The Challenge Program
Many parents question, “How can I homeschool through high school?” Our Challenge program outlines the steps many homeschooling parents want to know, like curriculum choices, where to purchase coursework resources, how to develop high school transcripts and even how to learn college credit.
Parents help their student to develop time-management skills and good study habits, assess their student’s work, and assign grades. Students learn by completing weekly coursework and participating in community. The Challenge Director works alongside the parents’ at-home efforts by facilitating weekly conversations and modeling learning. Throughout, Tutors partner with parents to mentor and disciple students to imitate Christ.
Challenge programs meet for fifteen weeks each semester for two semesters so that they can practice the classical tools of learning with six seminars of academic content. At-home and community assignments are described in the Challenge Guide for each program. Students read, research and practice at home and come to community prepared for public speaking, discussion, debate, and experiments.
How does the Challenge homeschool program stand out from other high-school aged, classical, Christian communities?
- Community time is used by students to practice skills instead of sitting in a lecture.
- Directors help students to see how knowledge glorifies God, cultivating lifelong learners and lovers of His creation.
- Directors serve as a mentor, discipling and encouraging his or her small group of students.
- Directors equip students to discover that all knowledge works together in an indivisible universe rather than a disconnected “multiverse,” helping students make connections between science, math, philosophy, theology, history, literature, and economics.
- Directors guide students from knowledge, to understanding, to wisdom.
- Directors focus on skills rather than subjects.
Support for the Journey
In this local community environment, parents receive support, training, resources and accountability from other homeschool parents, giving them confidence to homeschool their child throughout all of their high school years.
Consistent progression through each year-long Challenge program emboldens students to think critically, engage in dialectic discovery, and formulate original rhetorical arguments as they learn to see connections between themselves, their community, and their faith.
Additionally, in progressing through the Challenge program, students have the opportunity to participate in earning college credits even as their parents are working toward their own Associate, Bachelor or Master degree.
I love the community, like-minded families, Christ-centeredness, teaching our children how to think for themselves when the world wants them to think the way it does.
It is hard to choose what I love best because there is so much to love… Christ-centered, integration of subjects, accountability and I absolutely love my community!
I love the Accountability, Community, Freedom within a Structure, the TIMELINE, integrating it all together!
I love the Christ-centered conversation for young people and their families and learning to ‘see’ Him in all things and learning to see myself rightly.
I love thinking big thoughts with a community that has become blessed friends and leading my own children (and their friends) to embrace ‘hard things’ while mastering the skills of learning.