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Arbor Academy

(Formerly S.A.N.D. Homeschool Cooperative)

RESTFUL  //  SCHOLE  //  CLASSICAL // ENGAGING // PERSONAL

Now Enrolling for 2021-22 Fall Season

Scholé Groups are united by their pursuit of restfulness in learning, or scholé. The word scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from a Greek word that means “restful learning,” with the connotation of “contemplation,” “conversation,” and “reflection.” Ironically, it is also the basis for our English word school, which no longer holds for us these restful connotations. We are cultivating KINGDOM KIDS as our end goal.

Dress Up Day
Clothes for the homeless drive day
Harvest Corn Craft
Art Class With Mrs. Pritchard
Science with Mrs. O
Making constellations with food
Apprentice Class
Science Class Lab

Laying Down The Rails

We teach good social, Christian, educational and communal habits monthly and encourage our students to practice these good habits.

Our classes are organized more by ability than age and we work off a badge system to reward accomplishments in each class.

We are founded on the 10 Commandments. We are an inclusive non-denominational, not for profit, Sabbath Keeping Community.

“Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life”  ~ Charlotte Mason      

Tuition and Fees

Registration fee: non refundable

$60 (not to exceed $120.00 – Family Rate)

Book Fee is $100-$300

Optional Gradebook and Report Card Service Fee $100 per semester.

  • Little Acorns (Pre-reading, ages 4 to 6): $150 / Month
  • Willow Sprouts (Early Readers, ~6 to 8): $315 / Month
  • Oaks (Proficient Readers and Writers, ~ages 8 to 10): $315 / Month
  • Elms (Learning to be independent, ~ages 10 to 12): $315 / Month
  • Apprentices (INDEPENDENTLEARNERS, ages ~12 to 17): $366 / Month
  • Online Subscription Class Available Upon – $100.00/ Month

Two Day Academy
Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays

(Formerly S.A.N.D. Homeschool Cooperative)

Yearly Assessments

Subjects and FAQS

Open Hours

LITTLE ACORNS: 9 am to 1:30 pm

WILLOW SPROUTS: : 8:30 am to 1:30 pm

OAKS AND ELMS: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm

APPRENTICES: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Mon & Wed (Drop off)

Location

107 E. Lamar
Mckinney Texas

We meet inside Redemption Point Church across from the library.

Contact

214-991-8594
joren.arboracademy@gmail.com

Our Teachers are Superstars!

Our mentors aren’t just degree holders and teachers, but they also have years of experience with early childhood development and mutual experience as a homeschooling parent. We are preparing free and critical thinkers, and our focus is to put good citizens out there into the world. Trees take a 100 years to stand tall, and a healthy tree will make it there!


“There is no wi-fi in the forest but there is a better connection.” ~ Hanna

Our Philosophy

Arbor Academy is a Scholé Christian hybrid homeschool community that stresses children learning at their own pace in a restful way. Instead of holding classes by grade levels, we hold classes by ability levels. Each class has its own unique name and operates under goals each student makes for himself or herself. Parents may be as hands on as they wish, and we have many volunteer opportunities. We are a two day program, so the other days of the week are the responsibility of the parent teachers. You can stay and assist the teachers as a helper, you can sign up for clean up duty, or you can drop off your children.

At Arbor Academy, our students range from Kinder to high school and receive instruction from professional teachers on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Elementary children have class from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and high school students have class from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. We have a sibling only closed preschool class that operates from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and is for enrolled siblings and teachers only (PRESCHOOL CLASS IS NOW CLOSED). This model allows you, the parent, to spend more time with your child and have a strong role in raising a life-long learner.

The curriculum that we use is chosen because we believe it has the most potential to engage our learners in a way that inspires critical thought and a love or interest for the subject. Because parents who join us tend to stay with us for many years, space is limited. If you are interested in joining, please consider carefully a commitment of at least a school semester with the whole year in mind.

At Arbor Academy, we have carefully considered how we should engage our contemporary culture as those who believe that Christ is the Truth (John 14:6) and that all truth has its source in him. We think it is important to provide our upper-school students (in grades 7–12) with tools and opportunities for critically examining various cultural trends, issues, and mores through the lens of biblical, Christian beliefs. Being confident in the Truth revealed to us in creation and the Scriptures, we are not afraid to follow the truth and its implications nor to address error and falsehood.

Having this confidence, we nonetheless believe we can learn a great deal from those outside the Christian faith. All humans can engage truth embedded in creation and human nature and make meaningful contributions to our own understanding of what is true, good, and beautiful. Thus, we welcome respectful conversation with anyone seeking to know more of the true, good, and beautiful.

Therefore, we don’t want our upper-school students to fear healthy debate and academic discourse which will help them clarify their understanding of truth in Scripture, creation, and the tradition of the church. At all times, we will seek the guidance from prayer to God, the great teachers of the church, as well as from contemporary Christian apologists and pastors.

Our teachers seek to wisely shepherd students through conversations of “faith seeking understanding” on a variety of topics, both ancient and modern. At various times, our teachers will set forth guidelines for respectful debate and discussion, while being careful to preserve and reach the goals set out for a particular class.

Find our handbook. Click here for more information.