St. Ambrose Academy

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St. Ambrose Academy
StAmbroseLogo1-COLOR.png
Address
602 Everglade Drive
Madison, Wisconsin, (Dane County) 53717
United States
Coordinates 43°4′28″N 89°30′0″W / 43.07444°N 89.50000°W / 43.07444; -89.50000Coordinates: 43°4′28″N 89°30′0″W / 43.07444°N 89.50000°W / 43.07444; -89.50000
Information
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Omnia Christus est nobis!
(Christ is everything for us!)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Ambrose of Milan
Established 2003
President David R. J. Stiennon
Principal Scott Schmiesing
Faculty 10
Grades 612
Enrollment 89 (2015–2016)
Color(s) Red and gold         
Sports Basketball (co-op), eight-man football (co-op), cross country, soccer (co-op)
Team name Guardians
Accreditation NAPC*IS
Tuition $5,875
Director of Classical Education Constance Nielsen
Academic Dean Michael Kwas
Website

St. Ambrose Academy is a Roman Catholic middle school and high school located in Madison, Wisconsin, founded in 2003. The school's stated purpose is to offer "a classical education rooted in the Catholic faith."[1]

History[edit]

Since 2004 St. Ambrose Academy classes have been conducted in the education wing of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Parish in Madison, Wisconsin.
Since 2004 St. Ambrose Academy classes have been conducted in the education wing of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Parish in Madison, Wisconsin.

Established in 2003, with classrooms at a facility of Cardinal Stritch University in Madison, by 2004 the school had 14 students.[1] That year the Madison Plan Commission granted a conditional use permit to St. Thomas Aquinas parish at 602 Everglade Drive for up to 60 students.[2] The school continues to operate in the religious education wing of St. Thomas Aquinas parish.[3]

In 2006 and 2007 students attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C.[4] Scott Schmiesing, former principal of St. Francis Xavier School in Cross Plains became principal of St. Ambrose Academy in July, 2008.[5] In 2009 the school was accredited by NAPC*IS, the National Association of Private Catholic* and Independent Schools.[6] In 2010 the City of Madison Plan Commission approved enrollment of up to 140 at the school's St. Thomas Aquinas Parish quarters.[7]

Curriculum[edit]

The six core subjects are English, history, Latin, math, religion, and science. Topical studies that follow a historical progression are taught in a four-year cycle for the senior high and a three-year cycle for the junior high. Each cycle's historical topic is integrated in history, English, and religion, with the other courses reinforcing these studies where possible, yielding a "unified and interdisciplinary approach to each historical period." High school students are required to take two years of Latin.[8]

St. Ambrose Academy high school core curriculum
History Religion Science English
One Ancients The Church in the Pagan World/Logic Biology Ancients
Two Medieval/Renaissance Scripture Chemistry Medieval/Renaissance
Three America/Government Moral Theology, Liturgy & Sacraments Physics American/Government
Four Enlightenment/The Modern World The Church in the Modern World Advanced Science Enlightenment/The Modern World

Religion instruction focuses on "the analysis and understanding of the Scriptures and significant Church documents (such as papal encyclicals and the Catechism)."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Purpose, St. Ambrose Academy website
  2. ^ "West Side Parochial School Ok'd", The Capital Times, Madison, Wis., October 19, 2004.
  3. ^ "Faith Haven", The Capital Times, Madison, Wis., October 13, 2006.
  4. ^ Wagner, Kat (January 17, 2008), "St. Ambrose students to attend march", Diocese of Madison Catholic Herald, p. 8 
  5. ^ "St. Ambrose Academy names Scott Schmiesing as new principal", Diocese of Madison Catholic Herald, p. 8, April 24, 2008 
  6. ^ http://www.ambroseacademy.org/joomla/index.php St. Ambrose Accredited by NAPC*IS
  7. ^ "City approves request to expand enrollment at St. Ambrose Academy", Diocese of Madison Catholic Herald, June 3, 2010 
  8. ^ Course of Study
  9. ^ What is Classical Education?, St. Ambrose Academy website

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