Frequently Asked Questions
What is classical Christian education?
"Classical Christian education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty by means of the seven liberal arts so that, in Christ, the student is enabled to better know, glorify, and enjoy God." - circeinstitute.org
What is The Classical School?
The Classical School is a school alternative (private tutoring centre) for primary aged children. We run weekly full day classes offering a classical Christian curriculum that meets and exceeds the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. Our teaching is grounded in a Christian perspective and example.
In order to enrol at the The Classical School, you will need to register for Home Education (we can help you with this process).
Why do I need to be registered for Home Education?
The Classical School is not a registered school for the purposes of the School Education Act 1999 (WA). As such we operate as a private tutoring service, so you will need to register for home education. You can easily register for Home Education by contacting the North Metro Education Office:
Do parents need to attend?
Parents or nominated adults (In Loco Parentis) are required to attend if their children are in K-PP. If you cant stay for a session, it is likely possible that another parent would be willing to assume In Loco Parentis on your behalf.
For children in Years 1 - 6, parents are not expected to attend, but should be readily available.
The Classical School is a private tutoring centre providing an organised cooperation between homeschooling families. We are exempt from the Education and Care Services National Law, 2012, (Western Australia) as parents or nominated caregivers are in to attendance when their children are in K-PP.
For children in Years 1 - 6, parents are not expected to attend, but should be readily available, as per the Law exemption category (f):
(f) a service that provides education and care to children where the education and care is primarily provided or shared by parents or family members of the children and a parent or family member is readily available for the period that the child is educated and cared for and retains responsibility for the child.
Where & when will you be meeting?
We plan to hire the Parish Hall at St. Patrick's Anglican Church, Mt. Lawley (Cnr. First Ave. & Beaufort St.). Classes will be held in the Hall and Meeting rooms. We will be meeting Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Are your staff qualified teachers?
Yes, all our staff are at least four year university trained. Our staff have post graduate qualifications in Education and have nearly two decades of teaching experience.
How will your classes be structured?
As student numbers allow, children will be graded into three groups according to:
'Beginning readers' (K-PP),
'Intermediate readers' (Years 1 - 3) and
'Advanced readers' (Years 4 - 6).
Within each class students will be taught as a group, with individual differentiation as required.
What is your maximum class size
Classes will be capped at 15 students per age group (K-PP; Years 1 - 3 and Years 4 - 6). This is subject to change at the discretion of the director.
How are you funded?
We are funded through fees and private donation. We are not funded by the government as we are not a registered school. Registered schools are funded about $16,700 for education per student in Australia, based on the Gonski funding model.
How much will it cost?
Tuition fees below:
Beginning Readers: K-PP
$25 per session. Sessions run Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings until Lunch Time.
Intermediate Readers: Year 1 - 3
$5,500 per year or $460 per month direct debit (excluding GST)
Advanced Readers: Year 4 - 6
$6.000 per year or $500 per month direct debit (excluding GST)
Tuition will be pro-rata depending on the time of your enrolment. TCS is not yet required to register for GST.
All prices shown are excluding GST, this is subject to change.
Are you offering any 'elective' only classes
Our 'electives' are included in the cost of the full program; however, they may also be accessed as standalone activities.
We have the capacity to offer resource and technical knowledge rich classes in Science, Visual Art & Music (Choir).
Registration & fees are on a term by term basis. Fees are variable depending on the elective and regularity of attendance. This
Full program students are expected to attend these afternoon sessions as they are included within the fees for the full program.
What subjects will you be teaching?
Subjects including English, Maths, Science, Humanities (History, Geography, Civics, Economics), Visual Arts & Music will be our core program. Along with Latin, Bible reading and prayer and lots of fun games and activities.
We will be offering a liberal arts curriculum including: grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music & astronomy. As we are a K-6 based tutoring service, our focus is on grammar, logic and rhetoric (known as the Trivium).
Are you offering High School classes?
For High School students we run elective programs in Logic, Rhetoric, Literature and Latin. We would be willing to discuss with individual parents about how we can serve families with students in the lower years of secondary school. We hope to learn how we can be of service.
What curriculum will you be using?
Our curriculum is sourced from world leaders in Classical Christian Education, including Classical Academic Press, Logos Press & Memoria Press. Australian literature & history and old books are also incorporated into our curriculum. These products will meet and exceed the requirements of the Australian Curriculum for the subjects we offer. Our Maths texts are Mastery based and focus on processes and conceptual understanding. We use a a mix of Singapore Math, Saxon Math, Life of Fred and old children's maths books. .
Do we need to be Christians to attend?
Children are welcome from all walks of life whose parents desire a Classical Christian education. If your children attend we would expect that they would participate in our prayer and singing times, we would also expect them to act according to Christian ethical teaching. If you are open to exploring more of the Christian faith, we are happy to have you.
What about devices?
TCS is intentionally Low-tech.
Students are not required to own a device. Tutors may use appropriate ICT to deliver content, but individual screen time or devices are not a feature of our curriculum delivery at The Classical School. We base this decision on emerging evidence from around the world about the impact of screen time on children and their cognitive and social development, as well as their wellbeing.
Why not a full week?
We know that with smaller classes and focussed learning students can achieve a lot more than in a regular school. Three days gives homeschooling parents the opportunity to pursue their own co-curricula and community based sport and cultural pursuits on Mondays and Fridays - not to mention extra long weekends!
Additionally, as we are not funded by the government, our dedicated tutors need to engage in relief teaching in order to supplement their incomes.
Will you apply for registration?
We are prayerfully considering this possibility. If we will apply for registration as a non-government (Independent) school it is at least a two year process. Our first priority is to get the three day program up and running well. Registration would enable us to be funded by government.
What accountability mechanisms are in place?
All tutors have a Working With Children's Check (WWCC) and a National Police Clearance.
The Classical School is accredited with the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA), the peak body for the tutoring industry in Australia. The ATA provides us with a model code of conduct and training to ensure best practice.
As registered teachers with the Teaching Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) we are committed to child safety and understand the moral and legal requirements to keep children safe in our care.
In the future we hope to engage a board of governance as we prepare for registration. We are affiliated with Classical Christian Education, Perth (CCEP) but not owned or governed by them.
Do you have a statement of faith?
While not formally affiliated with the Anglican Church of Australia, The Classical School operates within an Anglican tradition. As such we hold to the Bible, the historic creeds, the 39 Articles and the Book of Common Prayer to guide our doctrinal & ethical perspectives.