About Surprise Scholé Academy
We are a homeschool co-op:
We are a Christian homeschool co-op which meets one full day per week for thirty weeks. We offer classes for grammar and logic aged students (K-9).
Our mission is to come alongside local homeschooling families as they raise up children who passionately seek virtue and wisdom. Our desire is to renew the classical methods in a restful way from a biblical worldview. Through weekly meetings, families will delight in fellowship, accountability, and an environment which cultivates virtue and produces enjoyable and permanent learning.
Our vision is to empower parents with a viable option to reclaim their children’s hearts and minds throughout their grammar, logic, and rhetoric years.
We are Christian:
Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of Christ, in His Virgin Birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful humanity, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential, and that repentance from sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way to come into a relationship with God.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; we further believe His power and gifts are available to believers today.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe it is important to uphold the scriptural practices of the early church. Therefore, we hold to the practice of water baptism and the regular taking of Communion.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Statement of Principles
- Surprise Scholé Academy (SSA) is a Christian homeschool co-op committed to teaching from a biblical worldview, including presenting the gospel of our Lord as found in the Bible, both in word and deed, to our students. Those who are part of SSA are presumed to know Christ as their Savior.
- SSA believes that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from contraception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Psalm 139).
- SSA believes that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26- 27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
- SSA believes that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
- SSA believes that in order to preserve the function and integrity of SSA and to provide a biblical role model to our students and the community, it is imperative that all members of SSA agree to not teach or live contrary to these statements on marriage, gender, and sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22.)
- SSA believes that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
- SSA believes that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the policies of SSA.
We are classical:
As content, a classical curriculum can be summarized as the study of truth, goodness, and beauty (the proverbial “transcendental ideals” first cited by Plato). At the highest level, our curriculum should therefore present the wisdom of the ages, the best that has been thought and said, the “Great Conversation” to our students for study and contemplation. This content and these ideals are presented over time in the context of a community, modeled by loving teachers and contemplated by students.
The curriculum of the classical tradition has also been commonly summarized as the trivium and quadrivium arts. The trivium arts are the verbal or linguistic arts that enable the mastery of language, thought, writing, and speech. They are grammar, logic, and rhetoric and are called the trivium because they are the “threefold way” of mastering language. The quadrivium arts are the mathematical or scientific arts that enable the mastery of number, extension, magnitude, and motion. The quadrivium arts are arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy (as bodies in motion, astronomy also corresponds to modern physics). Together the trivium and quadrivium arts are called the seven liberal arts (or septem artes liberales in Latin).
You will note that we have named the levels of Surprise Scholé Academy after the trivium arts (grammar, logic, and rhetoric). Dorothy Sayers, in her essay “The Lost Tools of Learning,” suggested that these designations (grammar, logic, rhetoric) could also be used to designate stages of learning: younger students are well-suited to study grammar, early adolescents to study logic, and older students to study rhetoric. We have made use of this convention (as have numerous classical schools), but hold them lightly, as we do not wish to imply that the quadrivium subjects are of lesser importance, as they are not.
We are restful:
Scholé Groups are united by their pursuit of restfulness in learning, or scholé. The word scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from a Greek word that means “restful learning,” with the connotation of contemplation, conversation, and reflection. Surprise Scholé Academy seeks deep engagement that results in enjoyable, permanent learning that is free from anxiety. The concept of scholé cuts across the grain of modern education and therefore takes a principled commitment to the ideal in order to be implemented and realized.
We are virtue focused:
Virtue is not easily taught, instead it must be modeled and cultivated. At Surprise Scholé Academy we seek to cultivate student virtue through liturgical learning. Liturgical learning is the use of habitual patterns aimed at shaping the student. It is very important that students begin to hunger for these virtues themselves, and cry out to God for them. This seems to be the point of Proverbs 2, if a student won’t cry aloud for wisdom and seek it as a hidden treasure, he won’t ever gain it. Therefore (among other things we do), we must exhort our students to ask God for virtue and wisdom, a prayer He delights to answer (James 1). Some of these virtues include love, humility, patience, constancy, courage, and perseverance.
We are cooperative:
Surprise Scholé Academy is truly a cooperative group. We operate under a volunteer leadership team. The leadership roles are clearly defined and all leaders work together with equal voice and accountability. A leader should be a person of character and competence who influences the community to achieve a God-given calling through the power of Christ. Surprise Scholé Academy leaders will pursue that goal prayerfully and faithfully.
Because we are cooperative, we require that a parent or other guardian remain on campus for the full day (half-day attendance is not permitted) and faithfully serve in a specific role(s). Each family is required to participate in the Service Credit System, ensuring that there is shared responsibly and balance in the co-op. It is our desire that parents are well match based on their own God given gifts and passions. For more information on the Service Credit System see the appendix.
We meet one full day per week for thirty weeks. Our calendar is broken down into (5) six-week blocks. The sixth week of each block is a learning symposium, this is a time for celebration of all that was discovered during the first five weeks. Each academic block is followed by a week of rest.
Care Home Ministry: (Currently Suspended)
The Care Home Ministry is once per block. We visit a care home and engage in various activities with the residents. Some activities include, art, reading, board games, etc. This is a beautiful way to cultivate and practice virtue while sharing the light of Jesus with others.
Fields trips are scheduled once per block. Admission money is due at least one week prior to the scheduled field trip.
Scholé Sisters will meet a minimum of three times throughout the year. These are ‘moms’ night out’ events, Scholé style.
Below are important dates, please take time to review our full 2021-2022 calendar.
March 29th – Current Family Registration Opens
April 5th - New Family Registration Opens
July 26th - August 9th - Registration Fundraiser (participation is optional)
July 9th – Final Day of Registration
August 18th - Registration fees due, all fees are non-refundable after August 18th
September 7th – Family Orientation
September 9th – First Day of Classes
Class Descriptions and Supply Lists:
Little Learners (Childcare)
Our Little Leaners Program (childcare) is available for children age 1 and walking through 5 years old. The children will participate in fun age appropriate activities, playground time, and nap time. There are very strict guidelines in place to ensure that our childcare is a safe environment for all children. Any person on the childcare rotation will be required to successfully complete a background check.
Non-walking babies need to remain with their mothers, while children who are 1 and walking will need to remain in childcare.
Registration fees provide insurance and basic supplies. The leadership team and teachers are not paid positions. In addition to the registration fee, there are class specific materials which each family will be responsible for purchasing. Please reference the class descriptions and supply list document.
The Family Application Packet and a non-refundable $50 deposit are due when your application is submitted. Registration fees (less the $50 deposit) are due no later than August 18, 2021. All registration fees are non-refundable after August 18, 2021. This is because insurance and supplies are paid for in advance.
Family Registration Fee: $450 per family
Student Supply Fee: $150 per child
An optional summer fundraiser will be offered to assist in covering family registration fees. Each family’s sales will be credited directly to their registration. If your fundraising profits exceed your family’s registration fees, the surplus will be added to the Surprise Scholé Academy Scholarship Program.
It is our desire to offer scholarships to families with financial need. The number of scholarships and the dollar amount of each scholarship will depend on the funds available in the SSA Scholarship Program and the number of families who apply. Applications will be made available after the optional summer fundraiser. They will be reviewed by an impartial third party. The funds in the scholarship program account will be divided equally among the recipient children.
What is the role and responsibility of the teacher?
o Teachers will seek to create an atmosphere of restful learning by modeling peace, tranquility, and love of the subject.
o Class time will be unrushed with meaningful and deep engagement of fewer books and concepts (comparatively speaking), so that learning becomes memorable, enjoyable, and permanent.
o Teachers are students of the Bible, the classical course of study, and restful learning. As students themselves, teachers will engage in ongoing education in these areas.
o Teachers will treat all parents and students with dignity, kindness and respect.
o Teachers will communicate well with parents. This includes communicating expectations, assignments, and general class information.
What is the role and responsibility of the parent?
o Parents remain the primary educators of their children.
o Parents with grammar aged children (K-6th) must remain on campus and with their children for the full day, half-days are not permitted.
o Because we are a volunteer-based cooperative homeschool group, we require all parents to faithfully teach and serve in some capacity. Families are required to meet the minimum service credit hours as outlined in the service credit system description (see appendix).
o Parents should read and be familiar with the Surprise Scholé Academy handbook.
o Parents must communicate well with their teachers and leadership team. This includes discussing expectations, special needs, when students will be absent, and questions regarding assignments.
o Parents should inspire and encourage their students in their work and in their character development (virtue formation)
What is the role and responsibility of the student?
o Students are expected to be obedient and respectful to his or her teachers.
o Students are expected to interact with fellow students with kindness and respect.
o Students are not permitted to run in the church building.
o Students should speak with reverence (quiet voices) while in the church building.
o Students should arrive on time, in dress code, and ready to fully participate.
o Students are expected to clean up after themselves.
It is expected that each student will conduct himself/herself in a manner that brings glory and honor to Christ. This includes, but is not limited to, honoring authority, showing preference for others, respecting the church facility, participating appropriately in class, and completing all work to the best of his/her ability.
The Bible tells us that God disciplines those that he loves so that He might draw them back into fellowship with Himself. He also institutes authority on earth to govern His people. In the event that a behavioral problem arises the teacher will work closely with the parent(s) to reconcile the situation. It is our goal for each student to learn self-control and obedience out of a desire to please the Lord.
Surprise Scholé Academy will address conflict according to the biblical principles laid out in Mathew 18:15-17.
15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”
If there is a conflict, first bring the issue directly to the other person. If the issue remains unresolved, then bring a Surprise Scholé Academy leader into the conversation. If the issue still remains unresolved, we will seek the assistance of our host church.
- is important to remember that we are all sinners, and as a result there will be times of conflict and unintentional hurt feelings. As scripture teaches, it is important to believe and speak the best of each person involved, to speak graciously and listen well.
The Church facility:
It is a blessing to be able to use this facility. In order to be good stewards we need to treat the church with reverence. This includes not running or yelling inside, picking up after ourselves, and generally leaving the church cleaner than we find it each week.
Our dress code is a navy collared polo shirt and khaki pants or shorts for boys and khaki pants or skirt for girls. Closed-toe shoes are required.
We believe there is direct relationship between a student’s appearance and their behavior. Uniforms help to create a sense of belonging, limit distractions, produce modesty, help facilitate a high standard for our educational environment and lastly, uniforms help to create rest by knowing each week what the student is going to wear.
A $50 deposit is due with the Family Application Packet. The application deposit is non-refundable. All registration fees are non-refundable after August 18, 2021.
Service Credit System
The Service Credit System is designed to ensure that there is shared responsibility and balance in the co-op. This is essential in a co-op setting and necessary in order to achieve an environment of Scholé. Each family is required to contribute a minimum of 5 - 7 service credits. All members must hold at least one essential position. Please read through the service opportunity descriptions and then select your top three choices for each category. The SSA Board will make every effort to place all parents in their preferred positions, however, there is no guarantee that you will be placed exactly as you request.
Historian (1): The Historian is responsible for documenting the academic year through photographs and videos. The photographs and videos may be used during the learning symposiums, group website, group Facebook page, and for a yearbook. The Historian will also create a basic yearbook through a website, possibly Shutterfly. The Historian will review options on an annual basis to determine the most cost-effective method for compiling/printing the yearbook. Additionally, the historian will capture individual images of each student and compile a “bio” for each student for inclusion in the yearbook. The Historian will use their personal camera or phone for these purposes. The yearbook should be ordered within one week after the Final Symposium and will be distributed at a Summer Yearbook Signing Party. Leadership Support Person: Treasurer
Field Trip Coordinator (1): The Field Trip Coordinator will schedule a total of five group field trips (one per academic block) during the 2nd or 3rd week of the academic block. The Field Trip Coordinator will also collect admission money from each family at least one week prior to the field trip. Once the money is collected, each field trip will need to be confirmed based on the final numbers prior to the date of the field trip (to ensure that group rates are available). The field trip coordinator will also need to communicate field trip details to the group, via email or text message. Oftentimes, worksheets are made available directly from the venue websites, these should be shared with families. The confirmed field trip schedule for all five academic blocks is due to the leadership board by September 8, 2021 so that it can be distributed at orientation. Support Person: Secretary.
Learning Symposium Coordinator (1): The sixth week of each academic block is a Learning Symposium. During this time, no new material will be introduced; it is a time to celebrate, contemplate, and discuss all that the students encountered during the previous five weeks. The Learning Symposium Coordinators will work together to plan these events by determining activities that correlate with the Symposium themes (determined by SSA Board). They will also work with the Memory Work Leader to accommodate a schedule for proofs for students in the MWC program. The LS Coordinators will create a schedule of events for the symposium day to be provided to the leadership board no later than week 4 of each academic block. LS Coordinators will also create programs for guests and attendees, and powerpoint slides for symposiums in which there are student presentations. There are five Learning Symposiums scheduled each academic year. The symposiums may include pictures, videos, displays, presentations, food, etc. The LSC’s will adhere to the budget allowance for symposiums and submit receipts with the SSA reimbursement form for reimbursement of materials in Week 4 of each block.
Support Person: Secretary.
Holiday Party Planner (1): There will be four holiday parties; Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. The Holiday Party Planner will plan these parties. This may include, creating and distributing a potluck sign-up sheet, planning special activities, sharing the meaning of each holiday with the students, etc. The HPP will adhere to the budget allowance for parties and submit receipts with the SSA reimbursement form for reimbursement of materials in Week 4 of each block. The planner should also coordinate with the Learning Symposium Coordinators as most of the holiday parties fall on Symposium days.
Support Person: Shepherd.
Hall/Playground Monitor (2): The Hall/Playground Monitor will be present in the halls during every class transition and on the playground during any/all outside play. They will ensure that rules are being followed by all students. The Hall/Playground Monitor is responsible for ending after-lunch recess, lining up students to enter the building, overseeing that all students wash hands after recess, and ensuring that the students have enough time to transition to their classes. They may choose to plan special lunchtime games or activities for the students. Support Person: Secretary
Supply Coordinator (2): The Supply Coordinator (SC) is responsible for ensuring that student pencil boxes AND the classroom/teacher boxes are complete prior to the beginning of the academic year, including procuring supplies with assistance of the Treasure. The SC will review the contents of all pencil bags at the end of each academic block to ensure that all bags have the appropriate items. The SC will inventory and document SSA community supplies for the academic year, provide an inventory list of available items to teachers and update the list at the end of Block 2 and the end of block 4. The SC will ensure that all non-consumable community property is returned by the end of the block in which it was checked out. The SC is responsible for maintenance of the storage space provided by the church and ensuring that all supplies are returned to the supply closet following the end of each meeting day and should make sure that all items are neatly stored, not overflowing or filling more than the space allotted to SSA by the church. The SC should plan to remain on campus each day until all supplies have been properly stored.
Support Person: Treasurer.
Memory Work/Memory Work Challenge Director (3): The Memory Work Director (MWD) should be enthusiastic about and familiar with memory work processes. The MWD will lead the student body in memory work each week from the Classical Conversations Foundations Guide and accompanying CD for the particular cycle year (2021-2022: Cycle 1). The MWD will procure resources, compile and distribute memory work flipbooks to each SSA family prior to the beginning of the academic year and will adhere to the budget allowance for their class and submit receipts with the SSA reimbursement form for reimbursement of materials in Week 4 of each block. The MWD will develop appropriate memorization techniques for the memory work and timeline for a total of 24 weeks of memory work. This may include hand motions, gestures, dancing, songs, etc., weekly PowerPoint presentations for morning assembly use, supplemental songs, and memorization technique resources will be provided. The MWD will also maintain and provide a link to memory work videos via YouTube to encourage memory work at home. The MWD will also work with students who wish to participate in the annual SSA Memory Work Challenge. They will communicate the requirements of the program to the students (and parents) in the program and answer questions, offer support, and advice regarding memorization techniques. The MWD is an integral part of the Memory Work Challenge program and should be aware of the progress of each student in the program. The MWD will work with the Learning Symposium Planners to incorporate time during each learning symposium for students in the Memory Work Challenge program to complete a “mini-proof” of the previous 5 weeks of memory work. They will recruit additional adults to help with proofing as necessary. The MWD will also schedule and facilitate the final proofing process and work with a board member to determine the content of the final proof during Block 5. They will also communicate award requirements (monogrammed shirts, certificates, medals) with the SSA Board to ensure all awards are ordered in time for the final symposium. Support Person: Chair
1-hour Lead Teacher (3): Teachers should be committed to the classical methods and display wonder and love of the subject. All teachers will complete an interview and provide background check documentation. Teachers must also agree to the Surprise Scholé Academy statement of faith. The SSA teacher agrees to submit lesson plans for the entire block at least one week prior to the block start date and complete weekly summaries for parents on the SSA website forum for their class. The lead teacher will mentor co-teachers assigned to their classroom, providing the co-teacher with the required opportunities to plan and teach classes independently as designated Teachers will adhere to the budget allowance for their class and submit receipts with the SSA reimbursement form for reimbursement of materials in Week 4 of each block. Teachers are responsible for finding a substitute teacher in the event that they must be absent. Teachers are invited and encouraged to attend a summer Scholé Training summit. Throughout the year, the leadership team will actively assist all teachers as needed.
Support Person: Chair & Vice Chair
2-hour Lead Teacher (Humanities) (5): Teachers should be committed to the classical methods and display wonder and love of the subject. All teachers will complete an interview and provide background check documentation. Teachers must also agree to the Surprise Scholé Academy statement of faith. The SSA teacher agrees to submit lesson plans for the entire block at least one week prior to the block start date and complete weekly summaries for parents on the SSA website forum for their class. The lead teacher will mentor co-teachers assigned to their classroom, providing the co-teacher with the required opportunities to plan and teach classes independently as designated. Teachers will adhere to the budget allowance for their class and submit receipts with the SSA reimbursement form for reimbursement of materials in Week 4 of each block. Teachers are responsible for finding a substitute teacher in the event that they must be absent. Teachers are invited and encouraged to attend a summer Scholé Training summit. Throughout the year, the leadership team will actively assist all teachers as needed.
Support Person: Chair & Vice Chair
1-hour Co-Teacher (1): Co-teachers should be committed to the classical methods and display wonder and love of the subject. All co-teachers will complete an interview and provide background check documentation. Co-teachers must also agree to the Surprise Scholé Academy statement of faith. Co-teachers will be in an apprentice position with a selected mentor/lead teacher and complete certain teaching responsibilities. The purpose of this position is three-fold: 1) co-teacher will assist the lead teacher in classroom responsibilities, 2) co-teachers will gain experience in the teaching role in order to serve in the role of a lead teacher in the future, and 3) co-teachers will serve as a substitute teacher in the event of the absence of the lead teacher. The lead teacher will oversee the curriculum, however, the co-teacher will be expected to help in planning of classes. The co-teacher will be expected to plan and teach (with the assistance of the mentor teacher) at least 1 class in blocks 2, 3, 4, and 5. The co-teacher will support the mentor in other teaching/planning duties and will be present in the classroom and provide their assistance to all students as needed for the duration of class each week. Co-teachers are invited and encouraged to attend a summer Scholé Training Summit. Support Person: Chair & Vice Chair
2 Hour Co-Teacher (2): Co-teachers should be committed to the classical methods and display wonder and love of the subject. All co-teachers will complete an interview and provide background check documentation. Co-teachers must also agree to the Surprise Scholé Academy statement of faith. Co-teachers will be in an apprentice position with a selected mentor/lead teacher and complete certain teaching responsibilities. The purpose of this position is three-fold: 1) co-teacher will assist the lead teacher in classroom responsibilities, 2) co-teachers will gain experience in the teaching role in order to serve in the role of a lead teacher in the future, and 3) co-teachers will serve as a substitute teacher in the event of the absence of the lead teacher. The lead teacher will oversee the curriculum, however, the co-teacher will be expected to help in planning of classes. The co-teacher will be expected to plan and teach (with the assistance of the mentor teacher) at least 1 class in blocks 2, 3, 4, and 5. The co-teacher will support the mentor in other teaching/planning duties and will be present in the classroom and provide their assistance to all students as needed for the duration of class each week. Co-teachers are invited and encouraged to attend a summer Scholé Training Summit. Support Person: Chair & Vice Chair
Little Learners (Childcare) Coordinator (6): The Little Learner Coordinator will develop lesson plans/activities that utilize the classical approach for preschool-age children. The LL Coordinator agrees to submit lesson plans for the entire block at least one week prior to the block start date. The Coordinator is asked to adhere to the budget allowance and submit receipts for reimbursement of materials in Week 4 of each block. With leadership assistance, the LL Coordinator will interview childcare worker applicants, hire workers, and conduct a summer training session. The LL Coordinator will serve alongside the childcare worker(s) in the first and last hour of the day and on an as-needed basis during the day. The Coordinator will conduct regular classroom visits and provide ongoing training to the LL workers as needed. Regular parent communication is the priority of the LL Coordinator.
Support Person: Leadership Board
Set-Up Coordinator (3): The Set Up Coordinator is responsible for supervising set-up SSA classrooms, Little Learners classroom, coffee bar in the kitchen and returning everything to its original place at the end of the day by participating and directing other set up volunteers in this process. The volunteer will arrive by 7:30 am to begin setting up the facility. This role is physically strenuous and involves heavy lifting. The Set Up Coordinator will be provided with a binder which will include detailed set up instructions with classroom before and after pictures. Support Person: Vice Chair
Community Liaison (3): The Community Liaison (CL) will serve as the point of contact for current and prospective SSA families. The CL will plan and host 2 open houses per year for prospective families, advise current/prospective families as to annual family applications, other documentation, classes and student placement. The CL will arrive no later than 8:00am on meeting days to welcome families, and maintain strong relationships and lines of communication with SSA families. The CL will conclude the academic day with any pertinent announcements and the prayer of thanksgiving with the student body. The CL will conduct family surveys each academic block or as needed, host parent meetings as needed, and request/post weekly announcements. The CL will advise the SSA Board as to new family applications and parent placement in service credit roles, receive regular updates from SSA Board Chair regarding matters that pertain to SSA families, and serve as an advisor to the board as needed. Support Person: SSA Board Chair
Little Learner’s Coordinator
Memory Work Director
Pre-Grammar Humanities: Five in A Row Imagination Hour
Lower-Grammar Humanities- Ancient Times
Pre-Grammar/Lower-Grammar Nature Study
Upper-Grammar Humanities- Ancient Times
Latin for Children B
Upper-Grammar Science- Botany
Upper Grammar/Dialectic Elective: Public Speaking
Dialectic Humanities:The Great Conversation: Ancient Times with Composition: Poetry and Story Writing
Dialectic Logic: Cartography
Leadership Board Positions
All regular SSA Board Members are expected to: participate in all board meetings, participate in the community via teaching or co-teaching, arrive no later than 8 a.m. on SSA meeting days, work closely with other board members to ensure that all required ongoing and daily operational tasks are completed.
Board Chair (3): The Surprise Scholé Academy Board Chair (BC) is responsible for general oversight of the SSA Board. The BC is responsible for family registration/applications via the SSA website, class scheduling, website development, acts as the church liaison and oversees building use. The Chair organizes, plans, schedules for no fewer than 5 operational leadership board meetings during the academic year, 1 or more meetings during the summer break, and at least one strategy planning meeting each academic year. The BC will support the following roles: PG and LG Teachers, Memory Work Leader, Little Learners Coordinator
Vice-Chair (3): The Vice-Chair (VC) assumes all roles of the Board Chair in the event of the Chair’s absence. The VC serves as the Teacher Resource Coordinator and provides Surprise Scholé Academy teachers with resources to assist in implementing classical methodology and pedagogy via recommended books, learning opportunities, videos, articles distributed via email, handout, or on a social media community page. The VC also ensures that recaps are posted for each class in every academic week. The VC organizes necessary media including projector/multimedia equipment training, oversees building use and cleanup, and is responsible for opening and closing the church building on meeting days. The VC will support the following roles: UG and Dialectic Teachers, Set up/Tear-down Crew.
Secretary (3): The Secretary creates meeting agenda items, compiles and distributes a consent agenda packet to all board members prior to board meetings, composes and distributes notes following board meetings and composes various administrative documents as requested by the SSA Board Chair. The secretary acts as liaison between SSA and Crown of Life to facilitate building-use requests, arranges meetings with church leadership as necessary, creates an academic calendar for the upcoming year, updates the website in conjunction with the Board Chair as necessary, oversees maintenance of documents pertaining to the credit system and completes other documentation as requested by the SSA Board Chair. The Secretary also verifies that all teachers/support positions have completed required documentation and training necessary for their particular roles. The Secretary organizes end of the day cleanup by designating student jobs and recruiting adult helpers to serve in this area. The Secretary will support the following roles: Playground/Hall Monitors, Learning Symposium Coordinators
Shepherd (3): The SSA Shepherd is responsible for the care and feeding of the community members in a spiritual sense. The Shepherd will arrive by 8:00 am on community days, opens the sanctuary to students by 8:15am, opens community days in prayer, teaches a virtue/ hymn study during, and leads morning assembly. While in the sanctuary, the Shepherd will ensure that students are behaving in reverent manner and not running, yelling, or going in restricted areas (altar, sound booth, area with instruments, etc.) The Shepherd will also provide closing ceremony activities each community day, if required by the class schedule. The Shepherd knows the status of each family and student, checks in with each SSA family via telephone call each block, and offers prayer and comfort to those in need. The Shepherd will support the following roles: Holiday Party Planner, Historian, Field Trip Coordinator
Treasurer (3): The SSA Treasure serves on the Leadership Board and oversees the finances of SSA. The Treasurer works with the Leadership Board to determine guidelines for the SSA account and what procedures are required to maintain it. A top priority is to create an SSA budget with the assistance of the SSA Board. The Treasurer should maintain detailed financial records which should be stored on a shared drive. Other duties include collecting registration fees, making appropriate deposits, collecting itemized SSA reimbursement forms/receipts and reimbursing teachers for expenses following each academic block, managing fundraiser(s) and reporting financial status at SSA Board meetings. Retains financial documents including, but not limited to: receipts, reimbursement records, copies of checks, deposit slips, etc., organizes materials as necessary for 501(c)(3) status application, (future) organizes tax documents as necessary for submission. The Treasurer will support the following roles: Supply Coordinator
All Leadership Board Positions have been filled for the 2021-2022 school year:
Boar Chair: Megan Morgan
Vice-Chair: Melana Salsbury
Secretary: Kathy Shearer
Interim Treasurer: Joan Boesen
Shepherd: Annie Graves