How-it-works

Online Classes

Education in the ancient wisdom of the Western, Catholic tradition, using the latest modern tools!  Our courses are "online" in two key ways: first, the books, quizzes, and other materials for the classes are provided online; we have a website where the student logs in to get his work.  Second, when it is class time, we gather online in a virtual meeting room, rather than in a physical space.  For most courses, you may choose among three distinct online Course Options, which make use of the same basic Components.  Each of these options and components is explained here.

Course Components

Student-Suite-2

An online suite of materials that includes:

  • Video Lectures to explain concepts;
  • Agendas for better organization;
  • Study Guides for memorization;
  • Weekly Assignments
  • Quizzes and Tests;
  • Grade Book and more!
Live Class Meeting-2

A live, online class meeting that focuses upon drill and discussion.  Students interact with the instructor and each other by means of video/audio conferencing and typed chat.

Grading-1

All Classes include weekly assignments — reflections and persuasive essays, Latin compositions, written analysis of arguments — these assignments are graded and feedback is given by instructors.  A Certificate of Grade will be mailed at the end of the academic year.

Tutoring-2

Daily, informal study halls, wherein instructors are available to provide one-on-one help. A Writing Lab keeps students focused upon the course work.

  • Mon. thru Thurs.
  • All LIVE students
  • No additional charge

Course Options

Live

Parents oversee internet use and study habits, provide some grading and score input, but teaching interactions are primarily with the instructor.  Courses schedule is determined by the Academic Calendar.  Includes these components:

  • Student Suite
  • Live Class Meeting
  • Grading & Certificate
  • Tutoring
Independent Study

This option requires the greatest amount of parental involvement.  Answer keys and rubrics are provided for many assignments and automated grading is a function of some quizzes and tests, but all manual grading is done by the parent. This option provides the most flexibility of schedule and the lowest cost.  Includes these components:

  • Student Suite

Successful Schooling
Best Practices

The students and families who flourish in online schooling all seem to display a basic set of attributes and skills.  It is very helpful to consider these as you make decisions about whether or not to try online schooling and our program, in particular.  Here are the essential attributes of the successful family.  First, these families have developed a studious home environment, there is an appropriate degree of quiet and order. Second, these families maintain discipline regarding academics ~ the work gets done and deadlines are met. Parents maintain oversight during all online activity. Third, successful families take full advantage of the services provided, especially tutoring.  In addition, they maintain good communication with the instructors, ask good questions, and seek help when needed. Fourth, these families support the mission of the teachers and the school. They are excited about the program precisely for being what it is and push the students to conform to what is being asked of them.  Fifth, these families insure that the students and parents know how to use the technology required.  Students need to know how to operate their computers, type, trouble shoot issues with headsets, use word processing software, and so forth.  Because of the limits on the type of oversight the instructors provide, it is essential that parents try online schooling with their eyes wide open to its limits and benefits.

Tips for Success in Online Schooling at Home
  • Create a Studious Environment
  • Maintain Academic Discipline
  • Oversight of Internet Use & Study
  • Take Advantage of all services
  • Keep Communication open
  • Buy-in to the Mission of the School
  • Master the Technology

Please contact the school to discuss your circumstances and ways to be prepared for the transition to online classes.


Register today for 2017–2018 classes! Or contact us if you have any questions.