What is a Cottage School?
A Cottage School is a homeschool support program that meets 1 or 2 days per week. All instruction is presented in the classroom. At home, parents provide assistance with homework throughout the week. Class sizes are kept to a minimum to increase participation, and ensure a high level of attention is granted to each student. Lessons are incremental; content is age-appropriate. Students learn the important skill of quality written work completed in a timely manner. Homework is never “busy-work”; it is moderate and for the purpose of practicing or preparing for a lesson. Simply put, the Cottage School is a hybrid approach to education offering the very best of both traditional and homeschool worlds: teacher-led instruction at an affordable price combined with excellent material and quality time at home pursuing additional interests.
What is Classical Christian Education?
Before the 1950s or 60s, ”classical education” used to be called simply “education”. Chances are your grandparents or great-grandparents were given a classical education. It is called classical because it has its roots in the classical civilizations of the Greeks and Romans. It has inspired great thinkers for over 2000 years. It galvanized the Pilgrims and our Founding Fathers in their determination to build a new government. Today, the classical education movement stands strong in its eagerness to continue the long tradition of cultivating within its students the desire and ability to seek and know what is good, what is true, and what is beautiful.
Classical education cultivates two things we don’t hear much about today: wisdom and virtue. Witnessing and analyzing virtue through The Great Books, which are timeless classics containing the basic ideas of Western culture, form the basis for the curriculum. The habit of reading good literature forms the human soul. And virtuous habits shape students for the rest of their lives.
A classical Christian school does not simply add Bible courses and Bible memorization to the students’ day. It views all subjects through the lens of Scripture. Jesus said that “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Matthew 22:37). Classical Christian education is a time-proven way to accomplish this. Summarily, we embrace and adopt the essential truths as articulated by the Apostles’ Creed.