Classically educated children score higher on standardized tests, and private education by nature costs more than public. ACCS schools average an annual price tag of $7,000.
But classical educators point to the success of Gregg’s Hope Academy as proof that classical education isn’t just for the privileged elite. Three-quarters of the students are from low-income families; 80 percent are ethnic minorities.
And yet their math and reading test scores are three times those of neighboring public schools.
It’s hard to believe that just a short time ago, Sunny was still mastering reading and spelling the word “the.” In the past two years, she has gone from working on phonics and very easy readers to now suddenly reading chapter books in Grade 2. Her favorites at the moment are the Magic Tree House series, which she is reading out loud to me at her chosen rate of about 3-4 chapters a day. It’s a very exciting time. The only thing that would have made it better for me energy-wise (I am battling hyperemesis gravidarum again) is if she had started on these chapter books BEFORE I read the entire series we own to her earlier this year. Ah, well, small steps…
In light of our recent math woes, I am thrilled to announce that after working with Math Mammoth for a couple of months, Delightful, 10, has managed to make it all the way through Life of Fred Ice Cream with only one question about one problem! She is now nearing the end of Jellybeans, which means she may soon be able to say goodbye forever to Life of Fred’s Elementary Series. Yay! Now on to Intermediate!