Historically, the liberal arts didn’t merely prepare students for careers—though they are remarkably well suited to do that. They were subjects that free people enjoyed spending time learning. The process of study, discussion, debate, and learning produced joy and revealed new areas of interest to students. It simultaneously taught students to read, write, calculate, and think. The liberal arts freed students to know their world and better understand themselves, allowing students to discover their passions and to see the world differently and more accurately.
Following in the liberal arts tradition, proper study at Pacifica helps our students find their places in God’s unfolding story and become ready for all that life has to offer. Through study in a range of subjects—the liberal arts—we can actually become more fully human and free to live lives of meaning and purpose. Students learn how to think for themselves, make important connections, and understand their place—in God’s larger story.
The Liberal Arts at Pacifica starts first with the study of English, History, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language, and Theology. Within each of these departments, students have opportunities to take a variety of honors and AP classes.