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  • The Icon

    The “Dove” symbolizes the Holy Spirit, spouse of the Regina, and captures the virtually inseparable relationship between the two.

    The Dove’s two wings symbolize Faith and Reason captured in Pope St. John Paul II’s opening line of Fides and Ratio
    (“Faith and Reason are the two wings upon which Man takes flight.”)

    The Dove’s rays represent graces bestowed upon the Regina Chesterton Academy and its students, parents, teachers, administrators and benefactors.

    The Shield represents the protective power of Truth in the lives of the Academy’s students and teachers.

    The Laurel Wreath symbolizes the distinguished level of classical education and the academic achievement of the Academy’s students.

    The icon represents all that the students will experience on their journey through Regina Chesterton Academy. This journey by its very nature will be A Joyous Exploration of Faith and Reason. One in which the students, along with their teachers will pursue Truth with passion. 

    This unique education will open the door to which the students will be directed to discover the wisdom accumulated by mankind in every age, beginning with antiquity. The journey will be joyous as it will be marked by the commitment of teachers, students, parents and administrators and undertaken with a spirit of adventure and fun consistent with the mind and heart, faith and fervor of G.K. Chesterton himself.
  • The Regina

    As Catholics we believe there is but a singular overarching goal in life. We are called to holiness; we are called to become saints. Indeed, as the Church teaches, it is necessary that we become saints if we are to enter paradise and live in eternal union with the most Blessed Trinity.

    It is manifestly God’s will that the saints are all uniquely different – in order that we, the Church Militant, can each find at least one saint who’s temperament and circumstances and journey in faith mirrors our own and who becomes an ongoing source of encouragement.

    Despite their great differences, however, there is one thing that all the saints shared in common while they were on this earth: a strikingly powerful devotion to the Mother of God.

    Many were quite explicit about their love for, and dependence upon, the woman the Church regards as Immaculately conceived. The greatest of saints in our time – St. Terese of Lisieux, Maximilian Kolbe, John Paul II, Mother Theresa – were known to have consecrated their lives and work to the Immaculate Heart of Mary … and to have renewed their consecrations annually.

    This is why The Regina Academies are called the Regina Academies.

    We exist to help our parents and our students and our teachers and our administrators to become saints. We know this is simply not possible without the intercession of the Queen of angels and men. We know she is the most powerful intercessor known to man and the shortest and most direct path to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. And the origin and history of our Academies bears constant witness to the promise “never was it known that anyone who fled to (her) intercession was ever left unaided.”

    So we have dedicated our Academies to the woman that the poet called “nature’s solitary boast.”

    We have consecrated our Academies and our entire communities to her and we renew those consecrations at the start of every school year.

    And we pray to her every day, asking for the grace to stay faithful to the great commission we have been given: To co-operate with her in bringing as many souls as possible to Christ.
  • The Regina Academies

    Regina Coeli Academy was founded in 2003 by a group of Catholics who recognized the great need for a return to the ancient classical liberal arts education, which had produced, through the centuries, some of the greatest minds in Western Civilization. The model was founded on a pursuit of God (beauty, truth and goodness), providing a thorough grounding in the teachings of the Catholic Church and reflecting the practice of Christian values. The courses offered provide the students with the tools for learning to enable them as they go through the Trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric), to acquire knowledge and critical thinking skills, developing them into life long learners and impacting them as future leaders. 

    The success of Regina Coeli Academy brought forth sister academies, Regina Angelorum Academy and Regina Luminis Academy, geographically located in the Philadelphia region. On July 1, 2014, the three sister-schools were joined by, St. John the Baptist Parish School located in Ottsville, PA as announced at the joint, Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education-Regina Academies press conference conducted on June 2, 2014. St. John the Baptist Parish School became The Regina Academy at Saint John the Baptist.
  • The Chesterton Academies

    Regina Chesterton Academy is a collaborative non-profit venture of Regina Academies of Philadelphia and Chesterton Academy of Minneapolis under the sponsorship and control of Cardinal O’Hara High School.

    Chesterton Academy is a private, co-ed, college-preparatory program with a classical curriculum; it launched in 2008 in Edina Minnesota with 10 students and now enrolls 130 students in grades 9 – 12. It was co-founded by world renowned Chestertonian scholar, Dale Ahlquist, and Tom Bengtson a successful businessman and the author of two books and a column on how to live a life of faith at work.

    In addition to owning and operating their own Academies, Chesterton Academy franchises its classical curriculum to other independent private academies in a growing number of cities. There are currently 7 Chesterton Academies in 7 U.S. cities and there are plans to open 3 more Academies in 2016.

    The Chesterton Academy curriculum is foundationed on the classical educational building blocks of math, science, language, humanities, and the arts.

    In the humanities, students proceed from Antiquity in grade 9 to the Early Medieval period in grade 10, to the High Middle Ages and Renaissance Period in grade 11 and, finally, to the Modern period in grade 12. 

    The Humanities curriculum includes history, literature, theology, philosophy, foreign language, economics and social sciences.

    The Math curriculum includes Algebra II, Trigonometry, Calculus and Statistical Theory. 

    The Science curriculum includes Astronomy, Geology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

    The Arts curriculum includes Music, Art and Drama.

    The method of presentation is Socratic. Teachers lead students to truth and beauty by encouraging them to question everything – including their teachers and each other.

    Every student is accountable for enriching each class through rigorous preparation and active participation.

    Chesterton Academy regards faith as “the central reality from which all academic disciplines flow and derive their meaning.”

    Chesterton Academy graduates will be trained to solve difficult societal problems by virtue of their having absorbed the “wisdom of the ages.” They will understand Man, his fundamental identity and mission, in a way their peers will not. This they will have achieved by sitting, virtually, at the feet of the Grand Masters whose intellectual contributions form the pillars of Western Civilization. This will permit them to understand Modernity in all its glorious complexity from the perspective of man’s entire journey through time, not merely his industrial and technical achievements of the last few hundred years. They will be trained to lead.
  • About G.K. Chesterton

    Regina Chesterton Academy is named for the Englishman G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), who was considered one of the world’s most outstanding men of letters in the early 20th century and its most original thinker.

    He was an accomplished essayist, novelist, and poet, who wrote a hundred books on all different subjects. In 1922, he shocked the literary establishment by converting to Catholicism. He was later eulogized by Pope Pius XI as “a gifted defender of the faith,” and there is presently a popular movement to have him canonized.

    All the issues we struggle with in the 21st century, Chesterton foresaw, and wrote about, in the early 20th century. Social injustice, the culture of death, statism, assaults on religion, and attacks on the family and on the dignity of the human person: Chesterton saw where these trends, already active in his time, would lead us. He was a witty, intelligent, and insightful defender of the poor, the downtrodden, the weak, and especially of the family... He wrote in just about every genre: history, biography, novels, poetry, short stories, apologetics and theology, economic works, and more.1

    As a literary critic, Chesterton was without parallel. His biography of Charles Dickens is credited with sparking the Dickens revival in London in the early 20th century. His biography of St. Thomas Aquinas was called the best book on St. Thomas ever written, by no less than Etienne Gilson, the 20th century’s greatest Thomistic scholar. His books Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man are considered the 20th century’s finest works of Christian and Catholic apologetics. The Everlasting Man led a young atheist named C.S. Lewis to become a Christian. And audiences still delight in the adventures of Chesterton’s priest sleuth, Father Brown, as well as such timeless novels as The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, and others. The Napoleon of Notting Hill inspired Michael Collins to lead a movement for Irish Independence and an essay Chesterton wrote for the Illustrated London News inspired Mohandas Gandhi to lead a movement to end British colonial rule in India.1

    Chesterton debated many of the celebrated intellectuals of his time: George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Bertrand Russell, Clarence Darrow. According to contemporary accounts, Chesterton usually emerged as the winner of these contests, however, the world has immortalized his opponents and forgotten Chesterton, and now we hear only one side of the argument, and we are enduring the legacies of socialism, relativism, materialism, and skepticism. Ironically, all of his opponents regarded Chesterton with the greatest affection. And George Bernard Shaw said: “The world is not thankful enough for Chesterton.”2

    His writing has been praised by Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Karel Capek, Marshall McLuhan, Paul Claudel, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Sigrid Undset, Ronald Knox, Kingsley Amis, W.H. Auden, Anthony Burgess, E.F. Schumacher, Neil Gaiman, and Orson Welles. To name a few.2

    Regina Chesterton Academy has chosen "G.K." for its patron because he not only represents the fullness of faith and reason, but also Catholic joy and common sense.​
  • The Quotable G.K.

    Some Famous Quotes of G.K. Chesterton

    "Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."

    "If there were no God, there would be no Atheists."

    "To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it."

    "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried." 

    “It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything.”

    “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

    “Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.”

    “Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.”

    “Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.”

    “Progress is Providence without God. That is, it is a theory that everything has always perpetually gone right by accident. It is a sort of atheistic optimism, based on an everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle.”
  • Testimonials

    Alea Mettler (Florin) ’2011 was called to Holy Matrimony and is expecting her second child. She and her husband are graduates of North Dakota State University and are raising their family in Fargo, North Dakota, and are employed in parish ministry in the area. Here is a testimony she shared while she was in college:
    Chesterton Academy prepared me for college academically, but it also prepared me to live out and defend my Catholic Faith. At Chesterton Academy, I was spoiled because our faculty faithfully follows the teachings of the Catholic Church, and the Catholic faith is incorporated into every subject. I am now attending a secular university and must continually stand up for what I believe. Chesterton Academy, my wonderful family, and the grace of God have made it possible for me to thrive not only academically, but also spiritually, in this environment.
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  • Value Comparison

    The only way to truly measure the value of an authentically Catholic, timeless Classical education is to evaluate the arc of a student’s life after he or she has graduated.
    The evaluation itself ought to be holistic. Meaning it should fairly include a graduate’s faith witness, family commitment, vocation or career achievements, and apostolic and community building contributions.
    So it is too soon to evaluate Regina Academy and Chesterton Academy graduates from this perspective. But, as you will see under the Performance Page, it is not too soon to measure comparative educational value.
    And the performance in national standardized tests of students who are being classically educated is considerably better than those being educated with alternative curriculums.
    But even that is only a part of the story. When cost is considered, the value equation becomes even clearer.
    Note in the table below that Regina Chesterton Academy at Cardinal O’Hara High School will cost significantly less than other private schools within its footprint.
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  • FAQ

    1) Is there information available that describes the intellectual background of the classical curriculum?
    Yes, we recommend the following resources as a good place to start. They are both available as free downloads: The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents by Dr. Christopher Perrin

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    • The Regina Difference
    • The Regina Difference
Watch - The Regina Difference...
This video is a brief introduction to the classical education experience
at a Regina Academies elementary school – Regina Coeli Academy.
Listen as faculty describe the elements of a classical education.
Witness the joy of Regina Academies' students as they give testimony
to the benefits of this unique education.
    • Chesterton Academy - A Culture of Life
    • Chesterton Academy - A Culture of Life
Watch - Chesterton Academy, A Culture of Life...
An Introduction to Chesterton Academy Chesterton Academy students join co-founders Tom Bengtson and Dale Ahlquist to reflect on the history, mission and impact of Chesterton Academy.

Cardinal O’Hara High School