Q. What are the benefits of being enrolled?
A. The primary benefit of being enrolled is the guidance and direction you will receive from your consultant in designing your own classical curriculum and implementing the classical methodology. But additional benefits of being enrolled include: practical tips, grading and evaluation of some student work, rubrics, learning objectives, grading charts, semester report cards/record keeping for all grade levels, accredited transcripts, academic diplomas, college and career counseling, student and teacher I.D. cards, HSLDA family discount, scope and sequence for local school districts, work permits, quarterly newsletter, yearly assessments and access to standardized testing, networking with other homeschooling families, and the necessary legal requirements for the state of California. For more information see our Teacher Review Program page.
Q. When can I enroll?
A. We take new enrollments starting March 1st of each year for the upcoming school year: August through June. We continue to take enrollments until we have filled all of our available spaces. You may, however, call at any time during the year to inquire about available space. For more information see our Enrollment page.
Q. How do I enroll?
A. You can either mail or fax an enrollment form and payment to our office on, or after, the above enrollment dates. You can download the form from our website (see our Enrollment page) or you can call our office for a brochure and enrollment form at any time. We are unable to accept enrollments over the phone at this time. For our contact information see our Contact Us page.
Q. Do you have a waiting list?
A. No, we do not keep a waiting list. Our new enrollments are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q. What happens after I enroll?
A. After we process your enrollment, we will send you an enrollment booklet. This booklet contains information for planning your year, sample schedules, grading information, subject rubrics, academic policies, report cards, elective credit worksheets, testing and college preparation information, book lists, and other information to help you get started. In the late spring/early summer, we will send you entrance assessments for each student you have enrolled in our program. Once your children have taken these assessments, you will send them to your consultant who will review them and schedule your first consultation. During this consultation your consultant will help you to prepare your curriculum for the upcoming school year.
Q. Are your fees per child or per family?
A. Our Tuition (Enrollment) fees are per family. Regardless of how many children you enroll, the Tuition (Enrollment) fee is $600.00–$690.00 per year, depending on the payment plan chosen. The Registration and New Family fees are also per family. There are, however, additional required fees which are per student. The Middle School and High School Student fees (applies to 6th-12th Grade students) and the Transcript Evaluation fees (applies to 10th-12th Grade students) are per student. The Teacher Assisted/Directed Program fees and Special Services Program fees are also per student (see below).
Q. What are the Middle School and High School Student Fees?
A. The Middle School and High School Student Fees are required fees that cover the extra cost involved in assessing work, keeping records, and producing transcripts for middle school and high school students.
Q. What is the Transcript Evaluation Fee?
A. The Transcript Evaluation Fee is a required fee that covers the extra cost involved in reviewing transcripts from other schools for high school students who transfer into Mother of Divine Grace School. This process allows us to count credits from other schools towards high school graduation.
Q. How much of my enrollment payment is due at the time of registration?
A. You must include a complete payment with your enrollment form for your application to be considered. You can either enclose a check or a credit/debit card number and expiration date. The only exception is in the case of a family choosing our tuition payment plan. In this case, you should enclose your first tuition payment along with the rest of the fees. You will receive bills for your 2nd and 3rd tuition payments in September and January. If we are unable to accommodate your family, no payment will be charged.
Q. Would enrollment in Mother of Divine Grace School fulfill the homeschooling requirements in my state?
A. Mother of Divine Grace School has enrolled families in every state (we also have families in Canada and several other countries). In most cases, enrollment in our programs fulfills all the requirements to comply with the state's homeschooling laws. Once you have enrolled, we would be able to put you in touch with other homeschooling families in your state who would be able to help you. If you would like to obtain more information about your state's homeschooling laws please check Home School Legal Defense Association's web-site www.hslda.org. HSLDA has detailed information on the various options which are available to homeschoolers in order to fulfill their state's homeschooling laws. HSLDA is also an excellent resource for current information on homeschooling laws within your state and the nation. HSLDA offers additional information and legal assistance to members of their organization.
Q. Do I need to join Home School Legal Defense?
A. No, we do not require our families to join HSLDA, but we strongly encourage you to do so. Families who are enrolled in MODG receive a discount (just over 17%) on membership. Please call our office for our group number.
Q. Exactly what does the consultant help with?
A. Your consultant will help you choose curricula appropriate to your family's talents and needs and help you apply the classical method. She will also evaluate particular student assignments, utilizing our rubrics and help you implement those rubrics in the home. She will conduct three formal consultations per year (four consultations for first year families) in which she will review each student's progress, suggest modifications, answer questions and provide support and she can provide additional consultations if needed or desired. Your consultant can also create a scope and sequence for each student for the local school district if needed. And she will be available to answers questions throughout the year via phone or e-mail.
Q. What qualifications do your consultants have?
A. Our consultants have undergone rigorous training in the methodology of classical liberal education; they are familiar with the material and are able to guide students through the stages of learning. In addition they are homeschooling mothers with a vast amount of experience both in homeschooling and in implementing the classical methodology.
Q. Are the three consultations necessary?
A. Every family who enrolls with Mother of Divine Grace School is required to do at least three consultations each school year. This is necessary for us to maintain our legal status.
Q. Is it possible for me to begin my school year ahead or behind your September 1st start date?
A. Yes, you are welcome to begin your school year at a time suited to your family's schedule, and also to determine your own vacations for Christmas, Easter, etc., so long as your students have ample time to complete their school year. Please make your consultant aware of your intended start date and vacations, and she will help you make sure your attendance records will meet our requirements. It should be noted, that our teacher assistants are only available September through May, and also, our families must turn in their final grades for second semester to their consultants by the end of June. Special permission to finish late may be granted due to a family illness or other serious, unpredictable reason.
Q. Do I have to use the books that you recommend or can I make some modifications to fit my child?
A. We see flexibility as one of the primary attributes which sets apart from other schools. We do have a basic curriculum for each grade level, but under the guidance of a consultant, families are able to tailor that curriculum to their students' particular needs. There are several ways this can be done. First, some of our subjects contain text options within the same grade level. In this case, a family is welcome to follow either course. Another option is for a student to work ahead or behind their grade level in one or more courses, while still making use of the MODG curriculum choices for that grade level and subject. Usually, the decision to make this kind of change is made due to the student's MODG assessment or standardized test scores, and is agreed upon by the parent and the consultant. Finally, some families wish to teach a subject we do not offer, such as Spanish, or have found a particular text not offered by our curriculum to be more helpful to their students. In the case of a subject we do not offer, you would simply ask your consultant to recommend an approved course, or if you have a text in mind, ask her to help you fill out a 'course approval' form. Our Director of Curriculum will review the text you have selected, and in most cases, approve it. A course will not be approved if it either contains material contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church, or, if the difficulty level of the material is not appropriate to the grade level. This is especially important in high school as you will want to ensure that the material used will qualify for high school credit. The same procedure is followed if you wish to replace our text choice for a particular subject with your own. We do try to accommodate families with these changes, although, they must be made with the consent of the consultant. Any approved course not contained in our standard curriculum is given MODG credit on our transcripts. Please note, at the high school level we require our students to complete at least two of our standard courses each year.
Q. How are grades determined?
A. Grades are determined, for the most part by the parents and consultants working together. Guidance in how to grade work is provided through the school and by the consultants. Particular assignments are evaluated by the consultant to help parents in the grading process. For courses in the Teacher Assisted/Directed Program grades are determined by the teacher (see below) with an optional percentage of the grade given by the parent.
Q. Do you accept credits from other schools?
A. Yes, we will accept credits from another school, or from a parent, and apply these credits towards middle school or high school graduation provided that, when we review the transcript and course work completed, it meets our criteria for each subject and grade level.
Q. What subjects can be done in the Teacher Assisted/Directed Program?
A. 3rd-12th Grade Math, Latin, English Grammar, Literature, History, Science, and Religion can be done in the Teacher Assisted/Directed Program. 3rd-5th Grade students in the TA/TD Overview Program sign up by grade level and will submit assignments in Math, Latin, English Grammar, Literature, History, Science, and Religion provided they are following the Third through Fifth Grade Syllabi for these subjects. 6th-12th Grade students sign up for individual courses. The student is not required to be doing the subject that corresponds to the grade in which he is currently enrolled, but the student must be enrolled in 6th-12th Grade. For more information on the cost of the courses, please see the Pricing Breakdown.
Q. Do we need to use your syllabi (lesson plans) to do the Teacher Assisted/Directed Program?
A. Yes, your child must be using our syllabi and recommended texts, but within these syllabi we do offer some flexibility. Teachers and consultants will work with the family to make any adjustments that may need to be made. We do offer a limited amount number of modified courses that are designed by the parent and consultant; check with your consultant for more information. Remember enrolled families receive online syllabi as part of enrollment and can purchase hard copies of the syllabi through the MODG office at a discount. Books are not included in the cost of enrollment or the Teacher Assisted/Directed Program.
Q. When do I choose the courses for my child to do with a teacher?
A. You will be sent a Teacher Assisted/Directed Enrollment Form in June. This form must be completed and returned to Mother of Divine Grace School by July 1st. You are encouraged to discuss the course selection with your consultant, she can provide valuable assistance in the selection process.
Q. What if I am not sure which courses, or level of assistance, to choose for my students?
A. You will receive your consultant's contact information, and will most likely have your first consultation with her, well before your course choices are due. Your consultant can help you make decisions regarding the Teacher Assisted/Directed Program based on your student's assessment test grades and your planning consultation with her.
Q. Can my child sign up for some Assisted courses and some Directed courses?
A. Yes, students may sign up for courses at the level of support which the parents and consultant think would be most beneficial for the student. This might be all assisted or all directed or a combination of assisted and directed courses.
Q. What does the Teacher Assisted/Directed Program involve?
A. The student sends specific written assignments to their teacher throughout the year. All assignments will be graded and returned in a timely manner. The student and teacher also talk regularly throughout the year to "touch base" and discuss how things are going. The student is always responsible for making the calls. The student is also free to contact his teacher at any time with a question. (Please note: Students in the 3rd-5th TA/TD Overview Program do not have regularly scheduled calls with their teachers but are welcome to contact them with questions.)
Q. How often do the teacher and my child talk?
A. The teacher and student talk monthly, twice monthly, and weekly depending on the number and level of courses the student signs up for. The student is also encouraged to e-mail their teacher at any time during the month with questions and may also call them in the interim if more serious questions arise. (Please note: Students in the 3rd-5th TA/TD Overview Program do not have regularly scheduled calls with their teachers but are welcome to contact them with questions.)
Q. How much work is submitted to the teacher?
A. The quantity of work submitted to the teacher depends on the course. In writing courses (i.e. Religion, History, Literature and some Science courses) the student submits all writing assignments. This includes papers, essays, quizzes, and tests. In non-writing courses (i.e. Math, Latin, Grammar, and some Science courses) the student submits all tests and a selection of daily lessons, exercises or questions. You will be sent a list of the assignments to be submitted for each subject after you have chosen your courses and been assigned to a teacher.
Q. How often is this work submitted to the teacher?
A. Work is submitted to the teacher throughout the school year. We strongly encourage the student to submit work to the teacher as soon as it is completed. But students may also submit work on a fortnightly or monthly basis. In this case, we encourage the student to submit assignments at least a week before his scheduled phone call so that the teacher has time to review the work in order that they may discuss it during each phone call.
Q. Does my child need to speak to the teacher by phone or could they communicate by e-mail?
A. Generally students are required to speak to their teacher by phone because this is the best way for the teacher to provide the student with the necessary feedback. However, we do encourage students to contact their teacher by e-mail with questions between their regularly scheduled phone calls. Students who live overseas or are in unusual circumstances may be able to communicate with their teacher solely by e-mail.
Q. Will my child work with one teacher or will he have a different teacher for each subject?
A. We try to keep each child with the same teacher for all subjects. However, in some cases a child could have different teachers for different subjects.
Q. What qualifications do your teachers have?
A. Our teachers are all trained in the methodology of classical liberal education, and are required to complete our teacher training course each year. In addition many of our teachers were either homeschooled themselves or have homeschooled their own children. Some of our teachers do have teaching degrees and experience teaching in the classroom, while most of our teachers have personally tutored children in various academic courses. However, the most important attributes of our teachers are their familiarity with the material, their understanding of the methodology, and their ability to work with students guiding them through the stages of learning.
Q. What is Learning Support?
A. Learning Support, like many of the other services we offer, was developed at the request of our families. Several years ago, some of the students approached one of our teachers to see if she could co-ordinate a history discussion class. They wanted to discuss with their peers the material they were reading. The idea appealed to the teacher; she is a firm believer in the discussion method of learning. Our Teacher Assisted/Directed Program is excellent in helping students understand the material, organize their thoughts and convey them well in writing. The MODG program itself, because of the materials chosen and the method employed, helps form the ideas in the student’s minds. The Learning Support classes are another way to enhance the development of the student’s intellectual ability. Discussion is a key to our program; defending and presenting opinions in class help the students love learning and improve their written work, because they come to an understanding of the different positions first through the spoken word. We welcome any parent to sit in on the classes that her (or his) students are doing with us. (Please check with us about how this may be done.) It is our hope that discussions in the class encourage the students and parents to continue the discussion together after class. Learning Support Courses include paper grading. While the benefits of discussion, as well as presenting and teaching concepts as they came up in the syllabus was the originally intended service, additional benefits became apparent after we started actually teaching the classes. Classes provide additional accountability and keep students on track. When grading work, the teacher can immediately see when there is a problem in understanding and address it within a few days. For that reason, in most classes we encourage the students to submit work for grading.
Q. What are the benefits of Learning Support?
A. As noted above, more teaching time, accountability, structure, group discussion and camaraderie are the benefits of Learning Support. Students must move at a regular pace and meet deadlines. Small class size allows teachers to pay attention to individual students, but do so in a group setting. Class size is limited to ensure maximum benefit to students (see below for more information). Teachers are available for questions outside of class as well. It is our intention that the Learning Support classes will facilitate discussion in your home, and enhance your child’s learning experience without replacing you as the primary teacher. We hope anyone would benefit from these classes! However, students who may need to go at a slower pace than the syllabus due to real learning issues with concepts may want to consider using the Directed option of the Teacher Assisted/Directed Program in lieu of these classes.
Q. How does Learning Support work?
A. Learning Support classes meet on a regular basis. Classes are conducted weekly (or twice weekly) via the online conference program, Adobe Connect. Adobe Connect provides a virtual classroom which requires a computer, headset and high speed internet connection. Please see www.modgclasses.com for additional information. The link to the virtual classroom is posted to the families’ site, once the student is assigned to a section. In class, the students work on new concepts with the teacher and review previous concepts, employing the discussion method. Students receive approximately one hour per week of class teaching. Students do not have personal one-on-one calls with their teacher as a general rule.
Q. Are grades given in Learning Support Classes?
A. Grades are given based upon papers, tests and quizzes submitted. The teacher will notify parents of student grade status 2-4 times a year. (Parents are always welcome to ask more often for updates.) Assignments will be graded either the LS teacher, or a grader who works with the entire class section. While paper grading is covered in the cost of the course, parents may choose to have their student not use the grading portion of the course. Except for religion courses there will be no difference in price for audited classes. Religion courses and grade school Discussion Book Clubs are offered either as a discussion only class, or as a class with grading and there is a corresponding price difference for those courses. A grade may be given for the class discussions by the teacher at the request of the parents. As discussion is key for the papers, if grading the discussion would encourage the student to work hard, grading is recommended. If the grading of discussions would be a hindrance to the student, it would be best to participate without receiving a grade. In any case, feedback on student performance will be provided at parent request.
Q. Who are your teachers?
A. Our teachers are all very familiar with the material they are teaching. They are also familiar with the methodological goals of Mother of Divine Grace School. Many of our teachers are former students. Our teachers are selected based on their knowledge of material and, if applicable, their experience using discussion method. All our teachers have received extensive training and many of them have taught in the classroom setting in the past.
Q. What are class sizes and availability?
A. Classes are limited in size, so we operate on a first come, first served basis. There will be 6-16 students per class in a Learning Support Class.
Q. Are there any requirements for signing up for Learning Support classes?
A. There are age and grade level requirements for some of the classes (see the list of coures). Some of the Latin classes also require previous Latin experience. All students must be able to keep up with the pace of the class, which means doing a week in the syllabus per week. Any classes where writing is involved may require an "entrance" assessment. New Math, Latin and Music students may also have to take a placement test. There are also some technical requirements. (See modgclasses.com for more information.) Specifically, each student will need a fairly new computer with a strong, wired internet connection, and a headset with a microphone that connects directly to the computer. Further, we request that each student have their own email address, so that we can set up an Adobe account for them.
Q. Are there additional costs?
A. In addition to the cost of the class, each student will need to purchase a headset with a microphone. Also, he will need a computer that is capable of running an Adobe Connect meeting, and a high speed internet connection. The download speed should be at least 3.0 mbps and the upload speed should be at least .75 mpbs. Please see www.modgclasses.com for details. If you are interested in an alternative to the internet, then please contact the office. There is a phone service available, but the additional cost may be significant. (805) 646-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What happens after we enroll in Learning Support?
A. Confirmation is sent via e-mail that the student has been enrolled in the class by end of July. Call us if you do not hear from us by August 1st. At this time the start date and any other pertinent information, such as class syllabi, will have been posted to your family page. (Requests for particular teachers cannot be honored. Please indicate your preferred time slot and every effort will be made to accommodate that request. If enough students do not enroll in a particular class, it may be cancelled and you will be notified.) In late August more information will be sent via e-mail and posted on our family web-site: https://families.motherofdivinegrace.org, including the link for the classes and the teacher's personal phone and e-mail.
Q. What is Quia?
A. Quia is the online program through which we provide quizzes and tests for Latin, Grammar, grade school History and grade school Science classes. Students registered for these classes will receive their account information via email.
Q. What is the start date for classes?
A. Please see the class schedule on www.modgclasses.com. More information on class start date, what assignments to complete before the first class, etc., will be provided upon acceptance of your enrollment in the class.
Q. How many classes per year?
A. There are typically 30/60 classes per year in each course.
Q. How often do your classes meet?
A. All classes meet once per week for an hour unless the description says otherwise. However, each class period includes an additional fifteen minutes to allow for audio set up and any technical difficulties. Twice per week classes will meet for 45 minutes to an hour.
Q. What will happen if my student is struggling in a Learning Support Class?
A. Students will be assigned a grade for work done both in class and on quizzes. If the student grade drops below a "C" parents will be notified. Generally, teachers will not ask students to do redoes of quizzes unless the grade is below a "C". In this case, students will be allowed one initial redo and then offered additional tutoring if the grade doesn't improve. Other redoes will be allowed at the parent's request, as long as the request is made during the semester and within the parameters allowed for in the Teacher Assisted/Directed Program. Teachers may also be available for extra tutoring outside of class if needed. The first few hours are free, after that additional tutoring costs $65 per semester. If a teacher sees a student struggling with writing papers in a course, the teacher will meet outside of class with the student and contact the student's consultant. If the teacher, consultant and parent determine that the student needs extra help, they should then decide whether he needs TA or TD level of assistance. Once this has been determined, parents should call the office to arrange the switch. (Changes may involve additional costs.)
Q. When should I sign up for Special Services?
A. Any student that is not producing written (writing and reading comprehension) work on his own that is within two grade levels of his chronological grade OR does not have reasonable success with math and cannot complete math work within two grade levels without assistance is encouraged to sign up for special services. Issues that may cause the work to fall behind the two grade levels are: emotional, allergy or health problems, high functioning autism, aspergers, PDD, non-verbal learning disorders, dyslexia, severe ADD, ADHD and deafness. Any child with low functioning autism, severe seizures, Down syndrome or any form of educable mental retardation or traumatic brain injury is encouraged to sign up for special services. If the student is currently within two grade levels, but is slowed by learning issues (bipolar, OCD, allergies, meningitis, etc.) that will prevent them from working at normal speeds or completing a year's work within a year (5 courses is standard) then he is encouraged to sign up for special services. If it is unlikely that the student (grade 7 and higher) will be able to meet the regular California graduation requirements he is encouraged to sign up for special services.
Q. Are there any other reasons to sign up for Special Services?
A. Any time that a student is having great difficulty in completing a school year within a year (5 courses is standard) you may want to consider special services to allow your knowledgeable consultant access to our Special Services Mentors to help her modify the curriculum for the student. Any student who is college bound and has vision problems, memory recall issues or mild ADD may want to enroll in Special Services to aid the student in receiving additional services at college (colleges will want documentation that the student had a special services designation in high school). If you have concerns or unsure of your child’s level, sign up for special services and submit a writing sample or consider taking a test at www.kidtest.com and submit the results to us. We will help you determine whether Special Services are right for the child and what level of help will be appropriate.
Q. What level of service do I need?
A. Your previous experience will determine what level of service you will need. If you have had success and are confident in teaching your child who needs special services then it is likely that you will only need LEVEL 1 service. This will give you access to specialized assessments and put you with a knowledgeable consultant who has access to our special services mentors. Your consultant will help you to be creative with assignments, pinpoint crucial areas to focus on academically during crisis times give you academic support and some specialized assistance. Please note that your consultant may require the student to change to Level 2 in order to remain enrolled in the school if she judges that more help is needed. If you are not certain about how to approach setting up a program, you may want to sign up for Level 2. In addition to all of the services of level one, you receive a one-time conference call with your consultant and the special services mentor. If you need more help setting up the child's program you should consider LEVEL 2 service. Please keep in mind that the severity of the learning issue does not necessarily mean that you need more service. Sometimes the student with a minor learning issue can take much more work and planning than a student with a more severe learning issue. Please keep this in mind when signing up for your special services. The level of service is based on the amount of help you need in setting up the program, not the severity of the learning issue.
Q. Can I enroll a child only in the Special Services Program?
A. The Special Services Program is a feature of the Teacher Review Program. Families need to enroll in our Teacher Review Program and then can sign a child up for the Special Services Program. The family will be assigned a Special Services consultant who will work with them throughout the year.
Q. How many consultations are there in the Special Services Program?
A. In the Special Services Program families have a minimum of three consultations, but have the option to schedule shorter consultations more frequently. The consultant will provide the family with eight hours of consultation time over the year. If the family needs more than eight hours of consultation time, they may request this for an additional $50 per consultation.
Q. What qualifications do your Special Services Consultants have?
A. Our Special Services Consultants are all homeschooling mothers who either have children with special needs or were certified in helping children with a particular disability. We currently have consultants who are qualified to help with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Down's Syndrome, Hearing Disabilities, Vision Disabilities, and some other learning or physical disabilities.
Q. What happens when I enroll a high school student in the Special Services Program?
A. Upon enrollment, the family needs to inform the consultant of their goals for that child. The consultant will help them, as much as she is able, to achieve those goals. High school students in the Special Services Program can receive a transcript for any courses which they have completed to the satisfaction of their consultant. These courses may be grade level, grade level with modifications, or a modified curriculum and will be noted on the student's transcript as such. High school students who complete the required number of credits will receive a certificate of completion, special needs diploma, or a regular diploma based upon the course load they have completed.
Q. How many credits does a special needs student needs to graduate from high school?
A. A special needs student needs a minimum of sixteen credits in order to complete high school. Twenty-two and a half credits may be required for some graduation options. Please see our Special Services Program for more information.
Q. Do all students in the Special Services Program get a special education diploma?
A. If a student in the Special Services program can meet the requirements for a regular diploma, that child will get the regular diploma. Our Special Services consultants are experienced in helping parents determine which diploma option is attainable and best for their child.
Q. Can my special needs child enroll in the Teacher Assisted/Directed Programs?
A. Normally we have found that our special needs students do not need this service. However, if you are interested in registering your student, please discuss the possibility with your consultant and contact our office.
Q. How do the Special Services Program Fees work?
A. There are two levels of support in the Special Services Program. Level 1 costs $35 per special needs student; Level 2 costs $135 per special needs student. For more information on the fees for the Special Needs Program, please see the Pricing Breakdown page.
Q. Are books and syllabi included with enrollment?
A. As we strive to provide families with a flexible curriculum, tailored to their students' needs, we ask you to purchase books separately. Enrolled families receive online syllabi as part of enrollment and can purchase hard copies of the syllabi through the MODG office at a discounted price.
Q. Can I buy books and syllabi from Mother of Divine Grace School?
A. Mother of Divine Grace School provides online versions of our syllabi to families as part of enrollment; enrolled families can also purchase hard copies of our syllabi at a discount from our office. Non-enrolled families can purchase all of the syllabi and most of the books that we recommended from a number of suppliers. Mother of Divine Grace School currently carries a limited number of the books that we recommend, including our Concepts & Challenges in Science Books 1, 2, & 3 and Course Overiews (please click here for the order form) and our new Beginning Latin series and our new Fundamentals in Latin series (please click here for the Latin order form).
Q. Where would I get my books and syllabi?
A. Every syllabus contains addresses & phone numbers for obtaining any of the books recommended in that syllabus. A number of suppliers carry most of the materials we recommend. If you have further questions about where to locate a particular book, you can look at our online book list for each grade level, check out more of the Book Suppliers on our Educational Links page, or contact our office for more information. Your consultant can help you to acquire books and materials as well. Enrolled families receive online syllabi as part of enrollment and can purchase hard copies of the syllabi through the MODG office at a discounted price.
Q. Where would I get answer keys for the books which you recommend?
A. Many of the books which we recommend already have answer keys which can be purchased from the supplier when you purchase the book. Our staff is in the process of writing answer keys for many of the texts which we recommend that do not already have answer keys, or whose answer keys are no longer in print. At this time we have written answer keys for the Concepts and Challenges texts and Basic Language Principles, which are available from a number of suppliers who carry our materials. We also provide answer keys in each syllabus for the quizzes and tests that are found in that syllabus.
Q. Is Mother of Divine Grace an accredited school?
A. Yes, we are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As an independent agency they have determined that our course of studies, educational goals, academic records, and accounting and business practices meet the accepted standards for a private school. WASC is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. Their accreditation seal, which we have the privilege to use on our transcripts, is nationally recognized and respected. You are welcome to visit their website at www.acswasc.org. We are further accredited by the National Independent Study Accreditation Council (NISAC).
Q. Will it make a difference to my child for college applications to have an accredited high school transcript?
A. . Many homeschool students have been accepted at colleges without difficulty although they lacked accredited transcripts. A number of colleges are happy with a transcript, even one written up by the parents, that verifies the student has satisfactorily completed the required high school credits, along with the requisite SAT or ACT scores, application, and letters of recommendation. An accredited high school transcript, however, may make it easier for your child to be accepted at certain colleges or to obtain financial aid and government subsidized student loans. In the past, students, lacking an accredited high school transcript, have been accepted to colleges without question only to find mid-way through their freshman year that they are required to take the GED or a High School Proficiency Exam in order to keep their student loans. It is best to check with the particular colleges you and your student are considering, before they embark on their high school career, to make sure of their admission requirements.
Q. Is spiritual practice included in the academic curriculum?
A. No, morning and night prayers, celebrations of the liturgical year, daily rosary and Mass are not part of the academic curriculum, but are essential to the life of virtue and the formation of a Catholic identity. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity homeschooling offers you to practice your Faith more fully.
Q. Are non-Catholics allowed to enroll?
A. Yes, non-Catholics are welcome to enroll.
Q. What modifications would be made for non-Catholics?
A. In any part of the program one is able to determine the texts used, as long as the chosen texts meet MODG formation goals. The Educational Consultant for the family helps choose alternative texts. Non-Catholics may substitute their own religion text selections for our religion program, as long as those selections do not contain anti-Catholic material.