Public Subgroup Descriptions

General Membership 

Topic: CCH-Wide Activities, a la carte
Meeting Frequency: Approximately 2x/month
Ages: All Ages

This group is eligible to participate in any and all CCH-wide activities (such as Book Bowl, Spelling Bee, Literature Fair, Geography Bee, service projects, large-group field trips, meet-ups & park days, and mom’s nights out), as well as participate in any subgroup field trips that are extended to all CCH membership.  Members are welcome to coordinate field trips or other group activities. Members will receive periodic emails that are shared group wide. Fellowship needs are generally met elsewhere.


Enrichment & Electives

Topic: Art, Lifeskills, American Govt/Economics/Personal Finance (Guest Hollow)
Meeting Frequency: 2x/month, 
Ages: 6th - 12th

Classes will focus on electives and enrichment/life skill type classes. Some examples are Fine Arts, Financial Literacy, First Aid, Nutrition, auto maintenance, and home economics type instruction. Some classes may have guest speakers depending on the topic of the week. 


Field Trips

Topic: Varies for each field trip
Meeting frequency: appromixamtely 1x/month
Ages: Varies, but usually all ages

Field trips are a great opportunity to get outside the home and discover what Gainesville and the surrounding area has to offer your family in terms of education and fun! You will learn things you may never think to cover in your classroom and the kids will enjoy a direct, hands – on learning experience. We aim for one field trip a month and the day and time will vary. The majority of these trips will be free or low-cost. Signing up for this group means that you will receive communication about each trip with the option to participate or not. There is no obligation.

High School English Composition for College Credit

Topic: Writing & Composition
Meeting Frequency: 1-2x a week 
Ages: 10th - 12th

The English Composition for College Credit Subgroup is an academic co-op where a small group of high school students will be guided by a registered IEW instructor to successfully complete accredited college coursework. When the school year concludes, students will have had the opportunity to earn 6 hours of college credit, consisting of 3 hours each for English Comp I and English Comp II from Southeastern University.

All students must apply and register through Christian Halls International to be eligible for the dual enrollment consideration. As participation in the program is subject to Southeastern's rules and standards, the schedule and grading will be decided solely by the university. CHI credits through different schools they partner with to get accredited hours. 3 credits after the fall and 3 credits awarded after the spring. Students set a deadline for submission to the  website for the week, suggested as midnight on Saturday. 

Participation in the subgroup is a means to provide interactive instruction of IEW's structure and style so the student can have greater success. We will meet weekly on Mondays for instruction, organization, and pre-writing. Thursdays will be an optional opportunity to work on their assignments, seek additional support and feedback, or receive help with editing. Assignments will be turned in to Southeastern weekly for final grading.


High School Social & Service

Topic: Social and Service Opportunities for High Schooler Students
Meeting Frequency: Approximately 2x/month
Ages: 9th-12th Grade

This subgroup provides CCH high school aged students opportunities for social events and service projects. Possible activities include going to the movies, helping fill boxes and bags with food for those in need, attending a formal year end banquet, assisting at CCH activities, swimming at a local spring, or helping with a park clean-up. Students may be eligible to earn volunteer hours by participating in the service projects.

 The Lost Tools of Writing Course

Topic: Writing & Composition
Meeting Frequency: Weekly
Ages: 7th - 12th 

The Lost Tools of Writing’s purpose is to cultivate thoughtful & articulate writers. It is an ideal composition curriculum for students in seventh through twelfth grade who are ready to think for themselves and will be taught using the mimetic method. This course is a toolbox used by students to remove guesswork, anxiety, and frustration from the writing experience. The Lost Tools of Writing is designed to develop good writers who are both disciplined and creative, using tools effectively and able to explore ideas far beyond the formula of a five-paragraph essay. Beginner and experienced writers will learn to write persuasively and logically.


Middle School Hangout & Service

Topic: Social and Service opportunities for Middle School Students
Meeting Frequency: Approxmiately 2x/month
Ages: 6th-8th Grade

This subgroup will facilitate opportunities for 6th to 8th graders to get together and socialize through various activities. The goal is to help them form friendships with other kids in their age group. We will aim to meet once per month socially with additional service opportunies. Signing up for this group means that youwill receive email communication about each activity and/or service project with the option to participate or not. There is no obligation to participate in every event. There is no fee to join this group, however, there may be fees for activity participation. 

OMNIBUS I - Biblical & Classical Civilizations

Topic: Ancient World History, Doctrine and Theology, Ancient Literature, Composition, Logic,and Aesthetics
Meeting Frequency: Weekly
Ages: 7-12th

Omnibus is an academic class for students in 7th-12th grade. This course is rigorous. The books are challenging, and thought provoking. The instructor aims to be winsome and fun. This is NOT a lecture style class. Meetings will be led using the Socratic and Mimetic methods. 

Omnibus is the classical Christian educational answer to history, theology, and literature. Omnibus is a Latin term meaning "all-encompassing." Completing Omnibus I will provide the student a full credit in Ancient World History I, Doctrine and Theology I, and Ancient Literature I. Combining these disciplines will have students grow in their appreciation of the unity of all knowledge, and all the material is taught through a biblical worldview.The student text leads the student through the study of the great works, from the dawn of time to the fall of Rome, teaching with the emphasis on ideas, not simply Information.

The text includes two separate but compatible courses, the Primary books course and the Secondary books course (not included in this offering). Primary books tend to be
closely tied to the time period and include more primary source materials. Secondary books are, at times, lighter reading. Students will also apply and further develop their skills in composition, logic, and aesthetics. Students completing all six years of Omnibus will have carefully studied every book of the Bible, too. This course will cover Primary texts only with assigned summer reading to include the secondary books. Very likely most kids have already read most of those on the list, in which case it’s not necessary to re-read them! Yay!



Topic: Science, Enrichments, and Apologetics
Meeting Frequency: Weekly
Ages: K-12th

A weekly cooperative with the purpose of taking an apologetics course, a science course, and enrichment courses for each grade school student. 



Topic: Science, History, Art, Music, Geography, Writing and Other Electives
Meeting Frequency: K-8: 2x/month; 9-11: 4x/month
Ages: K-11th

Summit Subgroup is an academic, parent-taught co-op providing interactive learning
opportunities to support a variety of academic and elective courses.
Students in K-8th grade participate in two core courses during 1st and 2nd periods and may choose to participate in optional 3rd and 4th period courses. High school students may choose to participate in one
or more of the courses.


K-3rd grade students will learn about sea creatures using Apologia’s Exploring God’s Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day and great artists and composers in art and music class. An optional 3rd period early modern history class using Story of the World, Volume 3 is offered for 1st-3rd graders. Families complete readings for each science and optional history lesson prior to class. No outside reading is required for art and music.

4th-6th grade students will study the human body using Apologia’s Exploring God’s Creation with Anatomy and Physiology and early modern history using Story of the World, Volume 3. Optional 3rd period Writing classes and optional 4th period African geography classes are offered. Students complete readings and assignments for each science and history lesson prior to class. Students also have regular writing homework. Minimal additional work may be required for the geography class.

7th-8th grade students will continue their science study with Apologia’s General Science (7th grade) or Physical Science (8th grade) and explore U.S. History with Abeka’s America: Land I Love (combined 7th and 8th grades). Optional Writing and Logic classes using The Art of Argument and The Fallacy Detective are also offered. Students complete readings and assignments for all courses prior to each class meeting.

9th-11th grade students may choose to participate in English, history, and science classes. The English classes offered this year are English I: Introduction to Literary Analysis using Teaching the Classics and Windows to the World (9th grade) and English II: British Literature using The Elegant Essay and Excellence in Literature - British Literature (10th grade). These classes meet weekly for two hours  beginning in mid-August and end in early May. Summer reading is required for both English courses. For history, 9th-11th grade students will study the early renaissance using Susan Wise Bauer’s History of the Renaissance World and Student Guide. History classes meet twice a month on regularly scheduled co-op meeting days for two hours. Biology lab and chemistry lab classes may be offered. More details regarding the high school science labs will be available in early summer. High school students are expected to participate in class activities and complete assigned work prior to each meeting.


Youth Chorus

Topic: Instruction and practice for performance in vocal choir
Meeting Frequency: Approximately 3x/month
Ages: Elementary Chorus: K-5; Secondary Chorus: 5th-12th (5th graders may choose)

Elementary Chorus begins at age 5 and goes through the 5th grade. We will focus on fun songs that are age appropriate and work on tone and pitch for beginners. Class will be 30 minutes in duration on Tuesdays.
Secondary Chorus begins at 6th grade (5th graders have the option to join). We will work on more advanced music focusing on singing, pitch, and diction. Class will be 45 minutes long on Tuesdays and will follow Elementary Chorus.

Meeting Schedule
We follow a schedule of 3 weeks of class followed by 1 week of break beginning in October and
culminating in a concert in April.


Writing Through Medieval Times with IEW & Logic

Topic: Writing & Composition and Logic
Meeting Weekly
Ages: 6th - 8th

Writing through the Medieval Times is an academic, parent taught subgroup which will train students to become confident and competent communicators as they practice writing about the topic of medieval times. This co-op class will utilize IEW writing structure and style, specifically the Medieval History Based Writing Lessons that are geared toward sixth through eighth graders.

Whether a student is new to IEW methods or a veteran of the style, this engaging class will help keep writing interesting and fun. Weekly gatherings will be essential for the student to learn the new stylistic techniques as well as develop their pre-writing skills. Outside of the classroom time, each student will be expected to finish their assignments. While the coursework does expect the best out of each student, it is effective for all levels of ability as the grading is adjustable. Literature suggestions and grammar pages are specified with the curriculum and although they won't be required for the class, the inclusion of them at home could make for a rigorous and complete English curriculum.