Chesterton Academy’s House system is drawn from the 1,000 year-old tradition of Christian education exemplified in the colleges at Oxford and Cambridge. The Houses provide real, tangible community within the larger school, giving students the opportunity to take ownership, fulfill the call to leadership, and to cultivate the ideal conditions for virtue. Each House has a senior and junior prefect and a faculty advisor.
The Houses of Chesterton Academy are named for the four saints (two from the West,
two from the East) who support the Chair of Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
SAINT AMBROSE (c. 338 – April 4, 397) was the bishop of Milan who became one of
the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the fourth century. He promoted the
rights of the Church in relation to the imperial state and is counted as one of the four
original Doctors of the Church. He was also the teacher of Saint Augustine.
SAINT ATHANASIUS (c. 293 – May 2, 373), also known as Saint Athanasius the Great,
was a theologian who later became the patriarch of Alexandria, a leader of immense
significance in the theological battles of the fourth century. He is best remembered
for his role in the conflict with Arianism, although his influence covers a vast array of
SAINT AUGUSTINE (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430), the bishop of Hippo, was
both a philosopher and theologian, as well as an influential church leader in north
Africa. He framed the concept of original sin and related teachings on divine grace,
free will, and predestination, as well as the theory of the just war. His works remain
among the most influential in Christian history.
SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM (c. 347 – 407), archbishop of Constantinople, is known
for his eloquence in preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of the abuse of
authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Liturgy of St. John
Chrysostom, his ascetic sensibilities, and his violent opposition to paganism. He is
particularly honored in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
- Daily Mass The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch. CCC 1324 For this reason, every school day begins with Mass.
- Faith at the Center The faith is the central reality from which all academic disciplines flow and derive their meaning. Faith is at the core of our academic program. All subjects we teach are through the lens of the Church. This makes our school unique. Religion at CA is not merely one academic subject among many.
- Retreats and Prayer Students pray the Morning Offering and the Angelus. Regular retreats will be held through our partnership with the diocese and various other groups of religious brothers and sisters.
- Unique Calling Each person has a unique and unrepeatable gift. Students are prepared for life which means finding their vocation and discerning their calling for their lives.
- Building up the Kingdom of God … To use the skills they acquire at CA in faith, hope, and charity to build the Kingdom of God in this life and be with Him in everlasting happiness in the next.
Rome & Assisi
Every other year, Chesterton Academy juniors and seniors have the opportunity for a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, Italy. They encounter relics from the saints, sing for the Holy Father and see in real life the wonders of the ancient churches in the Eternal City.
March for Life
Annually, Chesterton Academy students join our friends from other Network Schools, in either Washington D.C. or Chicago, near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, giving a voice to the voiceless.