Blended virtual learning, longer school days and fidelity to the magisterium: The experiment that could change the future of Catholic education

The Archdiocese of Boston, home to Lexington and Concord, may now be the stage for an education revolution. This fall, the archdiocese is launching Lumen Verum Academy, which will be a blended-learning high school—the first such Catholic school in the nation. This new initiative should yield important lessons for Catholic schools, and for educators more broadly.

Many lessons about the proper role of technology in education and the crucial importance of social interaction among students were learned during the Covid-19 pandemic of the past year and a half. Lumen Verum doubles down on the strengths of both. Academic instruction will largely be delivered virtually, but students are also given a large amount of guided time at multiple campuses across the archdiocese for social interaction. Lumen Verum (Latin for “True Light”) will offer virtual instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Sixteen hours of in-person activities are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with an additional three hours of evening family activities.