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Questions About Classes & Curriculum


Q:    What curriculum is used at ROCK Academy?

A:    A complete list of curriculum and literature, as well as an yearly syllabus is sent to registered families. (The syllabus is usually sent out in August.) Also, not all texts and resources are required at all ages.

In general, ROCK Academy uses Mystery of History, Writing & Rhetoric, God's Design for Science, and Elemental Science.

Note About Curriculum Used and Homework in the Exploratory Classes

Parents might wonder what curriculum we use at ROCK Academy in our younger classes. Because this is an age of exploration, there is no curriculum or homework. Parents are given a syllabus which tracks the themes and topics covered each week for the whole year in order to help plan trips to the library and follow along with older students.

Q:    Who are the instructors?

A:    ROCK Academy uses a mix of parent-tutors and hired experts to teach classes. Most of our teachers are parents who are vested in the program; who want their own children enrolled in a quality program. Some parents are teacher certified, and others simply have a contagious love of learning! When an expert is needed for a certain subject, qualified individuals who match the values and methods of ROCK Academy will be hired.

Parents of students enrolled at ROCK Academy who choose to tutor will also receive a tuition discount. For more information on open tutor positions, contact the Director info@rockacademymn.com

Q:    Can we choose which classes we want to participate?

A:    For morning classes, no, this is not a cafeteria-style program; it is all-inclusive. However, the afternoon classes are optional and are more of an elective format. Parents and children can choose which classes interest them.

ROCK Academy is designed specifically to build community and relationships; both for students and parents. By participating in all classes, students will have more opportunities to build trust and experience authentic discussions together.

Our experience shows that students who do not actively participate in the whole ROCK program - both physically and academically - not only miss out on those relationships, but also lower the level of classroom participation and academic achievement.

Q:    How much homework can we expect each week?

A:    Of course much of the answer depends on the student, their abilities, and their motivation! But here is a guesstimate of homework times:

Explorers (Preschool-2nd Grade)

Virtually none. At the most they will have to prepare a short oral presentation for class each week. (Show & Tell) Parents are given a syllabus with the weekly topics for science and history that allows you to supplement with reading materials at home, and the information is also included on the weekly Lesson Plans.

For example: It might be suggested to read about frogs and amphibians because the next week during science lab, the kids will talk about/act out/watch a video/see a model of a frog life cycle. (Or they might see a dissected frog!) You can easily find picture books at the library, use an encyclopedia resource, or go online if you so choose or you can follow along with the recommended curriculum.

Scholars (3rd-4th Grade)

Roughly 1 ½ - 2 hours per week. This will vary depending on how much help your child needs in writing and reading (for Language Arts) will determine how much time is needed.

Intermediate (5th-6th Grade)

As children move into the dialectic stage, homework expectations begin to change; more research helps foster self-discipline and curiosity to dig and learn. They begin to think and reason (aka "arguing" at home) and tutors will begin to challenge students to develop one-word answers. Workload will increase slightly as they are introduced to lengthier assignments.

Middle School (7th-8th Grade)

You will see a change in these Dialectic years as we help prepare students for high school. The workload will gradually grow each year as the students’ skills and reasoning develops. Students at this age will be challenged to work to the best of their ability and to complete all assignments as given, and tutors will help you coach them on time-management skills. At this level, students will learn how and be asked to do more research as part of their homework. You can expect approximately 5-7 hours of homework per week.

High School (9th Grade+)

At this age, students should plan on 1 hour of homework per day for each class they have. Afternoon electives might have lighter homework, but time should be allotted. It is recommended that a student spend 120-180 hours in a school year to count for 1 high school credit.

*A NOTE REGARDING HOMEWORK*

ROCK Academy is an academic program. Our tutors have found that students whose parents support them in getting their ROCK homework done each week are:

  1. Proud of their completed work
  2. Enjoy discussing their homework
  3. Are more involved in classroom activities rather than being bored in class

Q:    I'm not sure which "grade" to enroll my child in. What do you suggest?

A:    ROCK Academy lets you be the expert. We try to avoid using “grade levels” at ROCK as much as possible because kids develop academically at different times. For this reason, we mix ages in our classes. The area we find that ability matters most is in Language Arts. To accommodate children as best we can, we offer two language arts levels in each 3rd-8th grade class. Parents are able to assess their child and choose which level best suits their child’s skills and abilities.

Sometimes we might need to make a change 1 month into the year or half-way through the year. Our goal is to provide the best environment for your child where they will be challenged and feel successful at the same time.

Q:    How do I know which level class to register for?

A:    All Language Arts classes take place during the same time period, thereby allowing children to attend the class that best fits their writing level; all of the other subjects and class periods, student attend with other children their age or grade.

For example: A 5th grade student might be at a writing level appropriate for Writing & Rhetoric Level B. During 1st hour, that student will be in the Language Arts "Green Group" with a mix of students at the same writing level, but of various ages - possibly 10-12-years-old. For the rest of the morning, they attend class with all 5th & 6th grade students in order for those subjects can be taught at an age-appropriate level.

Since writing is a layered skill, students should have a fairly solid foundation to build upon, and then move on each year. These classes are NOT labeled by grade!!! Each Language Arts class will have a mix of ages because the classes are based on where they are at in this one skill.

Click these links to read about materials covered at each level to determine where you might place your child. If you have further questions, you can contact the Program Director, or schedule a visit to see the program and talk to one of our tutors.

  • Orange Group (Level A)
  • In general, your student should be enrolled in the Scholar Orange class if your student
    • is new to ROCK Academy, and/or
    • has not previous experience with the Writing and Rhetoric curriculum published by Classic Academic Press,
    • was in the Green Group (Book 1 & 2) at ROCK for the 2017-2018 year, but as a parent you feel they need to review at this level before moving forward
  • Green Group (Level B)
  • In general, your student should be enrolled in the Scholar Green class if your student
    • completed books 1 & 2 last year at ROCK Academy,
    • was in the Yellow Group (Books 3 & 4) at ROCK for the 2017-2018 year, but as a parent you feel they need to review this level before moving forward,
    • has previous experience with the Writing and Rhetoric program published by Classic Academic Press, or
    • has already learned the skills found in the description of the Green Group (read the link above to decide)
  • Yellow Group (Level C)
  • In general, your student should be enrolled in the Yellow Group class if your student
    • completed books 3 & 4 last year at ROCK Academy,
    • was in the Blue Group (Books 5 & 6) at ROCK for the 2017-2018 year, but as a parent you feel they need to review this level before moving forward,
    • has previous experience with the Writing and Rhetoric program published by Classic Academic Press, or
    • has already learned the skills found in the description of the Yellow Group (read the link above to decide)
  • Blue Group (Level D)
  • In general, your student should be enrolled in the Blue Group class if your student
    • completed books 5 & 6 last year at ROCK Academy,
    • was in the Red Group (Books 7 & 8) at ROCK for the 2017-2018 year, but as a parent feel they need to review this level before moving forward,
    • has previous experience with the Writing and Rhetoric program published by Classical Academic Press, or
    • has already learned the skills found in the description of the Blue Group (read the link above to decide)

Q:    Do we have to follow ROCK in sequence, or can we jump in at Year 2, 3, or 4?

A:    Absolutely! Jump in at any year.

Q:    Do you have child care for my kids under 3 years?

A:    YES! We want to include your whole family! A Nursery and Child Care service is available for parents with Infants to age 3-years who have children in other Exploratory and Academic classes.

For less than $10 per week, your child will be well cared for in a safe environment by loving individuals.

Q:    Will the High School classes be appropriate for a high school transcript?

A:    If a family follows the homework as assigned by the tutor, the classroom curriculum and workload do substantiate a high school credit.

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