World’s First Classical Christian Online School Registers Another First: Education-At-Sea Homeschool Curriculum
This Fall King’s Way Classical Academy introduced the modern equivalent of the classical “Grand Tour” of Europe in its new Education-At-Sea program. Unique among classical online schools the King’s Way Grand Tour cruise brings education to life for classically trained students.
Unique among classical schools the King’s Way Grand Tour cruise brings education to life for classically trained students.
Some call it classrooms without Walls. Others call it an excuse for an exotic vacation. Whatever you call it, as of this Fall King’s Way Classical Academy is one of the first Christian online schools in America to include Ports-of-Call in the Mediterranean, Britain, and the Eastern U.S. seaboard in its homeschool curriculum.
The tradition hails back to the Middle-Ages when the classical education was capped by what was known as the Grand Tour of Europe. The Grand Tour included stops at all of the major cultural sites as well as the capitols on the continent. According to King’s Way founder Dennis Oliver Woods, the experience brought their education to life and solidified the student’s learning for a lifetime of service to God and man.
For an upper-class Englishman the Grand Tour would typically commence in Dover, cross the Channel to the Netherlands or to Northeast France. From there they traveled southeast by coach across the Alps and into the treasure troves of Italy. For the return trip the Grand Tourist might opt to travel up the Seine by boat to Paris. There, mixing with Parisian high society and even the court might help prepare a young man for a leadership position at home.
It was considered an obligation for those fortunate enough to complete the Grand Tour to share their lessons and observations with others upon their return. The Grand Tour might last anywhere from several months to several years and was an educational rite of passage for young men and for some young women as well.
Not many made it to southern Italy or to Greece, which was still under Turkish rule during the heyday of the Grand Tour. Historian Edward Gibbon commented that “According to the law of custom, and perhaps of reason, foreign travel completes the education of an English gentleman.”
In the spirit of this tradition, middle school and high school students at King’s Way Classical Academy are now required to participate in a cruise to at least one of those three destinations prior to graduation. It is the goal of the Academy to make it every bit the culminating educational experience that it was in the Middle-ages. As such it is an integral part of the King’s Way homeschool curriculum.
Students enjoy all the amenities of life at sea and at each Port of Call hear lectures by local historians and cultural experts. These cruises are so popular that even non-students are clamoring to get on board.
One highlight of the Mediterranean cruise is the opportunity to visit Rome and the seat of the Latin language that is one of the hallmarks of the classical Christian homeschool curriculum. After meditation in the Word of God, some believe that the #1 predictor of success in life is the size of one’s vocabulary. It is a first principle of the King’s Way homeschool curriculum that the study of original languages, especially Latin, is a key ingredient of vocabulary building. Few if any of the online schools can boast of such a tradition.
King’s Way is the world’s first classical Christian online school for grades 7-12. The Academy offers traditional homeschool curriculum such as math and science in addition to courses that are generally unique to classical education: logic, Latin, rhetoric, debate, and the classics. A new collection of elective courses has been added to the homeschool curriculum recently. These allow students to graduate from high school with a minor area of concentration such as marketing, languages, graphic arts, etc.
Tuition costs at King’s Way are about half those at other Christian online schools. This homeschool curriculum is aimed not only at the home school market, but at Christian students attending public schools.
“About 80% of Christian students attend public school,” Woods observed, “They deserve a high quality, private alternative that doesn’t require their parents to put a 2nd mortgage on their home to pay for.” A free e-course on “How To Give Your Child A Classical Christian Education At Home” is available at https://kingsway.leadpages.co/optinecoursekw/
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