Our Philosophy

Integral Formation®

TO TEACH: informing the mind, transmitting appropriate knowledge;

TO EDUCATE: cultivating the heart to love authentic values and a sense of what is good, just, and beautiful;

TO FORM: forging the will and shaping character in virtue as a basis for integrity.

Everest Academy implements the Integral Formation® method of education - a comprehensive system for developing and operating schools in accordance with the principles of education presented by the Legionaries of Christ. This method of education is successfully developing authentic Catholic leaders in schools worldwide. Based on the Christian view of the person, Integral Formation® focuses on the complete development of all dimensions of the person: intellectual, human, spiritual and apostolic. Integral Formation® is summed up in the motto of our mission: To Teach; To Educate; To Form.

The Principles of Integral Formation®

Integral Formation® is based on and practiced through the following educational principles

Everest Academy sets Christ as the model. He is at the center of all our efforts. All our actions, programs, initiatives, goals and work - the whole school program - exemplifies our desire to know, love and imitate Christ. He is the ideal for our students and all those associated with their education.

True formation cannot be imposed. Our educators consistently and positively motivate our students to respond freely, internalize ideals, and become convinced of their actions based in truth. Internal conviction begins by forming the students in moral principles, guiding them to know, love, and desire the goals set out before them. We do not demand from a student without motivating first, and this motivation has to be grounded in love for God, the student, and others.

Our aim is to prepare leaders who will work to transform society according to the principles of justice and charity contained in the Church's social teaching. Our desire is to offer the Church and society integrally formed men and women who will be true Christian leaders in the various spheres of society, a leaven to renew society as a whole.

Each person is unique, endowed by God with a combination of talents and gifts all his own. Life circumstances for each student are different depending on the student's family, social, economic, emotional and moral settings. As such, the education of the students is undertaken on a personal level. We aim to support personalized education by having our students have regular personal contact with faculty members including their teacher, dean of students, section deans, formation instructor, and academic coordinator.

We rely on effective teamwork and cooperation among all faculty and staff to achieve our students' education and formation goals. As teachers work closely with the members of the directive team and other staff to ensure a high-quality education, the integral formation of the students takes place. By bringing their understanding of the dynamics of the classroom and their knowledge of each individual student, our teachers make a vital contribution to the effectiveness of this team.

Everest strives to provide our students with the highest quality intellectual formation. Our courses are rich in content, thorough, and well-grounded. Teachers follow a curriculum that is designed to challenge the students, building on the knowledge and skills acquired in prior years. We employ the most advanced and proven educational tools for the integral formation of our students. These and other programs allow our graduate to enter university prepared and confident.

We place great importance on programming the educational effort according to clear goals, accompanied by specific means to achieve each goal. As a school, we hold ourselves accountable for achieving these goals for the benefit of our students. Each teacher contributes by setting and achieving personal goals for each student and for each class in line with the school's overall goals.

For the education program to be effective, we need communication and contact with each student's family. The home is the all-important setting where the greatest part of the student's non-scholastic life is lived and developed, and where his/her personality, character, and behavior are developed. We encourage regular and meaningful communication between the teacher and the family to ensure that the principles and teachings taught at school are supported at home.

We give special importance to making students aware of social realities and of their call to respond in service out of love. We organize service opportunities that bring our students into contact with people and situations where suffering and injustice exist. We seek to awaken in our students a sense of social responsibility that will continue to grow throughout their lives.

Integral formation is a life-long journey. Everest works hard to nurture and promote a deep love for learning and ongoing formation, both in the students and faculty. Through their commitment to ongoing professional development and dedication to their vocation as educators, our teachers naturally transmit this love for learning and ongoing education to our students.