Corvallis Catholic Schoolhouse Mission Statement
To form a strong, faithful Catholic culture and homeschooling community for our families by educating our children together through a parent-led, homeschooling program 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 homeschooling families, based at St. Mary’s parish in Corvallis, with an interest in forming a vibrant Catholic community through a high-quality, classical, Catholic academic homeschooling program. All styles of homeschoolers are welcome. 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.
What is Corvallis Catholic Schoolhouse?
We are a parent-led, homeschooling program 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. Families can use this program as the primary scope and sequence of their homeschool or as supplemental memory work alongside another homeschooling program.
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 another 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 scope and sequence 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.
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.