Inspiring homeschool families to glorify God in a lifelong pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness through intentional community and classical curriculum. The word scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from a Greek word meaning “restful learning,” the practice of which brings forth delight, reflection and contemplation.
Benefits and Services
At Calgary Classical Schole, we provide our members with many benefits and services.
- A vibrant community committed to restful, classical learning
- A meaningful, enriching curriculum featuring the traditional, classical arts of grammar, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, science, and the great books
- Weekly Scholé Community Day
- Variety of classes led by committed tutors
- Music Program for all ages
- Online schedule and calendar
- Easy online access to a list of student’s weekly assignments
- Peaceful learning environment on campus
- Curriculum and student program advising available
- Christian Classical Education parent training
- Parent Classical book club
- Monthly parent prayer gathering
Pursuing Wisdom through a Classical Curriculum
Classical Education is based on the tradition of instruction taught in Classical antiquity that emphasized seeking truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books. What are the liberal arts? They are grammar, logic, rhetoric (the verbal arts of the trivium), arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy (the mathematical arts of the quadrivium). Classical learning also includes the study of Latin. The study of these subjects is a pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty, training students how to learn, how to think, and how to pursue wisdom.
It is precisely this kind of training that has produced countless great leaders, inventors, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians, physicians, lawyers, artists, and musicians over the centuries. Classical Education never really disappeared, but it did diminish around 1900 with the advent of progressive education. In an effort to restore this most proven form of student training, the liberal arts tradition has been renewed and expanded again over the last thirty years.
We endeavor to renew this classical tradition in our Scholé Group. We do so by focusing on a core curriculum of history, Latin, writing, music, mathematics, science, and a study of the great books. Our students study some of these subjects together with tutors during our Scholé Day and others at home in their homeschools.
Discovering Delight in Restful Learning
As our name implies, we value the concept of “restful learning” that is at the root of the word scholé. The word scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from a Greek word that means “restful learning,” with the connotation of “contemplation,” “conversation,” and “reflection.” Scholé is also the basis for our English word “school,” but this modern term has lost the connotation of restfulness. Progressive education often cultivates a learning experience that is frenetic, as students and teachers rush to “cover” required material. As a result, students tend to learn to cram, pass, and forget. Even within the classical tradition, it is easy to find ourselves approaching the practice of learning from a state of stress, striving anxiously to recover a rich tradition and thus missing the great depth it offers.
We believe excellence in academics need not be frenetic. Instead, allowing the concept of scholé to guide our teaching practices, we pursue restful learning by modeling peace, love of the subject, and unrushed learning. It is important to note that restfulness does not mean idleness. Instead, it means that we pursue depth instead of breadth, valuing contemplation and conversation over merely “covering” a wide range of material. We seek meaningful engagement of fewer books and concepts so that learning becomes enjoyable and memorable. We dig deep into classical subjects so that our students experience refreshment as their studies come alive. Through a scholé pedagogy, our families discover delight in learning.
Growing Together as a Community of Learners
We are seeking to recover an approach to education that few—if any—of us experienced ourselves. As such, it is sometimes difficult to see the path ahead of us, and our process is often one of trial and error. Recovering the classical tradition and the scholé approach is only made possible by collaboration, which is why we have formed a Scholé Group community. We are united by our commitment to pursuing restful, classical training for our children, and we gather together to share our gifts, experience, and learned wisdom with one another in pursuit of this goal.
As a fellowship of adult and student learners, we submit ourselves to a liturgical practice of learning as we seek to pursue virtue through Scholé Days.
Statement of Faith
CCScholé holds to the Christian beliefs set forth in the Nicene Creed and we aspire to live life as described in 1 Corinthians 13.
Our Scholé Group subscribes to the Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.