Education Philosophy

Developing the Whole Person with Integral Formation

The elementary years are a time of growth and development for your child during which many lifelong habits, attitudes, and character attributes are established.  This is why providing your child with an education that embraces the whole person is so important.

Nurturing a sense of purpose and cultivating a love for learning are crucial to the success of students during these formative years. This is why East Lake Academy uses its unique model of integral formation to develop the whole person. An East Lake education is built on the foundation of our Academic, Character, Faith and Apostolic pillars.  By thoroughly cultivating each of these four pillars, your child is prepared for success in high school and given the foundation necessary to grow into a strong, confident person of character and integrity.

An East Lake student will learn to discern the truth in everything they do and to recognize that our Catholic faith is the source of all truth. East Lake Academy embraces and proclaims, unapologetically, the fullness of the Catholic faith as contained in the magisterium and tradition of the church. Above all, our students will learn to know, love and serve God and to develop a relationship with Our Lord.

Academic Pillar

The curriculum is designed to challenge the students daily. They are encouraged to think critically, develop a healthy curiosity about the world around them and to express themselves clearly. Core subjects, rooted in fundamentals and time-tested tools; Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Religion and Spanish, are complemented by an array of programs in the areas of Humanities, Technology, Fine Arts, Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities.

Character Pillar

Character is shown in fidelity to one’s principles and convictions. It implies self-control, perseverance, trustworthiness, a sense of duty, responsibility, and generosity. Every aspect of school life is an opportunity to develop character. Character is developed internally through the practice and growth of virtue with respect for teachers and others, punctuality, fulfillment of assignments, teamwork, order, cleanliness and helpfulness.  External character is developed through the practice of social graces such as good manners, courtesy and personal presentation.  Our goal through the Character Pillar is to form men and women who lead with self-confidence wrapped in humility.

Faith Pillar

Students are taught the Catholic faith both as an academic subject and a guide for life. Key to Christian living is the awareness of Christ’s unconditional love for each person and his commission to make this love known to all people. True faith formation leads to harmony between knowledge and life.  

Apostolic Pillar

We define ourselves by what we give to others. The Christian is urged by Christ to help his neighbor and give freely of the gifts he has received. Apostolic formation in East Lake Academy is adapted to the student’s age and embraces a range of projects for individual and group outreach and service, both in the local community and beyond.