Corvallis, OR

About Our Chapter

Corvallis Catholic Schoolhouse Mission Statement

To form a strong, faithful Catholic culture and community for our families by educating our children together through a parent-led, hybrid homeschooling cooperative grounded in classical Catholic education.

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open through July 31, 2021.

Who are we?

We are a group of independent-minded families, based at St. Mary’s parish in Corvallis, with an interest in forming a vibrant Catholic community through high-quality, classical, Catholic education. Some of our children are homeschooled, some of our children attend public school, some of us have professional experience in education, but above all we care about raising virtuous children in a strong community of faith. We draw encouragement from each other as we strive to do what’s best for our families.

Meet the leadership team.

What is Corvallis Catholic Schoolhouse?

We are a parent-led, hybrid homeschooling cooperative serving families in the greater Corvallis, Philomath, Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home area of the mid-Willamette Valley in Oregon. Learning takes place during a Community Day once a week and at home four days a week. What to teach throughout the year is already planned through a carefully designed 24-week scope and sequence grounded in classical, Catholic education. How to teach is flexible, since parents choose how to implement the program for their own children, yet with plenty of instructional support.

The Community Day is held one half day a week at St. Mary’s Parish Office classrooms. Students receive instruction by trained parent-tutors in chorus, homeroom, science, and art classes to introduce and inspire the students to learn the week’s topics.

Learning at home on the other four days of the week can be organized by the parents to best meet individual needs. Parents are empowered and supported as their children’s primary teacher. If using this program as a supplement to either a public or other homeschooling program, at-home learning can take as little as 10 minutes a day around the breakfast table. If using this program as the primary, stand-alone curriculum for your homeschool, you can expect to spend about 2–4 hours a day “schooling”.

What curriculum will be covered for the 2021-2022 school year?

For school year 2021-2022, we will cover the topics in Tour 2 (the second of a three-year cycle) focusing on Ancient through Medieval History and Europe and Asia Geography among other topics. See the yearly overview for a list of all topics covered, including a sample week. Week by week suggested lessons and resources for use at home can be found at the publicly-accessible Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 2 Blog  and on the Catholic Schoolhouse Basecamp platform for registered families only.

If using this program as a supplement to either a public or other homeschooling program, parents can extend learning at home as much or as little as desired using the week by week resources for inspiration and reading books related to the topics. If using this program as the primary, stand-alone curriculum for your homeschool, parents would extend learning at home for all weekly topics using the week by week resources for inspiration, reading books related to the topics, as well as implementing a separate language arts and math curriculum appropriate for the student’s level. Plenty of support is provided.

What grade levels is this program for?

Corvallis Catholic Schoolhouse can serve the whole family:

  • Nursery program — nurturing environment for younger siblings of member families (ages 1–2)
  • Pre-Grammar program — lays a foundation for our youngest members (ages 3–4)
  • Grammar program — promotes family unity with all ages studying the same topic (ages 4+ through grade 6)
  • Dialectic & Rhetoric program — prepares student to enter adulthood with courage and confidence to bring others to Christ (grades 7–12) **At present, we are only able to offer a dialectic and rhetoric program if enrollment of those age groups increases and we have parents called to be upper level tutors. Tutor training and lesson plans are provided.

What precautions are being taken to keep everyone safe during the pandemic?

We will be upholding public health best practices and requirements by the State of Oregon and the Archdiocese of Portland, including:

  • mask wearing
  • symptom self-monitoring and temperature checks upon arrival
  • physical distancing ensuring 35 sq. ft. per person
  • use of hand sanitizer
  • disinfecting surfaces and shared items
  • increased ventilation

What is the history of Corvallis Catholic Schoolhouse?

The Corvallis Catholic Schoolhouse Chapter, based at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Corvallis, Oregon, began its inaugural school year in Fall 2020 serving 11 families in the greater Corvallis, Philomath, Albany area of the mid-Willamette Valley in Oregon. We covered topics in Tour 1 (the first of a three-year cycle) focusing on American History and US Geography among other topics. See the yearly overview for a list of all topics covered, including a sample week.