Q: What are the distinctive aspects of your community?
A: There are many differences to our community than other classical communities you may be familiar with. We are about intentional learning, contemplation, conversations, virtue formation, and developing an atmosphere of servant-hood through our partnership with the community, and our high school leadership program. We pursue the traditional mental rigor of classical education with a slightly slower pacing than a traditional classical school. We also have elements of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy woven throughout our community that are seen particularly in our younger grades. We have a later start to formal English grammar (4th grade) and our focus on students forming relationships with what they are learning, and our nature based programs, are a few examples of these philosophies. We use embodied learning strategies throughout our classes, which is the art of experiences and not just explanations to teach. Each class begins and ends with liturgical greetings and blessings. We maintain our pursuit of excellence in the classical tradition with intentional student academic development that brings us to our college preparatory high school program. We slow things down just a little, take time to really dig deep, and make learning memorable, and permanent. We put practices in place to help with virtue formation, recognizing that we are educating hearts as well as heads. Christ is at the center of all we teach.
Q: Can I join this community and a Classical Conversations™ Community or other homeschool community as well?
A: No. We ask that families not join SGCA Inc. with their children that are also in a CC program. The workload we require, while not as rigorously paced as most classical communities, does still require families to be diligent in getting the “core-work” completed on a weekly basis. We have found that families that join both end up not participating fully, and it becomes an experience in surveying our courses, instead of a deep dive into the course work. If you have an older student that is enrolled in one of CC’s challenge IV-V programs and would like to place your younger students with SGCA Inc., we are supportive of this scenario. Ideally, we would prefer to see families be committed to one community, whichever community they are most closely aligned with philosophically.
Q: Does Sola Gratia Classical Academy Inc. have a Statement of Faith?
A: We do! See the Our Group tab on the website. We are an unapologetically Christian community with a Biblical Worldview lens that we teach all subjects from.
Q: What role do parents play at Sola Gratia Classical Academy Inc.?
A: We form collaborative partnerships with our parents for the academic and virtue development of their students towards excellence and wisdom. We seek to come alongside of parents who are parenting towards virtue and desirous of their student’s strong academic development. Parents should expect to be the homeschool “classroom” for their students on the two or three days a week that their student is home and working on their corework. What we do in the classroom two days a week is not enough to encompass all that is needed for a truly classical education, without this critical home component. This could include assisting with corework completion, re-teaching a concept that may not have been fully understood in class, training their student towards good study skills and independence. We also encourage parents to come alongside their students to persevere and learn to do “hard things” as the blessing on the other side are worth the struggle.
If you are a parent who likes to be more involved please let us know and inquire as to what openings we may have. We do hire parents who are passionate about subjects of their training/degree/or personal development that desire to teach at SGCA. Parents can also work in areas such as assistants in lower elementary classrooms, art, nature and childcare for academic mentors. We also hire parents to be playground facilitators for our lunchtime games. We provide excellent pay, summer teacher training, and additional benefits such as priority enrollment and partial scholarship awards for those with financial need, discounts on tuition, and free student clubs. We love our Academic Mentors and do all we can to make this a great experience.
We do want to minister to parents when we can and be flexible. Therefore, we offer a drop off carpool for parents’ convenience. We welcome parents to remain on campus with us and experience any classes that they would like to with their child. We encourage parents to work closely with academic mentors if their students is struggling in any academic areas.
Parents are a collaborative part of our community and their input is valued and listened to. You can always feel free to contact the Director with any ideas or input you may have. We continually are sharpening our vision and making improvements from these suggestions.
Q: Do you provide any training for parents to become better classical educators?
A: We do! We coordinate Mom events where moms get together to focus our own hearts on truth, beauty, and goodness. This is also a time of encouragement, fun and fellowship with one another. In addition, we have a summer training/orientation to help parents better understand the classical model and what to expect for the year ahead. We also will have classical training throughout the year where Moms are encouraged to deepen their understanding of classical education. We do require parents participate in at least one training per school year.
Q: What behavior is expected of students during campus day?
A: We are not a substitute for parenting towards virtue. Students are expected to be respectful and ready to receive instruction from the Academic Mentors and assisting adults on campus. They are also expected to be kind to their fellow students, following the “golden rule.” We will be working on virtues community wide and hoping to further cultivate these qualities in your children throughout the year with many opportunities. Academic Mentors and the Director have discretion to require parents to remain on campus and revoke drop-off privileges for any given student, if they see a student is unable to demonstrate the required behavior for the community. It is suggested parents sign up for the community with the ability to be on campus, in case their child needs them to be there. In addition, we do require that students participate fully in our curricula and classes weekly. Students can be dismissed without refund, if they fail to meet our requirements for class participation.
Q: Where do I buy the required textbooks for my child?
A: We use many Classical Academic Press and Memoria Press materials which can be purchased directly from them, if desired. Curriculum can also be found new or used via online sites or at the Homeschool Gathering Place located in Raleigh, NC.
Q: How do I apply to have my children admitted into Sola Gratia Classical Academy Inc.?
A: You can apply via our APPLY NOW button under the Apply tab of this website. You may also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an application link or to check current openings.
Q: Is there a discount for families with multiple children enrolled?
A: We strive to keep our cost as low as possible for all our families rather than inflating our prices to provide a discount for some families. Our pricing is very discounted in comparison to anything offered in our area. In our area, just one academic class for a year will cost $300-$600! We are offering 10-14 high quality classes taught per week, and our pricing includes service projects and contemplative lunch performers each week. We believe this is an equitable way to price our community.
Q: Is lunch provided for my child during day?
A: We request that you please pack a lunch for your student. We only allow water to drink on campus, no juice boxes or soda please while on campus, to protect the Church’s carpets and keep bees away when we are outside. We would just ask that you pack a healthy lunch and prefer there be very low sugary foods/treats, please. :).
We do have special Chick-Fil-A days on Mondays each week where students can place orders in advance for a meal to be delivered to campus for lunch time.
Q: Is there a dress code at Sola Gratia Classical Academy Inc.?
A: Yes, there is a dress code. You can purchase uniform shirts at www.landsend.com. You just can put the name of our school group in their webpage under the school uniform link to find us and what is available to wear for your student’s grade. They have SGCA monogrammed uniform polo shirts in our school color of cobalt and sweaters in charcoal/black to go over them if desired, as well as hoodies, coats, t-shirts, and more. Your student is required to wear black, blue or khaki shorts, pants or skorts/skirts to go with the uniform polo shirts. You can read more about this policy under “About” and then “Our Handbook” on the main menu.
Q: Do you offer scholarships?
A: Yes, we do have a limited number of partial scholarships that we award each year. These scholarships are awarded first to those who are Academic Mentors that may need additional financial assistance and then to those within the community who have need. We would first encourage you to consider being an Academic Mentor to help with tuition costs, as the number of scholarships is very limited each year.
Words cannot express our appreciation for all the ways SGCA has supported and accommodated our family.Mother of 5th, 8th, and 10th Graders
Our daughter has attended Sola Gratia Classical Academy this past year. She’s in 10th grade and it was her first experience with a classroom setting since we have always homeschooled.
Here are a few things I really like about the school.
* Meets only 3 days a week (K-8 meet twice a week)
* Small class size
* Christian based and focused
* Reasonable tuition compared to most private schools
* No electronics policy during school
* Classes have been appropriately challenging, preparing our daughter for college
* Uniforms are worn so we don’t have to fight over clothing
* Good online interface so we can see all the assignments, grades, etc
* Parents don’t have to regularly volunteer at the school like most co-ops
If you are still wanting some of the benefits of homeschooling but think your child would benefit from some structured classroom learning from others I’d recommend you check it out.