Welcome to Catholic Schoolhouse in Vermont!
Burlington VT Catholic Schoolhouse is a supplemental program designed to help homeschool families in Northwest Vermont enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements, presented in a structured environment.
We plan to provide the following programs for the 2019-20 School year: Dialectic (6th-8th grade), Grammar (pre-K4-6th grade), an optional pre-grammar program (ages 2 1/2 -4), and a Nursery (open to Infant-3 yrs). In future years we also plan to offer a Rhetoric program (9th-12th grades). The whole family can have a place at Catholic Schoolhouse!
Our program will meet once per week for a total of 24 weeks from August/September to May with one week off per month and longer breaks around Thanksgiving, Advent/Christmas, and Holy Week/Easter Week. Our year is divided into 6 week quarters.
Grammar students study the same topics at all ages creating family unity. Grammar scholars use the Tour Guide to learn about geography, history, religion, art, science, math, language arts, Latin, and fine arts. Our grammar scholars have weekly science experiments for 30 minutes, and a 30-minute weekly art class. Older students in the dialectic and rhetoric stage meet for discussion and activities that are best done in a group setting–all focusing on helping them become effective Catholic adults. Our dialectic scholars have alternate weeks of a 1-hour science experiment and a 1-hour art class. Dialectic scholars read, discuss, and write about one book per quarter. Socratic style discussions are used in the dialectic program.
Having all scholars use the Tour Guide’s content facilitates family cohesiveness and simplifies lessons for home educators. At the dinner table, an 8th grader, 5th grader, and 2nd grader can all talk about physics, history, and art. The 8th grader will be able to go more in-depth into subjects than the younger siblings, but all children will be able to talk about the interesting things they learn.
In addition to a weekly co-op, we have quarterly Moms’ Nights Out and quarterly field trips. The field trips are chosen to complement content in the Tour Guide for that quarter.
Catholic Schoolhouse is more than a day out of the house; it can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family!
We would love to have you join our community. Please get in touch to arrange a visit or attend an information night to learn more.
Catholic Schoolhouse is loyal to the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.