Frequently Asked Questions
How many days per week are students on campus?
Our classes meet on campus Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:20-3:45.
What is your maximum class size?
Each class is limited to 16 students.
Do you have blended grades?
Classes are blended grade as the school establishes (2019 K-1, 2, 3-4, 5-7). Supplemental instructors are utilized to ensure that each child receives the tailored attention he/she needs.
What is the satellite classroom?
The satellite classroom is your home! Each Wednesday and Friday students work through a clearly laid out lesson plan created by their teacher with the help of their co-teacher (you!). Subjects such as Bible and Read-Aloud are purposefully the same across grades so that families with multiple students can enjoy shared material.
Am I expected to teach my children on home days?
Yes! However, parents need not have teaching experience. TAA takes the lead in the area of academics. We spend time together during Family Education Week equipping you with the tools you will need to come alongside your child well. Monthly Co-teacher Coffees also provide ongoing tools and training, and offer a place to share struggles or questions and receive help. Your student will not bring home work they have never seen before. The expectation is that you would help them work through material that was already introduced in the classroom, very similar to engaged homework assistance in traditional schools.
How many hours/day do you estimate in the satellite classroom?
The load of satellite classroom work increases with each grade level. Kindergarten has about 2 hours of home study/week (we want our littles to explore, run and play!); first grade has approximately 1.5 hours/day; second grade about 2.5 hours/day; 3rd-5th approximately 5 hours/day; and 6-8 approximately 6 hours.
Of course you are welcome to use your creativity to add more field trips, experiments, readings, independent study, whatever you like on your satellite days, provided you are able to complete the assigned work.
How do you measure student growth and achievement?
TAA does not use letter grades, as these seem inadequate to measure someone as complex as your child. Bi-annual comprehensive essay and short-answer exams evaluate students' broad understanding, then are reviewed in-depth by teachers and shared with parents via "Reports of Growth/Progress."
Can we participate in this model if both parents work outside the home?
You certainly can! Many of our families have parents both working outside the home; however, two full-time or traditional five-day work schedules would make it difficult for one parent to be available to adequately home instruct their child. One of the most important ingredients in the success of our model is an available parent (or committed grandparent/trained partner in education) who can assist and properly work with the student. We do ask that a consistent educator be with the student each week.
What difference does it make to have a "philosophy driven school"?
Every school classroom has a philosophy. An educational philosophy answers the question, "Why we do what we do?" The philosophy you see playing out in a school classroom is based on one of these models: 1. whatever each individual teacher wants to do, or, 2. the vision of the head of school, or, 3. a cohesive philosophy consistently applied, like Montessori, Waldorf, or Charlotte Mason. Parents should understand the philosophy behind their children's education, because it affects everything that happens in the classroom. And they should ask questions about how teachers are trained, because if they are not, then the philosophy will be 'whatever each individual teacher wants to do', and then the quality of education is fully dependent on which teacher you happen to get. We invite you to learn about the consistent philosophy of education at TAA by reading more HERE.
How do you utilize technology in the classroom?
We introduce technology in the classroom when it supports the education our students are getting from books (Students might work on an Excel spreadsheet in a higher math class). Our emphasis in our classrooms, however, is on the education our students will not receive elsewhere-good books, writing, neat calculations, frequent contact with nature, and exposure to a vast wealth of knowledge.
How often are field trips?
The Augustine Academy offers family field trips, called TAA Outings, on the first Friday of every month. We work to align them with our curriculum, making use of local events and destinations to experience first-hand the work of composers and artists, science or eras of history, or physical conditioning. We aim that they would be times that the whole family can enjoy, and siblings are welcome unless otherwise specified.
Do I register as a homeschooler and track my child’s hours?
No. The Augustine Academy is considered a five day private school in the state of Wisconsin. We simply meets in 2 locations: school and home. When enrolled, your student is enrolled in private school and would not fall under the DPI status of homeschool.
Are you affiliated with any church denomination?
No. The Augustine Academy is an inter-denominational effort of many families seeking to raise and educate their children with a distinctly Christian worldview. There are currently 14 churches represented in our school. While TAA enjoys the support of a number of churches, especially that of our host church Elmbrook Lake Country, we are a parent-governed organization. For more about our beliefs, please read our Statement of Faith.