Frequently Asked Questions
If you can meet up with a friend and do schooling together for a few hours, then you can form a community. All it takes is two (or more) families meeting together, and chances are, there are several families in your area looking to form a community. Contact us, and we’ll help you get started.
At Classical Conversations, we believe that the purpose of education is to know God and to make Him known. The families in our program aim to educate their children for heaven, not for a higher ed institution. However, seeking to honour God also means pursuing excellence in education. Classical Conversations is growing fast, and is now in over 40 countries. Last year, we had our first class finish the programme in the UK and become 'leavers'. These graduates are now doing a range of things, from attending university to exploring apprenticeships to seeking the Lord's direction through a gap year. Around the world, where records exist, Classical Conversations grads have achieved higher mean exam scores in every subject tested than the national average. Since an exam is designed to test the student’s knowledge, we are confident that any good education will equip the student to pass an exam. Classical Conversations has proven its academic excellence, yet our focus is not the exam, but the celebration of the love of learning, and a renewed appreciation of God’s splendour. For more information about this topic, please click here.
No and no! Classical Conversations has materials for toddlers all the way to graduation. Whatever the age or ability of your student, there is a program to suit them. For assistance in deciding where to enrol your child, please contact us.
Classical Conversations is not just for students! We want to equip parents to teach as well; in fact, parent-tutors are often referred to as “lead learners”. We believe that parents are the best people to educate their children, and we want to help them do it in the best possible way. This question also reveals truths about our own education — if the best education is to be found in school, as we are told, then why aren’t we, as graduates of that system, fully educated and confident enough to teach our children?
There are many compelling reasons to study Latin; just a few of them are Latin’s ability to force us to think differently, to better understand the English language, which is 50% derived from Latin, and even to perform better on standardised exams if and when they are required. For a more detailed answer to this question, please click here.
No parent wants their child to be unable to communicate well or to be uncomfortable in company. As parents, it is our greatest hope that we set our child up for success and confidence and to take their place in society. In a typical school setting a child spends all formative years in a class of thirty people his own age. As he moves up through the years, the one or two classes become five, six, seven or more. They become the ‘year group’. But when in life is this situation replicated, where one’s peers are entirely made up of a mass of people with the same birth year? Once we leave school, all environments call us to mix with all ages. School is the exception, not the rule.
In contrast, Classical Conversations communities are made up of people of all ages. Communities meet once a week for at least half the year. Every week, every student in Foundations gives and listens to presentations. Regular presentations continue through the secondary school years. At Classical Conversations, we welcome you as we strive to become more civilised, not merely socialised.