Mr. Tremblay discusses Covid 19, remote learning, how parents feel about returning to school in the fall, the State's involvement in dictating what happens at the school, and more on the Steve Smith Podcast.
Here is an earlier podcast with Steve Smith and Mr. Tremblay. They discuss remote learning, how Covid 19 has changed education, the roll of the government during a crisis, and much more.
A 4 part video mini-series about MRA
How has Mount Royal Academy prepared you for college?
"I attended Mount Royal Academy for high school, and I have nothing but good things to say about my experience. Education: 5/5 The quality of its high school level education is superb. The teachers are experts in their fields, many of which I believe are overqualified to be teaching high school level classes.They are eager to see their students learn, and the small class sizes makes it very easy for them to give all their students the attention they need to succeed. As someone currently studying everything from Biology, to Philosophy,to Latin in college, I can say with certainty that Mount Royal Academy prepared me for anything and everything in college."
-Matthew Caveney Class of 2016
"I am truly grateful for my time at Mount Royal Academy. Everything I learned during my four years of high school has well prepared me for my college studies as a nursing student. Mount Royal has a great science program, and I was able to take a college human biology course that prepared me for the anatomy physiology classes I was required to take. Additionally, the school's classical curriculum and use of the Socratic method has taught me how to think, write, and speak clearly. Many of my current college professors have even remarked that I must of had "a great high school education," because the quality of my essays and presentations exceeds that of the normal college student my age. Even the very culture of the school has helped me in my future career. The faculty of Mount Royal promote Catholic virtues, one of them being charity. While I was at this school, I was given so many opportunities to show kindness to others and serve my fellow peers by organizing events through student government or by going to soup kitchens through the National Honor Society. Being exposed to these experiences where I could show charity to others helped me choose to pursue a career in nursing so I could continue to serve others. Mount Royal's rigorous curriculum, caring teachers, and culture routed in the Catholic faith has helped me to become a better worker, student, and person. I highly recommend this school without any reservations."
- Posted by a student to Private School Review
How was your first day at school?
"It warms a mom's heart, after homeschooling for a decade, and dropping off a very nervous tenth grader at a school for the very first time, to bring that girl home beaming and so excited to go back tomorrow. You have made this process and transition so comfortable for my daughter and I'm already so grateful for the warm, engaging and thoughtful community that is Mount Royal Academy."
-Mather family, 1 sophomore enrolled
How did Mount Royal Academy impact your child?
Mount Royal Academy has made all the difference in my son's life with regard to school and his personal life in general. He transferred to MRA as a 5th grader. He should have stayed back in 4th grade, but the classroom teacher he was going to have told us that she felt he has had enough upheaval in his life the last few years that she would take on the task of catching him up over the next two years that she would have him for. He didn't even know she was filling in the gaps and neither did the other students. The work was hard for sure, but at the end of 5th grade he was ready to enter the 6th grade at grade level. His grades and confidence continued the slowly climb until the end of 7th grade, where he made honor roll for the first time during the last quarter and every quarter since.
He is now a freshman in the high school program, and he is feeling confident with himself as a human being, as a student, as a friend, and as a Catholic. I forgot to mention that during his first year with MRA the teachings of the Catholic faith really struck a cord with him. He pondered the idea of becoming a Catholic for several years until in 7th grade, when he decided it was time to receive all three of his sacraments during Easter Vigil with a few other classmates that were taking the journey. Many students, families and parishioners looking were on. He will tell you that transferring to Mount Royal Academy is the best thing that could have happened to him.
- Griffin/Dufort Family, 1 high school graduate
How does Mount Royal Academy support your own family values? What distinguishes the classical curriculum features at MRA from the Common Core movement in public education?
As Pope John Paul II pointed out in his encyclical, The Splendor of Truth, we live in a time of great moral confusion. False moral systems are being promoted in every imaginable way: from entertainment to education. This moral confusion has allowed evil to become increasingly acceptable and even popular in our society.
One of the most erroneous and subtly dangerous ideas ever is that somehow our faith and any and everything else in life should remain separate. As Catholics, we refused to sit idly by and watch as the Common Core Curriculum distracted our children from that which is most important and in many instances, actually fought against our values.
As parents we felt obligated to take control of our children's education before it took control of them. We refuse to allow God to be removed from the hearts and minds of our Children and have chosen a school that conforms to a higher authority than what society deems appropriate or acceptable.
- McLaughlin family, 2 children enrolled