Grace Community Classical School

The hope for GCCS is that it will extend the possibility of a great Christian education to more families by providing the culture and support of GCS in a more affordable way.

Grace Community Classical School 2017-2018 Pilot Year for K-6

Educating from a Christian Worldview

Grace Community Classical School is a Christian Classical, University-model 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 from 8:30 am -12:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Upper Campus, 3001 University Boulevard.

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 yearly tuition of $3,500.00 is due on August 1st, but may be divided into ten equal monthly payments of $350.00, 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 if they do not withdraw before June 30th of the preceding summer.  

In addition to the expectations for all Grace Community School parents, Grace Community Classical School parents are required to attend quarterly 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, Calculadder math, Foundations and Frameworks reading, Writer’s Stylus writing and grammar, Veritas history, Charlotte Mason science, Latin, geography songs, Bible catechism (from parents’ tradition), and a reading list.

Students will have access to school libraries during open hours. After the pilot year, the plan is to add access to the award-winning fine arts and athletic programs in the junior high for an extra fee.

Classical School FAQs

How is GCCS different from a co-op?

GCCS supplies certified teachers teaching a rigorous core Christian classical curriculum for eight hours per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parents will be responsible to supply the reinforcement and drill work on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, which I estimate will take about 2 hours. Any extra academic instruction by parents on Tuesday/Thursday afternoon would be optional. The core academics 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 and just plain fun done in the context of the home.

What is Christian Classical education?
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.

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.  As a model, we have looked to Providence Christian School in Dallas.  Providence is a full day school – not a university model –  but the elementary has an abbreviated day. You can read more about that at http://www.pcstx.org/academics/lower-school/
Since GCCS is not a full day school, even for children through 5th grade, well-ordered half-days are preferable.
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.

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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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