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Academic Excellence...

A Classical Education


Six days a week, study, study, study!



Note: this description is from St. Anthony's Student Catalogues of the l950s, and '60s.  (The 70s and 80s were similar, but no Latin.) In the 1950s Spanish I and Biology were part of the Sophomore Course and the Junior Course contained  an  Algebra II  and the History III shown here.  

Students attended classes Monday through Saturday, but with half-days on Wednesdays and Saturdays, leaving the afternoons open for free time and/or sports!



Freshman Course


  Latin I             Mastery through drill of the declensions and conjugations; reading for beginners; 800 word vocabulary. 
 Religion I        Liturgical traditions, altar serving, catechism, and religious virtues.
 English I         Basic grammar and composition; selected reading for appreciation.
 Algebra I        Fundamental mathematical processes as applied to an expanded number system, including negative integers, literal numbers, rational numbers, powers and roots.
 History I         Franciscan History. California History: from aboriginal era to modern times.  Second Semester: American History from 1600 to present.
 Music I           Basic musical components; instruments; composers; types of music. Emphasis on appreciation, listening to recorded classical pieces on 33 rpm albums and on reel to reel tapes.
 Speech I       Basic skills in dramatic and poetic readings and presentations.
 Art I                Basic elements of art: color and design; survey of paintings and their artists.
 Spanish I        Basic  vocabulary and grammar; directed dialog and directed oral composition; limited reading and writing.

Sophomore Course
  Latin II           Inflection and syntax of nouns, pronouns, adjectives and  verbs. Drill in high frequency Latin constructions.  Traditional readings from classical mythology for translation purposes, i.e. Jason and the Argonauts.
 Religion II      Old Testament, the 10 Commandments; ethics; applied morality.
 English II        Advanced grammar and composition; readings for class discussion and analysis.
  Algebra II           A continuation of Algebra I; advanced principles.
 Geometry       Basic elements of plane geometry; preparation for logical reasoning through mathematical      reasoning.
 Spanish II       Advanced grammar; graded readings, frequent compositions and conversation.
 Music II          Continuation of Music I: appreciation of musical types, choral singing.
 Speech II       Basic skills in extemporaneous speaking, as well as theatrical skills.
 Art II               Survey and appreciation of sculpture, and the sculptors, continuation of Art I.
 History II        World History: basic movements in political, economic and social history from ancient times to modern times.  Emphasis is on Western Civilization, WWI and WWII.

Junior Course
 Latin III          Caesar's Gallic Wars and selections from church authors - for translation purposes. Training in classical sentence structure, particularly subordinate phrases and clauses. Graves Latin was the textbook. (shown here)
 Religion III     New Testament, Life of Christ.
 English III      Historical development of American literature through types of writing and through the evolution of ideas as reflected in representative works. A thorough study of creative writing, with special emphasis on development of an individual style. Advanced grammar.
 Biology           (Laboratory science) Fundamentals of biology with applied laboratory studies. Bird study. Fruit fly experiments.
 Music III        Gregorian Chant; notation and applied chants. Basics of a variety of instruments.
 Speech III     Formal public speaking.
 Art III             Survey and appreciation of architecture- Roman, Greek, Classical, modern.
 Spanish III      Readings from representative Hispanic-American writers, which provide a source for discussion of cultural and literary content as well as applied grammar.
 Greek I           Basic grammar and vocabulary; selected readings from the New Testament.


Senior Course
 Latin IV          Selections from Cicero and Vergil's Aeneid. Weekly translation from church authors and modern Latin in writings. (Contribute to "Aquilifer" Latin Newspaper during a few years in the 1960s)
 Religion IV     Study of the Catholic Catechism / Apologetics.
 English IV       Review of grammar, and a study of rhetoric - correlated with advanced writing course. Study of the history of English literature; main periods, principal authors, significant works, reading and discussion of important selections.
 Physics          (Laboratory science) Fundamentals of physical laws; applied laboratory experiments.
 Music IV        Continuation of Music III, Appreciation of Classical composers.
 Speech IV     Review of I, II, III and basic homiletics.
 History III      Civics: U. S. Government,  Constitution, Amendments, Branches, and how each works.
 Spanish IV   Full review of Spanish I, II, III, and practical imersion with Spanish as a first language.
 Greek II         Advanced grammar; selected readings from the New Testament and from classical authors.

Miscellaneous items from the student catalogues of the time:
CLASS PERIODS are fifty-minutes. There are six periods per day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday and Saturday there are only four class periods. On these two days there are no class periods in the afternoon. 
 SUPERVISED STUDY is required daily: fifty minutes in the morning; and an hour and fifteen minutes in the afternoon; an hour and a half in the evening after supper.
 SPORTS: Each student is obliged to play all major sports: baseball, football (touch), and basketball. Minor sports (swimming, track, tennis, volleyball, handball) are optional. All sports are intramural [teams: Vikings, Lancers, Titans]; better athletes are on the varsity or JV team; others are on the lower division teams. For each student there are two practices per week. Practices are held after classes (between 3:00 and 4:45 p.m.) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. League games are held on the open afternoons (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). Each student has two league games per week. 
VACATIONS: There are two home vacations each year: the summer vacation is from the first week of June until the last Sunday of August. Christmas vacation lasts two-and-a-half weeks.
VISITORS: Visiting Sunday is the third Sunday of each month. Only parents may take the student off campus. Other visitors may see the student on campus. Parents who live at a distance and visit only once or twice a semester are allowed additional off-campus visiting on Saturday afternoon.
SENIORS will take on an active role as prefects in the dining room and in the dormitories.
FINANCES: The cost for tuition, board and room, etc., at the seminary is $500.00 per year per student [$300 in the 1950s]. Parents who may not be able to pay the full cost should discuss this directly with the Rector of the seminary. No student will be refused admission simply because there is an inability to meet the tuition.