The Challenge Program
Many parents question, “How can I homeschool through high school?” Our Challenge program outlines the steps many homeschooling parents want to know, like curriculum choices, where to purchase coursework resources, how to develop high school transcripts and even how to earn university credit.
Parents help their student to develop time-management skills and good study habits, assess their student’s work, and assign grades. Students learn by completing weekly coursework and participating in community one day each week. The Challenge Tutor works alongside the parents’ at-home efforts by facilitating weekly conversations and modeling learning. Throughout, Tutors partner with parents to mentor and disciple students to imitate Christ.
Challenge programs meet for fifteen weeks each semester for two semesters so that they can practice the classical tools of learning with six seminars of academic content. At-home and community assignments are described in the Challenge Guide for each program. Students read, research and practice at home and come to community prepared for public speaking, discussion, debate, and experiments.
How does the Challenge homeschool program stand out from other high-school aged, classical, Christian communities?
- Community time is used by students to practice skills instead of sitting in a lecture.
- Directors help students to see how knowledge glorifies God, cultivating lifelong learners and lovers of His creation.
- Directors serve as a mentor, discipling and encouraging his or her small group of students.
- Directors equip students to discover that all knowledge works together in an indivisible universe rather than a disconnected “multiverse,” helping students make connections between science, math, philosophy, theology, history, literature, and economics.
- Directors guide students from knowledge, to understanding, to wisdom.
- Directors focus on skills rather than subjects.
Support for the Journey
In this local community environment, parents receive support, training, resources and accountability from other homeschool parents, giving them confidence to homeschool their child throughout all of their high school years.
Consistent progression through each year-long Challenge program emboldens students to think critically, engage in dialectic discovery, and formulate original rhetorical arguments as they learn to see connections between themselves, their community, and their faith.
Additionally, in progressing through the Challenge program, students have the opportunity to participate in earning university credits even as their parents are working toward their own Associate, Bachelor or Master degree.
The encouragement and support from other parents is vital. I enjoy learning from those before me in their journey, encouraging those beside me, and sharing with those coming behind.
I am a grandmother homeschooling my 9-year-old granddaughter who has been through a lot of trauma with both parents. The moms, Tutors and Director have truly been encouraging and most accepting of this old grandma and her granddaughter. We are going into our 5th year at CC.
My CC community breathes flavor, energy, and structure into my homeschool. The steady support, motivation to learn perpetually, and sweet fellowship is vital to me personally and to my family.
As a longtime homeschooler, you can find 350 Classically-centered curricula on the market. What sets CC apart isn’t the carefully crafted history sentences, the infectious list of pronouns the kids chant, or the way you can tweak it to be whatever you want at home. It’s the community.
But what about socialization? I have to admit, I heard this question a couple times when I first decided to homeschool, but most people I come across don’t ask it anymore. If they do inquire about how I keep my kids socialized, I get to tell them about the amazing community God brought into our lives with Classical Conversations.
My CC Community has been an integral part of our homeschool experience. I can’t imagine being on this journey alone, as a ‘lone wolf.’ I love how CC covers aspects of homeschooling that I would not get to on my own, such as weekly science experiments and art projects, and memorizing a world history Timeline of events. CC provides a ‘one stop shop’ for all of my homeschooling needs.
Community is a very valuable part of CC. What other curriculum has weekly modeling lessons for us parents?
Our CC family is so much more than a group of fellow homeschoolers. They are the family who can truly understand my daily struggles as a homeschooling mom. They are the family who supported me emotionally and mentally when my husband passed away. They are the family that welcomed me with open arms when we had to move out of state and join a new CC family! There is nothing comparable to our CC family. I am so truly grateful.
My director and fellow parents are tutors are more than colleagues; they’re friends. I’m thankful for the support, accountability, and friendship they offer.
My community is my tribe. They are an extension of my family and make a difference in my success as a homeschooler.
We needed accountability and a group. Then CC came to my area. I could focus on enjoying learning alongside my children! My kids flourished, recognizing the education they were receiving in a CC community was different than many of their peers.
I was all over the place for my first six years of homeschooling. An hour into the first information meeting I went to, I was blown away. This was what I was looking for! An educational philosophy I believed in AND a roadmap to do it!
I no longer woke up from the middle of the night in a panic that I was missing something or doing something wrong. I was surrounded by parents who had a desire to educate excellently, helping me be my best. I was no longer spending energy trying to find a curriculum and support group that would work. My energy was now focused on growing as a classical learner alongside my kids.
I was afraid to homeschool, I had family that tried it and thought, ‘If they can’t do it, how can I?’ At an information meeting, I learned CC would support me, provide a community and teach ME. Now, I’ve homeschooled two children through high school. I feel confident teaching my children hard subjects!
Even as a former educator, I needed curriculum assistance and overall support from a community. I learned to relax and enjoy the children God had given me and the purpose of education.
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