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Classical Conversations

Classical Conversations Challenge Program

On Tuesday, May 12th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 16th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Classical Conversations in Appleton will be having information meetings for parents interested in exploring or previewing the high school Challenge Program. We will be meeting at my home in Greenville (W7771 Spring Rd.). I will be discussing how the Classical Conversations Challenge Program can assist you in confidently homeschooling your children through high school.

What is the Challenge Program?

For 15 weeks in the fall and 15 weeks in the spring, students (no more than 12 per class) participate in a once-a-week seminar that is facilitated by a trained Challenge tutor. This coming year, we plan on having a Challenge I program (filling quickly!), and a Challenge III program (about 1/2 full, at present). Challenge III also has opportunities for dual enrollment credit for college.

Weekly assignments are outlined in the guide (issued by the tutor to each student) specific to that Challenge level. Our curriculum path uses a core of familiar classical material and content; however, the Challenge program’s primary goal is the mastery of the timeless tools of the classical model. We identify Challenge “levels” rather than grades because we want students to enroll in the level they are prepared to study.

At home, students study 6 subjects utilizing the learning skill associated with that strand; in the weekly class time, students practice dialectic and rhetorical skills. Tutors help point students to the integration of science and history, literature and history, math and science, philosophy and literature, and so on, while also pointing students to the plumb line of God’s Word. The weekly class time gives students further opportunities to hone skills in public exposition, speaking and formal debate, Shakespeare plays, presentations, as well as to explore more advanced learning in research (including labs) and logic seminars.

Although tutors facilitate the weekly community time and lead class discussions, parents continue to be students’ primary teachers. The tutor/parent/student partnership is a valuable relationship which fosters accountability for all the partners.

All six strands of Challenge work together to develop a complementary and comprehensive set of life-long learning skills. Won't you join us in exploring the Challenge Program? Please RSVP to, as space is limited.

For additional information, please visit:

In Him,

Cathy LaFrombois - Challenge Director