Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the classical liberal arts?
A: Our model of education is based on the classical education model which takes a student through three stages of learning — the grammar stage, the logic stage, and the rhetoric stage. In each stage, the content consists of the classical liberal arts curriculum which consists of the “trivium” and the “quadrivium”. This was the model used for education since the medieval period up until about a century ago. The classical liberal arts include the study of language, history, theology, literature, philosophy, math, and the natural sciences.
The classical education model seeks to teach students how to learn for themselves. It provides them with the “tools of learning” rather than simply spoon-feeding information in every subject possible, as is the case in modern education today. 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 found on the courses page 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. Before the first class, the instructor will give students a list of required materials and information on where to purchase them.
Q: How often do you meet?
A: Classes meet once a week. Class times will vary depending on the type of class and the number of students that register. Specific class times for each course can be found on the course schedule chart on the column to the right.
Q: What is the class format?
A: Classes meet online using an online web conferencing program. There is no installation required and no extra cost. The instructor meets with the students in an online classroom where they can chat or speak to each other using computer microphones. Weekly assignments are given to the students at the end of each class. All correspondence between the teacher and students is done through email or the class resource page. Grades are given based on participation, completion of assignments, and tests/quizzes.
Q: What are the parents’ responsibilities?
A: The 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, 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: What upcoming courses are being offered?
A: Please check the live online classes page.
Q: Will we receive a grade report at the end of the course?
A: Yes. The instructor will give each student and his/her parents the 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.
Q: What does Coram Deo mean?
A: Coram Deo is Latin for “before the face of God”. We believe that all learning should happen in light of God’s truth and that all knowledge should submit to the authority and rule of God. Christians ought to strive to live every aspect of their lives in the fear of God including education.