Cardinal O’Hara High School is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Andrew Youngblood as its new Director of the Regina Chesterton Academy. Mr. Youngblood holds a BA in Theology from Christendom College, an MA in Theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology from the Catholic University of America. He has experience in classical education including serving as Headmaster of the Regina Coeli Academy and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Christendom College.
The Regina Chesterton Academy will be initially available to freshman and sophomores at O’Hara beginning in September 2016 and migrate to a full, four-year program by September 2018. 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.
“Through the guidance of Our Lady, the rich heritage of the classical, liberal arts education, and the insight of G.K. Chesterton, it is our goal to engage the students, not only in learning, but in formation;” says Youngblood, “a formation that allows each student to flourish, to think clearly and independently, to discover who they are and to become men and women of Faith.”
A meet and greet social will be held for Mr. Youngblood on Monday, June 13, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the St. John Paul II Ministry Center at O’Hara. All are welcome to attend. Families entering or considering entering the Regina Chesterton Academy are, of course, highly encouraged to attend.
Mr. Youngblood officially begins his duties on July 1.