The Homeschool Enrichment Program is a program of Ascent Classical Academy of Northern Colorado, a public charter school offering a classical, liberal arts education to students in grades K-12.
About Our Program:
The Ascent Classical Homeschool Enrichment Program is open to homeschooled students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. This program is designed to enrich a home-education through a one-day per week offering of excellent classical academic enrichment classes and provide an opportunity for students to learn alongside their peers. Our goal is to partner with parents in developing students with strong character and virtue. This program provides home-educators with an academic community that seeks to learn the True, do the Good, and love the Beautiful.
We are a classical education program. Learn more about classical education here.
The mission, vision, core virtues and curriculum are consistent in both our full-time and part-time programs. Homeschool students are invited to join the full-time students in extracurriculars and all-school events. Homeschool enrichment teachers participate in faculty training with full-time teachers, and receive administrative support from Ascent Classical Academy administration.
Ascent Classical Academy Charter Schools are licensed users of the Hillsdale College K-12 curriculum. The Homeschool Enrichment Program is not endorsed by Hillsdale College. While both programs are intended to be compatible, the Homeschool Enrichment curriculum is composed of original content created by its faculty or derived from sources in the public domain.
How to Apply:
Applications for the 2022-2023 Homeschool Enrichment Program are now open. Please visit our Apply Now page to complete an application. Be sure to choose the “Homeschool Enrichment” option when choosing a school.
- Application – Any applications received between Nov. 1, 2021 and Jan. 14, 2022 will go into our lottery pool.
- Lottery – We will run our lottery on Monday, January 24, 2022. Offers will be sent out following the lottery.
- Waitlist – We will continue sending offers as seats become available through September 2022.
Our classes meet one full day per week and are offered to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Each Program day, our students will attend the following six classes with each class being taught by a different teacher. Kindergarten students will also have the following six classes but will be with one teacher all day except for Music and Art.
Art: Students will have a well-rounded art experience in this class through both art appreciation and application. Artists and their art will be studied along with learning the techniques and mediums of each selected artist. Students will engage in a blend of art appreciation, art history and hands-on art experience.
Great Biographies: Students will see history come alive as they learn about remarkable men and women who have changed the course of history. They will read biographies and related literature to study the lives of scientists, reformers, early Americans, and other key figures throughout history.
Literature: Younger students will listen to great stories and participate in supplementary activities that enrich the literature. Older students will be read aloud to and read through a selection of classic literature and use class time for discussion and dialogue.
Music: Students will engage in music appreciation, the study of classical music, composer studies, instrument studies, and engage musically through singing, rhythm and instruments depending on grade. Music theory will be woven throughout the music curriculum.
Nature Study: This hands-on and highly interactive science class will focus on teaching the skill of observation in the natural world. This course will equip students with important science terms and concepts and teach them to create and keep a nature journal.
Poetry: Students will study, memorize, and recite poetry, Shakespeare, fables, and fairy tales. They will participate in dramatizations and short performances based on adaptations of classical literature.
In addition to our weekly program, we offer the following:
- Participation the extracurricular activities, clubs, and all-school events at the full time school
- Trainings for parents related to classical education and home education
- Administration of state required testing for students in 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades for interested families
Program Director: Mrs. Maher
Program Assistant: Mrs. Schneider
Art: Ms. Metcalf
Great Biographies: Mrs. Everitt
Kindergarten: Mrs. Ryan
Literature: Mrs. DuToit
Music: Mrs. Burgess
Nature Study: Mrs. Stroud
Poetry: Mrs. Ciardella
Please direct all inquiries to our program director, Mrs.Maher.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Does the Ascent homeschool enrichment program provide a curriculum or learning plan that I have to follow in my homeschool?
A: We provide an academic enrichment program only; families in our program are fully responsible for the content and curriculum selection, and instruction of their child(ren) at home. We have information available for families who would like to align their homeschool content to what we are working on in the homeschool program, however. We also provide consultation and guidance if a family would like assistance in selecting programming and curriculum for their homeschool.
Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: This is a publicly-funded, tuition-free program. There is a student fee of $75 per student (with a family cap of $225). There are no student supply lists. This fee covers all of your student’s books and supplies.
Q: Is my student required to wear a uniform?
A: Yes. In order to facilitate an atmosphere of learning and respect, students will be required to wear a uniform. More details about uniforms can be found HERE.
Q: Will my student have homework?
A: You should expect weekly at-home work for students in grades 3-8. This work will include poetry memorization, reading for literature and history, and occasional work from other classes to supplement in-class learning. By having students complete a small amount of work at home each week, we are able to use class time for rich discussion, presentations and valuable in-person instruction.
Q: Am I required to volunteer?
A: There will be numerous opportunities for you to be involved in your student’s learning, but there is no formal volunteer requirement.
Q: What are the requirements of the teachers in this program?
A: Teachers are required to have mastery of their academic discipline and have a strong ability to convey information to young people. Teachers are not required to hold a CO teaching license.