Subjects include Literature, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Theology and Latin. Our model is much like a university education, with classes taught two days a week and the rest of the work completed at home. Families find that this model helps teach students about personal responsibility, encourages self-sufficiency, and prepares them for higher education and the working world.
Our Catholic curriculum is designed to provide a well-rounded education consistent with the classical model. We use Connecting with History, an integrated history and literature-based program designed to be used with the entire family. Through this program, history is presented from a specifically Catholic worldview, in chronological order beginning with ancient times and moving through cycles into modern times. Connecting with History also teaches history as an inclusive subject – religion, literature, geography, arts and sciences are all connected within the time period studied. Children are actively involved in the learning process, and since students in all grades are studying the same time period simultaneously, there are opportunities for activities, field trips and discussions that cross classes and ages. Books and activities in other subjects are carefully selected based not on the standard school curriculum du jour, but on decades of experience with what works.
Students attend classes from 9:30 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in classrooms on the St. Thomas More campus. Our mixed-age classes provide students the opportunity to pace their studies at an individual level and develop social skills from a wider range of peers than in conventional classrooms. Classes are limited to 12 students per class, which provides a high level of teacher-student interaction. Classes cover the entire range of core subjects from K-12: Theology, Literature, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, and Foreign Languages. Our teachers provide lesson plans for each week, which detail the material covered on class days and homeschool days.
Starting in middle school, teachers provide regular tests in class to check comprehension of the material. Parents can also choose to use additional tests provided in the books if more testing is desired. Parents can opt to take standardized testing as frequently or as infrequently as they wish – or not at all. Parents make these choices based on a number of factors including their long-term education goals, the needs of their individual children, and other personal preferences.