Friday, June 24, 2005

SLOCA Weekly Email Update, 6/24/05

Hi Everyone!

We have a special section for you this week in our weekly update - Lisa Lewis has written for us on how SLOCA's in-school portion of the program will work with what some of you are already doing at home. The further along we get in our planning, the more detailed and clear our answers to some of your questions can get, and Lisa's article below is evidence of that. In the next couple weeks, we will address some of the hesitations people have before deciding that home schooling is an option. If this pertains to you, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with us or other parents you know who home

And now, a few other updates...

Parent Q & A
We had another rich and wonderful meeting at the Pollon's last night. It is good to see how concerned parents are about their children, their education, and the environment their kids will be in. People asked great questions, and we talked both from the head and heart about how SLOCA will work. There are no more parent informational meetings scheduled this summer, but we will plan another one in July if the need surfaces.

Registration Deadline
For all you waiting until the last minute to register your children for SLOCA, you have one week to take advantage of the lower $50 registration fee. After July 1, the fee will go up to $75. Spread the word!

We're Halfway There!
We currently have 10 committed students...half of our 20 student goal. We are hoping, though, for 27! Why 27? We'd love to see 7 kindergarteners start this fall on their classical education journey. Thus, our goal is 20, our dream is 27. A lot can happen in 2 months time (the time we have before school starts!)

What Else Do You Need To Know This Summer?
The curriculum list will be available for you July 1 so you can start shopping around and ordering your supplies for the fall. We're excited about the curriculum we've chosen, and you will find plenty of time to supplement it with your favorites. The school schedule will also be available in the beginning of July. We will commence this year on Tuesday, Aug. 30, and the schedule will follow the San Luis Coastal school district's schedule. We are planning a parent meeting for August as well, close to when school starts — the first of quarterly meetings for parent training, updates, etc. We will keep you posted on the date!

And Now, Lisa's Article...
A continuing theme in questions is, "How will the classroom/home connection work?" After attempting to answer a specific question with a hypothetical answer several times, I realized there is an underlying question that needs to be addressed. As a home schooling parent myself, I know the internal conflict that is going on; am I doing the right thing to consider having someone else teach my child? Let me attempt to speak to the hidden concerns in choosing to participate in a part time school.

First of all, our school does not take your place as the primary educator of your child. The teacher is there to assist you by
providing guidance and encouragement as well as the opportunity for your child to be in a different learning environment with a small group of learners. The types of learning that will take place in the classroom will not replace what you do at home but enhance it. The partnership of learning between home and school is the emphasis. Let's take history as an example. We will be using the Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer as our curriculum. The main book is in narrative format. The story will be read by you at home, on a schedule, coordinating with the activities and directed instruction in the
classroom. This is a simple example and not very thorough I realize. Next week's update will include a two week sample schedule for those of you who are visual in your learning style as I am.

Another of the underlying concerns that I believe may exist for those families who are already successfully home schooling is that you like what you are using as curriculum and you may not want to change. It is easy for me because what is on the required list is what I have found to be successful personally. We will have a required curriculum list and a supplemental list. The reasoning is twofold: one, to provide continuity between home and school and two, to provide a common framework to springboard from. This is where the supplemental list comes in. Say for example you are really sold on a particular spelling program. You will have plenty of time on your three days of home school to continue using your different program. What goes on in the classroom on Tu/Th will not necessarily add more work for your child but simply provide learning experiences/activities and lessons that will complement what is being done at home. We do not intend to have any "homework" from school but rather a continuum of learning skills and information that mesh between home and school all following the Classical model as set forth by two outstanding educators, Charlotte Mason and Susan Wise Bauer.

If you have done any reading regarding their approaches you will notice that they are not identical in form. Not to worry for the contradictions. Both approaches have validity. We will use their perspectives and suggestions as guides to us as we continue to establish the unique approach of SLO Classical Academy. We also will maintain as a reference the California State Standards for the individual grade levels. You may be thinking, "How can all these individual tools come together?" I liken this process to planning a trip. You may reference only one type of map to get to your destination and as long as you get there then no problem, right? But sometimes other maps have additional references such as historic sites, parks, and other places of interest. Making reference to this additional map has just enhanced your traveling experience. To follow the analogy, not every time you travel to a destination do you have the time or need for scenic side trips, but it is nice to know they are there if you should choose to enrich your trip. This is the value of several references, and the value of supplemental curriculum. I am certain there are additional questions that may come up for you even as you have read through this article. I want to encourage you to send those questions to us and we will address them as quickly as possible. It has been very exciting for us to hear the thoughtful questions and concerns and to have opportunity to address them. We are looking forward to this school year with those of you who are willing to join us in partnership in the educating of your children!

Until next week...

Susie Theule & Lisa Lewis

"Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire."
--William Yeats--

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Welcome Grant & Montemurro Families

We are pleased to welcome two new families to SLOCA!

David & Missy Grant have committed to enroll Jacob (1st grade) and Joey (5th grade).

Mike & Kristina Montemurro have committed to enroll Soleil (1st grade) and Francesca (Kindergarten).

Thanks for jumping in and early! Welcome aboard!

That brings our enrollment total to 9 students, which means we are nearly halfway to our goal of 20 students for the Fall!

Who's next?

Responses to Recent Questions

As many are considering the possibilities of SLO Classical Academy and whether or not its a good fit for their family, we are encouraging questions and ongoing dialogue. We sure don't have all the answers, but are delighted to answer the questions we can. Our desire is to be flexible and open and work with interested families to make SLOCA work for you. Here are some recent questions from a family considering a commitment to SLOCA and our responses at this time. Perhaps, these are some of your looming questions. . . .

1. How is the home-study portion structured?  Is the home-study homework or is it new material that we as the parents would be teaching our children? Are the parents the primary educator or is SLOCA?

It is our plan that the home school portion will be a collaborative effort between classroom and home. By that I mean they will not be two separate learning experiences but a blending of the two. The different subjects will be instructed in class by the teacher and then suggested activities, readings, or other methods to progress will be presented to the family by the teacher. This will be done on an approximately two week basis, giving opportunity for 4 class times with students and 4 days of learning at home before the teacher and parent meet to review and to plan ahead. Since learning takes place at varying rates for every child, this is a relative example. There may need to be more interaction between parent and teacher
or there may not. But the two week time frame will be our guideline. The material to be presented will vary from subject to subject as to whether or not it will be all new each time or reinforcement of what was taking place in the classroom. The work at home is not intended to be simply "homework".

2. How is testing going to be handled? 

If you mean the ongoing assessment of what has been learned, that too will depend on the subject matter and age of the learner. Some assessment will be oral, some through a project, some written as a summary format, sometimes a paper/pencil quiz. If you mean standardized testing, we have not determined if we will use a normed reference test for our students.

3. How will class work be organized? 

The methods of organizing school work have not been finalized. The teacher will establish a list of materials for the classroom, including the method of how paperwork will be kept orderly.

4. How much flexibility for individuals to go at own pace? 

This is a tough question to answer for two reasons. As a practitioner I know how challenging it is to have a student who has worked ahead in a particular book and then is twiddling their thumbs while the other students catch up. As a parent I know how deflating to learning the waiting can be So here's my best two hat response: working ahead in the required curriculum will be discouraged for the sake of both sides, but working ahead in parallel suggested curriculum will be encouraged as that will bring a richness to the learning for both student and classmates.

5. How do we get the kids at the same stage when school begins (private school, public school and home school kids all together)?  Will there be an evaluation period before school starts?  Is that necessary?

If getting students to all be in the same place academically was possible, I would market the methodology and retire! It is not necessary to try to "get the students" to be in the same stage. The teacher will do some informal evaluations as the year begins. We are hoping to have a measurement tool for incoming Kindergarteners and First graders, but that may not be in place for this first opening!

6. Will parents be able to travel and school there children on the road without missing out too much?

Every effort will be made to integrate the learning that takes place away from the classroom. We took our boys on a two month trip around the U.S. They learned and experienced so much they still talk about the trip four years later. I believe there is no replacement for actually experiencing a location that has historic significance. There will still be the financial commitment to the school during the time away though.

I have made an effort to address each of your very thoughtful questions. If you need clarification or have additional questions come up, please let me know.

Thanks for your interest in SLO Classical Academy!


Thursday, June 16, 2005

SLOCA Weekly Email Update, 6/16/05

Here's SLOCA Weekly Email Update #2, sent June 16, 2005. . . .

Hi all! We're excited to be sending our second weekly update! If you know anyone who'd like to receive these emails, please send us their email address. If you'd rather not receive these, let us know that and we will get you off our list.

Well, we continue to work towards San Luis Obispo Classical Academy's opening this fall. As we move through the lengthy and involved process, we are learning a lot about schools and businesses, and continue to grow in excitement about what the school will be like this year and in years to come. Classical education continues to draw our loyalty, and the concept of coming alongside parents in the education of their children in the unique manner we are offering continues to motivate us.

Q & A Meeting only one week away!
We'd like to remind you about the Q & A meeting we have scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd, 7:00 p.m. at the home of Joe and Betsy Pollon. We have wonderfully rich information nights on May 23rd and June 6th, and look forward to another great evening on the 23rd. Please feel free to join us to further clarify answers to your questions, and please invite anyone who may be interested in SLOCA! If you are unable to make this evening, please do not hesitate to ask us your questions through an email or phone call.

Who is this Mystery Teacher, anyway?
We have mentioned that one woman has agreed to teach at the school this fall, but have yet to mention a name. Well...(drum
roll)...Barbara Hawkins, a teacher known and admired by many, is excited to join us in our endeavor to offer an excellent educational option to you. Barbara brings 11 years of teaching experience to the table, is versed in classical education, and has spent time teaching home schooled children. In addition, she is a lifelong learner (she recently enrolled in Latin with some students!) and is a great, energetic role model for our children. She will offer us all helpful skills and expertise, and will respect parents' desire to be very actively involved in their children's education. What grades will she teach? Not sure yet! That depends upon enrollment numbers.

Registration Deadline
We have set July 1st as the deadline for registration for the fall. If you need the necessary forms, please let us know and we will get those to you. What will reserve your child's spot at SLOCA is the $50 registration fee and the completed forms. We are happy to assist in any manner possible. If you are unable to register by this date, the registration fee will go up to $75 to cover additional costs related to late registration. We encourage you all to register as quickly as possible as we work to plan out the upcoming school year. The more time we have to plan, the stronger the year will start.

Meet the Board of Directors
We had another full and productive board meeting this past Monday evening. And we promised to let you know who the board members behind SLOCA are. The are 5 members, each bringing unique expertise and input to the board and the school. They are, in no particular order:

• Ron Johnston - Ron is the member of the board that brings years of business experience to the school. He is a visionary, and has successfully started and been involved in his own businesses and larger corporations. He also brings experience being on boards to the school, helping us utilize our time and energies productively. Currently, Ron is President of Johnston Systems, a business consulting firm specializing in Internet marketing. He's partner in a San Luis Obispo company, Parable Interactive, which provides online stores for hundreds of Christian stores and ministries nation-wide.

• Stephanie Valliere - Stephanie is a long-time SLO resident, and a woman who has cared about education both for her own children and for the community for a long time. She has successfully brought 3 children through their primary and secondary education, utilizing private, public and home schooling. She has been a support to the founders for two years, adding her own passion and community connections to help keep things moving along.

• Anne Schwab - Anne brings a unique background to the board. Not only did she work as a secondary teacher for 25 years, she was an administrator for 10 years and retired as a successful principal of a large high school in the L.A. area. Anne is greatly respected for her work as a principal, and has proven herself as a wonderful administrator and leader. Anne has also written many successful grants, and is willing to help us secure grants in the very near future!

• Lisa Lewis - Lisa brings 24 years of teaching experience to the board, in public, private and home schooling settings. She is widely respected as a teacher and is committed to her own lifelong learning. Lisa has spent hours becoming versed in classical education and has used classical methods in her teaching. Lisa is one of the founders of SLOCA, and continues to work hard keeping the vision alive and perfecting the model.

• Susie Theule - Susie brings years of education to the board and an ongoing, passionate commitment to classical education and the SLOCA model. She also has spent hours researching the classical method and has home schooled her 2nd grader using this approach this past year. Susie holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is currently using her brain power (or what's left of it after 4 pregnancies!) towards getting a classical school option happening in SLO. She is also one of the founders of SLOCA.

So...that's our board. Any questions?

Have you accessed the blog yet? All the information in our booklet is available on the blog, and these weekly email updates are posted as well. Until we get a web site up and going, please refer to the blog - and refer others to the blog! - for information about the school. Thanks to Tim Theule for his time setting this up!

The address for the blog is

Are you Ready to Go?
We're ready for you to join us! There are many issues people are working through before committing to SLOCA for this next year. We want to assure you, once again, that we are deeply committed to your family having a rich, wonderful experience next year that will far out weigh whatever it is you fell you might have to give up. We are convinced that this model will serve your educational goals as a family, not disrupt them. We are excited to see who registers as a part of this school, and we have big plans for the future. More on that next week!

Until next week...

Susie Theule and Lisa Lewis

Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.
--William Yeats--

Friday, June 10, 2005

Volunteering at SLOCA?

Parents are vitally involved in school life and are expected to contribute in every way possible to see that their children receive a superior education. SLO Classical Academy, especially during early years, is dependent upon parent volunteer time. We will require 6-8 hours per family per month. Ample opportunities will be available to allow completion of this requirement, and will include time in the classroom, secretarial/clerical hours, coordinating and chaperoning field trips, fulfilling administrative needs, teaching an elective, and other needs as they arise.

Upcoming SLOCA Dates?

Registration for current SLOCA families for the school year 2006/2007 will begin February 1, 2006 and open registration for new families will begin March 1, 2006. We will not be holding spots for any student before these dates. Other dates for that school year are yet to be determined, and will be posted as soon as they become available!

Where does SLOCA meet?

We currently meet in four San Luis Obispo homes, but are actively searching for an adequate facility to house all our classes.

What is the SLOCA curriculum?

Curriculum must be ordered on your own. A list of required curriculum will be made available after receiving the registration fee. We encourage you to shop around and check out internet resources, which will also be attached to the curriculum lists. Often, good used items are available. In addition, a list of suggested supplemental materials will be provided at the same time. This includes curriculum we recommend for a classical education for subjects not addressed in the classroom, as well as recommendations for materials helpful in supplementing the study of certain areas and subjects. We will also provide a recommended “good books” list for students and families to gather for free reading.

SLOCA costs & tuition?

There will be a yearly non-refundable registration fee of $50.00 due July 1 and a fee of $75.00 thereafter. In addition, there will be a tuition cost per student that is determined the February before the following school year. This pays for teachers, facility and administrative necessities (i.e. copies). At this point, we are regretfully unable to offer sibling discounts. Payments are due by the 5th of each month, beginning in August, and ending in June. There will be a late fee of $25 if payment is not received by the due date.

A typical week for a SLOCA family?

Students grades 1-6 attend school Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-1:30. Four of these hours students will participate in class, and the other 60 minutes students will have free time for fresh air, a snack and lunch. Kindergarten children attend class from 8:30-11:30.

Students will participate in home study Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Teachers will provide assignments in the four core subjects on Mondays and Wednesdays, with ample time for studies in addition to these four subjects. Fridays have been set aside for parent-teacher conferences and coaching, which will occur one time a month per family. In addition, additional special interest workshops called Academy Classes will be available on Fridays during various times throughout the year, such as science labs, art, sign language and cooking. These offerings will be dependent upon availability of qualified parents or those in our community available to teach. There may be a fee for these classes if necessary.

Who will SLOCA serve?

SLO Classical Academy opened in fall of 2005 with 30 students in four classes: kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd/3rd/4th grades, and 5th/6th grades. In the future, our goal is to offer at least one class per grade level. In addition, we would like to offer both 7th and 8th grades by fall, 2006.

SLO Classical Academy accepts students throughout the San Luis Obispo county. We admit students of any race, color,national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programsand activities generally made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions policies. All families who wish to attend SLOCA must fill out completely the registration packet and attend a private interview with the directors to arm appropriateness for program academically and behaviorally. Parents must be in agreement with the mission and vision statements of SLOCA, and they must be able to offer home instruction three days per week.

Is SLOCA a religious school?

A specific religious affiliation is not a distinguishing characteristic of SLO Classical Academy. It is our desire to provide an excellent educational option to all families of the Central Coast, regardless of religious affiliation. However, the classical education model is often infused with Christian tradition as well, as the methods used have roots in Christian education centuries ago, and as world history is also rich in Christian content. Therefore, while curriculum is chosen based upon its ability to reach the educational standards and goals of the school (not for religious orientation), we will make no apologies for occasional content that is distinctively Christian.

What's special about SLOCA?

While our classical focus is the primary distinguishing characteristic of SLO Classical Academy, there are several other items that provide for a unique learning setting.

· A set classical curriculum for in-school and at-home settings in four core subjects (math, language arts, history and science), providing parents with helpful structure to make learning fun and successful.

· A suggested curriculum for studies at home in addition to the core subjects.

· Small classroom size (up to 12 per classroom).

· Focus on each child, allowing for curriculum and assignments to be tailored to child’s interest, abilities and learning style.

· Trained, credentialed teachers who demonstrate a passion for learning and creativity and will ensure that students attain the highest achievement possible within family goals.

· Focus of character development, which naturally unfolds in the context of classical curriculum.

· Strong parental involvement that takes place not only through in-home instruction, but through required volunteer hours at the school (around 6-8 per month).

· The encouragement of “classical home” where reading, creative playtime, interaction, and observation of the world around us is encouraged. Too much time watching television or playing video games is discouraged. Teachers are instructed to respect family time and assign only relevant and necessary homework in keeping with the grade level guidelines.

· The offering of additional special interest courses one day a week.

· A school which is child and curriculum focused rather than test score focused.

What is SLOCA?

San Luis Obispo Classical Academy is an exciting educational alternative in the Central Coast area. It is distinguished by a classical education accomplished within the best of both in-school and at-home learning environments. Our mission is to assist parents in their goal of developing thoughtful and exemplary young men and women who possess analytical thinking skills, solid character, and a passion for learning, all built upon a strong foundation of knowledge.

It is our desire to unify the benefit of excellently trained teachers with stimulating classroom experiences, and the richness and flexibility of home schooling. Students will learn from trained, credentialed teachers 8-10 hours per week, which will provide both structure and professional education. Students will spend those same hours per week with other students, where the Socratic method of open discussion format will be employed. In conjunction with this in-class experience, students will also be provided with home education. This allows education to be more personally tailored to each student, it allows families great flexibility in scheduling, it allows greater flexibility in educational choices, and it allows students to receive valuable input from and training by their parent/s. Each family will be matched with one of the teachers for ongoing guidance and coaching to insure that the in-home piece of the child’s education is successful and that the parents feel supported.

What is Classical Education?

Although the expression “classical education” is often an unfamiliar one to families in this day and age, it is a time-tested educational approach dating back to ancient Rome which achieves academic excellence by laying a firm foundation of language and math, training students to think clearly and critically, and to eventually express themselves effectively through both verbal and written means. A strong foundation of learning will be pursued through content-rich classical education methods, which will be followed both in the classroom and at home.

Classical education in founded on the concept of the Trivium, or the three stages of education. Each stage has a method of education which is developmentally suited to the age of the students, and which builds on the previous stages.

The first stage is the grammar stage, which occurs during grades K-6. It is this foundational stage that SLO Classical Academy currently emphasizes. During this stage, the child’s mind is like a sponge, eager to soak up facts. Thus, curriculum is chosen which is filled with hearing and reading stories, memorizing poems, learning spelling rules, chanting math facts, and learning about characters from history. While the program is often rigorous, learning these facts, however, is not dull, as the methods used to teach them focus on creative teaching and students’ natural interest in the world around them. The goal is the mastery of the fundamental skills of reading, writing and math, wed with a broad introduction to music, art, science and history. In addition, students will be encouraged to study Latin with a recommended local teacher.

The grammar stage is an important time in a child’s development, as it will lay the foundation for the rest of their academic career and life. Mastery of the fundamentals can be hard work, yet done well, children love it, and will more deeply develop their love for learning as the skills they are acquiring continue to open up the world around them. In order to accomplish this, we also incorporate some of the specific learning methods of classical educator Charlotte Mason. It was Mason’s belief that each child is valuable, and must be taught and respected as a person. She believed that language was the best tool of learning, and this is incorporated into school in a couple of key ways. The first is through the reading of living books versus textbooks. Living books include the original source documents and well-written fiction and non-fiction. Thus, this educational method encourages immersing the child in good literature rather than textbooks, which is far more stimulating to the mind and soul. Secondly, Mason’s belief was in the value of whole class discussions in seminar format rather than lecture format. Again, this stimulates learning and thinking and encourages participation in these educational processes. It is our goal at SLO Classical Academy that this form of discussion occurs in our classrooms. In addition, Mason encourages good writing skills which promote creativity and self-expression, developing skills in observation (teaching children to observe and enjoy their world), and a focus on speaking skills through the retelling of what one has read, learned, seen, etc. A distinguishing component of Charlotte Mason’s classical approach is the value of the world of the child. She emphasizes a balance of the child’s learning day must be free for creative exploration and play.

Parents should expect to help their children work hard, and are encouraged to teach their children with a certain level of structure. At the same time, the curriculum is so rich in content, that parents are also encouraged to develop the love of learning through hours spent in good books, in nature and in following children’s natural desires to explore the world (and subjects) around them. It is our goal that this program allows for the success of every child and family, and we expect this to look different depending upon each child. We desire each child to achieve at the highest level possible for that individual, and while the curriculum does require a standard of learning which matches and exceeds the California State Standards, we also expect to personalize the program for each child according to his or her own interests, abilities and styles of learning.

Completion of the grammar stage sets the foundation for the following two stages. During the dialectic stage, grades 7-9, students will develop emerging abstract reasoning skills, and will have the factual foundation on which to build these skills. They will continue to make connections between all the facts and subjects they have learned, but at a more rich and complex level. During the rhetoric stage, grades 10-12, students will have the thinking skills necessary to develop an ability to express themselves clearly and persuasively in writing and speech. In the end, they will be equipped to reach their own conclusions and express themselves with confidence.

There is an increasing amount of research demonstrating that students who are trained classically perform exceptionally well on college entrance exams and are well prepared for life choices after high school. We encourage you to spend time studying Classical education further as you consider this method for your child.

There are many excellent resources on the internet and in print which describe classical methods in great detail.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

SLOCA Weekly Email Update, 6/9/05

San Luis Obispo Classical Academy has just launched a Weekly Email Update. We will post those updates here on the SLOCA Blog. Here is this week's. . . the very first one. . . . .

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Dear Friends of the San Luis Obispo Classical Academy,

In an attempt to keep you all informed of emerging developments related to the SLO Classical Academy, it is our pleasure to introduce the SLOCA Weekly Email Update. You are receiving this email because you have expressed at least a mild interest or curiosity about SLOCA and how it might work for your family. So here goes. . . .

Encouraging Parent Information Nights
After having 10 families represented at our first "Parent Information Night" on May 23, we held our second Information Night on Monday, June 6th. We had 13 families represented this time around and two special guest teachers were present. In both sessions, we shared valuable discussion and fielded many great questions. Thanks to all for setting aside the time. And many thanks to Joe and Betsy Pollon for their gracious hospitality!

After these meetings, many of you have indicated that you are either "interested" or "very interested." We're eager to have a few more brave families jump into the journey with us and help make SLOCA a reality. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email either one of us (contact info. below). If you are ready to go, you may let us know through email or phone contact. We are excited to hear from you!

Parent Question & Answer Night scheduled for Thursday, June 23
Speaking of your questions, we thought it might be valuable to have one more evening together that would be specifically focused on addressing looming or emerging questions. We have earmarked Thursday, June 23 as the date for a SLOCA Parent Question & Answer Night. We'll plan to gather at 7:00 PM at the Pollon's Home once more. Please invite other friends, neighbors and complete strangers that you think might be interested in SLOCA. If you need directions, drop us an email.

New Enrollments
We are pleased to announce that both the Pollon and Peterson Families have thrown their lot in with us. Joe and Betsy Pollon will be enrolling their first grader, and Scott and Ruthie Peterson will be enrolling their second grader. Welcome aboard!

Our First Committed Teacher
One of the most encouraging aspects of our SLOCA journey thus far has been the positive feedback from the many teachers with whom we've had the opportunity to chat. So many have expressed an understanding and interest in classical education and several have indicated a real interest in being involved with SLOCA. In fact, we are very pleased to inform you that one teacher has committed to join us in the fall — assuming we can pull together enough committed families. We are eager to share this person's name, but will hold off for now until we have just a few more enrolled students.

Registration deadline is July 1!
As a reminder, July 1st is the deadline to register your children for SLOCA. The spots for children will be held on a first-come, first- serve basis, and you can hold a spot with your $50 registration fee. In addition, the registration paperwork will need to get turned in at that time. If you or anyone you know is in need of a registration packet, let us know and we will get one (or more) into your hands.

Grade Levels & Spreading the Word
We are hopeful for at least 20 students to start this fall, but do dream of a higher enrollment in order to provide more teachers and more classes. The more kindergarteners we get, the higher chance for a separate kindergarten class. The more 6th graders we get, the higher the chance for a 6th grade class! Please join us and spread the word to those with whom you are in contact.

Articles of Incorporation Completed
Starting a non-profit corporation has been quite a learning experience for Lisa and I. We continue to feel our way through the process. What a lot of steps and heaps of paperwork. We happily completed and just sent off our Articles of Incorporation as part of the process of obtaining our Non-Profit Status at the state and federal levels. We are also in the process of writing a business plan and completing the rest of the paperwork for our non-profit status (thank you, Lisa!). We continue to run into surprises and new work, so if anyone is available to help, please let us know!

SLOCA Blog Now Live & Website Coming Soon
Any bloggers out there? My husband has convinced me that a SLOCA Blog would be a good promotional tool and the simplest way to get some information about SLOCA out there on the internet (so when you do a Google search for "classical education San Luis Obispo, we come up!). So as a step toward a well-designed, excellent website in the longterm, we'll begin with a blog now in the short term. Posts will include these weekly emails and other information we feel compelled to share. Check it out, read along, and enter into the dialogue. . . .and as always, refer some friends.

The SLOCA Blog can be found at

Next Week's Weekly Update. . .
Next week we'll introduce you to the new SLOCA Board of Directors. We're excited to have these talented and neat people committed to the future of the San Luis Obispo Classical Academy.

That's all for now!

Susie Theule with Lisa Lewis

"Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire."
--William Yeats--

Contact information:

San Luis Obispo Classical Academy
P.O. Box 3601,
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-3601


Welcome to the San Luis Obispo Classical Academy. . . .