FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS CLASSICAL, CHRISTIAN EDUCATION?
Classical, Christian education is a form of education that became more mainstream when Dorothy Sayers published her book the Lost Tools of Learning. The classical model states that students learn at three different stages. The first stage is the Grammar Stage(grades K-6th). In this stage, children are like sponges. They are able to memorize and retain vast amounts of information. In this stage we emphasize phonics, reading, cursive and memorization. For example, by the time a student moves on from 6th grade, they will have memorized the preamble of the constitution, multiple bible verses, and more. The second stage in the classical model is the Logic Stage (grades 7th-8th). In this stage, students are learning how to make logical arguments. Students take debate and logic in this stage. They learn how to make educated presentations and how to hear other sides and are able to articulate their side of a debate. They continue to improve their writing and continue to read ancient texts. They also complete Latin levels 3 and 4. The third stage is the Rhetoric Stage (9th-12th). In this stage, students continue to not only learn how to present an argument, but also how to defend it. We do not just present God’s Word to them, we teach them how to defend their faith. The culminating project for this stage is the Senior Thesis. Students in this class research a topic, present it before a panel, and defend their beliefs. For more information on Classical Christian Education, please visit https://classicalchristian.org
HOW MUCH IS TUITION?
Tuition for the 2021-22 school year is $5,000 for grades 1st-12th. Tuition for Kindergarten is $2,500 for the full year. Kindergarten is for the full day.
WHAT DO STUDENTS DO FOR SPORTS/EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
At the high school level, our students compete as part of the Middle Park High School sports program. We have multiple students compete in the various snow sports, as well as soccer, volleyball, baseball, cross country and more. For the younger grades, students can take part in any of the county-wide programs through local recreational centers: Granby/Fraser. Our schedule is designed so that students can be to after-school practices on time.
WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM?
We follow the classical model of education in our curriculum. That means we introduce some unique pieces to our curriculum. For example, we teach phonics and cursive starting in kindergarten. As students get older we introduce them to Latin. We spend a significant amount of time on the humanities. Our students read many of the Great Texts that have been around for centuries. We use Saxon math from 3rd grade on up. We also have a leveled reading program for students in grades K-6th. This allows us to match reading texts with the appropriate level for each student. Please see our curriculum section on our website.
HOW LARGE ARE CLASS SIZES?
Most of our classes have between 7-12 students in each classroom. With the exception of kindergarten, all of classes have some combined grade levels.
HOW DO YOU TEACH A CLASS WITH COMBINED GRADE LEVELS?
We accomplish this in multiple ways. We start by training and giving our teachers the tools they need to accomplish this. We are able to differentiate our lessons to meet the appropriate learning level for our students. For example, in spelling, we do not give the same spelling list to each student. We give them a list that is at their learning level, regardless of their grade level. In math, while one grade may be working on the math lesson, the other grade level will be doing independent work. Our teachers train our students to be independent workers, as well as thinkers. This makes teaching multiple grade levels seamless. Feel free to come and observe our classes to see this in action.
DO WE HAVE TO ATTEND WINTER PARK CHRISTIAN CHURCH TO ATTEND THE SCHOOL?
No. While Grand County Christian Academy is a ministry of WPCC, we recognize that families attend other churches. We welcome families from other bible-believing churches.
DO WE HAVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN TO ATTEND THE SCHOOL?
We require at least one parent to be a born-again Christian. For students in grades 6th-12th grade, we ask them to share their salvation story with us.
ARE FAMILIES REQUIRED TO VOLUNTEER?
GCCA does not require families to volunteer. However, because we are small, we encourage families to volunteer as much as they can and offer opportunities to do so.
DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE IMMUNIZED?
We follow the state law on immunizations. The current law is that all students need to be immunized based on current guidelines. (ex. Measles, mumps, rubella). Parents may get a doctor's note as a waiver for this.
IS THERE BUS TRANSPORTATION?
The East Grand School District has graciously provided bus service for our families. The bus picks up students in Granby in the morning and then picks them up after school and drops them at Granby Elementary.
YOU DO NOT HAVE A PLAYGROUND. WHAT DO STUDENTS DO FOR RECESS?
Our campus is situated on 40 acres. In the early fall and late spring, students go on hikes, play soccer in the parking lot, and do other creative activities. In the wintertime, our students bring sleds to go down the hill behind the school, as well as cross-country skiing. We are currently in the planning and fundraising stage of building a playground.
WHAT UNIVERSITIES HAVE YOUR STUDENTS BEEN ACCEPTED TO?
Our graduates have been accepted to a wide variety of schools including the University of Denver, CalPoly, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado—Boulder, University of Colorado---Denver, Metropolitan State University, Biola University, Hillsdale College, Colorado Christian University.