A Joyfully Catholic Classical
Chesterton Academy of the Incarnation
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High School with a Higher Purpose
In 2007, Tom Bengtson and Dale Ahlquist co-founded the first Chesterton Academy high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Each had young families and were seeking an alternative to the existing high school options available to them. The two men had a simple mission: to offer a classical, integrated high school education that was faithful to the Catholic Church and affordable for families of average means. Looking to G.K. Chesterton as the model for a complete thinker and modern defender of the faith, they named the school Chesterton Academy. Inspired by Pope Saint John Paul II, they took as their motto Cultura Vitae, the culture of life.
Today, there are 27 high schools operating as part of the Chesterton Schools Network in the U.S. and Canada, with two dozen new schools slated to open in 2021 and 2022, including the Chesterton Academy of the Incarnation.
About the School
A Quick Look
Rooted in Faith
Daily Mass to start each school day
Curriculum inspired by G.K. Chesterton’s approach to faith and reason
Catholic theology integrated into each subject
Leadership & Faculty
- Part of the Chesterton Schools Network founded by Dale Ahlquist and Tom Bengston of Minneapolis
- Run by a board of dedicated parents, educators, and community leaders
- Hiring excellent classical teachers from both a local and nationwide search who take the Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church
For the 2023-24 academic year, we will be located at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in the Grassland area of Franklin.
Bethlehem United Methodist Church
2419 Bethlehem Loop Rd
Franklin, TN 37069