Letter from the Assistant Headmaster
At Saint Louis Priory School, our mission calls for us to provide a "college preparatory education of the highest excellence." To achieve this goal, we have designed a curriculum intended to educate the whole person. The various components of our program of study address the intellectual, artistic, physical, moral and spiritual dimensions of each boy's development. Simply put, almost everything that we do at Priory is curricular.
In the early stages of their Priory experience, our students are required to follow a liberal arts course of study involving nine academic departments. Such a curriculum provides the foundation that prepares young men for admission to distinguished colleges and universities, and, perhaps more importantly, enables them to undertake further studies with success. Within this course of study, we strive to impart the intellectual skills of inquiry, connection and reflection vital for success in any endeavor.
As boys progress through our program, their opportunities for variety in course selection increases. Some of our students elect to continue their study of the classical languages, while others choose to participate in our growing computer science program. Each boy continues to develop his craft in one of our visual, fine, or performing arts electives for a minimum of two years in the high school. By the time they are juniors and seniors, many of our students are challenged by Advanced Placement (AP) work in a number of disciplines. In the senior year, students largely sculpt their own curriculum in addition to writing a substantive thesis on a topic of their choice, while working with a faculty member on an independent basis.
Our Division Directors, Department Heads, and Faculty strive to work with our students to ensure that they take a strong and varied course load, paying careful attention to each student’s total school involvement, athletic and other curricular commitments, and overall combination of classes.
If you have any questions about the academic program at Priory, please contact the Director of the Junior/High school or myself.
Jared M. Rashford, Ph.D.