COLLABORATIVE

The Basics

A collaborative education is one that, as its name suggests, allows for a unique collaboration between the parents and classroom teacher. The aim of collaborative education is to combine the best elements of a private Christian education and homeschooling. With that said, NCC is not a “part-time” schooling option. Whether on campus or at home, North County Classical provides a comprehensive curriculum, covering all subjects needed for a full, successful school year.

Students are on campus two days a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) in a classroom setting with professional, qualified teachers. These are full school days that include a full range of subjects. Students then receive work to be completed at home with a parent on the alternate days. Parents guide students in completing assignments prepared by the on-campus teacher, and the on-campus teacher serves as a resource to the parents. This arrangement gives parents more time to enjoy and train their children, yet also provides freedom from choosing/planning curriculum and always being “on” as teacher. It also offers flexibility in family schedules, allowing a range of other activities to supplement on-campus activities. The learning schedule during at-home days can be adapted to a student’s particular learning style.

Weekly Schedule

Each week is split among on-campus days and at-home days.

  • Mondays/Wednesdays are full days on campus with trained teachers covering all subjects in a classroom setting.

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays are at-home days during which a parent co-teacher follows provided lesson plans to reinforce learning.

  • Fridays are flex days for completing assignments, working on projects, catching up on reading, or as family days.

Home Day Time Requirements

The amount of time spent on lessons at home on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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 our experience, all of the below real-world time estimates are more efficient than a 5-day-a-week model. Most families complete the at-home assignments during the daytime, eliminating late nights and opening up time for families to be together.

For the Tuesday and Thursday at-home course load, we provide the following as a rough estimate:

  • 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

Additionally, some families may choose to supplement the lesson plans with enrichment activities, optional assignments, or extra reading.

Fridays: In grammar school (grades K-4), Fridays are a flex day; that is,  a day for catching up on assignments, attending enrichment activities, or simply spending time with family. For logic and rhetoric schools (5th grade and up), Fridays are used as flex days and for potential additional coursework at home.