Suggested Reading List

Although the curriculum and philosophy of the school is not based on any one book, there is a treasury of materials which have contributed to forming the classical vision of St. John's Academy. We are offering the following (incomplete) list to any parents who may want to better understand our philosophy and help serve their child's education.
  1. Raising Them Right by St. Theophan the Recluse
  2. Norms and Nobility  A Treatise on Education  by David Hicks  
     (Highly recommended - mirrors the philosophy of the school almost exactly, including curriculum)
  3. How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles van Doren
  4. The Paideia Proposal by Mortimer J. Adler
  5. Rallying the Really Human Things: The Moral Imagination in Politics, Literature and Everyday Life by Vigen Guroain
  6. Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination by Vigen Guroian
  7. The Epidemic , The Rot of American Culture, Absentee and Permissive Parenting, and the Resultant Plague of Joyless, Selfish Children by Robert Shaw, M.D.
The following books are either Protestant or secular in their worldview, so please be aware that these should be read with Orthodox discernment:
  1. Setting Limits With Your Strong-Willed Child   Eliminating Conflict by Establishing CLEAR, Firm, and Respectful Boundaries by Robert J. Mackenzie, Ed. D.
  2. Protocol Matters by Sandra Boswell
  3. 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family by Rebecca Hagelin