Grace Community Classical School

GCCS extends the possibility of a great Christian classical education to more families and provides the culture and support of GCS in a more affordable way.

Grace Community Classical School

Teaching Jesus in the Classical Style

Grace Community Classical School is a Christian Classical, home-school support division of Grace Community School.  As a part of Grace Community School, faculty and families share the same admission procedures and requirements and the same high expectations. Classes are taught by certified teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Upper Campus, 3105 University Boulevard. Students in kindergarten-second grade class day is 8:30 am – 12:30 pm with an extended day option until 3:00 pm. Third-eighth grades start at 8:30 am and end at 3:00 pm. The 2018-2019 school year begins Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

New students pay two one-time, non-refundable fees:

  • $75.00 which covers the online application process 
  • $400.00 which covers Ren Web, enrollment, and testing services

The 2018-2019 tuition ranges from $3,500.00 – $6,000.00 (depending on ages and services – see FAQ) and is due on August 1st, but may be divided into ten equal monthly payments billed through RenWeb. Grace Community Classical School does not offer tuition assistance or multi-child discounts.

Returning students will be continuously re-enrolled and are responsible for the following year’s tuition unless the parent has given written notice of withdrawal during the designated annual enrollment period.    

In addition to the expectations for all Grace Community School parents, Grace Community Classical School parents are required to attend monthly home-teacher training and to teach the supplied lesson plans weekly.  The curriculum at Grace Community Classical School is rigorous and requires a substantial (at least 2-3 hours per day) commitment on the part of the parents.

The Grace Community Classical School tuition includes: curriculum which will incorporate such programs as Orton Gillingham based phonics, Singapore math, Foundations and Frameworks reading, composition and grammar, Veritas history, Charlotte Mason science, Latin, logic, Bible catechism, and a reading list.

Students will have access to school libraries during open hours. For an additional fee, kindergarten-second grade students may choose an optional extended day until 3:00 pm; and Logic School students may have access to GCS’s award-winning fine arts and athletics program. 

Wonder Enrichment Wednesday

Grace Community Classical School offers Wonder Enrichment Wednesday. Our goal is to cultivate wonder in our students. Wonder Enrichment Wednesdays offer a variety of courses to enrich a classical, Christian education to engage students in discovering more about the world around them, their interests, strengths, and the person they want to become. Click here to view the third quarter courses. 

Need more information or to register email: shecht@gracetyler.org

Classical School FAQs

How is GCCS different from a co-op?

GCCS supplies certified teachers teaching a rigorous core Christian classical curriculum Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parents will be responsible to supply the reinforcement and drill work on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, which should range from 2 to 4+ hours, depending on the age of the student. The core academics for K-2 happen on Tuesday/Thursday mornings and the enrichment (nature study, art, building, cooking, sewing, robotics, piano, enjoying great literature, etc.) happen at home in the afternoons rather than the other way around. These enrichments can be more interest-driven done in the context of the home, but an extended day is available until 3:00 pm.

What is Christian Classical education?
Click here to watch this video to learn more.
Why does it cost so much?

Grace Community School is committed to paying teachers a salary that is commensurate with the surrounding public school districts. We are also committed to on-going professional development for our teachers.  Additionally, all curriculum is supplied, both for the time at school and for the drill and reinforcement at home. It just costs that much.

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

  • Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm: $3,500 per year
  • Extended days until 3:00 pm: $500 per year

Grades 3 – 5

  • Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm: $4,000 per year

Grades 6 – 8

  • Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (or later depending on athletics): $4,500 per year

Fine Arts Fees for Grades 6 – 8: $400 per year
Athletics Fees for Grades 7 – 8: $400 per year

Is eight hours enough time?
The concept of “time in a seat” or “minutes of instruction” is more a function of the public school funding model than it is of effective teaching and learning.  Well-ordered half-days can be preferable for young students. But for legitimate transportation and schedule reasons, an optional extended day is available to Kindergarten – 2nd Grade students.
Is it worth it?
If you want Christian education, classical education, trained teachers, supplied curriculum, structure, community, and the intangible of the culture of Grace Community School, we think you will find it is a bargain.
Additional Resources

Parent and Student Handbook, to read the handbook, click here.
2018-2019 Classical School Supply List
GCCS Parent Calendar 2018-2019, click here.

 

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Meet Our Team

Karla Foreman

Karla Foreman

Director of Curriculum

Karla has worked as a teacher or administrator since 1973, teaching in public schools for five years, home schooling for ten years, and at Grace for twenty years. She has been with Grace Community School since 1995 as a fifth grade teacher, elementary assistant principal, elementary principal, interim junior high principal, and director of curriculum. Karla received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree in Integrated Curriculum and Instruction from Covenant College. Karla and her husband, Kim, have three children who graduated from Grace and six grandchildren, the oldest of whom is in kindergarten at Grace.

Gretchen Barbee

Gretchen Barbee

GCCS Teacher

Gretchen Barbee began teaching primary grades at Grace Community Classical School in 2017. Gretchen earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2013.  Her daughter, Laura, is a 2002 Grace Community School graduate. Gretchen attends Lake Tyler Baptist Church.

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