Getting Started at Schola

Schola Homeschool Classes introduce students in Fort Bend County and Southwest Houston to the consequences of ideas in every discipline. Students (4th to 12th grade) study the subjects of a liberal arts curriculum: great books of literature and history, Latin and rhetoric, as well as science and mathematics. Schola classes teach students the skills of thinking and learning, equipping students to intelligently engage the world in which they live.

Schola Mission and Foundational Principles

What are homeschool classes?
Homeschool classes provide instruction, structure, and accountability for home-educated students. While parents retain responsibility for their children's education, Schola instructors provide instruction, homework assignments, feedback, and grades in individual subjects.

Schola homeschool classes meet once or twice per week. Students receive instruction in class and then complete assignments at home under parental supervision. Testing occurs in class or at home with a parent proctor.

Parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children and are encouraged to choose classes carefully, support their students in the amount and quality of study time, and to continue in their role as mentor. One of the most important ingredients in the success of homeschool classes is an available parent who can oversee work done at home. For a family in which both parents work outside the home on a full-time or almost full-time basis, a more traditional school setting could be a better choice.

Schola has been a "Meeting Place for Teachers and Pupils" since the fall of 2006, when ninety students enrolled in Schola classes. Currently, over 170 students attend classes at Schola.

Why Schola?

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What classes are available at Schola?
The heart of the Schola Program for high school is the interdisciplinary humanities class, The Great Conversation. TGC introduces students to conflicts in world views that have occurred over the past 3000 years, thus joining in "the great conversation" of men and women through the ages about the perennial issues of human life. Because ideas have consequences, students study the philosophy and theology of western culture in order to understand the expression of its world view in literature, art, music, government, economics, and science.

Besides Natural Sciences, and Mathematics, the core Schola Program also includes Latin. Not only is Latin the most efficient way to learn the grammar of our own language, Latin is also the basis for the Romance languages, giving Latin students a leg up in any further study of Spanish, French, and Italian, as well as Portuguese and Romanian. Because Latin has had a greater impact on our own language than any other foreign language (60% of modern English words are based on Latin), Latin students typically score about 50 points higher on the SAT, both verbal and math, than students who have not studied Latin. Latin also provides a foundation for scientific education.

In addition to these core classes, elective classes in Speech & Debate, and Spanish are available.

Middle School Classes for students grades seven and eight and Elementary Enrichment Casses for students grades four to six help parents provide a strong foundation for high school studies.

Students may register for the complete program or individual classes as needed.

When do Schola classes meet?
Schola classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

TGC classes have two class meeting each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All other classes meet once each week on either Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.

See the complete Schola Schedule and Schola Calendar.

Where do Schola classes meet?
Schola classes meet at Providence Presbyterian Church located at 3510 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land (the southwest corner of Austin Parkway and Settlers Way).

What is the cost of Schola classes?
Parents are responsible for fees, monthly tuition, and purchase of books.

Fees include an administration fee (per family), a registration fee (per student) and class fees (per class). All fees are due at registration and are non-refundable.

Monthly tuition is paid directly to instructors and varies from class to class.

To help families registering for multiple classes, Schola offers a TGC Package Tuition Discount for students taking TGC and two other classes.

See complete Schola Tuition and Fees .

Students must provide their own books, which are listed on the Schola Book Lists.

How do I know which Schola classes my student should take?
Because each homeschooling family and student is unique, a student's educational program is designed by parents. To assist parents, Schola offers two common Class Sequence suggestions to help families avoid scheduling conflicts when choosing classes. Although these sequences are only a suggestion, parents should speak with instructors about alternate plans.

Use the Schedule Planning Form to make a long-term plan for your student's course of study.

  • TGC
    Students may enter the TGC program at any appropriate level, but keep in mind the following recommendations:

    Students who are mature in their thinking and strong readers can successfully begin TGC Primer in eighth grade, while many students benefit from waiting until ninth grade. TGC Primer classes are usually composed of about half eighth-grade students and half ninth-grade students. Parents should look at the TGC Primer Booklist as a guideline.

    Students who begin TGC Primer in eighth grade will be able to complete the TGC program in eleventh grade, allowing them to pursue specific interests during the last year of high school.

    TGC Primer is not recommended for students in seventh grade; however, TGC Prep provides excellent preparation for middle school students. TGC Prep West and TGC Prep East are interchangeable and alternate each year. Students may take one OR both years before entering TGC Primer. TGC Enrichment is repeatable during fourth through sixth grades.

    TGC 3 is most appropriate for students in eleventh or twelfth grades.

  • Science/Math
    Students may enter Schola Science and Math classes at any appropriate level, but keep in mind the following recommendations:

    Students who are mature in their thinking and have strong math skills can successfully begin Integrated Physics & Chemistry (IPC) and Algebra 1 in eighth grade, while many students benefit from waiting until ninth grade. Schola IPC classes are usually composed of about half eighth-grade students and half ninth-grade students. Parents should arrange to speak with the math instructor to help them assess their student's math placement.

    Students who take IPC and Algebra 1 in eighth grade will be able to take Calculus as well as pursue interests in a specific science field during twelfth grade.

    Because Schola IPC is a lab science, students who take IPC and Algebra 1 in ninth grade will still be able to complete either three or four high school science lab classes.

    IPC is not recommended for students in seventh grade; however, Life Science and Earth Science provide excellent science preparation for middle school students. Life and Earth Sciences are interchangeable in 7th and 8th grades. Students may take one OR both before entering IPC. Elementary Science Enrichment classes are repeatable during fourth through sixth grades.

    Algebra 1 is not recommended for students in seventh grade; however, Math Prep and Pre-Algebra provide excellent math preparation for middle school students. The Math Games class develops foundational skills required for success in later math classes and is repeatable during fourth through sixth grades.

  • Latin and Modern Foreign Languages
    Ideally, students will encounter Latin in early grades either through homeschool-friendly programs at home or Minimus Latin at Schola.

    Spreading Latin 1 out over two years in seventh grade (Latin 1A) and eighth grade (Latin 1B) allows students to build a strong foundation. Advanced 6th graders may enroll in Latin 1A with instructor approval. Students can complete Latin 2, and even Latin 3, and still be able to study a modern foreign language like Spanish if desired.

    Students who begin Latin studies in high school will begin with Latin 1, which covers Latin 1A and 1B in one year.

  • Speech and Debate
    Speech and Debate is highly recommended for all Schola students grades nine through twelve. The class runs on a three-year cycle, with each year focusing on a different aspect of speech and debate. Students may begin the cycle at any point.

  • Elementary Enrichment
    Elementary Enrichment classes provide classroom learning experiences for students in grades four through six by supplementing their studies at home. These classes are multi-level so siblings can enroll in the same class, repeatable so that students can benefit each time they take the class, and fun!

How do I apply for admission to Schola?
To apply for admission to Schola, plan to attend a Schola Information Meeting or make an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

What if I sill have questions?
See Schola FAQ .
For general Schola questions, email Schola Information
For specific class-related questions, feel free to email Schola instructors directly from links on the Instructors Page.
For general homeschooling questions, see Homeschool Resources and Extra-Curricular Activities.