No, classical Christian education benefits all students. A classical Christian education guides students toward excellence - the best version of themselves. Our goal, in partnership with parents, is to develop all students into well-educated, logical thinkers who live their lives in union with Jesus Christ. Please do not be intimidated by a classical Christian education - it is the best education you can offer your child. Both our country's Founding Fathers and Helen Keller received classical Christian educations. This type of education has been successfully received by a vast array of learners. We also understand that most parents (adults born after the mid-1900s) did not receive a classical education due to progressive changes in the educational system. Parents will have the opportunity to learn alongside their children's classical training. It is our desire to share classical Christian education with all families.
IS A CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN EDUCATION ONLY FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS?
ADELPHIA CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IS PRIVATE SCHOOL SATELLITE PROGRAM (PSP). WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
WHAT IS DONE ON AT-HOME DAYS?
No, a PSP is a program offered through a Private School. Charter schools are "homeschool" programs offered through the Public School system with mandated state requirements such as immunizations and Common Core Curriculum. These publicly funded schools do not permit inclusion of God or Christianity in their curriculum. Charter schools (including online charter schools) receive state and federal funding for the number of students enrolled. Charter schools, like other public schools, tend to have more than 25 students per class.
IS A PRIVATE SCHOOL SATELLITE PROGRAM THE SAME AS A CHARTER SCHOOL?
It means that your homeschool is a satellite of our private school, Adelphia Classical Christian Academy. The Academy operates as the administrator by maintaining your student's records, including cumulative records, attendance, health records, grades and high school transcripts. The Academy files the annual PSP affidavit covering your student in California. Additionally, the Academy also has researched and chosen a classical Christian curriculum with a proven track record. On-campus teacher-led courses follow the chosen curriculum. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, your student is expected to attend the chosen on-campus courses. We invite families to review the Academy's chosen curriculum (refer to the Academics Overview website page). Some families choose to also attend outside activities or classes on at-home days (Wednesday and Friday). The Academy can record your outside activities, where appropriate. If your family desires to follow a completely independent curriculum (not the Academy's chosen classical Christian curriculum), your family will need to find a PSP that operates only as an administrator.
The Academy offers a complete curriculum. Our skilled instructors offer all the critical, substantive learning during class periods and assign meaningful coursework to complete at home which reinforces and reviews concepts. As a parent, your role will be to facilitate the completion of your student's assigned work. There is no need to plan additional curriculum to provide a rich classical education. However, your family has the flexibility to add more activities for your student on these at-home days and to complete assignments on these days that fit within your outside needs. Many families use the at-home days for extracurricular activities such as drawing lessons, piano lessons, photography classes, tutoring and sports.
IS A PSP THE SAME AS AN UMBRELLA PROGRAM?
WHAT SHOULD A STUDENT EXPECT REGARDING THE ASSESSMENT TESTING?
Yes, a PSP is also known as an umbrella program because students are "under the umbrella" or covering of that private school.
Incoming students are required to take a math and English assessment test (associated fee). Younger students (K-2) will meet with their teacher for an assessment. These assessments ensure that incoming students are enrolled in courses appropriate for their individual academic development. A conference with the family (including the new student) will be scheduled after all enrollment paperwork has been received. Continuing Academy students receive assessments near the end of the program year to properly track their ongoing learning needs. For this case, assessments will be integral to the student's final test within math and English.