WHAT GRADES WILL BE OFFERED FOR THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR?
CSD is accepting applications for those entering Pre-K through 8th grades in the Fall of 2019 academic year. We anticipate organic growth in the years to come, adding a minimum of one grade per year, each year - until the full offering of PreK-12th grade is available. This follows in the footsteps of our sister school, TCS, and their successful growth pattern, which today encompasses 700+ students in grades PreK - 12th.
ARE YOU ACCEPTING APPLICATION FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR?
YES! Note: You may apply at anytime, but must attend an info session in order for your application to be fully accepted (See our Events page for the next info sessions).
The admissions timeline for grades PreK - 8th for the 2019-2020 academic year is as follows:
DECEMBER: Applications become available mid-December. The application fee is $150 per family. (This is refundable if you do not receive admission. See our Admissions Process page for details)
DECEMBER THROUGH JUNE: Family Interviews and enrollment takes place.
JUNE 1st: Fall tuition is due.
HOW MUCH DOES CSD COST?
It is the goal of the Board to provide the greatest value of educational quality at the lowest reasonable cost, to all families seeking attendance at Classical School of Dallas. See our page on Tuition, Fees, & Scholarships.
DOES CSD OFFER FINANCIAL AID?
DO YOU OFFER TUITION DISCOUNTS FOR MULTIPLE CHILDREN FROM ONE FAMILY?
We do not offer automatic tuition discounts for multiple children. Note: The enrollment fee of $500, however, is paid once per year per family, regardless of family size.
IS YOUR BIBLE CURRICULUM LINKED TO A PARTICULAR CHURCH OR DENOMINATION?
No. It is consistent with the school's Statement of Faith, but it does not espouse a particular denominational viewpoint. We use the English Standard Version (ESV) translation for scripture memory, but students may use any translation they wish for reading.
ON-CAMPUS SCHOOL DAYS
WHERE IS THE CSD CAMPUS?
WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF THE SCHOOL DAY?
- Parents may drop off their children beginning at 7:50 am on Monday and Wednesday.
- Morning Assembly begins at 8:10 am, parents and siblings are welcome to attend.
- Regular classes end at 2:55 pm and optional fine arts Eloquium electives end at 3:45 pm.
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL CLASS SIZE?
Our class size target is 12 students with never more than 15 students. The first year we have some classes that are nearly full at 12 or more, and others which are more limited in the 4-8 student range. These classes are expected to fill up in the coming years, and small class sizes allow the best teacher to student interaction and mastery of the material.
DO YOU HAVE SCHOOL UNIFORMS?
Yes, for grades PreK through 6th, all students wear a polo shirt embroidered with the school crest. Colors are predefined colors. Girls may wear a predefined skirt, pants, or jumper. Boys may wear predefined trousers or shorts. Students may also wear a predefined cardigan or pullover sweater during colder weather. Students in Grade 7 and above wear their House colors (tie or scarf) with set pants or a skirt. Our uniform supplier is Lands' End and you will receive more information to order uniforms upon enrolling.
WHAT IF MY STUDENT NEEDS TO MISS A WEEK?
Since each week includes only two on-campus days, it is especially important that students attend on-campus school days if possible. Our expectation is that every student will attend every class day, health permitting. If a student must miss class due to illness, the beauty of this model is it provides full lesson plans to the co-teachers (parents) for the days that were missed, and the child's teacher may also provide some additional guidance for the best way to make up the missed days.
WHAT IS THE SCHOOL'S POLICY ON STUDENTS HAVING PHONES OR UTILIZING TOOLS LIKE TABLETS ON CAMPUS?
Technology is a powerful tool which can also be a significant distraction. In CSD's pursuit of what is good, true, and beautiful, we encourage a love of learning and classical teaching methods and DO NOT utilize any "screen time" for any instruction. Screen devices are not permitted on campus and school policy is if we see a screen device, it is confiscated. CSD leaves the responsibility to the parents to shepherd their children at home in how they want them to engage technology. School papers and research, for example, should make use of a computer during the at-home school days.
DO YOU HAVE SPORTS?
We believe sports can provide a great environment to teach children to strive towards a goal, compete alongside teammates, and learn to serve others. We also observe some sports programs in school settings as potential distractions to a classroom focus. Therefore, CSD only offers Cross Country. This keeps the vision for sports narrowly defined, and keeps valuable time and monetary resources focused on the classroom experience.
That said, many families take advantage of the CSD school schedule to curate a better-than-normal sports experience for their children. The CSD schedule (with only two on-campus days per week) allows families to pursue a variety of sports with varying practice times and game days, and even long weekends for sport travel, if necessary. Based on this model, families at our sister school have participated in the following sports through community leagues, church leagues, and homeschool and club leagues:
at-home school days
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE CO-TEACHER (PARENT) WHEN TEACHING AT HOME?
Parents assume the role of "co-teacher" for the younger grades. The on-campus teacher introduces new concepts in class, and provides detailed lesson plans and a checklist for each subject that co-teachers (parents) use at home with their student(s). Parents are provided everything they need in a detailed, guided fashion. In the older grades, as students begin to work more independently (beginning somewhere between 4th and 6th grades), parents transition to the role of tutor and with the more difficult material and upper grades, a course monitor. We do not expect parents to master and teach the more advanced material in the upper grades. CSD provides extensive course material and resources for the advanced subjects in the upper grades.
HOW MUCH TIME IS SPENT ON LESSONS DURING THE AT-HOME DAYS?
The amount of time spent on lessons at home on Tuesday and Thursday depends on many factors, including family size, your student's age and maturity, learning style and speed, and family dynamics.
It is important to remember that there is no evening homework assigned. Based on the board and our sister school's experience, all of the below real-world time estimates are more efficient than a 5 day a week school model. Most families complete the at-home assignments during the daytime, eliminating late nights and opening up time for families to spend time together.
For the Tuesday and Thursday at-home course load, we provide the following as a rough estimate:
Pre-Kindergarten: at-home day formal lessons are optional for Pre-K; less than one hour per at-home day
Kindergarten: 1.5 to 3.0 hours per at-home day
First Grade: 2.5 to 4.0 hours per at-home day
Second Grade: 3.0 to 4.5 hours per at-home day
Third Grade: 3.5 to to 5.0 hours per at-home day
Fourth Grade: 4.0 to 5.0 hours per at-home day
Fifth and Sixth Grade: 4.0 to 6.0 hours per at-home day
Seventh Grade and up (when these grades are offered) : 6.0 or more hours per at-home day
Additionally, some families may choose to supplement the lesson plans with enrichment activities, optional assignments, or extra reading.
Fridays: For grades 4 and below, Fridays are a "flex day" which are used for completing reading assignments or other projects. For Grammar school students, the Friday course load is usually one hour or less. Beginning in 5th grade, Logic School students have assignments on Fridays.
WHAT IF I GET STUCK TEACHING A SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENT AND DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO?
We encourage parents to contact the on-campus teacher by email, text, or phone with any questions. Parents may also choose to interact with other parents from their child's class to swap ideas and tips. CSD also organizes quarterly Dads' Mornings and Moms' Nights for parents to connect and network.
TRANSITIONING FROM OTHER SCHOOL SETTINGS
MY CHILD WOULD BE COMING TO CSD FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL WHICH IS NOT CLASSICAL. WILL HE/SHE BE ABLE TO FIT IN ACADEMICALLY?
Students have successfully transitioned to models like CSD from diverse backgrounds including private school, public school, and homeschool. Any student who is at or above grade level in their current school should be able to transition successfully to CSD. The first few weeks of our school year include some review and we also gradually increase the amount of work for the at-home days during the first weeks of the semester. Some memory work such as the English phonograms and the History Timeline begins in the early grades and is repeated each year, so students can learn these items beginning in any grade.
MY INCOMING STUDENT HAS NEVER TAKEN LATIN BEFORE. HOW WILL THAT WORK AT CSD?
Our Latin curriculum has an entry point at each grade. The upper grades have multiple levels of Latin for each grade. New students are placed into a Latin course that is suitable for beginners. We know from experience that every year new students joined our sister school without a background in Latin, and they were able to fully participate in all aspects of classes. CSD operates in the same way.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE MY STUDENT FOR CSD?
After your student is accepted, CSD will provide a list of suggested and required summer preparation, including a reading list. We also encourage students to read extensively during the summer months.
HOW WOULD I TRANSITION TO CSD FROM HOMESCHOOL?
The transition from homeschool to CSD's sister school, TCS, has been a very smooth transition for many families. The routine for at-home school days may remain similar to what you have done previously. Parents follow the CSD curriculum and students are on campus for two days per week, but since the instruction is at home the other days of the week, many of the other aspects and benefits of homeschooling are completely preserved.
STUDENTS WITH ADVANCED OR SPECIAL NEEDS
MY CHILD IS ADVANCED ACADEMICALLY AND IS READING WELL-ABOVE GRADE LEVEL. WOULD CSD BE A FIT FOR MY CHILD?
We think so. It is anticipated that many CSD students are reading and achieving above their age-based grade level. CSD meets the needs of advanced students in several ways:
First, because you are co-teaching at home for three days per week, you and your child have ample time for additional learning opportunities at home. Parents can provide additional enrichment materials, books, and resources. Student can participate in lessons, tutorials, clubs, or other activities that supplement or extend the CSD lesson plans. CSD staff are able to provide suggestions for supplemental work at home when needed.
Second, daily lesson plans often include optional assignments which can serve as the basis for deeper investigation or enrichment for advanced students.
Third, many CSD school assignments are open-ended and are not limited by a student's grade level. These assignments provide enough challenge that each student can learn from and excel in these assignments without being constrained by his or her grade level. Examples of such assignments include poetry memorization, making in-class presentations, mastery of Latin grammar, supplemental historical and scientific reading, completing science projects (astronomy, earth science, botany, anatomy, chemistry, and physics), and designing history projects (ancient weapons, literary characters, historical role play).
CAN ACCOMMODATIONS BE MADE OR ASSIGNMENTS SHORTENED FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES?
The same grading scale is applied to all students, but we fully expect our students to span a range of abilities. CSD teachers are prepared for working with students with different abilities, as long as one student's needs do not dominate the on-campus class time. Because of the increased role of parents in our educational model, there is plenty of opportunity for a child with mild learning differences to receive extra attention at home and to complete supplemental assignments, tutoring, or therapy during the at-home school days. Students with severe learning differences would probably not be a fit with CSD due to the overall academic rigor and pace of instruction.
MY CHILD HAS A SEVERE PEANUT ALLERGY. CAN PRECAUTIONS BE TAKEN FOR THIS?
Yes. CSD is a peanut-free campus. We also avoid all tree nuts on campus for the safety of our students who are allergic. We also have a "no food sharing" policy during the on-campus lunch period and provide ID bands for students with allergies upon request.
MY CHILD NEEDS MEDICINE OR INSULIN ADMINISTERED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. CAN THIS BE ACCOMMODATED?
Parents are welcome to visit the school to administer medicine, or another arrangement can be made with the Campus Coordinator on a case-by-case basis. In the future we anticipate having a professional nurse on staff.
Expectations of Parents
ARE PARENTS EXPECTED TO BE ON-CAMPUS ON MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY?
Parents are not required to be in the on-campus classroom on Monday and Wednesday. You may drop off your child at 7:50am and pick them up at the end of the school day. If you wish to observe your child's class during an on-campus day, please arrange that with the Head of School or Campus Coordinator. We do ask that parents assist with drop off/pick up and/or the lunch hour two times per semester, and there is an opportunity to sign up for this on a first come first serve basis.
WHAT EXACTLY IS MEANT BY "PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT" IN THE SCHOOL?
The primary way that parents are involved is to facilitate your student's at-home learning on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We also expect parents to be available for our annual training and orientation prior to the the start of the school year in August, and be available to help with monitoring lunch/recess twice per semester. Other volunteer opportunities are available, such as planning field trips or serving as "Room Mom." We welcome the involvement of our parents!
CAN BOTH PARENTS WORK AND OUR CHILD ATTEND CSD?
It's possible, and some families at our sister school have two working parents. In these cases, however, the families have carefully planned their schedules to allow adequate time for teaching and caring for their children during the at-home days each week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). Since Monday and Wednesday are on-campus days, some teaching parents pursue part-time work on those days. Some parents involve grandparents, relatives, or other caregivers in the at-home teaching.