Do you have to be a Christian?
The program’s motto is “Classical. Christian. Community.” but you do not have to be a Christian to participate.
“The curriculum is based on a Christian world view,” Roush said. “But you do not have to sign a statement of belief or anything.”
The evolution vs. creationism issue is “left up to the parents,” she said. “We present information, but we don't teach doctrine.”
If you are not a Christian, “you may not feel super-comfortable with the program,” she added, because children must memorize the Ten Commandments and a different portion of scripture each year.
“The program believes that God is the creator, but what the parents elect to do with that at home is totally up to them,” Roush said.
The Foundations program is 24 weeks and costs $325. The Essentials program is 24 weeks and also costs $325. The Challenge program is 30 weeks and costs $1,100.
An informational meeting is scheduled Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church at 1290 Barnes Mill Road in Richmond (where classes are conducted).
An open house is scheduled March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register, email Lisa Roush at email@example.com.
Crystal Wylie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.