Queen of Angels Cooperative Academy
Queen of Angels Cooperative Academy believes in a rich and generous education, seated deeply in truth, beauty, and goodness, that nourishes the whole child – mind, body, and soul – and gently trains him up, ordering his affections to Our Lord. We seek to rebuild a thriving Catholic culture, in our community and within our Domestic Monasteries, by creating a gathering place for families to join in the Great Conversation, a warm and inviting environment that ignites the flames of wonder and fires the moral imagination. We engage in Sacred Traditions and Liturgies through an abundant and cohesive curriculum, embodying a strong Catholic identity, and immersing ourselves the Monastic Liberal Arts.
We began with a simple idea to set aside time for pursuing Truth, Beauty, and Goodness within a small group of Catholic homeschoolers…
We began with a simple idea to set aside time for pursuing Truth, Beauty, and Goodness within a small group of Catholic homeschoolers, located in the Diocese of Gary, Indiana. God has taken that meager vision and grown it into a vibrant and edifying community. Starting five years ago with students preschool to 8th grade meeting weekly, we have now expanded to high school and are excited to provide a complete classical curriculum for middle and high school students beginning next year.
The cornerstone of our curriculum is the Integrated Humanities Program, which brings together language arts, history, and literature with logic, rhetoric, philosophy, geography, Bible and Church History, theology, and even arts and crafts into one, cohesive learning experience, using the monastic tradition of Lectio Divina as a framework. Together, we explore the richness and depth of true history, that is to say we connect to our own distinctly Catholic story, the story of Salvation History, the plan of Divine Providence, from which all other histories derived. Partaking in our abundant Catholic heritage, we encourage students to learn the mother tongue of our Holy Church, the language of Latin. We study the transcendent beauty of music and art in the Catholic Tradition. As Pope Saint John Paul II instructed us, “Through his ‘artistic creativity’ man appears more than ever ‘in the image of God.’” As such, we hone our own skill in the fine, performing, and mechanical arts to praise the Lord and glorify His creation. In observing the wonders of nature, we are driven to inquiry and prompted to careful consideration of the sciences. Natural Science and Mathematics classes seek to expose students to the wonder of God’s perfect creation and the ingenuity of man’s participation in creation as images of God.
Over the years, we have adjusted and honed our vision and our curriculum to meet both the needs of our community and our growing understanding of the Liberal Arts Tradition.
Over the years, we have adjusted and honed our vision and our curriculum to meet both the needs of our community and our growing understanding of the Liberal Arts Tradition. We have found our rhythm but are continually challenged to find new ways to build a restful environment that encourages deep learning of often difficult subject matter.
With parent-guides acting as learning facilitators, we provide students with the tools of learning so they may carry them throughout their lives and use them in adherence to God’s will. It is a musical education, one that orders the child’s affections to Our Lord and cultivates wisdom, grace, and virtue. It is the embodiment of the Catholic Faith in education.
Ashley Richards is one of the founders and directors of Queen of Angels Cooperative Academy. A mother of two wild and wonderful boys and a perpetual planner, she began her homeschool journey before her first child was even born, researching educational methods and philosophies. Upon discovering classical education, she rediscovered the roots of her Catholic Faith. Dragging her unceasingly supportive husband along for the ride, she had a crazy idea for a community and found an equally idealistic co-founder and director, now known as her soul sister. They brought their loaves and fishes; God worked out the rest.