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.

Grace Community Classical School

Teaching Jesus in the Classical Style

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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Upper Campus, 3105 University Boulevard. Students in kindergarten-sixth grades class day is 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Seventh-eighth grades start at 8:00 am and end at 3:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursdays and 8:30 am – 11:45 am on Wednesdays. The 2019-2020 school year begins on August 27, 2019.

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

  • $75.00 which covers the online application process 
  • $400.00 which covers FACTS/RenWeb, enrollment, and testing services

The 2019-2020 tuition ranges from $4,500.00 – $6,300.00 (depending on ages and services – see FAQ) and is due on August 1st, but may be divided into ten equal monthly payments billed through FACTS/RenWeb. Grace Community Classical School does not offer tuition assistance.

Important 2019-2020 dates:

  • August 21st – New co-teacher training
  • August 22nd – Returning co-teacher training and student orientation
  • August 27th – First day of school

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 2-6 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. 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. To view the sixth-eighth grade 2019-2020 first semester courses, click here, and second semester courses, click here

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. The co-teachers (parents) will be responsible to supply the reinforcement and drill work on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, which should range from 2 to 6+ hours, depending on the age of the student. 

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 8:00 am – 3:00 pm: $4,500 per year

Grades 3rd – 6th Grades

  • Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm: $4,500 per year

Grades 7th – 8th Grades

  • Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm and Wednesday 8:00 am – 11:00 am (or later depending on athletics): $5,500 per year

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

Teacher manuals will be available for rent or purchase if needed.

 

Is 14 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.  Co-teachers faithfully working together is a efficient and effective educational model.
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, 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.

Karla Flournoy

Karla Flournoy

Assistant Principal

Karla joined Grace Community Classical School in 2019. She will be the assistant principal at Grace Community Classical School. Karla and her husband, Dan, have three sons, Christopher, Carter, and Caeden. Christopher is married to Leslie, both graduates of Texas A&M and are serving as 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Carter is a junior at Texas A&M University, and Caeden will be a freshman at Blinn College. Karla and her family enjoy spending time together at the lake and A&M games. They attend New Beginnings Baptist Church in Longview.

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