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Integral Formation

 

Vineyard Academy implements the Integral Formation method of education - A proprietary and comprehensive system for developing and operating schools in accordance with the principles of education adopted by the National Consultants for Education (NCE). This method of education is successfully developing authentic Catholic leaders in schools worldwide. Built upon the Christian view of the human person, integral formation focuses on forming all dimensions of the person: intellectual, human, spiritual and apostolic, achieving the complete or integral formation of the student. An integral formation is the foundation for helping each student fulfill the unique mission for which he or she was created. The means for this formation are as follows:

1. Intellectual Formation - Developing intellectual skills, love for learning & truth.

  • High academic standards
  • Extensive study in core subjects
  • Effective study skills and habits
  • Critical thinking and reflection
  • Logical order of thought
  • Clarity of expression
  • Public speaking and writing skills
  • Technology to support learning objectives

2. Character Formation - Achieving virtue and maturity.

  • Virtue cultivation programs
  • High behavior standards
  • Mentoring
  • Sportsmanship and teamwork
  • Social graces

3. Spiritual Formation - Fostering a deep and genuine love for Jesus Christ, Mary, the Church, the Pope and the salvation of souls.

  • A personal relationship with Christ to know, love and serve Him
  • A deep understanding of the Faith through a solid program of religious instruction and integration of the faith throughout the curriculum
  • Living a life of grace and participation in the sacramental life of the Church
  • The conscious pursuit of virtue
  • Prayer as an integral part of school life
  • Respect for students of all faiths

4. Apostolic Formation - Forming within each student a compassionate heart so that as an apostle of Christ in the world, he or she will reach out in service.

  • The conviction to live according to Christian ideals
  • An awareness of social issues - particularly suffering and injustice in the world
  • A practical understanding of service
  • The desire to contribute to the well-being of the community
  • The qualities that aid apostolic action: Leadership, teamwork, initiative, and perseverance
  • Respect for students of all faiths

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