FAQ

WHAT IS “CLASSICAL” EDUCATION

In the classical method of education, the foundational goal of all instruction is producing graduates who have mastered the art of learning so that they may skillfully acquire and apply knowledge, reason critically and articulate persuasively.

The three-stage approach, Trivium (Latin for “three ways”), consists of the grammar, logic and rhetoric stages, each building on its redecessor. Basic factual content and rules – the “grammar” – of any subject must first be mastered; then an understanding of how to apply the facts– the “logic” – must be discerned; and finally, the ability to synthesize the foregoing into an articulate argument – the “rhetoric” – must be developed. The progression of stages in learning is seen in the Bible in the admonition to pursue knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

Classical education corresponds with the maturing capacity of the child’s mind. The curricular emphasis during the grammar school years is on learning facts and figures during the time when children love to memorize (and when they are best at doing so). The subsequent emphasis during the middle school years on logic and analysis trains students to think critically and deeply about academic subjects. This emphasis corresponds with the middle-school student’s bent toward exploration, questioning and a desire for deeper understanding. Finally, the emphasis during the high school years shifts toward honing rhetorical skills, including writing and speaking. This experience prepares students to write college-level theses, as they utilize their grasp of proper grammar as well as their ability to think logically and critically. The Trivium structure recognizes that there is an ideal time and place for each part of learning: memorization, argumentation, and self-expression.

The chronological historical timeline serves as the organizational backbone upon which all subject are explored. This systematic, cyclical and logical presentation of information allows students to retain and recall information effectively. In addition, students readily understand the relevance and context of information presented.

WHAT ARE THE “ACADEMIC STANDARDS”?

The Academic Standards for Cross Classical Academy are key objectives established for Language Arts and Math for each grade level.  These serve as guidelines for material to be mastered by each student by the end of each school year. The standards are based upon the Texas Essential Elements and Core Knowledge Objectives as well as the NAUMS Essential Elements.

WHAT IS THE ACADEMIC ROLE OF THE PARENT AT CROSS CLASSICAL ACADEMY?

Under the leadership of the classroom teacher, the parent acts as a co-teacher in grades K-3 and gradually transitions to the role of mentor as the student becomes increasingly more independent in grades 4-12.  In the lower grades, the parent truly is a teacher. Therefore, the parent filling this role is expected to take advantage of numerous training sessions offered throughout the year in order to become familiar with the curriculum and basic teaching techniques.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO TEACH EACH WEEK?

Classroom teachers teach the key objectives in class and assign reinforcement or application activities to be completed at home. Weekly lesson plans for both the classroom and the satellite classroom (the home) are available via email prior to the beginning of each school week. The co-teacher (parent) or student is expected to print off plans for the week and to prepare for the assignments in advance.

IF I DO NOT HAVE AN EDUCATION BACKGROUND, HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY TEACH MY CHILD?

It is critical that co-teachers commit to attend training opportunities throughout the year provided by the Academic Staff at Cross Classical Academy. A Family Education Week is held each summer.  Curriculum workshops, parenting workshops, and Q&A sessions are offered at various times during Family Education Week as well as other times in each semester. New co-teachers are required to attend some of these courses.

ON WHICH DAYS WILL MY CHILD ATTEND CLASSES AT CROSS CLASSICAL ACADEMY?

Students attend classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.  The alternate days are school days for all students, though lessons are conducted in their satellite classrooms at home.  Students in grades 3-7 may enroll in an optional half day Friday study hall.  For students in grades K-2, Fridays are considered “flex” days where the parent may determine how this day is to be used by the student. If more time is needed to complete home assignments from the week, then the day may be used for this.  Optional assignments given by the teacher may also be completed on this day if the parent deems these to be necessary. A third option is for the student to use this day to attend enrichment classes or activities, participate in field trips, or explore other interests.

HOW WILL I COMMUNICATE WITH MY CHILD’S TEACHER THROUGHOUT THE YEAR?

Communication is key in a University-Model School®.  Teachers communicate frequently with parents typically via an online school Management system, but also via email, telephone, texting, and face-to-face meetings. Parents are expected to maintain current demographic information in the school’s database.

WHERE DO I OBTAIN MY STUDENT’S BOOKS?

In the late spring/early summer, Cross Classical Academy provides registered families with a comprehensive grade-level list of books and resources that will be required for students for the upcoming school year. Optional books and resources are also listed. An online bookstore may be available as an option for purchase.

WHAT IS AN “ELECTIVE” COURSE?

Electives are formal, non-core classes taught by paid teachers at Cross Classical Academy and are held on class days. They include such courses as music, Spanish, drama/theater, art, etc. They do NOT include the “core” subjects of Language Arts/English, History, Mathematics, Science, Latin, Logic, Etiquette, Public Speaking, and Character Development & Leadership.

WHAT ARE THE TEACHER-STUDENT RATIOS AT CROSS CLASSICAL ACADEMY?

The student-teacher ratio will not exceed 16:1 for grades 1-3 and 18:1 for grades 4-7. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten ratios will not exceed 12:1. For the 2012-2013 school year, the expected class size is 4-12.

IS PLACEMENT TESTING REQUIRED FOR MY CHILD?

Students accepted into Cross Classical Academy are required to take standardized testing in early spring and transfer students must submit scores from a similar, recently administered standardized test. A kindergarten readiness screen is administered for use in the Admissions process.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF MY CHILD OVER THE SUMMER?

Over the Summer, families are encouraged to participate in summer reading and fitness programs outlined by CCA.

Mission

Cross Classical Academy partners with Christian parents to provide for their children a classical education founded upon a Biblical Worldview. This form of education trains children to love the Lord whole-heartedly and to become Christ-like leaders in their homes, churches, communities, and the world.

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Cross Classical Academy
PO Box 1422
Brownwood, TX 76804

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