What type of classical Christian school should I start?
Standard Model Schools:
These k-12 schools offer 5-day-a-week instruction in a conventional school model. Most ACCS Accredited schools fall into this category. Sports, electives, and the depth of school community are all available. These schools can cost more than other options here, but in general, ACCS schools are much lower cost than other private preparatory schools. Our member tuitions average around $9000.
Grammar and Logic schools:
Otherwise known as k-6 or k-8 schools, these prepare students for high school at a classical Christian school. Often, they provide a more intimate community alternative to feed a larger classical Christian high school, or another Christian high school. The ACCS provides startup and accreditation services for these types of schools.
Keep reading: Collaborative, Co-op, Pod, Special Purpose, and Online
Through cooperative work with other home school families, parents can design and deliver their own classical Christian experience. A variety of resources are available from curriculum providers like Canon Press, Classical Academic Press, CiRCE Institute, Memoria Press, Veritas Press, and Roman Roads. Classical Conversations provides a more packaged solution for homeschool co-ops. The price is right, but parents often have to find, hire, or become classically educated. This can be the challenge.
Pod schools can be the beginning of something bigger, or they can provide the intimate environment parents want at an affordable price. Typically 4 or 5 families join together and hire a teacher who teaches in a rotating school location between the participants’ homes or businesses. Parents with particular skills pick up a subject or two here or there. The teacher guides the program. If your pod has a prescribed program with a diploma, it may qualify for ACCS accreditation. The ACCS Startup Program includes access to our Member Resource Center where dozens of open resumes from classical teachers are ready to be perused.
These schools are larger, but only meet between 2 and 3 days per week at a school building. They may be half the cost of a standard model school. The rest of the education is provided in the home by the parents— thus it’s “collaborative.” Collaborative schools have a prescribed program and they offer diplomas. Parents are “teachers” in the program who are trained and given the materials to instruct during “off” days. These schools offer flexibility and a lower cost, while providing community and a sense of accountability. The ACCS accredits many Collaborative model schools. The ACCS Startup Kit will get you off on the right foot.
Keep reading: Special Purpose and Online Schools
Other School Types
Special Purpose Schools:
Every child is different. An indefinite number of options await anyone who wants to build a school to serve special needs students, disabled students, gifted students, or even those families who prefer hands-on vocational mixes for agriculture or trades. How is this classical? Classical Christian schools are excellent preparation for any field or lifestyle. The ACCS Startup Package and Accreditation services are available for these schools. We also may be able to point interested startups to consultants or other schools that can help. Call the ACCS if you need direction.
You don’t need to start an online school! You just need an internet connection. Though classical Christian education is best delivered in a community, face to face, there are some excellent online options. These can often be blended with home schooling, but can provide the expertise for Latin, Great Books, science, rhetoric, and math, to name a few. Wilson Hill Academy and Schole Academy are two ACCS members. Other options include CiRCE Institute Online, Logos Online, and Veritas Online. These options tend to be cheaper— many from $3000-$6000 annually. Many parents select online schools when they desire flexibility, but don’t have the expertise to homeschool classically.
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