Xavier Philosophy

No nobler training exists but that which cherishes the good, the beautiful, and the true, thus producing disciples of knowledge and lovers of wisdom.

“…for then our youth shall dwell in a land of health, amid fair sights and sounds, and receive good in everything; and beauty, the effluence of fair works, shall flow into the eye and ear, like a health giving breeze from a purer region, and insensible draw the soul from the earliest years into likeness and sympathy with the beauty of reason.” 
~Plato’s Republic

 

  • Xavier Charter Schools have deliberately taken a classical approach to education which includes adherence to an ancient view of learning and traditional teaching methods.
  • Classical education leads young people to understand themselves and the world around them. They must acquire concrete skills and gain knowledge in certain disciplines to participate fully and effectively in the human community. To this end, Xavier has adopted E.D. Hirsch’s K-8 Core Knowledge Curriculum and a classical liberal arts curriculum in 9-12.
  • The classical view of education holds that human beings are thinking, moral creatures.  Xavier actively pursues intellectual study through Socratic Discussion and moral development through its 9 Pillars of Character. 
  • Xavier Charter Schools provides a political education worthy of this nation’s founding principles. It exalts the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as guaranteed by and realized through the American frame of government. It ensures that its students enter the world as citizens fully cognizant of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Xavier Charter Schools value an education in the Arts.  Classical education embraces the belief that creating in a specific medium affords young people the opportunity to reflect the beauty of the human spirit.  Xavier’s study of the Arts includes visual art (painting, sculpture, photography, film, etc.), aural art (music), kinetic art (dance, drama), and written art (poetry, literature).