Our History

The result of a grass-roots movement of parents, Chesterton Academy offers an integrated college preparatory curriculum taught through the lens of the Catholic faith. Launched in fall of 2008 with just 10 students, the school now enrolls 130 students in grades nine through twelve and offers summer school programs, options for home school students, and adult enrichment classes.

Named for the great English writer G.K. Chesterton, Chesterton Academy raises up virtuous young men and women in the Catholic tradition of faith and reason, centered on the truth of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inspired by Saint Pope John Paul II, we take as our motto “Cultura Vitae”, “the culture of life.” We make it our mission to prepare our students to triumph over the materialism and despair that pervade our culture and to accept our Lord’s offer to have life and have it abundantly.

Chesterton Academy offers:

  • Well-defined integrated core curriculum with classical emphasis
  • Emphasis on general knowledge, not specialization
  • Mixture of Socratic method and lecture format
  • Training culture warriors – defending the Faith and the family and actively engaging the culture of death
  • Regular and committed involvement in pro-life activities and strong ties to established pro-life organizations
  • Daily Mass held at Church of the Holy Family located in St. Louis Park
  • Affordable tuition

Our Purpose

The purpose of Chesterton Academy is to nurture the minds and the souls of our children through an integrated education. We believe that all truths are related to the central truth of the Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Faith and reason do not contradict one another, nor are they to be segregated from one another. Through the study of art, music, literature, language, history, mathematics, science, philosophy and religion, we want to prepare our children to think both rationally and creatively, to defend their faith, to contribute positively to society, and to promote a culture of life.

We are called as faithful Christians to build a Culture of Life, which means going against modern trends and fashions in almost everything, especially in our approach to learning. As G.K. Chesterton said, “A dead thing goes with the stream; only a living thing can go against it.”

G.K. Chesterton represents the ideal of a complete thinker but also of a modern cultural warrior. At the beginning of the 20th century, he foresaw and addressed many of the destructive trends that have continued into the 21st century. As a recognized defender of the faith, a literary genius, and a stellar example of Christian charity, Chesterton is a perfect model on which to develop an integrated education.

We are preparing our children for both temporal life and eternal life: to be good citizens and to be saints.