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Chesterton Academy of Rochester / St. John Bosco Schools in the News

June 8th, 2015, Promulgated by b a

Some folChesterton_Rochester_Logoks from Chesterton Academy / St. John Bosco Schools were on Talking Back with Shannon Joy today.

(audio embedded below. direct download here. podcast feed here.)

For more info on the Chesterton Academy of Rochester, see the flyer here, check out their website (, and see below the headmaster’s welcome.

An article also appeared in the Fairport-East Rochester Post:
St. John Bosco Schools expands preschool program

St. John Bosco Schools (SJBS) has announced a significant change to its early childhood education program.sjbs

Beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, parents will have an array of preschool options for their children to enroll in.

Four-year-old students have the option of three or five days of enrollment with the choice of half or full days.

Three-year-old students will have the option of two half days per week.

“At. St. John Bosco Schools, the wonder of early childhood is nurtured through stories and imaginative play,” said Headmaster Colleen Richards. Movement, art and music complement an introduction to phonics and math.

The preschool expansion takes place amidst an already remarkable year of growth at the East Rochester School. Enrollment is up by 50 percent over last year at St. John Bosco Schools which includes pre-k through eighth grade.

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Headmaster’s Welcome

Welcome to the Chesterton Academy of Rochester. We are an independent school providing a classical education within the Catholic intellectual tradition. We are a continuation of St. John Bosco Schools, which enrolls children from PreK through 8th Grade. We are also a part of the Chesterton Schools Network, which originated with Chesterton Academy in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

There is certainly no lack of schools in Monroe County, so why did we want to start a new high school in Rochester? There are several important reasons.

First, we wanted a high school educational setting that was entirely faithful to the teaching Magisterium of the Catholic Church. To that end, our Faculty and Board of Governors each make an Oath of Fidelity to the Catholic Magisterium. This oath is in reference to the content of courses and the content of our individual lives, for a teacher must give what is within his or her soul. The truths of the Catholic faith must be a part of a complete education, for they are the truths about God and man. All things make sense when understood in their proper places relative to these centers: the Blessed Trinity, who saw fit to create us out of infinite love, and the individual human person, the beloved child of God Himself.

Second, we wanted an education for our students that would be thought-provoking and thought-teaching. It is just as important to engage students in their learning as it is that they master the material presented. Especially in the area of faith, the relevance of course material is imperative. This might make it surprising, then, that we use a classical curriculum, which focuses a great deal on the history, literature, and philosophy of centuries and millennia past. But no—an examination of the curriculum reveals the great history of ideas, that Great Conversation in which each generation can take part. What is man? Why am I here? Is there a purpose in this life, and if so, what is it? Is truth real? How can we be sure? Can we know it? The desire to answer these questions resonates in every human soul. Reading and discussing these themes makes for incredibly engaging classes, because these are the things at the core of the human heart. Students in high school are searching for meaning—and so is every honest adult.

Third, we wanted a high school that was a home for education, not a bureaucratic educational institution. Education takes place first within the family; parents are the primary educators of their children. The school exists as a support to these efforts. Therefore, the school will fulfill its mission best when it reflects the family. We always interact with a human person, that mysterious union of body and soul, who has memory, intellect, and will. Policies and rules are to be in the service of the human person, never as a means of avoiding him.

We are pleased that you have discovered Chesterton Academy of Rochester! Read on, and for more information, give us a call at (585) 348-9401. We would love to give you a tour or schedule a shadow day for your son or daughter. If you are seeking truth, beauty, and goodness for your children, come and see Chesterton. May God bless you and your family.

Sincerely in Christ,
Colleen M. Richards


2 Responses to “Chesterton Academy of Rochester / St. John Bosco Schools in the News”

  1. Sid says:

    Thanks for posting this, Ben, and nice job to the 3 guests on the show!
    The diocesan schools could take a lesson or two from this independent upstart SJBS.

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