History of Regina Angelorum Academy
Regina Regina Angelorum Academy was founded in 2007 to meet the need for a Catholic classical academy in southern Montgomery County. Located on the Main Line between Delaware County and the city of Philadelphia, RAA was the second of four Regina Academies established by Paul and Barbara Henkels with the mission to provide Catholic classical education, firmly rooted in the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and designed to strengthen students in virtue as it educates them to the good, true and beautiful in two thousand years of western civilization.
For the past ten years RAA has been located in the former parish school building of St. Colman parish in Ardmore. As our student body has grown from the original 30 students to 130 pre-K through 8th graders, the school has expanded to occupy all three floors of the building, and refurbished the adjacent gymnasium. This stability has been matched and enhanced by the consistent leadership of Headmaster Bob Touey since 2008. In addition, four of our ten full-time faculty and staff members have been with the school since it moved to its current location.
The defining charism of Regina Angelorum Academy is provided by a community of families passionate about their faith and deeply committed to live and raise their families in accordance with the full teachings of the Catholic Church. This counter-cultural work is difficult and inherently isolating, and the shared experience of joy at finding like-minded parents contributes to a sense of shared mission that manifests itself in a very active and effective Parents’ Guild.
This extraordinary community of families further enriches our school life by sharing their talents to create a variety of first-rate extra-curricular experiences for our students. This year we fielded our first RAA CYO basketball team for 5th and 6th grade girls under the guidance of RAA parent and Chairman of the Board Christian Petrucci. RAA parents and accomplished runners Pam McGonigle and Cason Cheely have built a 40 member cross country team that competes through the CYO and regularly places runners in the top of their age categories for Johnny’s Run, a prominent local pro-Life fund raiser. Our First Friday Choir under the direction of professional harpist and RAA parent, Felicia Coffey, has been supplemented this year by the introduction of the Regina Angelorum Chorale. Another group of RAA mothers created Troop Tekakwitha to provide a wholesome adventure and community service experience consistent with our Catholic faith. Finally, for the past five years RAA has presented a spring theater production based on original adaptations of classic children’s literature, and typically involving half the student body.
A classical education embraces excellence in human achievement as it follows humanity’s search for truth, a search that finds its complete fulfillment in the Incarnation of the Son of God. Material is presented in age appropriate increments commonly described as the Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric stages of development. Latin is introduced in first grade, and RAA students routinely complete math programs a level or more above their grade. Building on this time-tested framework, in 2016 Regina Angelorum deepened its commitment to academic excellence by formalizing and integrating our curriculum under the guidance of Board Member for Curriculum, Dr. Daniel Cheely working in partnership with Ann Coffey, our newly appointed Director of Academics.
Regina Angelorum Academy’s first eleven years have put us in a strong position, secure in our task of providing top quality classical education and faith formation, and ready to consider the terms on which we will move forward. While the school is still dependent on fundraising to meet the full cost of educating our students, the Board has established a part-time Director of Institutional Advancement to support and coordinate the efforts of the Parents’ Guild and the Board Development Committee, and to promote the school’s accomplishments in the larger community, laying the groundwork for eventual financial independence. Under the guidance of our Board and the auspices of Our Lady, Queen of Angels, Regina Angelorum Academy continues our mission to train warriors for the Faith.