“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.”
–Henry Van Dyke
What is Schola?
Schola │Latin │noun │ /ˈskʰo.la/
1. leisure for learning
2. an intermission from work
3. learned conversation
4. a meeting place for teachers and students
Schola is a unique high school summer program that affords students an opportunity to grow in friendship, devotion, wisdom, and wonder—through leisure. Participants are invited to slow down, to spend a summer week cultivating the goodness of their souls by reading and discussing classic works of philosophy and literature with friends, having meaningful conversations about the fundamental questions of life, enjoying daily recreational and social activities, viewing films, contemplating beautiful works of art, and spending time in prayer and worship with the monastic community of Belmont Abbey.
The Program —Great Books and Leisure
Like leisure, the program is simple. Students from around the country gather together with members of the faculty on the beautiful monastic campus of Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina to spend a week reading and discussing works by some of our wisest forebears — Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Dante, Shakespeare, and others. These works, the great books of Western civilization, embody the perennial wisdom of our civilization and give us insight into reality, thus helping us to live happier lives.
Outside the Classroom
The program draws on the rich cultural and recreational offerings of the greater Charlotte area. In addition to daily recreational activities, the program includes a visit to the celebrated Mint Museum in Charlotte, a staged reading of a Shakespeare play, hiking in the nearby Appalachian Mountains, and white water rafting at the U.S. National White Water Center in Charlotte. Students will have many opportunities to participate in the rich spiritual and sacramental life of the college, including daily Mass and rosary, confession, Liturgy of the Hours with the monks, and adoration.
Belmont Abbey College is a small, Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts institution. We find our center in Jesus Christ, and believe in the development of the whole person. With a core curriculum focused on the liberal arts and the Western tradition, strong majors, and a commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition, our mission is to provide an education that will enable our students to lead lives of integrity, succeed professionally, become responsible citizens and be a blessing to themselves and others. Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks we continue to celebrate the 1,500 year old Benedictine monastic tradition of prayer and learning. The Cardinal Newman Society calls Belmont Abbey College one of the top Catholic colleges in America for faithfulness and affordability, and First Things Magazine recently named the Abbey America’s #1 “School on the Rise, Filled with Excitement.” Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC, Belmont Abbey College is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Abbey is the only Catholic college between northern Virginia and Florida.