Grace University

Grace University extends the possibility of a great Christian classical education to more families and provides the culture and support of GCS.

Teaching Jesus in the Classical Style

Grace University provides flexibility for families desiring a non-traditional school schedule. The school combines the excellence of Grace Community School with a university schedule and a Classical curriculum. We partner with parents as co-teachers to help create more flexibility for families by offering two on-campus school days for kindergarten through sixth grade and two and a half on-campus school days for seventh and eighth grade. 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 through sixth grade are in class from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm and seventh and 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.

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

  • $75.00 which covers the online application process
  • $400.00 which covers continuous enrollment

The 2022-2023 tuition ranges from $2,835 – $6,800 (depending on ages and services – see FAQ) and is due on August 1st, but may be divided into ten equal monthly payments. Grace University is proud to offer variable tuition. 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 University parents are required to attend monthly home-teacher training and to teach the supplied lesson plans weekly. The curriculum at Grace University is rigorous and requires a substantial (at least 2-6 hours per day) commitment on the part of the parents.

The Grace University 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.

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Grace University FAQs

How is Grace University different from a co-op?

Grace University 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?

How much is tuition?

Grace Community School proudly offers Variable Tuition. Tuition at Grace is not a one-size-fits-all. It’s a range. A range that spans from 45-85% of the full cost of education. Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position. 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 – 6th Grades

  • Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm: $2,835 – $5,670 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): $3,400 – $6,800 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.

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Taylor Cannon

Grace University & Academic Success Center

Taylor Cannon

Grace University & Academic Success Center

B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University

Taylor joined Grace Community School in 2021 and teaches seventh grade at Grace University. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy with a minor in writing. For several years, Taylor taught ninth grade in Houston and eighth grade in Tyler prior to joining GCS. She has previous experience with a college advising company, tutoring juniors and seniors, and teaching SAT/ACT test preparation courses. Taylor and her husband have four children and three of them attend Grace University. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis, and reading books.

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Myles Cunningham

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Myles Cunningham

Grace University

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Carrie Deever

Grace University

Carrie Deever

Grace University

B.A., Harding University

Carrie joined Grace University in 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Harding University. Carrie and her husband, Brandon, have three boys Eric, Josh, and Ethan. She is a member of Shiloh Road Church of Christ, and in her spare time enjoys reading, playing board games, gardening, and traveling.

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Angie Hicks

Grace University

Angie Hicks

Grace University

B.A., Texas A&M University

Angie was excited to rejoin the Grace Community team in 2018 after previously teaching fourth and fifth grades from 2011 to 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in Elementary Education (Gig Em!) and has 25 years of experience in elementary education as a teacher and a librarian. Angie and her husband, Bill, have two daughters in high school at Grace, Molly and Anna Claire. She and her family love traveling, spending time with family and friends, cheering at the girls’ extracurricular activities, and attending church at Grace Community Church.

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Kara Loeffelholz

Grace University

Kara Loeffelholz

Grace University

Kara started teaching third grade at Grace University in 2022. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Family Relations and Child Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University. She has taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. Kara and her husband, Danny, have three boys, Eli, Nate, and Thadd, who all attend Grace Community School. She and her family enjoy spending time together, traveling (especially to different Major League Baseball parks), and attending the boys’ extracurricular activities. They also attend Grace Community Church University Boulevard Campus.

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Amy Luce

Mathematics & Grace University

Amy Luce

Mathematics & Grace University

B.A., Baylor University

Amy returned to teaching in 2014 after staying home for several years with her three children. Nathan, Maggie, and Brady attend Grace community school. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in education with a math specialization. She and her husband, Blake, enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family. They attend Grace Community Church.

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Rick McElmurry

Grace University

Rick McElmurry

Grace University

B.A., East Texas Baptist University

Rick has taught music at Grace University since 2021. He earned a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministries and a minor in music from East Texas Baptist University. Rick has traveled nationally and locally for several years, leading churches, camps, ministries, and others in worship. He and his wife, Sharyn, have two boys who attend Grace University, Connor and Cade. Rick and his family enjoy swimming, tennis, and many other outdoor adventures together.

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Sundee Nutt

Grace University

Sundee Nutt

Grace University

B.A., University of Louisiana at Monroe

Sundee joined Grace University in 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and has experience teaching Pre-K, kindergarten, and 2nd grade. She and her husband, Rowdy, have a son, Chandler, who is a Grace Community School 2015 graduate and attends the University of Arkansas. Their daughter, Bailey, is a Grace Community School 2017 graduate and also attends the University of Arkansas. Sundee’s youngest daughter, Avery, attend Grace Community School. Sundee and her family attend Grace Community Church.

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Mischa Phillips

Grace University

Mischa Phillips

Grace University

B.S., University of Texas

Mischa has been with Grace Community School since 1998. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband, Jim, have a son and a daughter who are Grace graduates. Mischa and Jim are members of Bethel Bible Church downtown.

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Anna Pierce

Art

Anna Pierce

Art

B.A., Art History, University of North Texas

Anna joined the Grace team in 2020. She received her bachelor’s degrees in Painting/Drawing and Art History from the University of North Texas. She teaches art at Grace Middle School 5th and 6th and Grace University. Anna is married to the delightful Drew Pierce, and they have two dear preschoolers!

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Brittney Rath

Grace University

Brittney Rath

Grace University

B.S., University of North Texas

Brittney has taught kindergarten at Grace University since 2021. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Texas. Brittney began teaching in 2000 and has taught first and second grade, as well as the gifted and talented program for grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Brittney and her husband, Paul, have three children who attend Grace Community School, Hannah, Libby, and Jackson. In addition, they attend Grace Community Church UB campus and enjoy family time together, sports, and the outdoors.

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Jennifer Sieber

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Sieber

Administrative Assistant

B.B.A., Baylor University

Jennifer joined Grace Community School in 2021. She received her bachelor’s degree in information technology and marketing from Baylor University. Jennifer and her husband, Michael, have three children, Grace, Brock, and Cullen. Grace attends Baylor University, while Brock and Cullen attend Grace Community School. Jennifer enjoys traveling, biking, movies, reading, and being outdoors. She and her family attend Grace Community Church.

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Miranda Webster, Ed.D.

Grace University Principal & Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

Miranda Webster, Ed.D.

Grace University Principal & Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

Ed.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Miranda joined Grace Community School in 2021 as a middle school grammar, bible, and Latin teacher and is currently serving as Grace University Principal. She received a bachelor’s degree in Christian studies with a minor in biblical studies from Dallas Baptist University, her master’s degree in Christian education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and her Ed.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2019. Prior to joining Grace, Miranda taught grammar to middle school students for 13 years. She has a passion for teaching, laughing, and bringing joy to the classroom. Miranda is married to Evan and has a mini-Australian shepherd, Samson.