Grace University

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

Grace University

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-Model® 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 FACTS/RenWeb, enrollment, and testing services

The 2020-2021 tuition ranges from $5,000 – $6,800 (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 University does not offer tuition assistance. Click here for the 2020-2021 supply list.

Important 2020-2021 dates:

  • August 26th – New co-teacher training
  • August 27th – Returning co-teacher training and student orientation
  • September 1st – 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 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. 

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?
Click here to watch this video to learn more.
How much is tuition?

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 – 6th Grades

  • Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm: $5,000 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): $6,000 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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