Aquinas Learning was founded in 2009 by Rosario Reilly, a home schooling mom of five children with the support of her spouse, some friends, and the urging of the Holy Spirit. Rosario earned her Masters of Education degree from Marymount University, taught in a variety of school settings (public school, Catholic school, montessori), taught 4th grade CCD for 5yrs, is currently undertaking her Master Catechist certification from the Arlington Diocese, and, most essential to this program, started homeschooling her own children since 2003. Along the way, her best mentors have been Jesus and His Magisterium, writers like Mortimer Adler, G.K. Chesterton, Cardinal Newman, St. Thomas Aquinas, C.S. Lewis, Stratford Caldecott, and the mentors who continue their teachings today.
Shortly after entering the world of homeschooling, she took on the role of coordinator for her local homeschool support group. Her experience there taught her that parents, like herself, were looking for a more consistent form of peer interaction (classmates over several years versus a chance encounter at some clubs) and a solid scope and sequence of education they could trust to be excellent, classical, and Catholic. She and her friends also wanted their children to learn in community with their peers without sacrificing the flexibility afforded by home schooling. Aquinas Learning was their solution, blending a once-a-week meeting day with peers and other adults with at-home studies based on a sound philosophy of education. The method was to be a once-a-week mentoring program, the approach was to be classical in the traditional sense, the integrated curriculum was to be based on Philippians 4:6-9* (the true, good, and beautiful), and the identity was to be Catholic. The first center opened in Manassas, VA in the fall of 2009 with 40 students. Currently, the Manassas center enrolls about 100 students and there are an additional centers which now license the Aquinas Learning curriculum bringing it to the children at their centers.
* “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:8-9
An Integrated Curriculum
Rather than dividing faith and reason, the Aquinas Learning program weds them together into a single track. From Kindergarten through high school, we employ a cycle-based curriculum that integrates diverse disciplines, and unifies the educational experience for the entire family.
We are now providing the Aquinas Learning program to several families and homeschool centers across the United States. There are currently centers in five states who are licensed to use the Aquinas Learning program, with more on the way. Click here to find the classical homeschool centers licensed to provide the Aquinas Learning Program.
Under Our Patron
Aquinas Learning is operated under the principles and protection of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Doctor Angelicus.