Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the classical liberal arts?
A: The classical liberal arts include the study of language, history, theology, literature, philosophy, math, and the natural sciences. These subjects make up the “trivium” and the “quadrivium” of the classical liberal arts curriculum used in classical education, the model used in education since the medieval period up until about a century ago.
The classical education model seeks to teach students how to learn for themselves. It provides them with the “tools of learning” rather than spoon-feeding information. It begins by teaching students facts and rules (grammar stage), then analyzes how they come together in an orderly fashion (logic stage), and finally guides students on how to form their own conclusions and communicate them in a clear and persuasive fashion (rhetoric stage). For more information on classical education, here is the classic essay by Dorothy L. Sayers on the model of classical education versus modern education.
Q: Why study the classical languages?
A: The study of Greek and Latin is the core of classical learning. The classical languages are very structured and orderly, training students not only in the art of using words precisely but also in logic. Greek and Latin form the basis for the study of all other western languages and is, therefore, the ideal place to start any language study. Since many of the great books of the classical world were written in Greek or Latin, students will have the ability to study them in the original language and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the philosophy, culture, and history which have shaped Western civilization.
Q: What are the age requirements for these courses?
A: The course descriptions indicate the age requirements for each course. Generally, all courses are designed for students in the 7th through 12th grades, though some are open to adults as well.
Q: Do we need to purchase textbooks?
A: Yes. Students will need to purchase their own study materials. Required materials and links to purchase them are listed in each course description.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Up to 2 weeks prior to the start of classes, 80% refund. Within 2 weeks prior to the start of classes, no refund.
Q: What are the parents’ responsibilities?
A: Parents are responsible for keeping the students accountable with their homework and aiding in communication with the instructor. Parents will be contacted regarding scheduling issues, tuition payments, and any other issues that may arise during the course.
Q: What are the technical requirements for participating?
A: Because classes are conducted over the internet using conferencing software or video streaming, a fast internet connection (i.e. DSL/Cable) is required to participate. Students will also need computer speakers, and a working microphone. Because email is the primary mode of communication, both students and parents should have an email account.
Q: Will we receive a grade report at the end of the course?
A: Yes. The instructor will provide each student with a final grade along with a short evaluation of their performance at the end of the course. No grade will be given for summer courses, but students will still receive feedback from the teacher at the end of the course.