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To provide the highest quality Catholic education and foster integrally formed Christian leaders. This mission is fulfilled as Everest Academy students graduate as strong Christian leaders, convinced of the truth, prepared and committed to transform society where Christian values are taught, embraced and put into practice.
Educating a person consists of helping him achieve, as fully as possible, the life plan for which God has brought him into existence. To educate a person is to give clear direction and specific content to this process, shaping it according to the person of Christ, the human ideal par excellence.
The specific mission of the school implementing Integral Formation® is the integral formation of the student as a well-rounded, mature youth of character and integrity:
- An authentic Catholic leader who lives according to the Gospel values in the community, at home, in the workplace, and in the Church;
- A leader with an apostolic heart, a genuine concern for others, as one who seeks to serve others and, especially, those in need;
- A leader who is instrumental in transforming and re-Christianizing society.
This mission is achieved by providing the highest quality education; a complete, balanced, and harmonious development of the whole person; the integral formation of the student which is the development of all aspects of one’s personality: intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic, to become a fully mature individual; Everest Academy assists and guides students to fulfill the “life project” for which God has called them to.
To Teach, To Educate, To Form
The mission is pursued through the development of the whole person (integral formation) encompassing the commitment to teach, to educate, and to form.
- To teach the mind, transmitting knowledge appropriate to grade level in an environment of academic excellence.
- To educate the heart, helping each student foster authentic values and to develop a sense of what is good, right, noble, just, and beautiful.
- To form the character, which serves as the foundation of all virtue and integrity.
Our mission is reflected in the motto: Semper Altius, “Always Higher.”
Educational Method: Integral Formation®
Integral Formation® is the comprehensive approach to education that maintains excellence in the complete development and formation of the whole person in all dimensions of his/her personality. It is an educational approach in which no aspect of the human person is overlooked. Integral Formation® assists the person to become fully all that God intended him or her to become. It is the development of the whole person: intellectual, human, spiritual and apostolic.
Although described individually, in the education of the student as a whole person these dimensions are integrative and are not compartmentalized or separated; we focus on them individually to better describe each area. The following is an overview of the four dimensions of Integral Formation®:
Students are provided a superior academic formation essential to their integral development and understanding of their social responsibility. Academic formation is the formation of the intellect; it consists of acquiring knowledge, developing intellectual capacities, properly using one’s ability to reason, and forming habits, attitudes, and skills; teaching students to be thinkers who can analyze, synthesize, compare and contrast, judge, reflect, discern, and identify the Truth. Overall it is to form a disciplined intellect and where reason is opened to love truth, making one an intellectually mature person. Intellectual formation depends on an assimilation of rich content of the Christian faith, culture, science, and the arts.
Students are taught to apply and reflect on acquired life principles to guide their actions, to live in accord with those principles, and to express balanced judgments enlightened by truth in order to distinguish what is essential in their lives and to defend the truth. Intellectual formation is acquired throughout the school years and enables students to transmit this knowledge to others and use these skills throughout their lives. It places an emphasis on developing the imagination, creativity, originality and memory. In an environment where faith leads reason; academic formation takes place in a rigorous, challenging, and creative environment, utilizing a rich curriculum, the most up-to-date resources, and state-of-the-art technology.
Human formation pertains to the psychological, social, and physiological aspects of the person. It involves character formation and learning to live one’s life in ways that most dignify human nature. This involves the formation of a disciplined will; learning to be master of oneself; acquiring virtue; the development of the conscience; and adherence to moral principles and values. Human formation cultivates a person’s sensibility to what is good, just, and beautiful, recognizing the harmony of creation in relation to man, nature, and society. It also includes social etiquette--that is, an appreciation for the arts and physical fitness--resulting in a healthy mind and body.
Everest Academy seeks to develop men and women who are not only academically well-qualified, but also able to conduct their lives according to solid ethical standards: respectability, nobleness, honesty. Students are taught to appreciate the values of justice, fairness, truthfulness, responsibility, nobility of heart, and mutual respect, as well as other principles that lend added perfection to the individual’s human stature—good manners, sensitivity to others, etiquette, social grace, understanding, courtesy, kindness, generosity, etc. Students are led to learn what it means to live in a manner consistent with one’s ideals.
Everest Academy is committed to the spiritual growth of its students. Spiritual formation is the development of the student’s faith and sound moral formation in Christian principles, leading to his own personal holiness and sanctification. It is cultivated through the development of a deep, personal relationship with and imitation of the person of Christ. The students are encouraged to develop a fundamental relationship of love for Christ who knows each student completely. It is God who calls each individual to eternal glory to be in total communion with Himself. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the student learns to orient his attitude and choices from this relationship of love. Spiritual formation in the high school is intended to achieve the following with each student:
- A real, personal, passionate and faithful love for Jesus Christ;
- A tender love for the Blessed Virgin, consisting in imitating her virtues, especially her charity, humility, purity and obedience;
- A generous, faith-filled love for the Church;
- An ardent and active love for the Pope, the bishops in communion with him, made manifest by studying and spreading their teachings and defending them courageously;
- An ardent love and zeal for the salvation of souls.
Apostolic formation refers to the development of compassionate leaders who desire to serve and help because they are leaders attentive to the spiritual and material needs of others. The students strive to be leaders who want to spread the flame of Christ’s love to others. Apostolic formation is the cultivation of students’ zeal for souls, helping them to be leaders with a deep understanding of their social responsibility and a need to serve others. It involves developing generosity, self-giving, and sacrifice in service to others, the community, and the Church. This includes the appreciation for the position and rights of man in society, social justice, as well as one’s own duties and obligations toward the well-being and protection of the dignity of the human person.
Significant importance is placed on students’ awareness of social realities; to awaken in them a sense of social responsibility that will be lived out especially later on when they have finished their studies and practice a particular trade or profession. Through apostolic service projects, students are brought into direct contact with those in need. Students become Christ’s envoys and extend His Kingdom on earth through love for Him and for their fellow man. Through testimony, prayer, concrete actions, and love for souls, combined with their intellectual abilities and leadership skills, students provide solutions, help bring souls to Christ, and meet the most urgent needs of the Church and society.
The Principles of Integral Formation®
Integral Formation® is based on and practiced through the following educational principles:
1. Christ-Centered Spirituality
Everest Academy sets Christ as the model. He is at the center of all our efforts. All our actions, programs, initiatives, goals, and work – the whole school program – exemplifies our desire to know, love and imitate Christ. He is the ideal for our students and all those associated in the education of the students.
2. Love, Motivation, and Conviction
True formation cannot be imposed. Educators need to consistently and positively motivate their students to respond freely, internalize ideals, and become convinced of their actions based in truth. Internal conviction begins by forming the students in moral principles, guiding them to know, love, and desire the goals set out before them. An educator does not demand from a student without motivating first, and this motivation has to be grounded in love for God, the student, and others.
3. Forming Leaders
Our aim is to prepare leaders who will work to transform society according to the principles of justice and charity contained in the Church’s social teaching. Our desire is to offer the Church and society integrally formed men and women who will be true Christian leaders in the various spheres of society, a leaven to renew society as a whole.
4. Personalized Education
Each person is unique, endowed by God with a combination of talents and gifts all his own. Life circumstances for each student are different depending on the student’s family, social, economic, emotional, and moral settings. As such, the education of the students is undertaken on a personal level. The school aims to support personalized education by having our students have regular personal contact with faculty members including their teacher, dean of students, formation instructor, and academic coordinator.
Everest Academy relies on effective teamwork and cooperation among all faculty and staff to achieve the students’ education and formation goals. As teachers work closely with the members of the directive team and other staff to ensure a high-quality education, the integral formation of the students takes place. By bringing their understanding of the dynamics of the classroom and their knowledge of each individual student, the teacher makes a vital contribution to the effectiveness of this team.
6. Academic Excellence
Everest Academy strives to provide our students with the highest quality intellectual formation. Our courses are rich in content, thorough, and well-grounded. Teachers follow a curriculum that is designed to challenge the students, building on the knowledge and skills acquired in prior years. We employ the most advanced and proven educational tools for the integral formation of our students. These programs allow the graduate of our school to enter university prepared and confident. Academic Excellence is providing the highest quality education, a solid in-depth superior intellectual preparation that goes beyond the acquisition of knowledge to arrive at an intellectually mature person. It includes a rich, challenging curriculum, the best resources and support material, high academic performance expectations, thorough and effective teaching methods and practices, educator professionalism, a formative environment, and the overall integrative action of the integral formation of the student.
7. Goal Oriented Education
We place great importance on programming the educational effort according to clear goals, accompanied by specific means to achieve each goal. As a school, we hold ourselves accountable for achieving these goals for the benefit of our students. Each teacher contributes by setting and achieving personal goals for each student and for each class in line with the school’s overall goals.
8. Family Involvement
For the education program to be effective, we need communication and contact with the student’s family. The home is the all-important setting where the greatest part of the student’s non-scholastic life is lived and developed, and where his/her personality, character, and behavior are developed. The school encourages regular and meaningful communication between the teacher and the family to ensure that the principles and teachings taught at school are supported at home.
9. Social Responsibility and Service Work
We give special importance at Everest Academy to making students aware of social realities and of their call to respond in service out of love. We organize service opportunities that bring our students into contact with people and situations where suffering and injustice exist. We seek to awaken in our students a sense of social responsibility that will continue to grow throughout their lives.
10. Ongoing and Continuous Education
Integral formation is a life-long journey. Everest Academy works to nurture and promote a deep love for learning and ongoing formation, both in the students and faculty. Through their commitment to ongoing professional development and dedication to their vocation as educators, teachers naturally transmit this love for learning and ongoing education to their student.