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Compass Community

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homeschool group
in Athens, GA

Monday Academic Program

How it Works

Monday Academic Program (MAP) offers academic courses taught by qualified and experienced teachers.  During class time on Mondays, teachers provide instruction, interactive lessons, discussions, and activities.  At home, students complete reading, do writing assignments, and work on projects that are assigned by the teachers.  The planning, grading, and structure is provided by the MAP teachers, but parents still fill an essential role as they help their child(ren) throughout the week to work on their assignments.  

In order to glean the most benefit from the classes, students will be held to a high standard, and teachers will expect work to be done well and in a timely manner.

The Monday Academic Program is based on the classical education model where students are grouped together by learning stage, history is studied in a chronological format, and lessons are cross-curricular.  
Costs
Monthly Tuition includes the full day of classes and is outlined below.  The only additional required payment is the standard registration fee ($40/family), facility fee ($15/student), and a science lab fee (see course descriptions).
  • Full Day Tuition Pricing 
    • Grades 1-5 $125/month
    • Grades 6-12 $150/month
  • For parents who simply want one or two classes, we do offer a la carte pricing. 
    • $30/period for grades 1-5, or $60 for a 2 period class
    • $35/period for grades 6-12
    • $65 for a 2 period class for grades 6-12 
  • Parents are expected to supply all necessary books for their students' classes.
Classes will be closed as enrollment meets capacity.  In order to save spots for full time students, we may close a la carte options earlier.  If you are interested in a closed a la carte class, we can put you on the waiting list, and you will be notified in early August if a spot is available.

Students can "cross" between grade levels as needed.

What is Classical Education?

As described in The Well Trained Mind, Classical education is like a very large museum with many beautiful, wonder-filled rooms that could be studied over a lifetime. It is a long tradition of education that has emphasized the seeking after of truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books.


A key component to our choice of materials and curricula is integrated or cross-curricular education.  Subjects should not be studied in isolation, but rather connected through all the disciplines.  When learning about the settling of America in history, high school students may read The Scarlet Letter for literature while perhaps writing an essay about justice and judgment.  At the same time, elementary and middle school students will study the founding of America as well - learning about the history and culture, reading historical fiction, and writing narrations and stories that tie it all together.  At home, children from all grades can talk and share about the interesting things they are learning and build on what each one is doing.  Studying the same period of history and the same discipline of science facilities conversations at home as children excitedly share what they have learned and add to their siblings' knowledge.

Course Descriptions

Please refer to the course descriptions page for detailed descriptions about each class offered.  Below is an overview of what each track of Monday classes includes as well as a description of the expected learning level of the student.  Parents should select the grade level that best fits the needs of their child.*
*Compass teachers reserve the right to adjust as necessary. 

$125/month
Grades 1-3
TRACK: EARLY ELEMENTARY
 Learning Levels
Students are learning to read and write; parent provides one-on-one teaching throughout the day.  Books are read aloud, and questions are discussed orally. Students can narrate back what they have learned (approximately grades 1-2, some 3)
 
 Classes Offered
  Science, History, Stories, and Crafts
This track of Monday classes is designed for the beginning student.  Students will enjoy being in class and learning about many of the same topics as their older siblings.  Teachers will use class time to read great stories, talk about events and people in history, perform hands-on science projects and experiments, and make crafts.  Suggested at-home reading for parents and child will complement the in-class studies, and content will go hand-in-hand with what the older elementary and early middle school students are learning in history and science.  This is to be considered an enrichment class while parents focus time at home on developing the child's reading, writing, and math skills.
$125/month
 Grades 3-5
TRACK: UPPER ELEMENTARY
Learning Levels
Students are reading at grade-level (or higher) fairly independently and are moving toward reading to learn content.  Parent provides one-on-one teaching throughout the day. Depending on the reading level, some books may be read orally by parent or student, or student may read silently.  Students can write down their own answers to questions with help from mom - perhaps dictation and copying early on and moving toward independent writing (approximately grades 3-5)
 Classes Offered:
 Science, History, Language Arts (with IEW)
This track of Monday classes will allow students to explore scientific concepts and engage in hands-on learning in science class.  In history, students will learn about the important people and events of modern history (1850s-2000s).  Language Arts will incorporate reading, writing, and grammar while using IEW's All Things Fun and Fascinating.
$150/month
 Grades 6-7
TRACK: MS 1
Learning Levels
Students are competent readers* and writers.  Students have moved from learning to read to reading to learn and can read multiple pages of information at their reading level and comprehend the material.  For literature, students can be expected to read novels at or slightly above their grade level, covering 40-80 pages per week. With regards to composition, students are prepared to write paragraphs of multiple sentences as well as short stories, reports, and essays of 1-3 pages (instruction will be given on these topics, but if students have never done it before, they may need more help at home).   Parent provides guidance throughout the school day, helping students stay on task and understand concepts taught in class (approximately grades 6-7).
*or students have developed strategies to overcome reading challenges (such as using audio books, scribe pens, etc.)
  Classes Offered

Science, History & Geography, Language Arts
This track of Monday classes will allow students to dig deeper into scientific concepts and engage in hands-on learning in science class.  In history, students will learn about the important people and events of modern history (1850s-2000s) and study world geography.  Language Arts will focus on improving students' communication skills through reading, writing, and speaking.  
$150/month
Grades 7*-8
TRACK: MS 2
Learning Levels
Students are competent readers* and writers who read to learn new concepts.  Students are at a level where they are ready to be challenged to be prepared for new learning and the rigor of high school.  For literature, students can be expected to read novels at or slightly above their grade level. Students will be expected to read quality fiction and some classical pieces.  With regards to writing, students are prepared to write paragraphs of multiple sentences as well as short stories, reports, and essays (instruction will be given on these topics, but if students have never done it before, they may need more help at home).  Additionally, students will be expected to write reports for science and history on top of weekly assignments.  Students are growing more independent with their school work, but the parent is still instrumental in helping make sure students are understanding concepts, completing work properly, and managing their time wisely (approximately grades 7-8)
Classes Offered
Science, World Geography, Language Arts
This track of Monday classes will begin preparing students for the challenge of high school level course work.  In science, students will apply the scientific method as they study core science topics, dig deep, and perform labs and experiements in class.  Students will gain a better understanding of the world around us through a comprehensive study of World Geography.  Meanwhile, in Langauge Arts, students will improve communication skills through reading, writing, and speaking.  
$150/month
 Grades 8* & 9
TRACK: HS 1
Learning Levels
Students can read fluently* and write cohesively.  Students are ready for beginner level high school classes where they will be expected to work independently and turn in assignments on time.  Work will be graded for correctness. For literature, students can be expected to read a mixture of classical works as well as some quality modern fiction.   With regards to composition, students should be able to write cohesive essays with identifiable thesis statements and be able to use quotations and citations to support their writing.  Additionally, students will be expected to write reports for science and history on top of weekly assignments.  A parent is still instrumental in helping make sure that the students are managing their time well and providing resources when students are struggling with concepts. The goal is toward more independence in learning (approximately grades 8-9)
*or students have developed strategies to overcome reading challenges (such as using audio books, scribe pens, etc.)
Courses Offered
Science, Social Studies, Language Arts
This track of Monday classes provides options for the young high school student.  The classes offered can be selected to meet the student's needs and will begin preparing students for the challenge of higher level course work ahead.  
Science options: Biology or Environmental Science
Social Studies options: World Geography or Government & Economics
Language Arts: Language Arts/ English I or World Literature and Composition
$150/month
 Grades 9*, 10, 11, 12
TRACKS:  HS 2,3,4 depending on science course
Learning Level
Students are proficient readers* and writers who need help fine tuning their comprehension and writing skills.  Students are ready for higher level high school courses where they are expected to work independently and turn in assignments on time.  Work will be graded for correctness. For literature, students can be expected to read and discuss classical pieces including poetry, short stories, essays, sermons, and novels by authors such as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emmerson, etc.).  With regards to composition, students should be able to write cohesive essays with identifiable thesis statements and use quotations and citations to support their writing. Additionally, students will be expected to write reports for science and history on top of weekly assignments.  Students are expected to seek help when needed (from the teacher, parent, an adult, or another student).  Students who struggle may still need a parent to help provide guidance on time management and finding resources to aid in comprehension (approximately grades 10-12).
*or students have developed strategies to overcome reading challenges (such as using audio books, scribe pens, etc.)
Courses Offered
Science, Social Studies, Language Arts
These three tracks of Monday classes prepare the high school student for what lies ahead, whether the student plans to enter the workfore immediately after high school, go to tech school, or attend college.  Course work can be modified to the students' specific goals, with Honors options available for most classes for students who are looking for a challenge.
Science options: Biology, Environmental Science, or Chemistry
Social Studies options: Government & Economics
Language Arts: World Literature and Composition

 
Note on High School Credits: Parents of high schoolers are responsible for keeping track of credits and transcripts.  

 Please refer to GHEA and GADOE to know your responsibilities as a homeschooling parent and standard GA graduation requirements