We are pleased to report that collaboration has begun between several interested families about starting a home-schooling co-op. Now is your opportunity to add your voice to the discussions, even if you are not yet sure if you are interested. Your questions and your input can help shape the direction we take.
There being no classical school in the K-W area, parents currently have the following options: 1) Send their children to public school, 2) Send their children to another private school, or 3) Teach their children at home using a classical curriculum. Most families have taken the first option. It is the path of least resistance and is very convenient for the parents. But is it a good option for the children? (More on that in a future post.) Some families pay tuition ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 per year to send their children to a private school. While parents usually report that the school environment is better than in the public system, they not impressed with the academic quality of these schools. In most cases the classes and curriculum are virtually identical to the public system with only some fine-tuning of details. These parents wonder if they are getting value for the money. Finally, other parents are schooling their children at home using a very different educational approach to that taken in either the public system or in other private schools.
In the last few months, the parents in several Lutheran families have begun sharing notes and discussing this topic in more detail. The option of working together to educate our children seems now to be a real possibility. A home-schooling co-op, besides having the advantages mentioned in the previous post, would also bring together a core group of parents who would naturally steer the future direction of any school. The collective experience that would be gained by working together, sharing materials, and sharing responsibilities would be invaluable to a classical school. And it would provide a wonderful environment for the children.
Take a moment now to send us your information on the Contact Us page if you want to be included in our discussions.