Angelicum in the News!

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Angelicum in the News!

The Liberal Arts Go Online: The Angelicum Academy brings the study of the Great Books into the 21st century.

Some of the comments from the Article:

Kelsey B: I graduated from the Great Books program two and a half years ago, and now study at a liberal arts university. Although the Great Books program is often extolled (and rightly so) for its ability to prepare students for university studies, its true virtue rests in the fact that it prepares students for more than a few years of academic work. It prepares students for life. The Great Books program finds and develops the love of wisdom in each of us, helping us to love goodness for its own sake and not an arbitrary letter on a transcript. The program ends after four years (much to our chagrin), but students emerge from it as fledgling philosophers, prepared to expand and enlarge this love of wisdom for the rest of our lives.

Scott Lorbeer, Ed.D.: We found Angelicum Academy right before our daughter’s 8th grade year. The Great Books high school program looked amazing, and we enrolled her in the 8th grade Socratic Discussion group to see how it all worked. It exceeded all of our expectations, and 4 years later she will enter her senior year with Great Books this fall. My daughter’s writing is at least as good as my college students’ A papers, and better than their B papers (and she’s only 17). Her ability to think deeply about topics and grasp their historical roots is extraordinary and a joy; it is due mainly to the fruits of this wonderful program.

Kathi B.: We have had one or more of our children enrolled in the Great Books program for the past 6 years. If you were to ask any of our high schoolers what is one of their favorite things about homeschooling, they would tell you the Great Books program. In addition to learning about the good/true/beautiful, there is also a practical aspect. Learning to think deeply and then speak these thoughts articulately & in an engaging manner so others will listen; how to look at something, so to speak, in 3-dimensions, how to truly “read a book”, & how to spot fallacy. Not to be overlooked are also the friendships formed – our eldest, now a few years out, has several good friends that she met through this program.
This program is a gem and I consider it an essential component of our children’s high school education.

A. Davis: As a recent graduate of this admirable institution, I would like express my thanks and admiration for Angelicum Academy. The “Great Books program” is quite simply the ultimate educational experience. Enthusiastic, curious students will excel in this program if offered this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Students gain confidence in communication as they are led by world-class instructors through incredibly memorable discussions over works by Homer, Kant, Shakespeare and more. Throughout middle school/high school it slowly became my favorite class and is by far the one I look back on most fondly as I enter college. I feel so blessed to have been able to participate in the program.

Maggie D.: I have been enrolled in the Great Books program for two years (and am about to begin my third and last year, as I joined late and did not participate in the Greek Year) and I have reaped so many benefits from it. I believe that I am more articulate, a better writer, a better thinker, and, of course, more well-read than I was before the Program. I recommend this program to anyone interested in obtaining a liberal arts education for their high schooler. In addition, I have heard from others that it is also an excellent preparation for going to a traditional liberal arts college.

Christina D.: I was a student in the Great Books academy all throughout high school. I can honestly say not only was it my favorite course throughout all four years, it was the course that cultivated excellence in my liberal education. Thanks to the discussions, texts, and fellow students and professors in this forum, I have been inspired to pursue what is true, good, and beautiful from the classroom to the real world.

Hunter: By reading the Great Books in high school, I was given the invaluable opportunity to whole-heartedly envelope myself in ideas and develop a love of intellectual discovery. The Great Books really allowed me to foster a different kind of knowledge, one that points to wisdom, instead of practical information. Perhaps most valuable are the active reading and analytical skills I have developed. These have enriched every aspect of my life and will continue to do so as I continue through my Senior year and on into college.

Enroll today before classes start this coming week!

From the Angelicum E-mail Box

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Good evening,

I’ve just been looking through your website and found it fascinating. A student named Michael G. recently finished attending our summer programs. He was quite well-read and a good writer; his mother said it was all the Angelicum Academy. This made me recall another student I tutored who was beginning with Angelicum.

God bless,
Gwen Adams
Gwen Adams, Dean of Women
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
6 Manchester St.
Merrimack, NH 03054


From the Angelicum E-mail Box

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Dear Mr. Bertucci,

Hello and Christ’s Peace!

Mr. Bertucci, I have been wanting to write you for some time now, to thank you heartily for the excellent education that you and your teaching staff have given to Joseph during this past year. He grew so much: academically, socially and spiritually. I am so proud of him. I am also so impressed by the knowledge, wisdom, integrity and holiness of you professors. You have all been such mentors to Joseph.

If I may say so, humbly, Joseph is a special person. He has such a desire to know about everything, and he wants to live a good life that is pleasing to God. He also has had, all his life, such a big heart, especially for those who suffer.

I know the value of this education. As you know, it is very similar to the St. Ignatius Institute education that I received from Fr. Fessio. I thanked God every day that I was there.

God bless you, your family and the college.

Sincerely in Christ, Christine P. (Joseph’s mom).

Why should our child begin the Angelicum Great Books Program at age 14 or 15?

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Why should our child begin the Angelicum Great Books Program at age 14 or 15?

Some of the Angelicum Great Books Students in DC

Some of the Angelicum Great Books Students in DC

1. STUDENTS HAVE THE TIME THEN, OFTEN NOT LATER: As Dr. Mortimer J. Adler wrote in the article cited below: “If we are going to have general human schooling in this country, it has to be accomplished in the first twelve years of compulsory schooling…” Dr. Adler noted that the responsibilities and financial pressures of college costs, adulthood and marriage effectively end the availability of sufficient leisure time necessary for general, liberal educational opportunities for most college-age students, in favor narrow specialized, vocational education. Twenty years later, in 1990 Adler reaffirmed his view that the Great Books – the “ backbone of liberal education” as Adler called them – should be studied in the high school years, before age eighteen: “As far as the United States is concerned, the reorganization of the educational system would make it possible for the system to make its contribution to the liberal education of the young by the time they reached the age of eighteen…The tremendous waste of time in the American educational system must result in part from the fact that there is so much time to waste.” (The Great Conversation by Dr. Mortimer J. Adler; 2nd Ed., 1990, p.55; Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., Chicago)

2. THE HUMANITIES CAN AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED AT THAT AGE: Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain held virtually the identical view as Dr. Adler on this matter: ”I advance the opinion, incidentally, that, in the general educational scheme, it would be advantageous to hurry the four years of college, so that the period of undergraduate studies would extend from sixteen to nineteen. The BA would be awarded at the end of the college years [at 19 years of age], as crowning the humanities…” (Education at the Crossroads)

3. EARLY EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT: Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker (University of Chicago) says studies show that by age 16 government job-training programs for 16-year-olds do not succeed because they cannot overcome the failure to learn skills in the first 16 years.

Angelicum Student Attending a Great Books Online Class

Angelicum Student Attending a Great Books Online Class

4. IT SAVES LOTS OF MONEY: Private four-year colleges now cost approximately $25,000 per year, $100,000 for a degree(= about $750-800 per credit hour). The Angelicum Great Books Program high school credit track is only about $995 per year, or $83 per credit hour ($75 with early enrollment discount through July 5th). The college credit track costs only $2,950 per year, or $249 per credit hour (only $221 with early enrollment discount through July 5th).

5. IT IS AFFORDABLE FOR FAMILIES: The Angelicum Payment Plan will reserve a seat in the class of your choosing for only 10% down. The other 90% is payable in 9 monthly installments of 10% each, beginning September 1, 2012. For the high school credit track that is only $99 down, and $99 each month, beginning September 1, through May. For the college track, that is only $295 down, and $295 per month, September through May. The Angelicum Academy offers a generous 50% tuition reduction for all other siblings (may not be combined with other discounts).

6. STUDENTS MAY WITHDRAW AT ANY TIME WITHOUT FURTHER OBLIGATION: Students may withdraw at any time, and upon 72 hours notice to us (an email is fine) no further payments and no penalties are due. It’s a low risk way to test the actual classes. By the way, despite our generous withdrawal policy, our withdrawal rate runs only about 5% over the full academic year (i.e., 95% complete the full academic year. The U.S. college graduation rate currently stands at about 50 percent, according to the New York Times.

2012 Graduating Class of Angelicum Great Books Students

2012 Graduating Class of Angelicum Great Books Students

Angelicum Spring Sale! 50% Off Books

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New Class Times Listed for Fall, 2012 Classes!

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New Class Times Listed for Fall Classes!

Angelicum Academy Bookstore News


Beginning May, 2012 the Angelicum Bookstore will be affiliated with Amazon at Amazon will inventory our books and handle all shipping and any returns or related problems. In the interim, we will be selling off our existing inventory. Our principal mission is not bookselling, but education. We offered that as a service for almost 12 years to our families, but find it no longer necessary due to the affiliate arrangement with Amazon. We will continue to sell our lesson plans, Great Books study guides, Good Books literature guides, enrollments and online classes at this site. Thank you for your past patronage of our bookstore!

Angelicum Academy – 30% Off Book Sale!

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From the Angelicum Mailbox

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Hi Steve!

I was cleaning out old e-mails and found a few from you. I hope all is going well for you and the program.

So I may be accused of lacking humility here, but I thought I might share a bit of “our” success with you since I truly believe any academic success Pamela has can be more attributed to your efforts than mine. As you may recall, she enrolled in the Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors program at Xavier University in Cincinnati. She is thoroughly loving the program and earned a 4.0 last semester. This semester her history/philosophy block class involves coming to class prepared to critically discuss 40-60 pages of pre-assigned reading and writing concise analysis. Would it surprise you that the first class she lead the discussion and the professor was astounded at her critique so early in the semester? She called later to say it was like being back in Great Books and it felt so good!

Thanks again for giving Pamela the tools she’s need to succeed. So far, she’s doing super!

With highest regards,
Arlene M.

Great Books Essay by 10th Grade Angelicum Student: The Nature of Man

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Niccolo Machiavelli and Thomas Aquinas both presented their views of man as being either animal or a mix of animal and angel respectively. Machiavelli sees man as an animal. He sees no need to treat man with respect. He believes it is perfectly acceptable to use others for your own needs and profits. On the other hand, Thomas Aquinas sees man as a cross between animal and angel. He believes that the angel part of us is what gives us compassion towards one another and draws one closer to God for it is in His likeness that we desire to do good. It can be shown that although Machiavelli understood the animal part of human nature, Thomas had a more complete understanding of our true complete nature.

Machiavelli states that man is a combination of a fox and a lion. He explains that man has the cunningness of a fox and the prowess of a lion. He considers that this is man’s true nature and if used accordingly will bring success. He affirms, “Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves” (Machiavelli, 84). He explains that one needs to be like a fox to discover the plots against them and to be able to outsmart one’s enemies. One should be like a lion in order to have one’s enemies fear them. In Chapter XVIII of The Prince, Machiavelli goes into great detail explaining why it is better to be feared than loved. He concludes that to be feared like a lion a person can control others through their fear. He believes that love and devotion can change and therefore are uncontrollable. One can not control how much someone loves them; however, one can control how much someone fears them (78). Furthermore, he reasons that one should be as cunning as a fox and trick others into thinking that he do have love, compassion, faith, and religion. He concludes that others are more easily tricked if they think you have compassion and love for them (86). Machiavelli brilliantly shows through example after example of how acting like a fox or a lion can bring power, wealth, and control. However, the question can be asked, is this our true nature? Are these the things that bring and happiness?

Thomas Aquinas discerns that man not only has an animal part, but also an angelic spirit which is essentially our soul, our likeness to God. It is the part that allows us to give love and compassion. Thomas asserts that man is half “corporeal organ”, animal, and half angelic intellect, a soul (Aquinas, Pt.1, Q. 85, Art. 1). He declares that we have corporeal body that is the form of our angelic soul creating a half corporeal and half angelic form. He goes on to further explain this by stating that our “phantasm”, spiritual soul/form, exists in “corporeal organs”. He deems that we do have an angelic part that supplies us with an intellect that allows us to reason and thinks about consequences which ultimately will bring us closer to God (Pt. 1 Q. 85, Art. 2). He believes that we are complete when we use not only the animal part, but also the angelic part. It is only when we use both that we can feel complete joy and bring happiness to others. Thomas speaks about the importance of doing good deeds for others. It is in this manner that we find joy in the contentment of others (Pt. I-II, Q. 4, Art. 8). Thomas concludes that loving God is enough to bring happiness to the soul, but if there was a neighbor there, love of him would result in perfect love of God thus bringing true happiness (Pt. I-II, Q. 4, Art. 8). Thomas speaks of our likeness to God. He explains that we are not identical, but are made in His image in as much as we come from Him (Pt.1, Q. 4, Art. 3). Thomas speaks of humans trying to imitate God, but because God is perfect they fall short. It is in that desire to be like God in his goodness that brings us pure joy when we achieve it.

Although Machiavelli skillfully demonstrates how one has the characteristics of both a fox and a lion, Thomas reminds us of our likeness to God. Machiavelli advises people how they should use one another, lie to one another, and trick one another for ones own personal gain. Even thou this may bring success in one’s status and personal gain is there true joy? Thomas answers that question quite simply by reminding us of our likeness to God, and that our desire to do good is innate; we can not separate from it. When we do good deeds we are at our happiest. Our true nature is not only our human qualities, but also an angelic qualities, our likeness to God.

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