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 children. 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. Most parents (adults born after the mid-1900s) did not receive a classical education in their youth due to progressive changes in the educational system. Parents will have the opportunity to learn alongside their children's classical training. It is the Academy's desire to share classical Christian education with all willing 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 homeschool program offered through a Private School. Charter schools are programs offered through the Public School system with state mandated requirements (e.g. immunizations and Common Core Curricula). Charter schools (including online charter schools) receive state funding for the number of students enrolled. Additionally, charter schools, like other public schools, tend to have more than 25 to 30 students per class. Publicly funded schools do not permit the inclusion of God in their curriculum. God is the center of the conversation at the Academy.
IS A PRIVATE SCHOOL SATELLITE PROGRAM THE SAME AS A CHARTER SCHOOL?
Private School Satellite Programs (PSPs), are organizations that a family may choose to join to support their homeschooling needs. A PSP files the Private School Affidavit (PSA) and maintains student records on behalf of the families enrolled in their program. In the case of Adelphia Classical Christian Academy, the program also includes on-campus teacher-led classes along with a defined classical Christian curriculum. The Academy (or PSP) operates as the administrator by maintaining your student's records, including cumulative (CUM) records, attendance, health records, grades, and high school transcripts. The Academy files the annual PSA covering your student in California. Your name and address do not appear on the affidavit, the Academy is required to keep a listing of each teacher (including listing the parents or guardians as teachers) within student records. New Academy families will complete a simple Capability to Teach form that will be kept in your student's CUM file.
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-4) typically meet with their teacher for the assessment. These assessments help the Academy to ensure that incoming students are enrolled in courses appropriate for their individual academic development. Additionally, the assessment provides an opportunity for a new student meet Academy teachers and/or staff which significantly helps with the students transition.
MAY I ENROLL MY STUDENT WITH THE ACADEMY IF HE/SHE IS WITH A CHARTER PROGRAM?
DOES THE ACADEMY OFFER FINANCIAL AID?
The Academy does not directly enroll charter students or receive funds from the State of California. Charter families may take classes at the Academy, but they will need to check with their individual program regarding the approach. Please note that the Academy will not file a charter student's affidavit and will not maintain records for any charter students that may attend classes at the Academy. If your family chooses to take classes at the Academy, your family is required to inform the Academy to avoid any conflicts.
ARE ALL ACADEMY FAMILIES AND STAFF REQUIRED TO SIGN THE ACADEMY'S STATEMENT OF FAITH? ALSO, WHAT DOCTRINE(S) DOES THE ACADEMY TEACH?
At this time, the Academy does not offer a formal financial aid program that evaluates each family's financial circumstances. The Academy is a homeschool - a Private School Satellite Program (PSP) - it does not take or receive California state funding to subsidize its program. Additionally, the Academy operates more as a 'ministry' seeking to maintain reasonable tuition rates for families to afford. Average private program tuition rates are listed on the tuition page. The Academy is still one of the most affordable options in Orange, County offering three teacher-led days on campus, plus offering a classical Christian education program. On-campus classical Christian programs in Orange County are very limited, and the Academy is the only known 3-day on-campus PSP option for grades K-12.
The Academy does offer some discounts. Families with more than one enrolled student receive discounts on tuition. Additionally, the Academy offers discounts to full-time missionaries, pastors or families working full-time in a ministry, and to families that have an active military parent.
DOES THE ACADEMY OFFER A WAITLIST?
Yes, all Academy families and staff are required to sign the Academy's Statement of Faith. The Academy focuses on unity in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the Book of John (chapter 17), Jesus prays for His disciples, but He also prays for those of us here today and tomorrow to be in unity with Him and His Father so that the world will know that He was sent by the Father. Christians are called to be united in Christ. Union with Christ captures the mysterious reality that Christ dwells in the heart of believers, and believers, simultaneously, dwell in the heart of Christ. Thus, they are one. The Academy aspires to foster unity in Jesus Christ to help show the world that the Father sent the Son.
"I do not pray for these only [disciples], but also for those who believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me."
The Academy studies Holy Scripture in a historical context, which is not the same as 'Bible study'. This allows each family to add appropriate amounts of doctrine according to their own faith perspective at home or through their church. Thus, the Academy does not attempt to teach specific doctrine(s). Furthermore, the Academy primarily implements curricula that follows this approach (e.g. Memoria Press). The Academy has families from many different Christian-faith traditions (e.g. Presbyterian, Baptist, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Egyptian Coptic, Orthodox Greek, and Roman Catholic) and is delighted to help show the world that the Father sent the Son.
Yes, the Academy offers a wait list and encourages new families to use this method to help secure a seat for the next program year. The Academy is a small-niche program and select grades can fill to capacity quickly. The wait list fee is $50 per family. Once a seat opens for your student to enroll, your family will be immediately informed, and the paid $50 will go toward the application process fee.
Once a student is enrolled, new or rising siblings will be given priority enrollment during the re-enrollment period (typically February).