Sola Gratia Classical Academy Inc. is a Christian classical hybrid homeschool community with a more gentle college preparatory purpose. We have a touch of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy woven throughout our lower elementary classes. As students progress through the upper elementary, logic, and rhetoric levels we increase our academic rigor to reflect a gentle college preparatory level of education, increasing their ability to become highly academic students.
Through embodied learning and diligent pacing, we help our students develop a relationship with what they study, while also providing an orderly and purposeful introduction to the Liberal Arts. We maintain our pursuit of excellence in the classical tradition. We put practices in place to guide virtue formation, recognizing that virtue formation must accompany academic instruction in order to reach wisdom. Christ is at the center of all we teach. We are educating hearts and heads.
In the high school years, many of our classes are at the honors/AP level, allowing for students to take some AP exams if they should so choose, for those classes. We seek to be a college preparatory community with our focus on preparing students to be successful in college both academically, and as students of faith who are able to articulate, defend, and persuade for the gospel. We also offer leadership and mentoring opportunities through our Senatores Solae Gratiae program. This program provides Academic Mentor Advisors for students, and various committees that the students can be on which will give them opportunity to lead, mentor, and serve throughout the community and beyond. Students must meet the academic and behavior standard requirements to become a Senatores.
Parents are welcome to drop off their children, and only attend community days during learning celebrations or other campus events. We cultivate an atmosphere of collaboration and service. Academic Mentors serve to mentor parents and students alike. Older students are encouraged to serve as mentors to younger students and given opportunities to do so throughout the year through our Senatores Solae Gratiae high school leadership program.
Benefits and Services
We provide our members with these benefits and services:
- A vibrant community committed to more restfully paced, classical learning
- A meaningful, enriching curriculum featuring the traditional, classical arts of grammar, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, science, and the great books
- Drop-off privileges with carpool
- Easy online access to your student’s entire scope and sequence for all classes
- Nature study, art, music and theater instruction as part of the core curriculum offering
- Two days a week of core instruction for K-8th grade
- Three days a week of core instruction 9th-11th grade
- Learning Celebrations throughout the year to punctuate learning
- Optional community wide monthly field trips offered
- Contemplative lunches with performers while students eat once per week for all grades
- Virtue formation through elements such as morning time, curricula choices, and weekly service project lunches
Our Guiding Principles
Pursuing Wisdom . . . through a Classical Curriculum
Classical education is a long tradition of education that has emphasized seeking truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books. What are the liberal arts? They are grammar, logic, rhetoric (the verbal arts of the trivium), arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy (the mathematical arts of the quadrivium). Classical education also includes the study of Latin. The study of these subjects in the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty teaches students how to learn and how to think, and how to pursue wisdom.
It is precisely this kind of education that has produced countless great leaders, inventors, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians, physicians, lawyers, artists, and musicians over the centuries. Classical education never really disappeared, but it did diminish starting around 1900 with the advent of progressive education. In an effort to restore this most proven form of education, the liberal arts tradition has been renewed and expanded again over the last thirty years.
We endeavor to renew this classical tradition. We do so by focusing on a core curriculum of Latin, writing, logic/rhetoric, arithmetic/mathematics, science, and a study of the great books. Our students study these subjects together with Academic Mentors during our Campus Days and continue that study at home in their homeschools via assigned corework.
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Discovering Delight In Learning
The word scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from a Greek word that in it’s ancient context was the diligent and purposeful development of the mind, body, and soul of a student. Schole’ has the connotation of “contemplation,” “conversation,” and “reflection.” Scholé is also the basis for our English word “school,” but this modern term has lost some of these connotations. Progressive education often cultivates a learning experience that is frenetic, as students and teachers rush to “cover” required material. As a result, students tend to learn to cram, pass, and forget. Even within the classical tradition, it is easy to find ourselves approaching education from a state of stress, striving anxiously to recover a rich tradition and thus missing the great depth it offers.
We believe excellence in academics need not be frenetic. Instead, allowing the concept of scholé to guide our teaching practices, we pursue diligent and purposeful learning by modeling peace, love of the subject, and unrushed learning. It is important to note that this pacing does not mean idleness. Instead, it means that we pursue depth instead of breadth, valuing contemplation and conversation over merely “covering” a wide range of material and subjects. We seek meaningful engagement of fewer books and concepts so that learning becomes enjoyable and memorable. We dig deep into classical subjects so that our students experience refreshment as their studies come alive. Through a scholé pedagogy, our families discover delight in learning.
Growing Together—as a Community of Learners
We are seeking to recover an approach to education that few—if any—of us experienced ourselves. As such, it is sometimes difficult to see the path ahead of us, and our process is often one of trial and error. Recovering the classical tradition and the scholé approach is only made possible by collaboration, which is why we have formed a Scholé Group community. We are united by our commitment to pursuing diligent, classical education for our children, and we gather together to share our gifts, experience, and learned wisdom with one another in pursuit of this goal.
As a Scholé Group, we are also connected to a vibrant community of adult and student learners through the Scholé Groups network. Scholé Groups offers guidance on how to pursue diligent, classical education and provides practical resources for actualizing these goals in homeschools and homeschool communities. In addition, the Scholé Groups network functions as a platform for collaboration between Scholé Groups across the globe. Together, we grow toward the ideal of deep, meaningful education.
Statement of Faith
Sola Gratia Community Inc. is an unapologetically Christian Community and all classes will be taught from a Christian Worldview. As a Christian community we do hold to the Christian beliefs set forth in the Scriptures:
- We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible and authoritative written Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16)
- We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (Revelations 1:8; Matthew 28:19)
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death, in His bodily resurrection and His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal future return to earth in power and glory to rule forever.
- We believe the only means of salvation is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. (I Peter 3:18; Titus 3:5)
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: one to everlasting life and the other to eternal damnation. (John 5:28-29)
Parents’ Role and Responsibilities
Parents are the legally responsible teacher for their homeschool students. Parents are responsible to oversee their student’s education and maintain any records required by North Carolina Law. Parents are also responsible to arrange for annual standardized testing for their students as well. You can find North Carolina’s Homeschooling Laws by visiting https://www.ncdnpe.org/documents/HomeSchoolGuideBook.pdf. Sola Gratia Classical Academy Inc. is meant to be a homeschooling spine or core for those educating classically. SGCA Inc. is not meant to replace the homeschool parent’s role as their child’s legally responsible educator.
Parent’s agree to ensure their students are completing their weekly “corework” assignments, “corework” completion is an integral part of maintaining full student participation in class, and creating a community of excellence in learning. Parents are also responsible to ensure their students get the support they need at home to be successful with assigned work.
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