MISSION

  1. What is a Classical Education? How does it differ from other systems of education?
    • A classical, or liberal arts, education, liberates the mind from ignorance. It takes a systematic approach. It provides a framework for understanding the branches of knowledge and relating them to one another.
    • In a classical education, children proceed through three distinct stages of learning: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.       In the Grammar phase young children acquire the fundamental building blocks of a subject. In the Logic phase, children learn organizational rules of that subject; they make connections, and begin to understand abstract thought. In the Rhetoric phase, older children form well-reasoned thoughts and make persuasive arguments in clear, eloquent language.
    • The Neumann Classical School also provides a classical education by using a curriculum rooted in Western history and culture. For instance, in art we primarily view great works of Western art (sculptures, paintings, artifacts) and architecture. In music, we listen to classical music and sing sacred liturgical music. For arts and crafts, we emphasize the classical drawing techniques. In literature, we read “classics” in English prose and poetry. History will take a long-range view beginning with the cradle civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, working through the Greco-Roman world, continuing into the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and ending with the Modern era.
    • A classical education values knowledge for its own sake and is not utilitarian. It imparts knowledge, fosters sound thinking, and sharpens discernment. It upholds truth and beauty, helping students distinguish between good and bad, better and worse.
  2. Is the Neumann Classical School a Catholic school?
    • Neumann Classical School is an independent private Catholic school faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Our religion curriculum is designed in conformity with archdiocesan standards for religion education.
  3. Why is the Neumann Classical School also Catholic?
    • A classical education enlarges and ennobles the mind, but to understand Man’s relationship to God, we turn to the Catholic Church. We teach our students to love the Lord and serve Him joyfully so that they may be happy with Him forever in Heaven.
  4. What role does religion play at Neumann Classical School?
    • The school day begins and ends with prayer, and we say the Angelus at Midday. Mass will be celebrated at least monthly (and hopefully weekly) on campus. We will arrange to have the Sacrament of Reconciliation available for students, faculty, and parents who wish to receive it. Religion is a core subject in our curriculum, and we prepare our students to make their first Reconciliation, receive First Holy Communion, and be confirmed in the Catholic faith.
  5. Can my child attend Neumann Classical School even if he or his family is not Catholic?
    • Our admissions policy does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, disability, or religion. All prospective students and their parents should understand that Catholic beliefs and doctrines, as well as Catholic prayer and worship, comprise the cornerstone of Neumann Classical School’s mission and identity. Religion is taught as a required subject in all grades. Attendance at school Masses is required for all students.

FALL 2018 RE-OPENING

  1. What grades will you provide in Fall 2018?
    • We will open grades K-3. Higher grades will open according to demand.
  2. How many students per class do you need in order not to have a combined classroom?
    • We need at least 8 students in each class in order not to have a combined classroom. A likely scenario for Fall 2018 will be a combined grades K-1 classroom and a combined grades 2-3 classroom.
    • Instruction in math, reading, and history will be taught separately for each grade level (e.g., only K-level students in K-level math, etc). Separation according to ability in these subjects is crucial to learning.
    • Certain subjects (i.e., choir, classical drawing, classical music, classical art, science, poetry, religion, Latin) will be taught in a combined grade setting.
  3. Is a combined grades classroom setting effective for learning?
    • For certain subjects, we find that combined instruction is beneficial for both grade levels. The learning expectations are higher for the older ages, but the younger children profit from exposure to the slightly advanced material. Our teachers have experience teaching in a combined grades setting.
    • Even our combined grade classrooms have a small student to teacher ratio, guaranteeing plenty of individual attention.
  4. What are your class sizes?
    • Our Little-Oaks classes will be no larger than twelve students per class. Lower and Middle School classes will be kept to a maximum of sixteen to twenty students.
  5. My child is behind (or advanced) for his age.       Can the Neumann Classical School tailor to his educational needs?
    • Each child will be evaluated to place him in the appropriate grade level for math and reading. If a child performs below grade-level, we will recommend a course of action to bring him to grade-level. If a child performs above grade level, he will be assigned the appropriate level work.

TUITION & COSTS

  1. How much will it cost for my son or daughter to attend Neumann Classical School?
    • Tuition, fees, and textbooks will be $6990 per child for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents will also be required to provide school materials for their child (notebooks, pencils, art supplies, etc.) and to purchase the uniform. Parents also pay small fees for class trips and socials as they occur throughout the year.
  1. Do you offer a multiple child discount?
    • We plan to offer a 20% tuition discount for each additional child enrolled. A family enrolling two children would thus pay $12,682 total; three children would be $17,076. We welcome large families to join our school community!
  2. Many parochial Catholic schools have a fundraising obligation or tithing commitment beyond the tuition. Does the Neumann Classical School have any such hidden fees?
    • No. We do not rely any parish or diocesan administrations for funding. As a result, we do not have associated fundraising or tithing requirements.
  3. How is the Neumann Classical School able to provide such a reasonable tuition?
    • The cost of educating is rarely covered only by tuition income at any school. The same is true of the Neumann Classical School.
    • We rely heavily on outside donations to subsidize the per-child cost of our education. We also rely on the volunteer efforts of our supporters to help keep costs down. Although we have no fundraising requirements, we would ask parents to reach out to their friends and families to donate funds and time (contact admin@neumannschool.org) to the Neumann Classical School.
  1. Do you provide financial aid?
    • We are able to provide very limited financial aid on a first-come first-serve basis. The application deadline is February 1, 2018. Financial aid is only available to those who have honored tuition commitments from previous years of enrollment. Send an inquiry to admin@neumannschool.org.

CURRICULUM

  1. What is the expected curriculum for grades K-3?
  2. Will Neumann Classical School adopt Common Core?
    • No. While effective at some schools, we will not adopt the Common Core State Standards.
  3. Are you concerned about the results of standardized tests if Neumann does not adopt Common Core?
    • We expect our students to perform well on standardized tests. Reading and Math is taught at an accelerated pace at the Neumann Classical School. In particular, our standards in Reading and Math meet or exceed the Common Core standards.
  4. What is the homework policy?
    • We encourage teachers to avoid assigning superfluous busy work. The purpose of homework is to reinforce concepts learned in the classroom and to ensure progress in learning.
    • Some students may be assigned remedial or additional work to keep up with the progress of the classroom.
    • For grades K-2, homework should take no more than 15 min per evening and consists primarily of reading (by the parent or child) and poetry memorization.
    • In grades 3-5, homework will be approximately 30 min per evening and consists of reading, memorizing poetry and history facts, and studying for spelling and math tests.
    • In grades 6-8, homework will take between 30 and 60 min per evening. In addition to reading, memorizing, and preparing for exams, students will turn in written reports, math problems and other assignments.
    • Homework should not take away from family time.       We encourage parents to work with their child’s teacher if homework takes longer than the suggested amount of time.
    • All parents are expected to sign and abide by the Homework Policy statement.
  5. Do you teach foreign languages?
    • All students study Latin. Our early Latin curriculum consists primarily of exposure to Latin hymns, prayers, and phrases. More formal Latin instruction begins in 3rd grade.
    • Students in grades K-2 study the French language 3 days per week with a fluent French instructor.
  1. Why is your emphasis Latin? Isn’t it a dead language?
    • The Neumann Classical School teaches Latin because it is one of the two languages of classical antiquity (the other being Ancient Greek).
    • Latin is the liturgical language of the Roman Catholic faith. Children learn prayers and the parts of the Mass in Latin.
    • Latin is the basis of the Romance languages.       Proficiency in Latin will prepare students to learn other modern languages in high school.
    • Latin is the source of many English words.       We teach Latin and Greek roots to help students expand their vocabulary.
  1. What other opportunities exist for students to excel academically?
    • Hardworking and motivated students will enjoy the challenging, but steady, learning pace at the Neumann Classical School.
    • Literature helps us understand the human condition. We assign reading that sparks the imagination of children and gives them windows into past and present worlds.
    • In addition to our normal arithmetic curriculum, we offer challenging math exercises that require extra thought and encourage conceptual understanding. All of our students are placed on the same track and will do Algebra I in 8th
    • Beginning in 6th grade, our students are invited to take the National Latin Exam.

 

THE SCHOOL DAY

  1. Where is Neumann Classical School located?
    • Our location for 2018 will be in lower Westchester County. The exact location has not yet been determined.
  2. How long is the school day?
    • The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.
  3. Are students required to wear uniforms?
    • All Neumann students are required to be in uniform every day. Uniforms must be clean, pressed, mended, and properly worn.
  4. Does Neumann Classical School offer sports teams? What other enrichment activities will Neumann Classical School offer?
    • Neumann is not planning to have sports teams created for the 2018 school year.
  5. What opportunities are there for parents to be involved at the school?
    • We also rely on volunteers to support the school. Contact our teachers and headmaster for more information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  1. Where does the name Neumann Classical School come from?
    • Neumann Classical School is named after Saint John Neumann. Saint John Neumann was born in Bohemia in 1811. He immigrated to the United States and was ordained at Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City in 1836. He served many Catholic immigrant families in upstate New York prior to entering the Redemptorist order and moving to Pittsburgh. In February 1852, St. John Neumann was appointed Bishop of Philadelphia, where he founded the first Catholic diocesan school system in the United States. We chose St. John Neumann as our patron for his tireless commitment to educating young Catholics both spiritually and intellectually. In particular, St. John Neumann published three texts used for catechesis: the Smaller Catechism, the Larger Catechism, and Bible History. Some of his writings are still used to this day.
  1. What safety guidelines are in place at the Neumann Classical School?
    • Safety is one of our highest priorities. Our school building must pass fire inspections every year. We have standard evacuation procedures in place in case of emergencies. All of our teachers undergo a detailed interview process, which includes a criminal background check. We have a mandatory reporting structure in place for suspected cases of child endangerment.
  1. What kind of educational backgrounds/certifications do you require of your teachers?
    • We place a strong preference on hiring teachers with a master’s degree in Education, the Classics, or a Liberal Arts discipline. See our Faculty page for a description of the backgrounds of our current teaching staff.