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FAQs

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What is Grace Christian Academy "GCA"?

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       GCA is a 2-day a week "Tutorial" for homeschooled students in grades Kinder through 6th.  Classes are taught on Mondays and Thursdays, while homeschooling takes place on the other days of the week. GCA provides a Christ centered school environment twice a week that partners with parents to teach classes in Writing, LA, Latin, Music/Art, History and Science. While at GCA, students attend class, chapel, lunch, and recess alongside their peers. We provide instruction, assignments, track grades, and provide report cards. We utilize the classroom environment to do messy hands on projects, exchange ideas, debate, give presentations, work as a team, practice social and leadership skills, and to experience “classroom” norms. 

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GCA's Mission

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GCA's is committed to supporting homeschooling families as we raise godly, productive children by providing both community, support, accountability and Christ-focused education assistance.

 

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GCA's History 

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Grace Christian Academy is the culmination of much prayer. It was founded by 2 homeschooling moms to encourage and support Christian homeschooling parents. Their goals were to offer their own children a Christian-based classroom experience where they could learn, make friends, and mature, without sacrificing the time together and flexibility that homeschooling provides.  They also wanted to provide homeschooling parents a break from having to "do it all" at least for a few hours a week. A place where parents could drop off kids, find support, community, guidance and accountablity.  A place where someone else would take the educational lead in a few subjects, and actually do the experiments in science,  along with the extras like music and art that can so easily fall by the wayside.  It was founded by homeschoolers for homeschoolers to provide the Best of Both Worlds!

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K- 2nd Grade

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           Kindergarten and First grade cover a variety of subjects including music, art, science, history and literature. The focus is on reinforcing basic skills like writing, letters, cutting and pasting, sounds, and numbers through plenty of hands on activities and a variety of curriculum.  Kids sing and play, while learning about musical instruments and composers.  Homework is minimal.  The homeschooling parent is responsible for ensuring their child is proficient in Math, Phonics/Reading, and Writing. Our Tutors have plenty of curriculum and scheduling suggestions to help you. Second grade maintains this philosophy but requires more independent writing and reading.

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3rd - 6th Grade

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Accademics becomes more of a focus from 3rd grade onward.  Our goal remains the same: utilize the classroom enviroment for group activities, projects and presentations.  However beginning in 3rd grade, writing, and at home assignments increase. This also means a higher degree of parent involvement and partnership with tutors. 

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Courses & Curriculum

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Grace Christian Academy utilizes a variety of curriculum to achieve its goals. Curriculum may vary from year to year as we strive to meet changing needs. A curriculum committee meets annually to review and submitt changes for the following school year.  

GCA's Language Arts Component covers aspects of literature, public speaking and a rigorous writing curriculum, IEW, or Institute for Excellence in Writing.  IEW provides our tutors with the methods and materials to help teach students how to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers. Using the four language arts—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—IEW methods have been proven to be effective for students of all ages and levels of ability, including those who are gifted, have special needs, or are English language learners. 

 Note on Language Arts: It is the responsibility of parents to teach reading, printing, spelling, and grammar skills during at home instruction for all grades. The Language Arts program at Grace Christian Academy comes along side to bring enrichment to your child’s language experience.

Latin: 50-60% of the English language is derived from Latin roots. Learning Latin roots gives students the ability to figure out the meaning of new words they may come across while reading texts and literature. Latin is a very systematic language, and it trains the mind to think in an orderly fashion. It improves English skills, spelling, vocabulary and math. Latin provides an excellent foundation for the study of many other languages, which are also based on Latin, as well as future studies in medicine, law, and philosophy. A side benefit of Latin study is the benefit it offers when taking standardized tests such as the SAT.

History: All grades study history and incorporate geography. The Mystery of History is used on a four year rotation starting in 3rd grade. 

Art and Music: are taught on alternating days and cover various artists and composers their styles history, biography theory and mediums.

Science: Lower and upper elementary students have a separate science subject rotation. Lower elementary students rotate through a three year broader study while students in grades 3-6 rotate through 4 years of in-depth science studies. Dr. Wile's, (author of Apologia Science), new series will be used for our Upper Elementary students. Immersion in one scientific topic for an extended period of time gives students the opportunity to develop a love for the field and an appreciation for the intricacies and patterns God has embedded within it for us to discover. As with all subject areas, Science is taught from a Biblical perspective. Hands on projects and experiments are incorporated in order to give concrete understanding. 

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 Why doesn’t GCA offer Math?

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Student learning styles are diverse, as are the variety of available math curriculum. GCA believes parents should select a math program that best suits their child's needs.  GCA does not want to choose your curriculum, or force students to work at a classroom pace. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that students can go as fast as they are able, or as slow as necessary. GCA may provide general math enrichment activities and is happy to offer curriculum suggestions.

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How much does it cost?

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Tuition at GCA ranges from $140 a month to $160 a month per student. Which is roughly $20 or less per day. Missions based families, and Tutors recieve discounted tuition.  Scholarships may also be available.  Please talk to an administrator for more details.

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Is GCA a fit for me?

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Considering homeschooling but don’t where to start?  

Concerned about traditional school issues?

Already homeschool, but wish you had more support, accountability or fellowship?

Want the flexibility of homeschooling, but a little help sounds good?

Do you desire a Christian school environment?

How about feedback and an extra set of eyes to assess your child’s skills and development?

Looking for some way to provide structure and competition?

Does your homeschooled student want more social activity?

Would your child benefit from getting graded and held accountable by someone other than yourself?

Wish your child could be exposed to music and art?

Do you pass over science experiments because of time, mess and inconvenience?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Grace Christian Academy is here to offer you the best of both worlds!  GCA provides structure and guidance for those new to homeschooling. For the initiated, GCA provides classroom experiences, accountability, and formal instruction, along with feedback in the form of grades. GCA class time focuses on group activities, hands-on learning, public speaking, and discussions that stimulate critical thinking.  All instruction is filtered through the lens of a Christ-centered and created universe, and intended to promote personal responsibility and problem solving.