Frequently Asked Questions
Does Dacula Classical Academy follow any particular academic model?
We are a Collaborative Academic Model school that offers a unique format and condensed schedule very similar to the schedule a student in college experiences. We partner with parents in a dual-educational setting where students are on campus 2 ½ days a week and at home the remainder of the week working on assignments and projects under their parents’ direct supervision.
Are you a University-Model School®?
While we follow a similar structure and schedule, we are not a member of the National Association of University Model Schools® organization, who has trademarked the term “University-Model”; therefore, we are not a university-model school. If you would like more information about the NAUMS organization, please visit their website at www.umsi.org.
Is Dacula Classical Academy a homeschool co-op?
We are not a homeschool co-op. DCA is an accredited, private, classical, Collaborative Academic Model school utilizing a non-traditional schedule. We recognize the role of parents in providing instructional support and character training. This blend of the best attributes of a traditional classroom and homeschooling provides an excellent educational experience that allows parents to maintain their position of influence in their child’s life.
What is a Classical Education?
The core of Classical Education is the trivium, which simply put is a teaching model that seeks to tailor the curriculum subject matter to a child’s cognitive development. The trivium emphasizes concrete thinking and memorization of the facts of the subjects in grade school; analytical thinking and understanding of the subjects in middle school; and abstract thinking and articulation of the subjects in high school. Subjects unique to Classical Education which help accomplish the goals of the trivium are Grammar, the science of language usage; Logic, the science of right thinking; and Rhetoric, the science of verbal and written expression. Classical Christian Education is further characterized by a rich exposure to the history, art, and culture of Western Civilization, including its languages and its philosophy and literature.
Are parents responsible for grades and other academic records?
Parents are not responsible for grades and other academic records. All assignments including skills practice, content review, mastery of concepts, projects, etc., are assigned and graded by the classroom teacher. Parents do have the responsibility of checking all of the student’s homework and having the student make corrections which are crucial for mastery learning, but they do not have responsibility in grading and academic records.
Do you accept students with learning disabilities?
Children who have been diagnosed as having a learning disability will be evaluated by the admissions staff to determine if the student has the potential to be successful in our school program or if the disability will hinder the student’s success. The administration is most interested in the student’s academic success whether that is found at DCA or in another educational environment that is more suitable to the student’s needs. Should the administration determine that another educational program is advisable, recommendations will be given to the family to consider.
Why do I need to complete a Declaration of Intent to Homeschool for the Georgia Department of Education?
The Georgia Department of Education does not currently have a category for schools with a unique schedule like that of Dacula Classical Academy. In order to account for student attendance, parents must file the Declaration of Intent to Homeschool which means that parents are responsible for attendance records. The Georgia DOE requires 180 days of attendance with 4.5 instructional hours each day (810 instructional hours/school year). Students in the Comprehensive Program at DCA receive 416 instructional hours/school year on campus. The remaining required hours each school year are received in the student’s home environment under parental supervision.
What is Dacula Classical Academy’s position on technology in the classroom?
While there is an increasing push to incorporate more and more technology into the educational realm and specifically into classrooms, our philosophy at DCA as a classical school places far greater importance on teaching children how to think, how to communicate, and how to learn. To this end, we view technology as a tool to be used by the teacher to enhance a learning experience while maintaining the focus on actively engaging students’ thinking through guiding, questioning, discussing modeling, and illustrating ideas, skills, and concepts. Students are encouraged to use technology on at-home days to practice, review, and solidify what they have learned, however, technology use in the classroom is limited as it is not the most efficient nor effective use of the time students have in class.
Please see the video below for more information on Classical Education and Technology.