Online Homeschool Tutorial
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW IS THE ST. ATHANASIUS TUTORIAL DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS?
First and foremost, we are an Orthodox tutorial under the umbrella of the St. Athanasius Academy. The academy is a department of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. We only offer subjects which support the family in teaching the faith to Orthodox youth. Our mission is to offer quality and affordable instruction on Orthodox subjects. For this reason, we do not offer math or science classes. However, some specific courses in those subject areas may be offered when the content is Orthodox and a tutor is available, such as a course on bioethics.
St. Athanasius Tutorial provides a broad approach to teaching. Each tutor brings their own teaching style and method. We limit overhead, training, and faculty requirements to keep tuition as low as possible. Instead of in-house training, we focus on partnering with great tutors who are proficient in the subject area and have a passion for education.
While our teaching approach is broad, our content is not. This quote from The V. Rev. Richard Ballew explains our approach to curricula.
“If the mainstream of Orthodox Theology were likened to a river, I would want to swim out to the middle of that river and go downstream from there. This is how I interpret St. Vincent of Lerins’ hermeneutic of believing and teaching that which has been believed everywhere, always, and by all – universality, antiquity, and consensus.”
HOW MUCH WILL I SPEND ON TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS?
The maximum amount you will spend on textbooks and materials is $50 per subject for the semester. Our tutors make every effort to utilize free and low-cost textbooks and materials. Most subjects use the same textbooks for the Fall and Spring semesters.
MAY I REGISTER A STUDENT FOR THE NEXT GRADE UP?
Please contact us before you begin the enrollment process, and we will be happy to help you determine the best placement for your student.
MAY I REGISTER A STUDENT WHO HAS LEARNING CHALLENGES?
We are thankful to partner with parents who are taking responsibility for the development of their child. However, most of our tutors are not equipped or trained to serve students with learning disabilities. In many cases, students with learning challenges are able to participate fully in our courses with outside assistance. Please contact us before enrolling so that we may discuss options and possibilities.
WHAT ARE THE TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS?
Our goal is to provide a friendly classroom setting for the purpose of interaction, engagement, and collaboration. We do this in Moodle.com, our virtual classroom. Moodle can be accessed by both by computers and smart devices (tablet or smartphone). All students are required to have a microphone, webcam, and headphones to participate in the course. Fortunately, webcams are a standard feature in all laptops and smart devices. We recommend that students be on a computer or laptop during the video call, but this is not required.
WHAT IS YOUR GRADING POLICY?
Faculty assess achievement of the student and assign grades according to a collegial GPA: 4 (A, excellent), 3 (B, above average), 2 (C, average), 1 (D, below average), 0 (F, requirements not met). Every effort will be given by the faculty to help students succeed, but laziness and lack of achievement cannot be ignored. Also, it is unfair to give two students the same grade who did not apply themselves equally. Therefore, grades will be at the discretion of the tutor.
WHAT IS YOUR ATTENDANCE?
We do not have an official attendance policy, but a lack of attendance could affect participation and final grading by the tutor. The virtual classrooms are available to any students with internet access. We attempt to record all video calls to make them available for students who must be absent. The recorded videos, while not as useful as live interaction, are made available for enrolled students to review when absent. We are unable to promise that 100% of all video calls will be recorded and posted online.
IS THE TUTORIAL ACCREDITED?
We do not have accreditation at this time. Our school partners with homeschooling families by offering live, online courses which help provide additional teaching, curriculum structure, accountability, and community to students. Parents should take care to ensure compliance with state laws and keep records of study for student transcripts. Included with tuition, we offer free housing of grades and attendance.
Log the hours that your child spends completing assignments and in engagement. One credit is approximately 120-180 hours of work over an entire school year. 150 hours is the average for a year-long academic course such as English or History. One course for one semester counts as one-half credit. We try to avoid legalism when tracking time, but we generally assume 2 hours a week of instruction and about 2-4 hours a week of homework over 30 weeks (a full school year) of instruction equals one credit.
WHAT IS THE CLASS SIZE & STRUCTURE?
All subjects meet once a week for approximately 60-90 minutes in an online virtual classroom. The time and day of the week are set by the school and the tutor (in an attempt to accommodate the tutor’s schedule).
All subjects have a maximum of 10 students. Tutors may request a smaller maximum on specific subjects which may require a higher than average involvement from the tutor. Exams are not required and are at the sole discretion of the tutor. Most quizzes, exams, and tests are proctored at home by the parents to maximize live engagement.
Parents are allowed to silently audit courses for free that their children are enrolled in. We offer this option to support the family in teaching the faith to Orthodox youth.
DO YOU HAVE A WAITING LIST?
If a subject is full, then parents may contact us to indicate interest. If a spot becomes available, we will notify students on the waiting list in the order in which they requested to be put on the list. In some cases, we may add a duplicate if the subject fills up quickly. In these cases, we will notify those on the waitlist of the new option when it becomes available for registration.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Course Tuition: $97 for each subject per semester, per student
Students may change to another subject or withdraw from a subject through the second week of the semester and receive a full refund on tuition. After the second week of the semester, no refund is given. Households are allowed to split tuition into a maximum of 3 payments as long as it is paid in full by the first day of class. Families who request a split-payment option will be asked to help cover the additional credit card fees.
Due to our low cost, we are not able to offer a discount if multiple students from the same household enroll in the same subject.
Please note, 75% of tuition is paid to the tutor. The remaining 25% pays for overhead, expenses, and administration.