We always wondered if one day, we would begin one. Realizing the disciplinary problems in public schools, the errors being taught in public schools, the need for a Bible-based education, the expense of most Christian schools, and the inability/lack of desire of some to homeschool, we felt that this is an important ministry.
Capability to start a school:
Initially, we thought in the traditional sense of needing a classroom for each grade level and this would be a huge project/expense. However, realizing that we could place multiple grades in one room, we began exploring this idea. Also, learning how we could use the Abeka Academy program which has qualified teachers teaching each subject, we knew that what seemed impossible was now possible.
What is the school like?
All grades, 4-year-old Kindergarten through 12th grade meet in one building.
There are now 3 school options: On-site, Online, or Homeschool Support. See below for more information.
At the on-site school, there are times when the class does things together, or when the smaller children do group activities, or older children do group activites, but mostly, they do individual work.
The lessons are mostly on video. The students watch a video of a teacher teaching a particular subject. Then, he/she completes work in his/her book. When the student has a question, he/she notifies a teacher to come and help. Throughout the day, the teacher(s) not only answer questions but monitors the kids' work and at times, works individually with students. Younger kids will need more, and therefore receive more, attention. Their classroom set-up is also a little different. There is hands-on work, also, especially for the younger kids.
A full class day is 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Four-year-old kindergarten is a half-day program, ending at 12:00 pm.
We have class at the school on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Tuesday and Friday, students do their work at home. Occassionally, we do have activities or field trips on Friday.
We have field trips throughout the year.
We emphasize family and encourage family support and involvement throughout the year. God created the family first and this is very important.
We have uniform dress - cloth or jean pants and polos or button-up shirts. This is to ensure appropriate dress. On field trip days, everyone must wear a red polo.
We have a high academic standard as well as a Biblical foundation.
What about the curriculum?
We primarily use Abeka Academy, a conservative, Christian curriculum, for the on-site school. It includes videos of a teacher teaching each subject.
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What is the Online option?
For 3rd grade - 12th grade, we have the option of students joining us online. They do their school work online, either watching our recorded classes or joining us live via Zoom. They can even attend TCCA parties, field trips, and other activities if they are local.
What is the Homeschool support option?
For homeschool families in Spartanburg who want support and help as they embark on the homeschool journey, and desire for their children to be able to get with other Christian children and participate in activities and field trips, we provide the Homeschool support option. We are NOT an accountability group, but a support group.
What about testing?
We do not have yearly testing. If someone wants his/her child tested, this may be arranged.