The Rolling Acres School's elementary religion curriculum is formally recognized as Catholic by the Most Reverend Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm.
In the Academy, the instructors are Catholics in good standing, who are commited to the mission of the school. We teach in the hope of bringing our students to Christ and contributing to the establishment of a clear Catholic cultural identity among the youth of our time. By grace, we take this to mean, first and foremost, that we show how all things must be understood as they relate to and reveal the person of Christ. This goal is attainable only when we remain cogent of several key elements, among them: the interrelation of spiritual, moral, and intellectual development; the importance of historical context for a proper understanding of anything; the necessity of focusing upon real things, rather than theoretical commitments to achieve wisdom, and the humility to recognize the mystery of it all. In addition, we defend the Catholic philosophical tradition as unique and superior to the alternatives in its understanding of man and its capacity to answer the fundamental and perennial questions.
At a practical level, there are many ways in which education can be approached. We think that though there are definite limitations to them, the new media present unique opportunities that are fully in keeping with the essential thesis of Catholicity.
Finally, we publicly confess our intention to submit to the guidance of the teaching magisterium of the Catholic Church.
Religion: Integrated in Curriculum
In all courses, we seek wisdom by teaching truth and refuting falsehood. The goal is twofold: knowledge of each thing in itself and knowledge of how each thing reflects and participates in the divine. Thus all of our courses are, in some sense, religious, since they aim at knowing truth in the person of the risen Christ. Each course in its specific focus provides knowledge of the world through which we come to know of God through reason and sheds light on an aspect of the meaning of revelation, wherein God reveals himself.
All of our teachers are Catholics in good standing who are dedicated to the mission of the school. We seek candidates whose education includes a strong liberal arts background and sound philosophy and theology. These are most helpful for explicating the ways in which all things connect back to God. In addition, our teachers understand that their moral and spiritual examples as Christians have a profound impact upon the students. We ask that they teach by example what it means to be a Catholic Christian.
The culmination of philosophical studies is the study of theology. After students have learned the tools of learning in the trivium, they ascend to the contemplation of nature, and then to natural theology (God revealed in nature) and finally to revealed theology, wherein God reveals himself. This gives the curriculum the structure of an ascent to God. In addition, readings from theology permeate all of the Great Books sequences - from the Old and New Testaments, Augustine, and Aquinas to Dante, Newman, and Gueranger.