Chesterton Academy, part of an international network of Catholic high schools, has announced its newest location, Chesterton Academy of Detroit, will open in Clinton Township in the fall.
To be located at 21400 S. Nunneley Rd., the school will serve students in grades 9-12 and intends to be “affordable for families of average means.” It will be the institution’s first school in Michigan.
“We are very pleased to have such a great facility and location where we can provide our students with a classical education in the Catholic tradition in the Detroit area,” says Peter P. Ohotnicky, headmaster of the Clinton Township location. “Chesterton Academy is a wonderful opportunity for students to grow in wisdom and virtue by being immersed in the most enduring and important ideas from the best writers and thinkers of the ages, using a curriculum and school model which has proven successful in other parts of the country and even internationally.”
Its curriculum combines liberal arts and the Catholic tradition. The new location is one of five schools to open in the fall, adding to 18 existing schools. The network is part of The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, a 501(c)(3) organization. The first school opened in 2008 in the Twin Cities.
“We are so excited to provide a full-time classical high school in the Catholic intellectual tradition to the Detroit metro area,” says Alehandra Correa, one of the founders of the Clinton Township school. “This project arose from a desire to have this type of education available for our own children, and soon it turned into a mission to bring it to interested families who have been praying for this type of curriculum in our area. We are a new school but actually rooted in a network of over a dozen Chesterton Academies around the nation and even internationally.
“We strive to provide a rigorous classical education in the Catholic tradition, starting the day with the sacrifice of the holy Mass. We seek to transmit the faith in joy and authenticity rooted in the magisterium of the Catholic Church. Furthermore, we are unabashedly pro-life and pro-family which equates to our pro-life activities as well as low tuition ($6,000 with options for financial aid) and less homework so families can spend quality time together each evening.”
G.K. Chesterton, an early 20th century English writer, philosopher, journalist, artist, poet, and advocate for Christianity, is the namesake of the school. Also inspired by Saint Pope John Paul II, the network’s motto is Cultura Vitae, the culture of life.
The Clinton Township location has scheduled open houses, placement testing for prospective students, and an inaugural benefit dinner.