Is the Hybrid Model the Future for Classical Christian Education?
And some visionaries are taking action on it.
This is why schools are adopting something called the “University Model,” which mixes onsite school days with at home days throughout the week. Hybrid students convene for discussions, lab experiments, and sports. They spend the other portion of their time at home working through a classical curriculum with their parents.
Adaptive schools are accommodating homeschool families and are realizing major gains from the homeschool student market. At least this has been the case with Grace Community Classical School, an ACCS member school based in Tyler, Texas.
Speaking to a local newspaper, Principal Jay Furguson expressed the many benefits of the model.
“One of the things that’s interesting about this is that we thought it was primarily going to be a partnership with the home school community,” Ferguson said. “It’s not just home school families; it’s families who want more flexibility with their kids.”
Flexibility makes this model appealing to homeschool parents who wonder if their choice to homeschool outright could compromise a part of their child’s curriculum.
“Younger families like to be able to customize and individualize the education of their children,” Furguson continued.
Grace isn’t the first school to practice this model. The Ambrose School in Meridian has developed a full “Bridge Program.” Or, take Veritas Classical Academy in Beaumont, Texas with its “University Model” approach.
School leaders will see that the hybrid model increases overall enrollment and exposes more families to classical Christian communities.
The Wave of the Future
“Classical Christian education … is that like Classical Conversations?”
Many people were interested in our trade show booth. Some were parents, others were musicians pastors, or teachers. But all of them seemed to have one things in common. They knew about classical Christian education because of the “homeschool pipeline.”
As of 2017, there were over 115,000 students enrolled in Classical Conversations.
For budgetary or social reasons, thousands of parents in the country caught the “classical bug” and went straight to homeschooling.
If you admire that, but think that your institution might have something more to offer–it might be a good idea to consider a hybrid model.
Hybrid schooling is one of the best ways to capture the attention of the homeschool market and grow your school and community.