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Inspiring excellence - educating mind, body, and soul - a classical education in the Catholic tradition.
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Divine Mercy Academy, an independent school in the Catholic tradition, serves students in Preschool through Grade 9 in the Gallatin Valley. Established in 2012, we seek to provide our students an excellent academic experience with a strong focus on moral formation and religious instruction.
The curriculum at DMA challenges students to think critically, speak effectively, write proficiently, and grow in their Faith.
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What distinguishes Catholic classical education from the traditional education most of us are familiar with? It is not the crucifix on the wall or the prayers throughout the day. Certainly these are important elements of our efforts here at Divine Mercy Academy. But the heart of DMA’s distinction from traditional schools is its commitment to Truth, capital “T”. Everything a class does throughout its day of studies--be it reading a story, writing a paragraph about history, or redoing an incorrect math problem--is an opportunity to learn how to recognize a truth (small “t”): Was Peter Rabbit wrong to sneak into Farmer McGregor’s garden? How did soldiers in the trenches of The Great War show courage? What error did I make in solving that equation? Practice in recognizing truths in the various subjects students study makes it ever more likely that they will recognize Truth, that is Jesus Christ, when they encounter Him. Our goal here at Divine Mercy Academy is just that: to enable our students to perceive Jesus in their lives. Along the way, they will develop skills for learning and living; they will build a storehouse of knowledge; most of all, they will come to know who they are--children of God.A Reflection from Cheryl RollerThe Distinguishing Goal
Classical curriculum gets a lot of mileage out of bits of wisdom. In last week’s Morning Assembly, students learned about battles of the Civil War, including Gettysburg. In their classrooms, the opening lines of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” were used in age-appropriate ways. Students in 2nd/3rd discussed tricky spelling and did the math to figure out how long “four score and seven years” would be, then wrote the first sentence as a dictation exercise (with some younger students doing a “perfect copy” exercise instead). Students in 4th/5th studied a comparison of 19th century and 21st century punctuation conventions and wrote their dictation exercise with today’s comma rules. Finally, 6th-8th graders learned about paraphrasing, an essential skill for writing research papers, expressing Lincoln’s powerful ideas without using his famous words.Cheryl RollerDMA's Headmistress
Music In the Soul: In my new role as DMA’s administrator, I have found myself lingering after Morning Assembly to witness young voices in training, as Mrs. Kostyal nudges students’ pitch, coaches the challenges of singing harmony, and instills appreciation for the Latin lyrics. Schola class is a favorite among students, and indeed it is central to our school’s classical philosophy. In his book Beauty for Truth’s Sake, Stanford Caldecott elaborates on Pope Benedict’s vision of human existence being fundamentally “liturgical.” Caldecott says that “our lives can be oriented toward God by prayer and action in such a way that the interior world of the human soul and the exterior world of the society and universe are brought into harmony” (p.13). Big stuff! But that is what DMA strives to do throughout the day. The harmony is just quite obvious in Schola class.Cheryl Roller
The church was darkened and silent, but very much alive with prayer and reverence. As I knelt before the relic of St John Vianney, I marveled at the sacredness of the moment, surprised by my response to this unusual religious experience. I rested in the silence, rejoicing that so many people were also drawn to the mystery. And I braced myself for the imminent arrival of the more than fifty Divine Mercy Academy students. Would their youthful exuberance disturb this holy atmosphere? I waited. Suddenly I noticed the familiar plaid uniforms slipping quietly into pew spaces here and there. Older students tended younger students. Their focus was on the relic. They knelt. They prayed. They touched special items to the reliquary. I cannot convey how proud I was of these children. The sense of the sacred is central to our humanity, and thus to classical education. The relic that we all venerated was awe-inspiring mystery, something DMA’s students understood intuitively. Stratford Caldecott tells us that this sense of the sacred attunes us to the essence of our “being”, to “reality”, to “ultimate creative power”--that is, to God Himself. Divine Mercy Academy’s mission was well served by last Tuesday’s veneration of the heart of St John Vianney.Cheryl Roller
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