No, classical Christian education benefits all students. A classical Christian education guides students toward excellence--the best version of themselves. The Academy's goal, in partnership with parents, is to develop all students into well-educated, logical thinkers who live their lives in union with Jesus Christ. A classical Christian education is the best education a family can offer to their child(ren).
Our country's Founding Fathers and Helen Keller received a classical Christian education. 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 PROGRAM (PSP). WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
WHAT IS DONE ON AT-HOME DAYS?
No, a PSP is a program offered through a private school whereas 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 based on the number of students enrolled. Like other public schools, charter schools tend to enroll more than 25 to 30 students per class. The typical class size at the Academy is 16 or less students.
Publicly funded schools do not allow the inclusion of God in their curriculum. At the Academy, however, God is the center of the conversation.
IS A PRIVATE SCHOOL SATELLITE PROGRAM THE SAME AS A CHARTER SCHOOL?
A Private School Program (PSP) is an organization that a families may choose to join to support their homeschooling needs. A PSP files the Private School Affidavit (PSA) 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 has researched and chosen a classical Christian curriculum with a proven track record. On-campus, teacher-led courses follow the curriculum. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, your student is expected to attend the on-campus courses. Some Academy families also choose to 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 rather than 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 instruction 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 schedule. Many families use the at-home days for extracurricular activities such as drawing lessons, piano lessons, photography classes, tutoring, and sports. In fact, this flexibility feature is appreciated and used by many families.
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 ensure that incoming students are enrolled in courses appropriate for their individual academic development. Additionally, the assessment provides an opportunity for a new student to meet Academy teachers and/or staff, which significantly helps with a student's transition into the Academy.
MAY I ENROLL MY STUDENT WITH THE ACADEMY IF HE/SHE IS WITH A CHARTER PROGRAM?
DOES THE ACADEMY OFFER FINANCIAL AID?
The Academy neither directly enrolls charter students nor receives funds from the State of California. Charter families may take individual classes at the Academy, but they will need to check with their charter program regarding the approach. Please note that the Academy will not accept charter funds, file a charter student's affidavit, and will not maintain records for any charter students who may attend classes at the Academy. The Academy discourages enrolling in charter programs while attending the Academy due to the added workload, charter requirements, and conflicts of interest. Charter families that choose to take classes at the Academy are required to inform the Academy to avoid conflicts. Academy high school students may not be enrolled in a charter program while attending the Academy.
ARE ALL ACADEMY PARENTS/GUARDIANS, TEACHERS, AND STAFF REQUIRED TO SIGN THE ACADEMY'S STATEMENT OF FAITH? ALSO, WHAT DOCTRINE(S) DOES THE ACADEMY TEACH?
The Academy offers the Tuition Reduction Program for families that are willing and able to help with general program needs. 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 WAIT LIST?
Yes, all Academy parents/guardians, teachers, and staff are required to sign the Academy's Statement of Faith (SOF). The Academy focuses on unity in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Additionally, the signing of this SOF ensures that all families are in agreement with the SOF. If your family is not in agreement with the SOF, Adelphia maintains the right to request that your family seek other opportunities.
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 each believer; 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 [disciples] only , 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 in February).
WHAT IS THE TUITION REDUCTION PROGRAM?
The Academy provides a tuition reduction program for families that are willing and able to volunteer for tasks that support the Academy’s successful day-to-day operations. These tasks are defined and assigned by the Academy based on the Academy’s yearly needs. The tuition reduction amount depends on how much time a family is willing to contribute on a weekly basis. The tuition reduction program is available to families that are committed to fulfilling a yearly assigned task and that enroll by May 31 of their enrolling year. The Academy does not guarantee that a needed task will correspond with a family’s time availability. However, new Academy families that choose to enroll in this program or returning families that have demonstrated their commitment to fulfill their assignment(s), will be provided an Academy task if enrolled by May 31. Some assigned tasks are based on a first- come, first-served basis. Other tasks may be reserved for a returning family that has shown personal responsibility and is now experienced with the specific task. Families enrolling in the tuition reduction program after May 1, 2023, will be assigned to recess and/or lunch tasks on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, depending on the Academy’s needs.