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Ignatian Method

Establishing a Firm Foundation

Kolbe Academy is built upon the foundation of the Ignatian Method, based on the Spiritual Exercises and the Ratio Studiorum of St. Ignatius of Loyola and seeks:

  • To focus on formation, not information
  • To have the goal of leading the student to the knowledge and love of God
  • To help the teacher/parent train the student's memory, understanding and will
  • To train the student to speak, write and act well
  • To do all things Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, for the greater glory of God

Ignatian education is education with a purpose in mind beyond simply filling heads with data. A proper education should:

  • Form children into adults capable of being leaders and effective agents for Christ in the world
  • Fashion in the student an intelligent obedience to all duly-constituted authority
  • Develop in the student a respect for the contributions of the past
  • Create competency in the arts of expression
  • Instill in the student the habit of orderly thinking, trained by a thorough grounding in the basics and expanded in a literature-based curriculum

How does this work? The three tools of Ignatian education are:

  • Self-activity: forms the habit of independent study and interest in scholarly pursuits
  • Mastery: tackling progressively more difficult material through learning, repetition, and memorization builds confidence and motivation to keep learning
  • Formation: emphasizes development of the whole person--mind, body and soul--to help the student learn to make wise choices in line with the will of God