PictureWhat is a mathematical girl like me doing in a place like this? Sometimes I ask that question as I sit in my office as Head of School at Aquinas Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. As a K – 12 independent Catholic school that is classical in nature, Aquinas Academy has a mathematician at the helm. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! It has worked well for the last six years as I have continued to grow in knowledge and appreciation of the elements of a classical liberal education in the Catholic tradition.

Aquinas Academy is an amazing success story. Founded in 1996 by a group of parents with a bold vision, Aquinas has grown from the 14 students who attended grades 5 through 8 in that initial year, to the 280 students and 33 faculty members who are present this year. With a mission statement that begins by recognizing parents as the primary educators of their children, Aquinas Academy has a classical focus. Instruction and discussion is geared appropriately at the Grammar (lower school), Logic (middle school), and Rhetoric (high school) stages to optimize student learning.

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