South Indianapolis – Catholic Schoolhouse

About Us

Welcome to our South Indianapolis Chapter of Catholic Schoolhouse!

We’re glad you’re here to learn a little more about us.  

We meet three out of four Mondays each month in the St. Pope John Paul II Faith Formation Building (labeled Early Hall) at Holy Rosary parish located at 717 S. East Street.  We begin at 9:15 a.m. for morning prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and chorus for grammar students, Latin for dialectic and rhetoric students. Grammar students then move into their academics where they learn and review memory work and enjoy half-hour classes of hands on art and science. Dialectic and rhetoric students move into their academics which includes communication which includes speech in a variety of styles, and writing with IEW for dialectic or Lost Tools of Writing for rhetoric. Both dialectic and rhetoric also have an hour of seminar with socratic discussion and interactive projects on various subjects such as history, literature, logic, Catholic culture, and Church documents. These guide students to learn to think and prepare them to express and defend their opinions, not just check a box on a curriculum checklist. We are aware that we are forming future Catholic adults, not just educating children. Our one-of-a-kind upper level Fine Arts Program offers quarterly seminars integrating art, music history, and culture in addition to hands-on projects in the style of famous artists of the time period. Dialectic students continue with hands-on science like the grammar students but for one hour every other week to allow for deeper study. Rhetoric students benefit from government, logic, or economics in the three year cycle – fulfilling those high school credits.

At the end of our class day, 12:30 p.m., families are invited to share lunch and social time before heading home, either at the park or in Priori Hall at Holy Rosary. (CSH keeps classes only in the morning so pregnant mothers and babies can get their naps and upper level students can complete other afternoon lessons or activities.) 

Each family is responsible for purchasing materials including the Tour Guide, History Cards, and Music Memory Work CDs.  These are available at the Catholic Schoolhouse Store. Other materials used by the upper levels will be provided as part of their supplies.

Our CSH Community is a real blessing to us. We hope it will be the same for you! Feel free to contact me to learn more and with any questions you may have.

Many Blessings,

Renáe Schoening, Director

Early Hall East street parking lot view

St. Pope John Paul II Faith Formation Building (Early Hall)
Building on the left – East Street parking lot view