• What is Christian classical education?
There is no quick answer because CCE uses an entirely different paradigm for education. Check out our Christian Classical education pages.
• What is a hybrid model?
A hybrid educational model uses a combination of instruction with a classroom teacher two days a week and parent-led instruction at home the other three days. This model offers the benefits of both homeschooling and a “brick-and-mortar” education. Parents are afforded more time with their children and the ability to give individual instruction. Caritas supports the parents with training, lesson plans, and accountability. Students at Caritas also receive opportunities to experience group settings and to learn the skills and tools needed to thrive in that environment.
• What is the time commitment for a parent or a student?
We expect that families will spend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday completing schoolwork at home. As students progress into harder subjects, they will spend more time on their homework. The benefit of parent-led learning is freedom to progress at the student’s individual pace. Time will vary greatly for each student depending on their personality. Our aim is for students to spend an average of three hours a day for grades K-2 and four hours a day for grades 3-6. This amount assumes a parent will be working with multiple children at the same time, and that students will be working more independently as they mature.
• Do I need to have teaching experience in order for my child to enroll?
Formal teaching experience is not a requirement. However, all parents have experience teaching their children. The most important qualifications for a parent to participate are a love for Christ and their children, a desire to learn themselves, and a commitment to the program. In addition, Caritas will provide training for parents at various times during the school year.
• What if the information my student is learning is far above my own knowledge as a parent?
To help with this, we have chosen curriculum that is user-friendly and contains adequate teaching resources. Additionally, classroom teachers are available for questions. One benefit of this model is that parents are given the gift of time to learn alongside their child. Often, the best learning comes when we have to work for it.
• What if I have a question while teaching my child?
All teachers are required by contract to be available during off campus school days. Teachers will check email at regular intervals during those days in order to respond to questions in a timely manner. We also want to emphasize parent and student responsibility for being prepared each week for their lessons.
• I have three children in different grades. How will I have the time and ability to manage all their needs the three days at home?
Teaching multiple levels of students is never easy, but Caritas Academy makes it doable for any committed parent. All Caritas students follow the same historical time period. This way, students across the grades can participate in what their siblings are learning. In the younger grades, certain classes are combined between grades so that parents do not have to teach a whole new class to each student. Teachers strive to mitigate the work by giving clear instructions for both parents and students. In addition, Caritas Academy emphasizes and teaches time management and responsibility from a young age.
• Who will you admit to your school?
We admit students selectively based on their academic ability, family support, and faith. See our Admissions pages.
• What enrichment programs do you offer?
Classical Christian education is the original well-rounded education. As resources allow, we will offer programs in music, art, drama, etc. The difference is that everything in a classical school is purposeful. When 1st graders study art, they study great artists like Monet and Matisse. When we perform music, we emphasize the great works of classical music (and sometimes other genres). We believe that studying great art brings about an appreciation of beauty – a developed aesthetic – which is a lifetime gift.
• What does your school cost?
People sometimes believe that an education like this must be expensive. In fact, we work very hard to keep it affordable. We believe that Christian classical education is important to the future of the community, so we want it to be accessible. When you consider the impact to your children’s future and their lives, we believe you will find Caritas Academy to be one of the best educational investments you can make. Arizona also has several tuition organizations that can help make private schooling more affordable. Check our fees and tuition page for more information.
• How do I know that Caritas is right for our family?
Consider the following questions:
Will our family benefit from having another person organize the curriculum for our children’s instruction?
Can we provide an environment conducive to learning within our home?
Are our family dynamics such that our children will respond to us as their teachers?
Are our family dynamics such that we can commit to the workload at home?
Is this the best educational model for us?
• When should I apply? What do I need to do to apply?
We accept applications at any time but we encourage parents to apply in January or February of the year in which they wish to enroll their student. You will need to fill out an application either online or by mail. You will also need to provide a pastor reference letter and pay an application fee. See our Admission pages for more information.
• What does caritas mean?
Caritas is the Latin word for unconditional love. It is the love that God shows us; and since we are made in His image, it is the love that we should show one another. Our motto is “Caritas numquam excidit” – which means “Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:8)
• How can I learn more about Caritas Academy?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to request a meeting. We are happy to meet with individual families or to present an informational meeting to groups. We also have additional materials upon request.