Who We Are

 

We are a Christian homeschool co-op that meets one full day per week for thirty weeks.  We offer classes for grammar age students (K-6).

Our mission is to come alongside local homeschooling families as they raise up children who passionately seek virtue and wisdom.  Our desire is to renew the classical methods in a restful way from a biblical worldview.  Through weekly meetings families will delight in fellowship, accountability, and an environment which cultivates virtue and produces enjoyable and permanent learning.

Our vision is to empower parents with a viable option to reclaim their children’s hearts and minds throughout their grammar, logic, and rhetoric years.  

Benefits and Services

We provide our members with these benefits and services:

  • A vibrant community committed to restful, classical learning
  • A meaningful, enriching curriculum featuring the traditional, classical arts of grammar, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, science, and the great books
  • Online co-op schedule and calendar
  • Easy online access to a list of your student’s weekly assignments

Free access to live training webinars with leaders in the renewal of classical education

  • Access to the wider Scholé Groups network, a growing community of like-minded co-ops

Our Guiding Principles

Pursuing Wisdom . . . through a Classical Curriculum

As content, a classical curriculum can be summarized as the study of truth, goodness, and beauty (the proverbial “transcendental ideals” first cited by Plato). At the highest level, our curriculum should therefore present the wisdom of the ages, the best that has been thought and said, the “Great Conversation” to our students for study and contemplation. This content and these ideals are presented over time in the context of a community, modeled by loving teachers and contemplated by students.

 

The curriculum of the classical tradition has also been commonly summarized as the trivium and quadrivium arts. The trivium arts are the verbal or linguistic arts that enable the mastery of language, thought, writing, and speech. They are grammar, logic, and rhetoric and are called the trivium because they are the “threefold way” of mastering language. The quadrivium arts are the mathematical or scientific arts that enable the mastery of number, extension, magnitude, and motion. The quadrivium arts are arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy (as bodies in motion, astronomy also corresponds to modern physics). Together the trivium and quadrivium arts are called the seven liberal arts (or septem artes liberales in Latin).

 

You will note that we have named the levels of Surprise Scholé Academy after the trivium arts (grammar, logic, and rhetoric). Dorothy Sayers, in her essay “The Lost Tools of Learning,” suggested that these designations (grammar, logic, rhetoric) could also be used to designate stages of learning: younger students are well-suited to study grammar, early adolescents to study logic, and older students to study rhetoric. We have made use of this convention (as have numerous classical schools), but hold them lightly, as we do not wish to imply that the quadrivium subjects are of lesser importance, as they are not.

 Discovering Delight . . . in Restful Learning

Scholé Groups are united by their pursuit of restfulness in learning, or scholé. The word scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from a Greek word that means “restful learning,” with the connotation of contemplation, conversation, and reflection. Surprise Scholé Academy seeks deep engagement that results in enjoyable, permanent learning that is free from anxiety. The concept of scholé cuts across the grain of modern education and therefore takes a principled commitment to the ideal in order to be implemented and realized.

Growing Together . . . as a Community of Learners

Surprise Scholé Academy is truly a cooperative group. We operate under a volunteer leadership team. The leadership roles are clearly defined and all leaders work together with equal voice and accountability. A leader should be a person of character and competence who influences a community to achieve a God-given calling through the power of Christ. Surprise Scholé Academy leaders will pursue that goal prayerfully and faithfully.

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His Virgin Birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful humanity, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential, and that repentance from sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way to come into a relationship with God.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; we further believe His power and gifts are available to believers today.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe it is important to uphold the scriptural practices of the early church. Therefore, we hold to the practice of water baptism and the regular taking of Communion. We do not believe that either of these practices is essential for salvation, but that they serve as a demonstration of our living faith in Christ.

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