What does "hybrid education" mean?
In most schools the family supports the school's efforts to educate the child. At Newton Classical Academy the school exists to support the family's efforts to educate the child. Therefore, although we require the student's complete participation and maintenance of studies at home to track with the basic curriculum, in the eyes of the state the parent is ultimately responsible for the student's education, as in a homeschool model. The educational center of gravity remains within the family. In addition, classroom instructors will be paid.
What is a "classical" education?
The classical model takes many forms, but is simple in its essence. There are three stages (the Trivium), which parallel children's development—Grammar (K–6), Logic (7–9), and Rhetoric (10–12). Grammar is memorization-heavy and focuses on building a strong, integrated, chronological knowledge of the world those young children are discovering. The logic stage capitalizes on the natural tendency of middle-schoolers to question everything by introducing them to the essential process of making logical determinations from facts. Finally, armed with knowledge and logic, the students enter the Rhetoric stage, where they learn to articulate ideas in written and verbal forms. While matriculating through these stages, students will be exposed to the historical sweep of Western civilization, history, and thought in four-year-long iterations.
Where is the school located?
We are located at St. Luke Evangelical Church, 808 E 6th St, Newton, KS 67114.
How much does it cost?
The goal is to keep the cost at a level that makes our school a viable option for families within our community while providing an exceptional education. Tuition is $650 per quarter for 1st–6th grades and $400 per quarter for kindergarten, in addition to a curriculum/textbook fee for each child. See our tuition page for more details.
Is there a multi-child discount?
Yes. See our tuition page.
Is there a program for special needs?
Not at the institutional level—but parents can engage or include whatever resources they deem appropriate. One of the advantages of the hybrid model is that it can provide an option for students who wouldn't thrive in a full-time classroom scenario.
What grades do you offer?
For the 2018–2019 year we are offering grades K-7. Our ultimate goal is to offer grades K–12.
What does a weekly schedule look like?
School is in session two full days each week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with instruction and studies at home on the alternating days, in close collaboration with the classroom instructor. This allows flexibility for the family to pursue other electives and priorities during these days and on Fridays. Also, Fridays are used for special events and electives like field trips and art and music classes.
Do you have openings for teachers?
Not right now. But check our Employment page for future listings.
What about parents as paid classroom instructors?
It is quite possible that some of our parents may also serve as paid classroom instructors. A parent serving as a paid instructor, in addition to a salary, would be able to enroll their children at a reduced tuition.
When can I enroll?
Enrollment for the 2018–2019 school year is open as of January 1, 2018.
Are there limits on enrollment or class size?
We limit each class at ten students. If a family is not able to enroll, a waiting list will be established for the next academic year.
What core subjects are covered?
Latin, mathematics, history, and literature form the core of our curriculum. History focuses especially on classical Greek and Roman history and biblical and church history. Students also study science, geography, language arts, composition, and modern history. We use the Memoria Press core curriculum.