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FAQs



Classes

Q:

What are the subjects RSCA will cover?

A:

Subjects Covered:

  • Chapel Service
  • Bible Literacy
  • Phonics/Literature
  • Grammar
  • Latin
  • Handwriting
  • Math skills and games
  • Classical history
  • Great Art
  • Music Appreciation
  • Science/Nature Study or Physical Education

See specific Class Criteria for course materials, prerequisites, and skills covered.

See our Subject Overview for details.

Q:

Must students attend both Monday and Thursday, or may they choose to attend only one day?

A:

Students in Alpha through Delta classes must attend both Monday and Thursday. Omega students should contact us for more information.

Other FAQs

Q:

Is this a drop off program?

A:

No. RSCA is a partnership with parents. Parental involvement on the church grounds is required much of the time. While parents are not required to sit in with their student, assisting instructors is greatly appreciated.

We also have job duties we need parents to fulfull to ensure a smoothly running day. Please see "How can I help?" for additional information.

Q:

How can I as a parent help? What job duties are required?

A:

Alpha and Iota Parent Readers

The Parent Reader is a parent or volunteer who comes to the Alpha class at 2:40 pm to read a book from the Alpha book list. This gives the Alpha instructor time to prepare notifications for the parents, preparing lessons, cleaning up, etc.


 

Lunch Monitor

The Lunch Monitor will arrive by 11:40 am to oversee lunch time, assist students with their lunches, reminding students to clean up after themselves. This will not be a time to sit with his/her child to eat lunch. This job duty is extremely important to the flow of the Academy; it provides the opportunity for instructors to eat their lunches and take a quick break to clean up from morning classes and finalize afternoon course preparations.

Recess Monitor

The Recess Monitor will arrive by 11:40 am to assist in the lunchroom if needed but mainly to oversee students during recess time following lunch. Recess Monitor will remind students to have cleaned up their table and eating space before playing in the gym or outside on the playground. Students are not to be unsupervised. Recess Monitor will give students a five-minute warning to put away equipment, use the restroom, and fill water bottles before afternoon courses.

Nursery Assistant

The Nursery Assistant will help as needed in the nursery. This position is important so that the Nursery Director has a break. The children in the nursery will be the instructor’s children and the children of parent volunteers. Parents are to stay on campus when their children are in the nursery.

Treasurer

The Treasurer will be in contact with families to keep accounts up to date, send checks to the instructors, and assist with any account management.

Other Ways to Get Involved:

  • Yearbook Coordinator

  • Assist in Classes (tremendously appreciated!)

  • Field Trip Coordinator

  • Science/Nature or Physical Education Instructor

  • Coordinator for Christmas and End of Year Program (one program night per semester)

  • Service Project Coordinator

  • Your ideas

  • Lead Book Club to Further Parent Education (meet maybe once or twice a semester)

  • Opportunities may rise for a parent to be the lead class instructor that would include some compensation.

Q:

What kind of commitment is required?

A:

Parents should make every effort for their student to attend classes. The Academy is only as good as the dedication of the participating families. When students miss class meetings, it not only has a negative impact on them, but also on the other students’ learning. Additional time for preparation and catching up the absent student imposes on the limited amount of time an instructor may have. Our instructors are often homeschooling their own families and work other outside positions. We understand sickness and emergencies occur outside of our control. The schedule is available on website, registration, and orientation.

Families are to make every effort to complete the instructor-assigned lessons. This is mostly memory work and reading. For example, the instructor provides all the instruction needed for Latin on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday assignments at home, the students must review and practice. Reinforcement of material, games, activities, and some quizzes are on Thursday class time. When students are not prepared for their classes, they impact how the instructor must present material and also the prepared students. The unprepared student cannot do well with in class review games and enrichment activities if they do not know the material. The consistently unprepared student cannot progress to higher levels of learning. Our classical model is focused on mastery of the material. See website for sample lessons. Stay in contact with your student's instructor for more details.

Q:

What kind of nursery is available?

A:

The nursery is for children four and under after approval from the nursery staff. It is currently only open to instructors and parents who are volunteering at that time. Parents are required to stay on the church grounds the entire time their child is in the nursery. 

Q:

What's the "House System?"

A:

The House System was such a success last year we decided to continue it! RSCA students and instructors are organized into four houses. These houses develop leadership and commitment to others across ages. The goal will be to facilitate natural social behaviors like competition, friendship, hierarchies, and alliances into positive influences on students.

The House system will organize inter-school activities, service, social, and extracurricular events. Students in each House will strive to win the year-long competition for the House Cup! Throughout the year, instructors will award and penalize points to each House based on students' service to others, displays of appropriate/inappropriate behavior, and achievements.

Q:

What is the cost?

A:

Registration is $70 per family. This includes website costs, daily snacks, teaching aids, and some additional supplies.

Tuition is $590 per student per semester. Each semester includes 32 full days of instruction and activities.

Books are purchased by parents. The lists for each class is provided. 

There will also be additional supply lists parents are to purchase. This will include general supplies like paper, pencils, folders/binders,etc.

Q:

What can I do to learn more about classical education? 

A:

  •  Read your children's texts. If you are new to classical education a great place to start is by reading your student’s Classics texts: Greek Myths, Famous Men Series, Iliad/Odyssey/Aeneid, etc. Your children’s literature selections are also gems. Audiobooks can be a great help for parents who want to explore the books but do not have time to read them.

  • Attend a Conference

~Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE) offers a summer conference for educators and parents.

~Memoria Press offers a training seminar each summer on their school campus in Louisville, KY to prepare parents for using their curriculum. 

  • Subscribe to The Classical Teacher. This is a magalog produced by Memoria Press that is filled with excellent articles on what to teach, how, and the importance of a classical education. Also, it's free.

  • Take an online class. Hillsdale College offers a variety of classical education courses including those new to classical education. Also, they're free.

  • Explore! There are an increasing number of classical publishers, youtube channels, podcasts, and plenty of books to read on classical education.

Q:

I'm homeschooling for the first time and feel overwhelmed. What can I do to encourage my child and stay on task?

A:

We are working to break the cram-pass-forget cycle in education. Things that are worth knowing are worth retaining. By creating systems for learning-mastery-retention, students will be able to learn anything they need or desire. At RSCA, we want students to learn how to learn. Mastery learning will ask more of the students, but we know they are up to the challenge. To ensure success, we often do two things: 

  1. Encourage placement that is less aggressive than what some are used to. We know that correct placement is important to the student succeeding. In the words of John Mays, founder of Novare Science and Math, “Incorrect placement is an injustice to the student and precludes mastery of the subject.” 

  2. Study fewer things and study them more deeply. You can’t do everything. You can do a few things well. “…the greatest service we can do to education today is to teach fewer subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects, we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.” C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy.

Help build good study and note taking habits:

-Work must be tidy and organized. 

-Work the example problems as opposed to just reading them.

-Parents should mark, not correct student work. Re-work the ones you miss in ink to show your parent/teacher that you re-worked it. This “mark, not correct” is ideal for Latin as well. 

-Make flash cards of vocabulary and/or use Quizlet (free online flashcard website/app). Many Memoria Press courses already have Quizlet sets created even if your teacher does not create something specifically for your class. Older students can create their own sets. 

-Keep quizzes and tests in a folder for the year; these often become wonderful review tools for tests and finals.

-Help your struggling student replace phrases such as “I’m not good at _____” or “____ isn’t my thing” with positive phrases like the following:

We can learn this.”

Let’s grow in this area.”

I would be happy to find a tutor to help.”

Spend more time in this area.  Don’t be afraid of the work.”

Communicate with the instructor. It is the parent and student’s responsibility to communicate with instructors if there is difficulty with class material. 

Look through your Teacher Manuals. Become familiar with the manuals and the texts your child is using. The Teacher Manuals and Keys are to be kept out of reach from students. They are for the parents only. 

Know what work is expected of your child each week from RSCA. Check to make sure the work is completed as assigned. Life can get the best of us sometimes, and things can start to slide. Before we know it, we haven’t inspected anyone’s work in over 2 weeks. It is our job as parents to hold our children accountable. Inspect what we expect. Have a system in place, such as making a stack every day of completed work or checking certain subjects every Friday. Latin and math are daily subjects and are not meant to be crammed into 1-2 days/week.  

Expectations and workload will vary from class to class and instructor to instructor. If needed, have a short Tuesday/Friday morning meeting with your older student to go over handouts and see what work is expected for the week so you are on the same page. Consider an assignment or weekly planner if your child would benefit from this. We have found that homeschoolers are very well prepared for the rhythm of college after years of taking classes at tutorial and then completing work at home. 

Surround your children with great books of classical children's literature. Children are never too old to be read to! Reading aloud to children is an excellent way of increasing their vocabulary, opening their minds, and building strong relationships with our children.