Students are in the classroom 2 days a week with a qualified teacher. GCS teachers are trained in effective implementation strategies of the classical model so that we can meet each child where they are cognitively, maximizing the potential at each stage of development.
On alternate days, students are given a full lesson plan, which is to be completed at home with the guidance of their parents. This model allows for flexibility in the family schedule, while also providing structure, accountability, and efficiency. Parents have the ultimate responsibility for instructing their children, and the school exists to partner with the family in academic disciplines.
Sample weekly schedule:
On-campus days are structured and organized to get the very most out of this formal setting, making homework unnecessary in the evening. For the younger students, grades K-2, Fridays can be used as a flex day for enrichment activities, service opportunities, or simply spending time with family. As the academic load increases, Fridays will be a home school day as well. This flexibility allows students the time to participate in extracurricular activities and teaches them to manage their own time wisely.
Formal Classroom Hours
In a traditional 5 day a week classroom setting, a child spends 35-40 hours a week on campus beginning in Kindergarten until graduation. However, the university schedule provides a gradual transition to independent learning. Students educated in this setting have already experienced a college-simulated work environment at the high school level and therefore make a seamless transition to college.
Benefits of a University Schedule, Collaborative Education:
- Parents have the opportunity to disciple their children and closely track their academic development.
- Students are accountable to a qualified teacher who is passionate about the subject matter.
- Students are given opportunities for leadership and interaction with other children.
- Parents have the freedom to focus on a child’s individual needs and interests.
- This model is cost effective, making tuition rates accessible to more families.
- Students are encouraged and equipped to take responsibility for their own education over time.
- As parents teach Truth to their children at home, teachers are also modeling Christ regularly during the week. This allows time for interaction with other authority figures in students’ lives. These mentors, who the children respect, also point them to the Word of God, which reinforces what their parents are already teaching them everyday.