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Academic Philosophy

The academic philosophy of Cascia Hall Preparatory School is based on the Latin School tradition of our earliest American schools.  This same tradition has been nurtured by the Augustinians in the United States since the founding of Villanova College (now University) in 1842.  Within this paradigm, Cascia Hall seeks to educate the whole person, to encourage and develop an ongoing pursuit of the truth, which leads to God, who is ultimate Truth.  While maintaining a firm basis in this tradition, the Cascia Hall course of studies prepares students for an ever-changing world.

The Middle School introduces sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students to the heritage of the highly successful, traditional, liberal arts curriculum of Cascia Hall.  The Middle School builds upon skills acquired in previous learning experiences and provides a foundation for future success.  In keeping with the Augustinian mission to nurture the whole person, the Middle School provides a unique learning environment where students can mature, achieve success, be challenged with an appropriate curriculum, and develop their problem solving and critical thinking abilities.  The Middle School also emphasizes the attitudes required to master the intellectual and social skills necessary for academic success.  In particular, the administration, faculty, and staff strive to help each student develop self-motivation, self-discipline, and self-responsibility for learning; pride and self-confidence; appreciation for diverse views and ideas; and respect for others. 

The Upper School continues the same liberal arts tradition.  As part of this tradition the Upper School requires students to take courses in English, math, science, social studies, and theology each semester. Cascia Hall’s college-preparatory curriculum offers a balanced, well-rounded approach which allows each student to be prepared to study any academic discipline at any university.   Even though students may differ in talent, aptitude, ability, and background, they are expected to progress each year and take the most challenging course available in each academic department.  In keeping with the development of mind, body, and spirit, students are challenged academically, encouraged to participate in various school-sponsored activities and athletic programs, and given opportunities to practice their core values as members of a faith community.

In short, Cascia Hall’s academic philosophy strives to develop its students into lifelong scholars in pursuit of the Augustinian values of truth, unity, and love.