Frequently Asked Questions

What is a classical education?

Must I enroll my children in all of the classical classes in order to participate in the program?

Do I have to be in the building while my children are in classes?

What about my older children who may not be ready for the higher level classical classes (Logic II, Latin, etc.)?

Will this interfere with my own curriculum?

Is this still considered homeschooling?

If I do enroll my children in the morning classical program, will books be provided?

I love the ERC, but I’m not interested in the Classical curriculum. Can I still pick and choose from the a la carte program without excluding my children from any of the fun activities that may happen throughout the school year (e.g. dance, field trips, etc.)?

This sounds amazing, but what about the cost?

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What is a classical education?

 

A classical education is the study of, and a conversation with, the past. Using primary documents to study history, literature, rhetoric, language, and science, students learn how to think, not just what to think or when to think. It is the mode of education that brought about the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, and the Golden Age of Western Civilization. In fact, it was the primary mode of education until the 1950s, when countless new styles and “groundbreaking” techniques introduced themselves.

 

Must I enroll my children in all of the classical classes in order to participate in the program?

 

No, not at all. However, as we explain in more detail in a following question about cost, those who enroll in all of the classical core classes can save up to $140 per year, per student. Also, parental supervision is required during any period your child is not taking a class.

 

Do I have to be in the building while my children are in classes?

 

Parents who enroll their children in all classes are not required to remain in the building, nor do they have to provide adult supervision. If there is any class in the afternoon you or your child are not interested in, you may purchase studyhall time during that period at a reduced cost. However, studyhall time is available for free for students of teachers and those whose parents choose to provide adult supervision.

 

What about my older children who may not be ready for the higher level classical classes (Logic II, Latin, etc.)?

 

Since parents are the primary authority in the education of their children, Mentors will always take into consideration what class you believe your child is or is not ready for, regardless of age. If you believe your child is not ready, or you simply do not know, we can conduct an assessment in Spring to determine the best course of action, either enrolling in a lower level class or catching up during the summer break.

 

Will this interfere with my own curriculum?

 

Rather than supplementing your curriculum, we hope this will be your curriculum. We will conduct all lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays, and assign homework to be completed at home on the three remaining days of the school week. We hope this will refresh parents and provide some much needed assistance, especially in subject matter that some may not consider themselves qualified to teach.

 

Is this still considered homeschooling?

 

Yes, it is. NYS law dictates that in order to be considered homeschooled, children must be taught at home the majority of the school week. We will provide Mentors two days out of the week to go through lessons with your children, teach the subject matter, and assign homework, but parents shall remain the primary authority in the education of their children. As Luther said in his Large Catechism, “For to parents God has appointed and commanded obedience next to His own majesty. For if God’s Word and will are in Force and being accomplished, nothing shall be valued higher than the will and word of parents, as long as that, too, is subordinated to obedience toward God and is not opposed to the preceding commandments… For all authority flows and is born from the authority of parents… So all whom we call ‘masters’ are in the place of parents and must get their power and authority to govern from them.”

 

Though Mentors will provide reports to keep parents informed about their children’s progress, it will remain the responsibility of those parents to submit quarterly reports, assessments, etc. to their local school districts.

 

If I do enroll my children in the morning classical program, will books be provided?

 

In order to ensure parents receive the best price possible, we have decided not to include the cost of books in the class fees. This means you will be required to purchase the books needed. However, we will make every attempt to ensure gently used books are available at the annual Homeschool Curriculum and Book Sale. Required books and supplies lists will also be made available at the sale.

 

I love the ERC, but I’m not interested in the Classical curriculum. Can I still pick and choose from the a la carte program without excluding my children from any of the fun activities that may happen throughout the school year (e.g. dance, field trips, etc.)?

 

Absolutely. Whether you enroll your children in all of the classes or only one, your family is a part of the ERC and will be included in all activities in which you may wish to participate.

 

This sounds amazing, but what about the cost?

 

As homeschool parents, ourselves, this question is very important to us. Our primary goal has been to provide support to mothers and fathers in the Christian education of their children. This, of course, includes an education which is both comprehensive and cost-effective. We took several factors into consideration:

 

1.       Would we be willing to pay this, ourselves?

2.       Can we make this as easy on parents as possible while still attracting amazing Mentors?

3.       Is this something that can sustain itself in the years to come?

 

We did not move forward until every one of those questions was answered with a resounding YES!

 

Take a look:

 

The morning classical core classes

Each price is for the entire school year, two days a week:

 

75 minute class - $300

60 minute class - $240

45 minute class - $180

30 minute class - $120

 

Enroll your child in the entire classical core bundle and you only pay $700 a year for 4th-12th (a savings of $140) and $550 a year for 1st-3rd (a savings of $110). Compare that to other 2-day classical homeschool programs in the area which are $1200-$1500 for the year.

 

 

The afternoon a la carte classes

Each price is for the entire school year, one day a week (unless otherwise indicated):

 

Art - up to $300

Chess Club - Free

Daring Drama - $190

Exploring Creation with Chemistry - $240

Foundations in Personal Finance - $220

Geography Club - $60

Gym - $130

Math Lab - $150 for each session

Music in Motion - $110

Musical Jam Session - Free

Rotating Units - $130

Science Exploration Club - $23

Shakespeare Club - Free

Vocal Adventures - up to $190

Studyhall Time - $10/semester for every 15 minute session

 

Discounts are also available for siblings and members of St. Peter Lutheran Church (for both classical and a la carte classes).

 

*Studyhall time is free for students whose parents provide supervision. Studyhall time is also free for teachers.

 

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