@Homeschool_Forum I recently learned about Scholé Groups from a friend who lives near me and homeschools her two boys. Like many others on this forum, I have appreciated much about our experience with Classical Conversations but have grown increasingly exasperated by the anti-evolution propaganda—particularly this year when my son was in Challenge A and reading It Couldn't Just Happen. I knew our friend was in some sort of co-op, so I asked her two weeks ago if it was affiliated with any specific program. She said she loves the group, and I've started to research it and now think it could be a great option for our family next year.
I'm still learning a lot, but here are some initial impressions.
- They implement the classical model much like CC does, with a focus on humanities, Latin, logic, writing, etc.
- It seems that there is much greater variety in terms of how individual groups implement the Scholé model.
- The group our friends are part of does not have a science component. I'm not sure how typical this is, but the other group I've researched (in St Louis, where I've been interested in moving to) doesn't have a science component either. I also didn't find any science texts on the Classical Academic Press web site.
- There is no student tuition fee. Each group sets a price to cover facility rental, materials, etc., but overall it looks to be much less expensive than CC.
- They have a partnership with Classical Academic Press that includes a 20% discount for group members.
I don't presume that the lack of a science curriculum means that these groups will be filled with people who are friendly to EC. (The group nearest me meets just down the road from Patrick Henry College and the HSLDA offices—surely one of the heartlands of YEC ideology.) I'm not sure how my friend who introduced me to Scholé approaches science either. Her husband works as a scientist for the EPA and is a really sharp guy, so I doubt that he is YEC. I broached the topic with him via email, but we haven't had a chance to discuss it in detail yet. But at this point I'd be delighted with a group that doesn't deal with science. I'll gladly put in extra hours helping my son work through a science curriculum in exchange for not having to continually counter CC's anti-evolution ideology.
Does anyone here have any experience with Scholé Groups? If so, I'd love to hear from you.