Classical Education
The Un-Common Core


• Time-tested
  Does not "teach to a

• Fosters "love of   learning"

• Aims for mastery of   reading, writing and   mathematics

• Knowledge of
  classical languages
  increases English

• Logic teaches how to   think critically and to   reason

Grammar Stage

• Grades K - 6

• Focus on memorization

• Chants, Songs,
  Rhythmic Verse

• Enormous amount of
  information retained
  for a lifetime

Logic Stage

• Grades 7, 8

• Argumentative phase
  in life.

• Ability to draw
  conclusions from series
  of facts begins to

• Students taught formal
  logic, reasoning skills

Rhetoric Stage

• High School

• Students learn to
  speak and write well

• Students learn to
  relate to their audience
  with clarity and



Cardinal O’Hara High School Announces Addition of a New Classical Education Track Option Beginning in the Fall of 2016

Tom Fertal, President of Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania, announced the formation of new classical education track called the Regina Chesterton Academy at Cardinal O’Hara High School.

The Academy will be integrated into the Cardinal O’Hara educational program for grades 9-12. It will offer a curriculum created by the Chesterton Academy in Edina, Minnesota, now in use in several schools around the country. The Academy’s goal is to graduate literate and articulate leaders prepared to face the unique challenges of the 21st century. The curriculum features a neoclassical model that emphasizes Logic and Rhetoric as well as Math, Science, Philosophy, and the Humanities to include Art, Music, Drama, Latin and Greek. The principal mode of learning will focus on a Socratic dialogue in which the teacher moderates an informed classroom discussion of the primary works of the masters of classical thought.

“This new offering came out of our strategic planning,” said Mr. Fertal. “It fits perfectly within our vision for O’Hara. Education of course is not a one-size-fits all proposition. We do our best to approach it from the perspective of what is most instructive for each and every student and his or her gifts. This will be the kind of unique program that a number of our parents have been asking for. As it will be deeply rooted in our authentic Catholic tradition, it is a program that also fits the mission of the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to “prepare Saints for life in this world and in the next.”

The Regina Chesterton Academy will be initially available to freshman and sophomores beginning in September, 2016 and migrate to a full, four-year program by September, 2018. It will be a collaboration with the Regina Academies of Philadelphia. Part of the Chesterton approach is to augment the educational curriculum with frequent communal prayer, the study of Sacred Scripture and landmark papal encyclicals, and bi-annual trips to Rome for juniors and seniors. “In a real sense, this program is something of a retrieval,” said Regina Academies Chairman Tim Murnane. “Classical catholic liberal arts education has always been anchored in the great thought and discoveries of ages past. This track will re-open wide the doors to the very foundations of western civilization.”

Mr. Fertal also believes the Regina Chesterton Academy will help attract new students for Cardinal O’Hara. “It will help differentiate us in a very competitive marketplace,” he said. “It will help us build a pipeline for the Regina Academies graduates. It will appeal to many of our Catholic students who are currently in public schools. It will also appeal to the growing number of students who are being home schooled because their parents do not believe a program like this exists.”

Regina Academies Foundress, Barbara Henkels, hopes the program will be an answer to prayer for her Regina Academies parents. “Of our four academies, only one – Regina Luminis - offers a four-year high school program and it is located in Downingtown which is simply too far for many of our students. Having a second classical high school academy, and one much closer to the city of Philadelphia, will allow us to offer an educational continuity that many of our parents have wanted for years. We are very grateful to Mr. Fertal, Cardinal O’Hara High School and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for this opportunity.”

Open House Informational sessions regarding the program will be held at Cardinal O’Hara at 6:30 PM on Saturday, December 12th 2015 and again at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, January 20th 2016. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Cathy Markley, For more information contact Mr. Tom Fertal at or 717-419-5690.


• Small Class Sizes
• Individualized Attention
• Saxon Math
• Shurley English
• Latin, Grades 1 - 8
• Greek, Grades 5 - 8
• Great Books
• Logic
• Forensics
• Montessori based Pre-K
• Students Score 1-2   years above grade level   on national tests
• Archdiocesan Art   Awards
• Like-minded Families
Member, NAPCIS
The National Association of Private Catholic And Independent Schools