Homeschool Cooperative Academy
Education God’s Way!
Our Academy functions and operates as a Homeschool Cooperative with enrollment categories described as Cooperative Education Tiers (CETs).
What is a Homeschool Cooperative?
A homeschool cooperative is a group of parent educators coming together to provide academic, social, spiritual, economic, cultural needs and enrichment opportunities for their children.
What are Cooperative Education Tiers?
Cooperative (also know as co-op) Education Tiers (CETs) are the autonomous levels of our operational structure within the school.
We offer 2 main Cooperative Programs: Tradition that offers 3 levels of CETs and CHESS Cooperative Learning Coalition (umbrella program) that offer many great benefits for homeschoolers.
Ky’Ijel Group Christian academy was originally founded in 2004 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as a ministry outreach for out-risk youth. In 2006, God impressed upon our hearts to pull our daughter out of public school and homeschool her. Then the summer of 2007, the Holy Spirit led us to start an evangelistic homeschool academy that opened it doors August 13, 2007. The school's mission encompasses Bible-based teaching with a Christ-centered worldview, promoting academic excellence, youth discipleship and character building, empowering parents and igniting a sense of community.
We believe that the ultimate responsibility for the education of children belongs to parents (Deuteronomy 4:9, 6:1-25, and 4:1-4) and is an inalienable right given by God, which the State cannot create, destroy, or alter. Parents may allow another to teach some of the cognitive information that children need to know, however, all education must be under the ultimate control and supervision of the parents (Proverbs 22:6).
We believe education in the home (done by the parent) to be the BEST form of education, but we recognize that many parents cannot educate at home for valid reasons and support the right of parents to send their children to school. We further recognize that because of economic or other reasons, a parent or guardian may have no other alternative but to place a child in a public or private school. Although this is acceptable in society, we do not, however, support public education because of their ostensible, secular-humanistic philosophy of education.Therefore, our school’s philosophy is to Empower “YOU” to take back the responsibly of educating your child.
We accomplish this by offering two programs:
1). Tradition. This program provides parents the opportunity to give their children a great education in a home away from home environment. Through this concept of cooperative individualization, children experience the sense of community, self-discipline, mastery-based achievement, motivation, enriched educational advantages of a Christ-like home-school atmosphere. Our curriculum, “A.C.E. stands out from other curriculum providers with its individualized, self-instructional, mastery-based approach. With minimal assistance, PACEs allow students to absorb subject material according to their own learning ability rather than being pushed forward or held back by their age.”
2). Umbrella/Satellite Program. In an effort to assist and empower parents and our community in homeschooling and educating future generations, we have extended and streamlined our homeschool organization by offering an umbrella program, called CHESS Cooperative Coalition (CCC) for homeschoolers, prospective homeschoolers, and community and ministry leaders alike, primarily in the state of Illinois, Louisiana and Indiana. This program can help organize, develop and establish a homeschooling plan that’s unique to your family. Those that take part in CCC will be designated as Cooperative Parent or Community Partners (CPP/CCP). We will help facilitate a seamless cooperative learning experience alongside you, your children and the community, allowing you the education autonomy and support needed to teach children in the way that best works for the entire family and gives glory to God.
We recognize that in order to be prosperous in this life our children need a strong foundation in Jesus Christ and support from both the home and school. We know a strong relationship with Christ and parental involvement is the KEY that will make ALL the difference in a child's development. As cooperative partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s academic success and spiritual growth and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. Ultimately, we desire to set the stage for cohesive involvement that seeks to duplicate the know-how and will-power back into the hands of the parents.
KGCA and CHESS recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each child, therefore, is dedicated to work alongside parents by providing needed resources in aiding children to succeed to the next academic level with the guided strength of biblical principles, affordable education and know-how. We’re prepared to meet the educational needs of all families.
Qualities of KGCA & CHESS:
- Biblical Foundation and values
- Safe & Loving Environment
- Family Friendly
- Supportive of Families
- Warm & Inviting
- Academically Challenging
- Fun Experiences
- Hands-on and Individualized Learning
- Quality and Experience Educators
- Quarterly Diagnostic Testing
- Parental Accountability Structure
- Student-to-Student Mentoring
Note: All families and community partners must become a member of CHESS, agree and comply with all policies and procedures in the registration process. All must agree and comply with our Ministry (ORMP) Statement of Faith, Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality, Parent-Ministry Agreement, Code of Christian Conduct and agree to comply with established responsibilities and expectations.
KGCA & CHESS is supported by tuition, membership and donations from its' parents and patrons and does not receive any state or federal aid. We offer a general, vocational and college preparatory curriculum. The school and co-op has daily devotion/chapel services including prayer, scripture reading, character trait development and worship Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior!
Ky’Ijel Group Christian Academy and Christian Home Educators Support System is a private school and co-op group. Enrollment at KGCA and joining CHESS is a privilege, not a right. We reserve the right to deny enrollment, re-enrollment, membership or withdrawal a student and/or family at any time, if in the sole discretion of the school/co-op's policies the action is deemed necessary to preserve KGCA & CHESS integrity, the spiritual atmosphere and the moral absolute of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob founded within the Holy Scriptures for the school and/or co-op group.