The object of the curriculum is to develop harmoniously all the mental and moral faculties of the student, to combine erudition and logical accuracy and to cultivate a sense for the beautiful in language. Such a course of studies gives the knowledge, refinement and culture which characterize true scholarship and accustoms the student to serious application before he takes up professional branches.
The study of Christian Doctrine and morals is the foundation of the education given to the students. Nothing is left undone to enlighten their minds with the light of faith, while striving at the same time to infuse piety into their hearts.
The course of English has but one goal - the art of good expression - that is, the ability to speak and write with clarity and logic, with interest and with force. Accordingly, having been equipped with the fundamental skills of reading and writing, the students shall study grammar, the means of clear and logical expression; style, the means of interesting expression; and persuasiveness, the means of forceful expression. Rules alone do not make writers; and therefore, following the footsteps and methods of all great writers, speakers and rhetoricians, from Demosthenes to Cicero, from St. Augustine to Burke, the students will learn their art principally by the analysis and imitation of excellent models.
The study of the English classics receives a powerful help from familiarity with the Latin and Greek authors, who are unrivaled models of elegance in thought and diction. The study of their works has produced the greatest English writers, poets and orators.
Exercises, translations from the Latin and Greek languages and retranslations, accustom the pupil to accurate thought and afford him the best opportunity to perfect himself in the mother tongue.
Mathematics develops the reasoning powers; history not only enables the student to form a correct judgment of past and present events, but furnishes him with ideals and spurs him on to noble deeds. The natural sciences bring the student into contact with the material aspects of nature and exercise the inductive and deductive powers of reason.
The division of the subject-matter and the method of teaching are based upon the famous “Ratio Studiorum” of the Society of Jesus.
A great stimulus to work and a valuable help towards deriving the full benefit of a classical education is furnished by frequent recitations. The pupils will also participate in debates and contests with other students enrolled in the academies operated by the Sisters.