Co-School n. an educational institution which partners with homeschooling families to provide group instruction in specific curricula utilizing a professional faculty
Properly accomplished, co-schooling provides students with a better education than they could otherwise receive either in a traditional school setting or exclusively in their home schools.
The "co-" is all-important. Co-school teachers partner with parents for the sake of the students. Parents partner with co-school teachers and other co-schooling families for the sake of the students. When all the key ingredients coalesce, a full-bodied, life-giving education is possible. What are the key ingredients?
A Classical Christian Co-School
Classical: Classical Education is a historically-based system for helping young people learn, understand and interact with the world. In our context, we believe it is the best structure for instilling virtue in our students, preparing them to be lifelong learners, and promoting responsible relationships within a learning environment that is marked by integrity, humility and love.
Christian: We teach that a God-centered life of devotion and service (rather than a man-centered life of ambition and pleasure) is to be seen as the purpose, means, and ends of one's life. To that end, we encourage the joyful work of prayer, saturation in the Word of God, and tenacious trust in Jesus Christ.
Co-School: Greenhouse offers invested faculty partners and curriculum to complement your homeschool. Trustworthy faculty and staff are available to coach and advise as you home educate. We provide a partnership community of lifelong learners and like-minded teachers and parents.
extending your homeschool
The Greenhouse provides core programs and elective courses designed to build upon what you are doing at home. Students enrolled in the Greenhouse core program:
- Spend one full school day per week in a classroom setting, study with classmates, and receive a framework for working at home throughout the week.
- Participate in a number of large-scale events during the year, including our annual science fair, play, art show and living wax museum.
- Receive consistent opportunity to develop as servant leaders and deepen their own faith, as well as making lasting friendships with like-minded students.
In addition, we offer a wide variety of elective courses that provide fun and challenging options to supplement your student's education. Whether or not your student is in our core program, there is a wealth of interesting options for just about anyone.
partners with you.
The Greenhouse offers experienced and caring faculty members who are invested in helping your student succeed. Not only are they academically skilled, our teachers deeply care about each student and family - seeking to provide not only academic excellence but work with you to shape character along the way.
Our teachers "get" home schooling. All have home schooled or been homeschooled, or worked with home schoolers for many years. Homeschooling is a seven day a week job. That's why we have invested so much time in developing our curriculum. We recognize how difficult and time consuming the curriculum selection process can be. Our curriculum is designed for you to align your efforts with ours to create an immediate structure. We have carefully-developed syllabi that reflect clearly our Christian values and beliefs.
We truly view this as a partnership with you - working together to build the next generation of Christian servant leaders.
Learn more about classical education...
Classical Education is based on the "Trivium," which is a teaching model that seeks to tailor subject matter to a student's cognitive development through three stages:
1. Grammar (grades 1-4) - emphasizing mastery of the fundamentals of the subject, such as dates, rules, facts and events.
2. Logic (grades 5-8) - emphasizing ordered particulars in each subject that help students develop critical thinking skills.
3. Rhetoric (grades 9-12) - emphasizing clear expression of the grammar and logic of each subject through speech and writing.
We draw extensively from "primary sources" for coursework - in other words, as often as possible, the actual original published document in question. So, students will read Homer and Shakespeare, not just read about them.
A classical curriculum is built on these works, allowing students to engage with the ideas, themes and people of Western civilization through the very words they used. The visual and performing arts courses similarly draw from the repertoire of the masters, so students understand context and progression.