Our boys were at a private Catholic school where the scholastic level, sports and extracurricular activities were all excellent.

But there was very little prayer. 

Although we had been told that students started and finished the day with prayer, this did not seem to happen. And even though there was a Church and a monastery next door to the school, there was little emphasis on attending Mass. 

We were concerned by how faith could be transmitted to students in this way but even more so about character formation and culture. 

Many of the children were from a very privileged background and we found especially our older child starting to be influenced by a sort of worldly, individualistic attitude.  

While we would probably have thought we could make up for these missed opportunities at school through the family life what concerned us was more a sense of entitlement among some of the children - not all by any means but enough to set a tone.

How did you find out about the Regina Caeli Academy? And what convinced you to go for it?

RCA came up purely by chance while googling for something on Catholic homeschooling. 

First, because the education offered is integral -  where faith, intellectual learning and life are treated as one. Faith is part of the fabric of the school and the lesson - not something added on. 

Secondly, because all the families at RCA live in this way and have actively chosen RCA for this reason. 

Therefore, instead of peer pressure taking the boys away from their true identity, we can see that there is a community supporting them (and us) on a path to fulfilment and holiness.

We have found they are more peaceful and happier and - despite struggles - do listen to us more. We are more of a family.  

How have you found co-teaching with RCA tutors?

Great. We love the History course. We are still learning how to teach at home in the RCA way but the community of parents and staff are supporting us in the process.

It has made us more involved with our boys’ education - not just in terms of transmitting information but helping them to understand, be curious, and learn. It's underlined to us how much we missed in our education.

Ultimately it is helping our children to grow in maturity and faith, as people who know what they believe and are able to make good judgements.

What would you say to a parent considering sending their child to RCA?

We would say that RCA offers 3 great things:

  1. A classical education which teaches children to think and judge for themselves, not just answer exam questions.
  2. A faith which is part of life, not something apart from it. 
  3. A community of people who desire to live these things together.