional pedigree, he is a lifelong practitioner of several of the common arts profiled in this book, and the founder of Always Learning Education, an organization dedicated to teaching, learning, and propagating the common arts. He lives on a small, homesteaded farm in central Virginia with his wife and three homeschooled sons.

March 12 – Scholé Academy Open House Recordings

Opening Session Outline
  1. Welcome (0:00)
    1. Academy Admin Team ( 2:50)
  1. Scholé Experience (6:30)
    1. Classical 
    2. Restful 
    3. Christian
      1.  The Great Hall
    4. Relational
  2. Explore website  (13:13)
    1. Student Parent Handbook
      1. instructor character, conduct, and convictions
      2.  Christian traditions and our school community
      3. Placement (20:00)
      4. Tuition Policy/Withdrawal policy (New payment plan)
    2. Course offerings
    3. Attendance policy
  3. Scholé Academy Community (14:50)
    1. Teacher blogs
    2. Clubs
    3. School paper
    4. Events
    5. Support Services (Tutoring & CSLD) (21:44)
Lower/Middle School Session Outline
  1. Introduction (0:00)
  2. Placement (3:45)
  3. Questions:
    1. Registration and Course Load (9:30)
    2. Find Instructor (16:25)
  4. Latin – Amanda Reeves : Expectation of Parents (18:00)
  5. WR, Literature – Emily Brigham : Expectation of Parents (24:00)
  6. Math  – Joanne Schinstock (placement policy/timeline) (28:00)
  7. Grading (29:45)
  8. Conclusion (35:00)
Middle / Upper School Session Outline
  1. General Questions
    1. Schole Groups (1:15)
    2. Schole Course Load (3:20)
    3. Transition to Classical Education, Transcripts, Grading (6:40)
    4. Placement (12:50)
  2. Introduction of Instructors and Subjects
    1. Eddie Kotynski-Latin (14:35)
    2. Annice Hoffman-Spanish (20:40)
    3. Amy Morgan-Writing and Rhetoric (21:45)
    4. Rhea Bright-Canterbury House of Studies (27:00)
    5. Lauren Hartke-Humanities (35:00)
  3. Conclusion (40:00)

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