Who We Are

 

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We are a community of homeschool families in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. During the school year, we meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a local church for our “Campus Days” (i.e., our gatherings). On our Campus Days, our community of families comes together for a morning gathering, individual classes, and a meal. We offer classes to students in four different stages of learning: Lower Grammar (K-2), Upper Grammar (3-6), Dialectic (7-9), and Rhetoric (10-12).

Benefits and Services

We provide our members with these benefits and services:

  • A vibrant community committed to restful, classical learning
  • A meaningful, enriching curriculum featuring the traditional, classical arts of grammar, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, science, and the great books
  • Online co-op schedule and calendar
  • Easy online access to a list of your student’s weekly assignments
  • 20% off all curricula published by Classical Academic Press
  • Discounted teacher training from ClassicalU, available to all parents and teachers
  • Free access to live training webinars with leaders in the renewal of classical education
  • Access to the wider Scholé Groups network, a growing community of like-minded co-ops

Our Guiding Principles

 

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Pursuing Wisdom . . . through a Classical Curriculum

Classical education is a long tradition of education that has emphasized seeking truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books. What are the liberal arts? They are grammar, logic, rhetoric (the verbal arts of the trivium), arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy (the mathematical arts of the quadrivium). Classical education also includes the study of Latin. The study of these subjects in the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty teaches students how to learn and how to think, and how to pursue wisdom.

It is precisely this kind of education that has produced countless great leaders, inventors, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians, physicians, lawyers, artists, and musicians over the centuries. Classical education never really disappeared, but it did diminish starting around 1900 with the advent of progressive education. In an effort to restore this most proven form of education, the liberal arts tradition has been renewed and expanded again over the last thirty years.

We endeavor to renew this classical tradition in our Scholé Group. We do so by focusing on a core curriculum of Latin, writing, logic/rhetoric, arithmetic/mathematics, science, and a study of the great books. Our students study some of these subjects together with tutors during our Campus Days and others at home in their homeschools.

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 Discovering Delight—in Restful Learning

As our name implies, we value the concept of “restful learning” that is at the root of the word scholé. The word scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from a Greek word that means “restful learning,” with the connotation of “contemplation,” “conversation,” and “reflection.” Scholé is also the basis for our English word “school,” but this modern term has lost the connotation of restfulness. Progressive education often cultivates a learning experience that is frenetic, as students and teachers rush to “cover” required material. As a result, students tend to learn to cram, pass, and forget. Even within the classical tradition, it is easy to find ourselves approaching education from a state of stress, striving anxiously to recover a rich tradition and thus missing the great depth it offers.

We believe excellence in academics need not be frenetic. Instead, allowing the concept of scholé to guide our teaching practices, we pursue restful learning by modeling peace, love of the subject, and unrushed learning. It is important to note that restfulness does not mean idleness. Instead, it means that we pursue depth instead of breadth, valuing contemplation and conversation over merely “covering” a wide range of material. We seek meaningful engagement of fewer books and concepts so that learning becomes enjoyable and memorable. We dig deep into classical subjects so that our students experience refreshment as their studies come alive. Through a scholé pedagogy, our families discover delight in learning.

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Growing Together—as a Community of Learners

We are seeking to recover an approach to education that few—if any—of us experienced ourselves. As such, it is sometimes difficult to see the path ahead of us, and our process is often one of trial and error. Recovering the classical tradition and the scholé approach is only made possible by collaboration, which is why we have formed a Scholé Group community. We are united by our commitment to pursuing restful, classical education for our children, and we gather together to share our gifts, experience, and learned wisdom with one another in pursuit of this goal.

As a Scholé Group, we are also connected to a vibrant community of adult and student learners through the Scholé Groups network. Scholé Groups offers guidance on how to pursue restful, classical education and provides practical resources for actualizing these goals in homeschools and homeschool communities. In addition, the Scholé Groups network functions as a platform for collaboration between Scholé Groups across the globe. Together, we grow toward the ideal of deep, meaningful education.

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Statement of Faith

 

Note: While the Scholé Groups organization subscribes to the Nicene Creed, we recognize that some churches and organizations expand on the Nicene Creed in their specific doctrines. Please feel free to customize this section.

Our Scholé Group subscribes to the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.

 

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

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