Proven, Classical Preparation
Belmont Academy prepares students with the virtues, skills, and knowledge needed to live joyful and abundant lives in a rapidly-changing world. Our master teachers inspire students to love truth, beauty, and goodness, and to fearlessly become.
Caritas - Veritas - Actio
Successful lives are built on love, truth, and action.
In contrast to today's Youth and adults today often feel alone, anxious, even paralyzed in inactivity. It has become self-evident to many that social media is a misnomer--far from enhancing contributes to this with its "flattery stats" (likes/shares/follwers/etc) and "feed" based interaction is the opposite of
, bullying, isolation, self-absorbtion, characterized by self-absorbed, gives and seeks flattery and conflict, Belmont students learn that caritas, veritas, actio (love, truth, action) lead to peace and abundance.
Belmont is a place of peace and refuge. On entering the building, the visitor notes the beautiful, orderly environment where students can focus and learn. Master works of art brighten hallways and classrooms. As students enter the classroom, teachers greet them by name. In all things we strive to live our motto: Caritas, Veritas, Actio.
Caritas (love) – We love God and each other. We cultivate kindness, courtesy, and generosity of heart.
Veritas (truth) – We affirm that truth exists. As we seek truth we love more completely and increase our ability to act for ourselves.
Actio (action) – We govern ourselves and act intentionally. We live according to the truth, beauty, and goodness we have received, and seek to influence the world for good.
At Belmont, we believe in small classes and big ideas. We give compliments but avoid flattery. We strive to grow in humility through gratitude to God and others.
is the tranquility of order.
— St. Thomas Aquinas
Life is a joy—
so should be learning.
— Mae Carden
Belmont graduates speak confidently, write eloquently, and cultivate the habits of success.
Our master teachers love students and love teaching. We use Classical teaching methods aligned with the Trivium--in this context, the three stages of a child’s development--Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.
Grammar (Grades K-4): In the early grades children have a natural gift to remember facts—the building blocks of learning. Students exercise these abilities through memorization and recitation, and are eager to demonstrate their knowledge.
Logic (Grades 5-8) In the middle grades students are increasingly ready to use the knowledge they acquire. They use grammar to express logical, reasoned thought; they apply arithmetic to solve problems; they make connections, compare and contrast concepts, and predict cause and effect.
Rhetoric (Grades 9-12): During this stage students develop their ability to create. They synthesize knowledge from multiple sources, refine logical thought, and express themselves precisely and persuasively, both orally and in writing.
Classical knowledge = more choices.
In contrast to a pop-culture dependent upon cell phones or social media for information, Belmont students know things. Important things. Here are a few:
Where our freedom came from, and how to preserve it.
How to work hard for something worthwhile.
knowledge that will serve them in college and beyond.
The truth shall set you free.
The leaders of tomorrow know more than how to find
The material a student masters now shapes their future success. To prepare students for success in life, and in any future field we teach the classical Liberal Arts including the sciences. In planning the curriculum we begin with the end in mind. For example:
Literature is chosen that uplifts, enlightens, and builds character.
Arithmetic is mastered in the early grades to prepare for success in advanced mathematics and sciences.
Logic and writing teach students to discern and defend truth.
History studies, including true accounts of great men and women through the ages, help us gain wisdom and act with purpose for a hopeful future.
Latin trains the mind for life-long learning. Latin is the language of science, law, and medicine; and of leaders throughout the ages.
Geography and foreign languages help us look outward, love others, and be an influence for good in the world.
Beautiful music, art, and poetry improve the mind and delight the heart.