Welcome to Our Scholé Group
New Member Enrollment opens March 1, 2018. Contact us for details about our February Information Meeting!
scholé learning begins in wonder and leads to wisdom
deep, permanent learning
pursuing restful, classical education…together
bringing education to life
leading students in learning that lasts
Who we are . . .
We are a Christian homeschooling community that employs the content of a classical liberal arts curriculum and the pedagogy of restful learning embodied by 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.” Our mission is to pursue deep engagement that results in enjoyable, permanent learning—that is, to bring scholé to our homeschool co-op. We are influenced by the teachings of Charlotte Mason and follow principles laid out by Kevin Clark and Ravi Jain in their book, The Liberal Arts Tradition (Classical Academic Press). We are part of the Scholé Groups Network through Classical Academic Press through which we receive support, training and guidance in this exciting and important endeavor.
Our group meets weekly (and bi-weekly at the upper school level) in the Colonial Park, Harrisburg area and offers classes for students in Pre-K through High School. We offer a nursery for infants and toddlers as well. We are a cooperative group in which every parent commits to growing in their understanding of Classical education and serves through both teaching and serving to help our community run smoothly.
Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year Opens in February 1, 2017 for Current Families and March 1, 2017 for new families. Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year closes June 5th, 2018.
Statement of Faith
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures are inerrant and infallible in the original languages and have been providentially preserved and will continue to be preserved until all are fulfilled. The Bible is, therefore, the supreme and final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith, and life. (Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 119:105; Matthew 5:17-18; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three persons are co-eternal, co-existent, and of one essence. (Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 14:10, 26; II Corinthians 13:14)
God the Father
We believe in the Father who planned the works of creation, redemption, and providence. (1 Corinthians 8:6; John 14:12,13; Romans 8:15)
God the Son
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, manifest in the flesh and forever existing with the Father and the Holy Spirit as true God. He was begotten of the Father before all time, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary in the likeness of man. He executes the offices of Prophet, Priest, and King. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; John 1:1-3,14,18, 8:58, 10:30-33; Luke 1:30-37; Philippians 2:5-7)
God the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; regenerates the sinner by the Word of God; permanently indwells each believer; seals, enlightens, instructs, and guides every believer; and is the efficient power for godly living, Christian service, and spiritual worship. (John 3:5-7; 14:16-17,26, 15:26, 16:7-15; Romans 8:9,26; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30; Acts 10:38)
The Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ died to save His people from their sins, according to the Scriptures, both as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; therefore, all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and not of good works. We believe He arose bodily from the dead on the third day in the same body in which He suffered and died. We also believe our Lord ascended into Heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father and is the High Priest and Divine Advocate to the Father for all who believe. We believe Jesus Christ has procured for every believer eternal redemption and everlasting life by His finished work on the cross and His unceasing ministry of intercession in glory. (Matthew 1:21; Mark 16:19; John 3:16,20,27, 10:26-28; Romans 5:9, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9,13; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 4:14-5:10, 7:22-25, 8:1, 9:12; I John 2:1)
The Creation of the World and Man
We believe that it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible. We believe that man was created by the direct spoken act of God in the image of God. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:1-2:7, 2:18,21-22; Psalm 33:6, 139:13-16; John 1:3,10; Colossians 1:16-17)
The Fall of Man
We believe that man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved and all fall short of God’s standard. (Genesis 3:1-3:24; John 1:3,10; Romans 3:10-12,23; 5:12)
The Nature of the Church
The universal Church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:10,22-23; Ephesians 5:23,27,32; Colossians 1:18)
The Resurrection of the Dead
At the return of Christ, the bodies of the dead shall be raised up. The righteous will enter into full possession of eternal bliss in the presence of God, and the wicked will be condemned to eternal death separated from God in Hell. (John 5:28-29; I Corinthians 15:51-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-17).
The Eternal State of the Saved and the Lost
We believe eternity will be spent in a literal Heaven for believers and a literal Hell for unbelievers. (Psalms 9:17, 16:11; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; John 5:28,29, 14:1-6; Romans 2:6-8; Philippians 1:21,23; Revelation 20:10-15, 21:1-8)
The Personality of Satan
We believe Satan is a fallen angel, the prince of demons, the god of this age, the enticer and deceiver, the adversary of Christ and His people and the accuser of the brethren, and he and his angels will be cast into the lake of fire for eternity. (Genesis 3:1,13-15; Job 1:6-12, 2:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11, 25:41; John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:3,4; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-11, 20:1-3,7-10)
We believe that the Holy Spirit sanctifies the hearts of believers by removing the corruption of sin and working to make them more like Christ, enabling them to do good works and live lives exemplified by the fruit of the spirit. (Ephesians 4:24; I Corinthians 10:13, II Corinthians 5:17, 7:1; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 2:11)
We believe that God has established the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church and submit to the headship of Christ. The wife is to submit herself to her own husband as the church is to submit to the headship of Christ. Children are a heritage from the Lord and are commanded to honor and obey their parents. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate admonition, correction, and discipline. (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-9; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7)
Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Genesis 1:26-28; Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5, 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24, 49:1,5; Jeremiah 1:5)
We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. We believe any acts of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery or pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of human sexuality. We believe that God created two genders and disapproves of attempts to treat gender as a choice by either 1) portraying oneself as something other than the gender of birth, or 2) by formally changing gender through reassignment. (Genesis 1:27, 2:24; Leviticus 18:1-30; Deuteronomy 22:5; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:26-29, 7:2; I Corinthians 5:1, 6:9, 7:1-16; Hebrews 13:4)
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of SHCH’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Leadership Team is SHCH’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
Curriculum Scope and Sequence
Roles & Responsibilities
What is the role and responsibility of the teacher?
Each teacher will provide a brief overview of their class which will include how he/she envisions working with the parent to teach the particular subject, the overall goals, and the skills he/she will be endeavoring to teach. The teacher is supporting the parent in their homeschooling leadership, not taking over the role. It becomes a co-teaching effort, begun by the teacher but continued by the parent at home. At the dialectic/ rhetoric levels, the student develops more accountability to the class teacher for assignments, but the teacher will make an effort to give some assignments that will require parental involvement in order to foster the continued role of leadership of the parent. The Scholé leadership will require some ongoing education for all instructors concerning Scholé classical education in order to create a cohesive focus for the group.
What is the role and responsibility of the parent?
Parents at all levels must participate in the co-op day by serving in various capacities to fulfill required service hours. When not assisting elsewhere, parents are encouraged to be in the classroom with their child modeling engaged learning alongside the students and supporting the authority of the teacher. At home, parents of Grammar students (2nd-6th graders) continue to teach and guide. As students move into the dialectic school (7th-9th) and rhetoric school (10th+), parents are no longer required to participate in class. Parents remain involved in the student’s learning by overseeing homework and communicating with teachers regarding special needs or concerns. Teachers will communicate any specific parental expectations for their particular classes. All parents also commit to participate in continuing education opportunities on the Classical U website and/or by means of other resources as specified by the leadership team each academic year. We hope to foster cohesion among our families by doing so.
What if my student has special needs?
We welcome all children with special needs to Schole and encourage their participation at whatever level they are able to enjoy. Acknowledging their needs, we request that parents review their child’s specific situation with the leadership before the school year begins in order to determine if additional adult supervision or support during class time is necessary. It is up to the parent to provide for any extra support the child will need in the classroom.
All of our teachers and participating families go through an application process and visit to the community to ensure commitment to our statement of faith and educational philosophy. We want to make sure that we are a good fit for you and that you are a good fit for us.
1. Email us at email@example.com to let us know of your interest, ask any questions you have, and make sure we have space. We will send you our handbook and schedule you for an informational meeting and/or a day to visit our community. We want to make sure that we are a good fit for you and that you are a good fit for our community.
2. Once you have visited or attended an info meeting and your family has chosen to move forward, we will send you an application and schedule a time for you to meet with members of our Leadership team.
3. If accepted, you’ll be given a link to complete your registration online. A 10% deposit is due at the time of registration. This deposit reserves your family’s spot. The remaining tuition is due to be paid in full by July 15th. Parent & teacher training is provided at our local one-day conference in June each year. It is critical to attend this as our precious time together helps us to be on the same page and remain focused on the same goals.
We look forward to hearing from you.
. . . and what we seek
why we do what we do
Contact the director of Scholé Homeschool Group of Harrisburg for more information or to set up a visit to our campus.
Scholé Groups Network
Our community is part of the Scholé Groups network, which offers homeschool communities resources and support.
ClassicalU offers self-paced training courses to equip teachers and administrators in the classical tradition.